Resource of the Month
November 2006

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.


ReferenceUSA is a database of information on over 13 million U.S. businesses from Microsoft and IBM to some of the smallest businesses in the nation.  Searching can be as narrow or as broad as necessary.  Detailed business information is available whether you are a job hunter or an entrepreneur.   Also useful for tracking down addresses and phone numbers.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.

How Do I Access ReferenceUSA?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing ReferenceUSA from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use ReferenceUSA?

ReferenceUSA is a source for finding detailed information businesses across the nation.  This can be helpful for the job hunter who can use the information to find the right company to work for, in the interview, or as a way of helping to make the decision to work for a company.

The detailed information found in ReferenceUSA can also be used by entrepreneurs or those seeking to increase their business.  Find out who might be interested in your products in a geographical area or determine who your competition will be if you decide to venture into a new business.

Features of ReferenceUSA

  • Quick Search or Custom Search
  • Search by company name, geographical area, business size, type of business, etc.

Related Websites

For assistance with Reference USA, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Research Services Desk at 978-3584.

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