Business Courses - Professional Development
General Information Databases

ReferenceUSA is great for finding local companies in a specific type of business. It contains over 14 million businesses across the United States. Click either on U.S. Businesses or U.S. Healthcare.

*This database can only be searched on campus, so no password is required.
  • Quick Search serves much like a phone book if you have the name of a specific company and want to get contact information or location.
  • Custom Search lets you limit your search by business type, geographic area, and business size.
  1. At the left-hand side of the screen, click on Business Type and select keyword/SIC search.
  2. Click in the box beside Lookup and type in your search term, e.g., "graphic design."
  3. Exact matches and Related matches will appear in the white box.
  4. Click on each term you want to include so that it will appear in the box below the list.
  5. Click on “Geography” and check the criteria you want to use.
  6. A new box will open at the bottom of the screen where you can select state and city, or enter zip code, etc.
  7. Repeat this process for any other items you want to include from the list at the left.
  8. When finished entering criteria, click on Update Count and then View Results on the right-hand side of the screen.
  9. Click on an individual company in the list to see more detailed information. Be sure to scroll the whole way down to see all the information available.

Online Job Searching – General North Carolina job search sites
Careers Information
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    REF 331.7
  • The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
    REF 331.7 ENCYC
  • The Career Guide to Industries
    REF 331.702 CARE
  • The National Job Bank
    REF 331 NAT
  • Almanac of American Employers
    331.2 ALM
  • The Career Guide: D&B employment opportunities directory
    REF 331 DUN
  • First Research
    is an online database that gives possible questions for you to ask the interviewer. Questions are geared to specific industries.
  • Job Interview Almanac
  • Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
    650.14 DELb
  • More Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
    650.14 DELUC
  • The 250 Job Interview Questions You’ll Most Likely be Asked
    650.14 VERU
  • Knock’em Dead 2002: with great answers to tough interview questions
    6560.14 YATE
  • Great Interview: successful strategies for getting hired
    650.14 EYRE
Professional Conduct
  • New Women’s Dress for success
    646 MOLn
  • Attention to Detail: a woman’s guide to professional appearance and conduct
    646.7 GREENLEAF
  • Attention to Detail: a gentleman’s guide to professional appearance and conduct
    656.7 GREENLEAF
  • Emily Post’s The Etiquette Advantage in Business: personal skills for professional success
    650.14 POST
  • Everyday Business Etiquette
    650.1 PINCUS
  • Codes of Professional Responsibility: ethics standards in business, health and law.
    Call #: 174 CODES
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Company Research
Reference Books
The following reference books provide basic information about major companies, and are a good starting point for research.
  • Almanac of American Employers
    REF 331.2 ALM
    Guide to America’s hottest, fastest growing major corporations. Gives company name, address, phone, year founded, sales volume, , lines of business, company officers, financial summary, and salaries/benefits.
  • Plunkett’s Companion to the Almanac of American Employers
    REF 331.2 PLUN
    Mid-size Firms Same information as above, but for smaller companies.
  • American Big Businesses Directory
    REF 338.7 AMER
    Lists 75,000 organizations with 250 or more employees. Gives company name, major executives, and range of sales volume and employee size.
  • The Career Guide
    REF 331 DUN
    D & B employment opportunities directory. For each company listed, this guide gives a brief company overview, disciplines hired, and company officers. Companies are listed alphabetically with a geographic index. Coverage is limited to larger companies.
  • North Carolina Business Directory (2 vol.)
    REF 338.7 North
    Lists over 370,000 businesses by city and by yellow page category, with a separate list of major employers and public companies for each city. Includes many small businesses that may be hard to find elsewhere.
Online Databases
The Library’s Web page provides access to several databases where you can find news articles and more information than you ever want to know about a company.
  1. Log into "Search Databases" on the Library’s home page. The username and password are available from the library staff or your instructor.
  2. From the Database Directory select Hoovers Online.
    Hoover’s is probably the best source for in-depth information on large companies. Great for company history, financial data, company officers and news stories. Usually there is a link to the company’s home page.
For other business databases, follow these steps:
  1. In the Database Directory, click on the first icon, L.I.R.N.(Library & Information Resources Network) shown below
    Library and Information Resources Network
  2. Click on the gray box “Connect to InfoTrac.”
  3. At this screen you will see nearly a dozen different databases. The ones pertaining to business are shown below.
    • Business Insights: Global
      Great for company histories, chronologies and profiles. Also has a great link to magazine articles.
    • General Business File ASAP
      Includes company profiles “About this Company” as well as a wealth of articles about many aspects of the company.
      *Type your company name in the Subject search box.
    • Business Index ASAP
      Search for articles on the activities of companies and industries worldwide. Also find lots of information on management issues, economic indicators, and business practices.
    • Custom Newspapers
      This includes the full text of the New York Times, the London Times, the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and several others.
On the Web
    For small private companies that do not appear in Hoover’s or Yahoo, a good approach is to go to and type in the name of the company using quotation marks. Some companies make it hard to find their job openings. If you can’t find a link labeled “Employment” or “Careers,” look for “Site Map” or “About Us.”
  • Better Business Bureau
    This site does not give a lot of detail but does indicate if the Bureau has received any complaints about the company.
  • North Carolina Secretary of State
    Under “Search” click on “. . . by Corporation Name.” Again, not a lot of detail on the first page, but by clicking on “View Document Filings” after locating a company name, you may see the Articles of Incorporation and other official documents.

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