Use this guide to perform background research to refine a research topic, confirm terminology, find case studies, and get a general understanding before finding books and articles to support a research project.
The Encyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing provides full-text essays on industrial codes, product overviews, markets, key manufacturers, supply chain logistics, distribution channels, key users, adjacent markets, research and development, current trends, target markets, and related organizations.
Search or browse across ten subject encyclopedias and dictionaries with over 25,000 entries. References are linked via Get VText.
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This list of resources will enable you to retrieve most U.S. patents or trademarks, if you have a specific citation. However, if you have a product idea and want to determine if a similar item has been patented, searching these resources to determine patentability may be difficult.