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Zimmerman's Research Guide


Standard Industrial Classification Codes

SIC Codes are published in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, the Industry and Product Classification Manual and, in alphabetical order by subject, in the green pages of Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives. Alternatively, SIC Codes are posted on the Web by SEC Info (www.secinfo.com/$/SEC/SIC.asp?Start) and OSHA (www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sic_manual.html). You can search through the full text of the latest SIC Manual for free on the OSHA Web site (www.osha.gov/oshstats/sicser.html) or, for better searching, on Lexis (BUSREF;NAICS).

SIC Codes were last revised in 1987. They were replaced by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for most -- but not all -- purposes when the NAICS Codes were published in 1997. Most significantly, SIC codes are still used in SEC filings.

SIC codes are expanded to 7 digits in the Numerical List of Manufactured Products.

To find out the names of companies with a given SIC code (or NAICS code), look in the SIC Code Index in the Directory of Corporate Affiliations. For public companies, you can search a database of SEC filings, such as SEC Info (www.secinfo.com/$/Home.asp). (For other searchable databases, see "Securities and Exchange Commission.")

See Also
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Securities and Exchange Commission

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