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LSB 300: Career Planning & Development (Schrader, Thomas, & Vavul): Get Started

Research resources and tips for LSB300 course assignments


Welcome to the LibGuide for LSB 300 Career Planning & Development!   Use the resources in this guide to find company and industry information that will help you now with your internships and later in your professional career.

Career Research Resources

Every company operates within an industry or industries.  For example, Kroger is part of the grocery store industry.  If you had a job interview with Kroger, you would want to prepare by reviewing information on both the company and the overall industry.

Use the resources linked below to help you learn about U.S. industries related to your internships and professional career.  TIP:  If you need help using a database, go to the Tutorials tab on this box.

Use the resources linked below to identify major industries by location (regional, state, local).  Companies that operate within these industries will be major employers in those locations. For example, Indiana is a major distribution hub, and some of the major employers in the state are companies affiliated with the logistics/transportation industry (ex:  FedEx and Amazon).  Additional tips:  See the state profiles under the North America-Regional Info tab in the First Research database.  Some industry profiles at the state level are available in the IBISWorld database.

Take note of a company's family tree.  Is it a division of another company?  A branch location? Public or private?

For company research, start with the AtoZ Databases to find company overviews and to select criteria to create customized company lists.  Other company research databases linked below include Mergent Intellect, PrivCo, and GuideStar.

One of the most important ways to learn about companies and industries that may be of interest to you is to follow local business news. 

See below to go to local publications for Indiana business news.  Additional information is posted to direct you to local business news in cities across the U.S.

TIPS:  Remember you can also find contacts through business news sources, such as the "Bigwigs & New Gigs" column on the Inside Indiana Business website.  And Google is another source for finding members of trade associations.  Enter a keyword that describes an industry, followed by the word "association."  Example:  pharmaceutical association

Tip:  to set up news feeds, look for this icon:


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