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Business Insights: Essentials - a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Formerly known as Business and Company Resource Center
Audience: High School, Higher Education, General Public
Career Library - an information resource for career and college research, a great resource to help people looking for jobs and for those who want to consider changing careers. Includes information on over 2,500 occupations including job profiles on up-and-coming and out-of-the-ordinary careers and information on almost 4,000 2-year and 4 year colleges and universities. Also has sections for assessing career interests and exploring information pertaining to occupations and higher education; searching web resources related to colleges/universities, careers, and curriculum; and test preparation materials.
The Funding Information Network provides free public access to Foundation Center databases, directories, fundraising and philanthropy publications, and training resources.
- Foundation Center Philanthropy In/Sight - an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics, etc. It combines the Foundation Center's rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy.
AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE WEST REGIONAL BRANCH
General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
MasterFILE Premier - specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text as far back as 1975. Also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
ReferenceUSA - A searchable database of information for millions of U.S. companies and people. Search for job and industry info, business opportunities, executive info, news articles, lifestyle and neighborhood profiles, etc. Residential info includes name, address and phone number, lifestyle factors and near-by looks up. Print/download limit is 250 in the Library and 100 from home. Check out the video tutorials and webcasts!
Regional Business News - provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications and incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
Value Line - Get all the latest stock info including a large standard company database covering some 1,700 equity issues. For each stock, it offers year-ahead and three- to five-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.
The Value Line Investment Survey's main section, "Ratings & Reports," presents full-page, individual stock reports (encapsulating the company's past performance, current status, and outlook) and industry reviews. The "Summary & Index" provides a key to locating the latest quarterly and supplementary reports and cites the most recent data on each of the stocks followed. Finally, "Selection & Opinion," a feature section, gives Value Line's views on the economy and the stock market and on stocks of special interest. It also provides model portfolios for investors with various objectives and a number of economic and stock-market statistics.
*The Value Line Small/Midcap Stocks Edition has now been added to the Value Line subscription. Access Investment Survey Plus on Value Line to see the Ratings & Reports and Summary & Index for Small and Midcap Stocks.
For Value Line access from home, enter library card number.
Value Line Getting Started Guide
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Tax Forms - Sources of forms for the current tax year as well as forms for past years.
IRS - forms, info, faq's, e-file!
Alabama Department of Revenue
Tools - for tax work such as calculators and deduction finders.
H and R Block Tax Center - you don't need to be a customer to use the Tax Estimator and Withholding Wizard, along with tax forms, laws, etc.
Kiplinger.com Taxes - try the tax estimator and tax tips for advice, law changes, etc.
MortgageLoan.com - a good personal finance reference with advice, loan calculators and current mortgage rates
TaxCaster 2013 - free tax calculator to estimate your tax refund.
W-4 Withholding Calculator - see how many withholding allowances you should take to boost your tax refund or your take-home pay.
Families and Seniors Information
Tax Information for Parents
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Information for Seniors and Retirees
AARP Tax Aide - free tax prep, assistance and tax counseling
Tax Counseling for the Elderly
General - information, laws and organizations
Alabama Department of Revenue - Tax info, forms, etc.
Nolo.com Legal Encyclopedia - advice such as "How to Deal with the IRS," "Audits and Appeals," "Tax Bills," etc.
Tax Help Online - survival tips for dealing with the IRS
Tax Sites - links to state tax departments with forms and other relevant sites
Uncle Fed's Tax Board - forms, IRS Bulletins, Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and how to audit proof your tax return
US Tax Code Online - complex info and searching but the place to go for the law
Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals - PDF document.
Tax Scams - How to recognize and avoid them.
Yahoo's Tax Center
Communication - Writing for business communication and documentation.
Business Communication Links (Writers Write)
Business/Professional Writing: Purdue's Online Writing Lab
Government, Legal, Tax - Assistance with governmental interactions.
BusinessUSA.Gov - developed to provide better customer service for small businesses interacting with the Federal Government. BusinessUSA.gov is a collaborative effort managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and other executive department partners.
Industry - Directories of industries and products.
The Thomas Register of Products and Services
U. S. Business Reporter - provides overviews for 35 industries as well as statistics
Emergence of Advertising in America - presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States.
Know Marketing: The Internet Marketing Virtual Library - One stop shopping for marketing information and resources.
Idealist.org - Information and advice about nonprofits and what you can do, even if you only have a few minutes, are included in this online resource.
The Nonprofit Management Education Center
Start a Nonprofit in Alabama - Information on how to set up a nonprofit organization with state specific guidelines
Research - Ratings and statistics for analyzing business and industry trends.
Business Studies LibGuide
BizStats.com - useful business stats & online analysis of businesses and industries.
GlobalEdge - a must for international business info. Get country background, stats, key facts, history, economy. Stats even has info on language and the environment. The corporations section lists the top companies in the country.
Interactive Insurance Tools
Insurance Company Ratings - provided by Standard & Poor's and Fitch.
Small Business Resources
Building a Business from Start to Finish
Business Ethics Resource Guide
Guide to Human Resource Management
@BRINT.com - provides info and resources in business technology, ebusiness, electronic commerce, and knowledge management (KM).
BizBuySell - info on businesses to buy and sell
Bplans.com - Browse the library for over 60 samples of real-life business plans.
Business Owner's Toolkit
CEO Express - Ultimate site for both business news and company information.
Entrepreneur Magazine Online
Fortune Magazine - Online version of this key business magazines features links to their annual issues including Fortune 500, 100 Fastest Growing Companies, 100 Best to Work For, and Small Business 100. Also look for information and resources on the topics of Company Profiles, Investing, Careers, Small Business and Technology.
Healthcare.gov for Small Businesses
Idea Cafe - Information about starting a business, financing, tech reviews, and more.
The Small Business Knowledge Base - a great resource for starting and managing a small business including worksheets, guidelines and tools
U.S. Small Business Administration - help for those wanting to start a business and those who already own one!
Women's Business Center
Money and Investments
The Bank Rate Monitor - Current rates for mortgages, savings, credit cards, etc.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - contains general information, monetary policy, banking system, regulation and supervision, research and data, and consumer information
Deposit Accounts - Provides comparison of interest rates between thousands of accounts at a variety of banking institutions.
Free Credit Reports - The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act allows consumers to get a copy of their credit report for free once a year from the big three national credit reporting firms: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. A credit report contains information on where a person lives, how the person pays bills, and whether the person has been bankrupt, arrested or sued. There are three ways to get them:
Better Business Bureau
Your Access to Free Credit Reports
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Trade Commission
Internet Fraud Watch
Money & Credit include tips on how to legally improve your credit report, explains the system creditors use to help determine whether to grant you credit, how to dispute and correct inaccurate information in your credit report, help with identity theft, and more.
Recalls.gov - get recall info on vehicles, food, medicine, consumer products etc.
Consumer Credit Counseling - debt counseling services
Briefing.Com- Provides Updates and News on Stocks, Bonds, Foreign Exchange and the Economy
Marketwatch - get news, stock quotes, market data, investment tools and more
CNN Financial Network - Financial news and industry watch
Daily Stocks - Provides daily stock information including links to quotes, financial charts, news, SEC filings and research reports.
Fidelity Investments - Online Trading, Mutual Funds, ETFs. A mega-site from one of the largest mutual fund companies
InvestinginBonds.Com - Geared toward many types of investors--from beginners to experienced equity investors who are new to bonds to sophisticated bond investors--Investinginbonds.com is a unique source of bond price information and includes a wide variety of market data, news, commentary and information about bonds.
Investors Business Daily
Investor's Education Clearinghouse - Provides links to information on investing basics and key resources for stocks, mutual funds, bonds, futures, etc.
The Motley Fool - Common sense investment advice, plus portfolio tracking and the Fool's School
TurboTax IRA Calculator - Estimate IRA contributions.
Building Wealth: A Beginner's Guide to Securing Your Financial Future - offers introductory guidance to individuals and families seeking help to develop a plan for building personal wealth.
Money Topics Online - learn the basics of managing your money, paying bills, saving, investing and controlling your debt
Retirement Planner Online - learn about the various retirement accounts and plans, estimate what you will need to retire
USA Today Money Page
Research - Analyses of current and historical performance.
Big Charts - Illustrating Current and Historical Stock Performance
Free EDGAR - An index to company filings
Free Real Time - Stock Quotes and Histories
How to Find a Company's Annual Report Online - Tips & Tricks to locating annual reports on the Internet.
Wall Street Journal Online Annual Reports
Zacks - Find out how top Wall St. analysts view stock potential
Tools - Online tools for calculating debt, retirement and stock performance.
Financial Calculators - All the calculators you need! Budget, savings, college, credit card, auto, home, home equity, retirement, stock, mutual fund, insurance, Roth IRA, and bond calculators.
INVESTools - A Free Investment Newsletter Directory and Article Search Service
Life Events - free calculator to estimate the tax impact of life events.
Mutual Fund Calculator - this site from the SEC lets you calculate the cost/returns of a fund based on your initial investment, years held, etc.
US Economy at a Glance
Economics Studies LibGuide
Help for Homeowners
Census Bureau Briefs on Economic Indicators
Bureau of Labor Statistics News Releases on the Economy
Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEA's Overview of the Economy - an overview of the US economy in recent quarters
Bureau of Labor Statistics Data
Economic Indicators - get the latest indicators from the Dept. of Commerce including Gross Domestic Product, retail and real estate sales and durable goods,
Freelunch.com - provides FREE access to over 900,000 economic and financial data series
Labor and Employment Studies LibGuide