Check It Out

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At the library, you can access dozens of commercial online databases for the full text of important business documents. Here's a sampling:

  • American Business Disc. Valuable information on thousands of U.S. businesses, including address, phone number, sales, number of employees, contact names and more.
  • Commerce Business Daily (http://cbd.savvy.com). Full text of announcements issued by the Department of Commerce on contracts, procurements, requests for products, research and service needs of U.S. government agencies.
  • National Trade Data Bank. Collection of databases produced by the U.S. government on domestic commerce and international trade.
  • If you have access to a university or law school library, check out Lexis/Nexis (http://www.lexis-nexis.com). This exhaustive online database is divided into two parts. Lexis covers U.S. and state legislation, court cases, bills and legal issues. Nexis provides articles from business newspapers, magazines and periodicals, and company annual reports.

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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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