Monday, December 17, 2012

Reference USA

The State Library has an online business resource that is free for all of our patrons to use. It can take the place of the criss-cross directories if any of you remember using those. ReferenceUSA from Infogroup offers verified details on 14 million U.S. businesses and 210 million U.S. residents. They bring that information directly to library patrons, making it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

I recently had a call from someone looking for book publishers in our local area. I was able to search by keyword and geographical area to come up with 3 pages of publishers located in Utah. I was then able to sort them by zip code to find the ones closest to Brigham. This list gave me their contact information and executives name. If I click in further, I can also get a profile of their business, any job openings they might have (which will connect to a place to apply for that job), a map to find their location, stock data, nearby businesses and competitors information.

You could even use this database to find the closest pizza place in our area to order your lunch.


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