Research Library

The CTA Research Library is one of the premier sources for industry information and market intelligence. A dedicated staff of experienced, professional librarians seeks answers to the most challenging information requests.

Members have 24-hour access to library resources.

For CTA members, the Research Library fields thousands of questions on every imaginable topic on the consumer electronics industry -- even on products not tracked by CTA. The library uses CTA research as well as countless other sources -- industry publications, newspapers, magazines, databases, government reports and more.

Questions include topics such as:

  • E-commerce
  • Emerging trends
  • International markets
  • Market share and rankings
  • Related industries
  • Retail
Contact the CTA Research Library at 703-907-7600 with all of your questions about CTA's research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm not a member, where can I purchase CTA reports and data?

A: Our consumer research studies and historical sales database can be purchased at the CTA Store. If you are interested in monthly and weekly product sales data, read about our CE MarketMetrics program. We also offer an Industry Forecast.

Q: Does CTA offer reduced student rates for market research or consumer research publications?

A: No, but we do some free information. There are free publications in the press area of our site, including the award-winning journal It Is Innovation (i3). Try the press release section as well; releases are often an excellent free source.

Q: Does CTA have an academic membership category?

A: No, we do not offer an academic membership at this time.

Q: How do I become a member of CTA?

A: Members receive free access to most CTA market research, discounts on CTA events and many other benefits. See the membership page for more information, or phone 703-907-7756.

Q: Are CTA studies cited in publicly available sources?

A. Yes, ask your university librarian (or public library) for help with searching news databases. The Statistical Abstract carries much of CTA's historical market data.

Q: How do I cite CTA information? Can you give an example?

A: "Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™" as the source -- include the date and title of the report or study.

Q: Where can I find the latest news on the industry?

A: i3, CTA’s flagship publication, explores all aspects of innovation in technology, policy, business, and engineering in the consumer technology industry. Also check out our annual Digital America publication for an overview of the industry, household penetration rates, and unit sales data for individual consumer electronic products. Sign up for a daily briefing on top stories in the consumer electronics industry, free at CTA SmartBrief.

Q: Which CTA publication offers a student an industry overview at the lowest price?

A. CTA's annual publication Digital America,($995; free to members) includes an industry timeline, statistics, trends and a list of related associations.

You can purchase a PDF version of the publication from the CTA store. Call the CTA Library at 703-907-7763 if you need advice on the best research purchase for you.

Q: Where can I find market share information for a segment of the CE industry?

A: The Consumer Technology Association does not publish market share information.

Q: I have an electronic device that doesn't work. Can CTA help me?

A: For products that do not work, you will need to contact the manufacturer of the product directly.

Q: If you are a member of the press:

A: See our communications contacts to find a specialist on the topic you are interested in. The Communication Department's phone number is 703-907-4365.

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