Industry and Business Library
Welcome to Prospecting for Business Information,
the new online course developed by The New York Public Library, Science,
Industry and Business Library (SIBL) and Thirteen/WNET
New York. Whether you are searching for a new job, looking for a company
to invest in, or trying to find out what the competition is for your
small business, this course can help you learn how to find the information
The course is organized into five sections, listed below. Each section
will take about 30 minutes to work through, and we suggest that you
follow the sections in order. The course introduces various research
tools. Most of these resources are available to you at your local
public library or are fee based for private use.
Electronic databases are available in most public libraries, and may
even be available to you from home. Check with your local public library
to see what databases they have, and to learn how to access them.
The resources section includes several
key databases to look for.
You will be able to work at your own pace, and you can always go back
to a section that you have already completed.
Go to the help
page if you have any questions about using this course.
Module 1: Getting Started:
In this section, you'll learn what questions to ask to get the answers
Module 2: Company Basics
Looking for answers in the right places. In this section you will
learn where to go to for what information.
Module 3: Primary
Look at the source. In this section you will use financials, commercials,
and company websites to find out more about a company.
Module 4: Media and
Media always matters, even when it comes to business research. Find
out why in this section.
Module 5: Peers, Analysts,
This section touches upon stocks and company evaluation.
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