We have a number of resources for business research, job search and development. Browse our options below. We’ve listed our most popular resources first but be sure to review all the options:
Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers. This card number is good for 2 years. Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)
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ReferenceUSA is a comprehensive collection of databases and tools to help you start and run a business, connect to consumers, find a job and more. Databases include:
U.S. Businesses: Business directory constantly updated.
U.S. New Businesses: Business directory limited to new companies.
U.S. Healthcare: Business directory limited to the healthcare industry.
U.S. Historical Businesses: Business directory including historical data back to 1997 in order to research trends.
U.S. Jobs and Internships: ReferenceUSA has partnered with Indeed.com to bring over 2.5 million jobs to the U.S. Jobs and Internships database. Patrons can find jobs all over the country and search by: job title, company name, business type, job type, multiple geography options, and more. In addition to the database, we offer comprehensive job tools such as resume writing tips, cover letter examples, interview tips, continuing education materials, searching tips, salary estimates, and much more.
U.S. Standard White Pages: Household directory.
U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles: Demographic and lifestyle attributes for marketing and research.
U.S. New Movers and Homeowners: This file is compiled from marketing sources and deeds of warranty and trusts filed with county recorder offices. You can select new movers in conjunction with age, income, marital status, mail order buyers, mail responsive, or any other available demographics.
- Once logged in, select “Learning Center” at the top-right to access documents, webinars, and more.
Lynda.com is a premier online learning resource offering more than 3,400 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, personal finance, and more.
This includes courses and videos on MS Office, resume writing, and interview techniques.
Testing & Education Reference Center can help guide patrons and students in a number of areas: test prep, college planning, financial aid tools, career development, and international tools.
This includes the Visual CVResume Creator tool that walks you through the resume process. Click HERE to access Visual CVResume Creator.
A full list of test is listed HERE.
Located in the Business/Science Department of the Central Library, the Small Business Center is geared to serve the potential small business owner, the recently-licensed entrepreneur and the established small business operator. Find out more information about this center as well as links to other resources.
Or, check out ebooks and eaudiobooks by visiting the Small Business Center Collection on OverDrive.
business, job, and career events
Here is a list of upcoming events:
Gale Business Insights: Essentials delivers authoritative company and industry information, articles, and statistical data. Students, business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, investors, financial planners, and general researchers can explore real-world applications and develop analytical skills.
Grow with Google is partnering with the Memphis Public Libraries and various organizations across the nation to provide free training, tools, and events to help you grow your skills, career, or business. There are also a new collection of resources called the Remote Work Hub to help people communicate, learn, teach, and work from home.
Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career. Career Transitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people: 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess their interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.
The Gale Directory Library is the online version of four quintessential directories: 1) Brands and Their Companies; 2) Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S.; 3) Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media; 4) Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans.
Gale OneFile: Business contains full-text coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, and business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications, which are updated daily. Complementing these titles is a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.
Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory offers a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index. This content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.
Gale OneFile: Insurance and Liability addresses concerns over the protection of assets, physical or intellectual, ranging from the individual property owner to multinational corporations. Insurance and Liability connects researchers to hundreds of thousands of updated articles from leading journals.
Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management provides access to authoritative periodical content covering such topics as 21st-century skills, organizational dynamics and leadership, adult learning and continuing education, and more. Updated daily, this library resource is useful for researchers or any professional interested in career development.
Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers aids users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. Vocations and Careers offers hundreds of current and applicable periodicals ranging from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.