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Company and Industry Information

This guide provides resources for company and industry research.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Historical Encyclopedia of American Business

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

International Directory of Company Histories

Electronic resource.
v.59 (2004) - v.143 (2013)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Electronic Resource.
The OOH provides information about specific jobs, including educational requirements, salary range, availability of jobs, job requirements, and working conditions.

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-2019

Reference Collection (Second Floor)
Provides job descriptions and statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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