Most libraries offer free modem dial-in access to their electronic card catalogs, so you can find out what's on the library's shelves without ever leaving your home or office. You can download magazine and newspaper articles on topics you're researching and, in most cases, you can download information from the library's online databases. Check with your library or visit its Web page for information on its specific online programs.
Internet Public Library, run by the University of Michigan's School of Information, has a listing of 3,000 useful Web sites on business and other topics; Web pages for trade and business associations; and a catalog of online newspapers and magazines focusing on business, economics and entrepreneurship. Staff librarians respond to queries for free. Visit http://www.ipl.org or call (313) 764-7321.