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  • California manufacturers register.

    California manufacturers register.

  • Directory of California wholesalers and service companies.

    Directory of California wholesalers and service companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of American business.

    Hoover's handbook of American business.

  • Hoover's handbook of emerging companies.

    Hoover's handbook of emerging companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of private companies.

    Hoover's handbook of private companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of world business.

    Hoover's handbook of world business.

  • Market share reporter trends over time : collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

    Market share reporter trends over time : collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

  • Market share reporter.

    Market share reporter.

  • Southern California business directory and buyers guide.

    Southern California business directory and buyers guide.

  • What color is your parachute? 2015 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers

    What color is your parachute? 2015 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers

  • California manufacturers register.

    California manufacturers register.

  • Directory of California wholesalers and service companies.

    Directory of California wholesalers and service companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of American business.

    Hoover's handbook of American business.

  • Hoover's handbook of emerging companies.

    Hoover's handbook of emerging companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of private companies.

    Hoover's handbook of private companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of world business.

    Hoover's handbook of world business.

  • Market share reporter trends over time : collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

    Market share reporter trends over time : collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

  • Market share reporter.

    Market share reporter.

  • Southern California business directory and buyers guide.

    Southern California business directory and buyers guide.

  • What color is your parachute? 2015 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers

    What color is your parachute? 2015 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers

  • California manufacturers register.

    California manufacturers register.

  • Directory of California wholesalers and service companies.

    Directory of California wholesalers and service companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of American business.

    Hoover's handbook of American business.

  • Hoover's handbook of emerging companies.

    Hoover's handbook of emerging companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of private companies.

    Hoover's handbook of private companies.

  • Hoover's handbook of world business.

    Hoover's handbook of world business.

  • Market share reporter trends over time : collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

    Market share reporter trends over time : collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

  • Market share reporter.

    Market share reporter.

  • Southern California business directory and buyers guide.

    Southern California business directory and buyers guide.

  • What color is your parachute? 2015 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers

    What color is your parachute? 2015 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers

  • Career Transitions Logo

    Career Transitions

    Follow self-paced online resources through job hunting process from discovering interests, exploring careers, preparing a resume, improving chances, and finding a job.
  • Careers Internet Database Logo

    Careers Internet Database

    Career lists, tests, and reports. Vocational guidance information exploring choices available for special skills, experience, education and aptitudes of various careers.
  • Gale Courses Logo

    Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life and ed2go)

    Offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses. All of the courses are free, and led by expert instructors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Logo

    Gale Virtual Reference Library (Reference eBooks)

    A collection of reference eBooks on a wide variety of topics, with many on careers. Also offers the College Blue Book. Portions of the books can be downloaded onto eReader devices.
  • JobScout Logo

    JobScout

    Website offered in public libraries through a partnership with the California State Library. Free registration is required. Along with a variety of services for learning and job hunting, includes a résumé builder that also saves the résumé both in progress and when completed.
  • Learning Express Library Logo

    Learning Express Library

    Online interactive practice exams covering adult basic, academic, job related, civil service, real estate skills and more. Includes a “Job Search & Workplace Skills Learning Center.” Requires LAPL library card or e-card to use outside the library.
  • Live Homework Help Logo

    Live Homework Help (Tutor.com)

    Includes career center that offers help with searching for a job, writing an effective resume, or preparing for an interview. Some content available 24/7; one-on-one online tutor available 3:00-10:00.
  • Lynda.com Logo

    Lynda.com

    Award-winning online learning site that offers more than more than 3,000 courses taught by recognized industry experts, and 150,000 video tutorials on business, technical and creative skills.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center Logo

    Testing & Education Reference Center

    Over 300 practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, eBooks containing study materials and practice tests, scholarship search, resume builder, and career modules with subjects from career change to salary negotiations.
  • Universal Class Logo

    Universal Class

    Over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses. These courses are led by expert instructors and are provided for your personal enrichment.
  • Vocation, Careers & Technical Education Logo

    Vocation, Careers & Technical Education

    Collection of nearly 400 journals from career guides to specialized industry journals on searching for and maintaining a career. Requires LAPL library card or e-card to use outside the library.
  • Research Employers
    • In Person & Telephone Resources

      Many public and private agencies, services, organizations, schools and job fairs in the Los Angeles area are available to assist with job hunting and finding out about potential employers, including:

    • Internet Resources
      • Search job listings, company reviews, and salary information. Reviews include what the employee liked and disliked about the company, as well as advice for candidates looking for a position at that company. Salaries by industry, company, and positions.

      • Extensive company, industry, people and product information for public and private companies in the U.S. and abroad. Limited information for free. More information available via free trial or purchased report.
      • Guide to finding information that will help your job hunt specifically, such as company research, salaries, industries, career fields, and moving/relocating.
      • How to: find jobs that are not advertised; network yourself; and research industries, public and private companies.
      • Helps people research companies and potential employers, compiled by the old Riley Guide which was moved into MyPerfectResume website in September 2016.

      • Information about careers, companies, working conditions, available positions, and other aspects of getting a job.
      • News and essays on career management, executive recruiters, and job-hunting.
      • Recruitment solutions that help corporations effectively attract, screen, hire and retain people.
      • A comprehensive website for: current and historical company data, investment information, stock quotes from major U.S. and Canadian exchanges; insurance information, loan & mortgage rates, tax information, and quotes from foreign markets; and a special company search feature.

    • Library Databases
      • Detailed descriptions of more than 135,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local membership organizations in all fields. Requires LAPL Library Card or e-card to use on computer outside the library.
      • Company profiles, company brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Requires LAPL Library Card or e-card to use on computer outside the library.
      • Bibliographies, abstracts, and location of reference tools (including business directories) kept in the reference area of the Central Library's Business & Economics Department. Accessible from any computer via the web: no library card required for this database.
      • Financial, contact, and hierarchy reporting details (including subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions) on 137,000 companies and their key professionals worldwide. Accessible from Central Library only.
      • Offers resources to search for people, businesses, and demographic information. Search for an individual company or create a mailing list of multiple companies from over 23 million businesses. Requires LAPL library card or e-card to use outside the library.
      • Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends in management, economics and politics. A combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings are included. Requires an LAPL library card or e-card to use outside the library.
      • Access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more. Company information from Dun & Bradstreet.
      • Provides independent analysis and real-time data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds and 700 closed end funds, plus analyst reports on over 3,500 securities. MIRC also provides screening tools, current articles and videos and financial educational resources. Accessible from Central Library only.
      • Over 20 million businesses searchable by name, industry, geography, size, etc. Requires LAPL Library Card or e-card to use on computer outside the library.
      • Descriptive and financial data on U.S. and non-U.S. corporations. Requires LAPL Library Card or e-card to use on computer outside the library.

Acknowledgement & Disclaimer

This guide includes information compiled by the Los Angeles Public Library, the Southern California Library Cooperative Reference Center and the Brooklyn Public Library.

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Los Angeles Public Library of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Los Angeles Public Library bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content. Also, please note that some of these sites may require registration and/or pay subscriptions for parts of their information and services, but all the sites selected and listed have significantly helpful and useful content that is available for free.

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