Q. I'm writing a paper on new fields of business. What online resources do you have on emerging industries?
One good online source available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library on the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) is the "Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries, 6th ed." It provides information about the inception, emergence and current status of new and established industries and business segments that are pioneering new technologies or implementing new marketing strategies. It contains detailed profiles on such newer industries as biometrics, specialty tourism, risk management services and many others. It's an excellent companion source to the "Encyclopedia of American Industries," also part to the Gale Virtual Reference Library on the AVL.