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Smith feels confident her greeting card business is a good idea, but she still needs more information on how to start, so she combs the reference stacks. There, she finds books on everything from writing a business plan to government loans.

"Is there any other information available on starting a small business?" Smith asks the librarian.

"This library is a depository for SBA documents," says the librarian, leading Smith to the government reference section. "That means we've got dozens of SBA pamphlets on start-up topics."

Also in the government section, Smith finds information on patents, trademarks and copyrights, and how to protect her business name. Later, when she wants to research legal issues in greater detail, she'll visit the local law school library or county courthouse. (Check use privileges at your law school library; access is sometimes restricted to students.)

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This article was originally published in the June 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Check It Out.

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