Friday, December 22, 2006

A Premier Business Research Tool Is Now Available Through the Lane Memorial Library 24/7!

The Lane Memorial Library is extremely pleased to announce that it is now offering ReferenceUSA®, a powerful online research tool! ReferenceUSA provides library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 14 million businesses and 210 million consumers. It is very easy to navigate, so even computer novices will feel at ease searching ReferenceUSA.

This is a great research tool for anyone wanting to make lists of companies for any reason. If you’re putting together a mailing list, this is the place to start. Companies range from multi-million dollar to one-person businesses. Over a thousand businesses in Hampton alone are listed.

The consumer information in ReferenceUSA is gathered primarily from telephone white pages. Patrons will find it to be essential for planning family reunions and weddings, organizing class reunions, finding neighbors or long-lost friends, and locating relatives, just to name a few.

The business information is gathered from a variety of reliable sources, such as yellow and white pages, annual reports, 10-Ks, government data, business magazines, top newspapers, the U.S. Postal Service, Internet research, and the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, 22 million phone calls are placed annually to businesses to verify the accuracy of data! The quality of the information is validated by the fact that infoUSA databases power the directory services of many of the top-traffic Internet sites. And, the Wall Street Journal, in its August 29, 2006, issue, even proclaimed ReferenceUSA to be a “powerful market-research tool” crucial to small businesses. ReferenceUSA’s business module is perfect for people conducting job searches, locating out-of-town companies, tracking down addresses and phone numbers, conducting patent and market research, and much more!

ReferenceUSA is accessible to registered cardholders at the Lane Memorial Library or via (click on “more” under Research Databases). All patrons need to put this powerful, comprehensive and accurate information at their fingertips is their library card!

For more information please contact the Reference Department of the library at 926-3368.


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