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Researching Employers Online: ReferenceUSA

Online resources available to Job Seekers to find information about prospective companies.

Researching Employers Online

Effective job hunting requires knowledge of the companies you are considering for a job. This LibGuide will explore various online resources of use to job seekers and will be updated as new resources become available. One excellent source is Reference USA, available at every library location as well as remote access with your library card number and pin number. Another is Business & Company Resource Center, available to all Alabama citizens through the Alabama Virtual Library,

Accessing ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA business information database

ReferenceUSA is a provider of business and consumer research. ReferenceUSA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. The database includes 14 million businesses and 203 million customers.


ReferenceUSA is a subscription database which Huntsville-Madison County Public Library card holders may access 24 hours a day through the "My Digital Library" website.  You must login with your 14 digit library card number and 4 digit PIN. If you do not have a card, visit one of our 12 library locations to apply for a card today! The database may also be accessed at any of our library locations.

Example of ReferenceUSA Records

List of employment agencies


[Screenshot from the ReferenceUSA database listing employment agencies in Huntsville.]

The above listings were created with the Custom Search option by narrowing the search by type of business and by zip code. By clicking on the company name, you can access a profile of the business including number of employees, sales, location, news, and competitors.  In many cases, you can also find a list top company officers with short biographical sketches.

Need Help?

Below are two online tutorials for using the database. If you would like further instruction, contact the Reference Department with your questions or to schedule instruction.

Online Tutorial of ReferenceUSA

Learn how to find information about a specific business(es) in the ReferenceUSA database by searching by type of business and by location.

Video Producer: University of Texas at Austin

Video Length: 3:56 minutes

Business Demographics by City

Use ReferenceUSA to understand the Business Demographics of a city.

Video Length: 1:32 minutes

This and many other tutorial videos are available on YouTube by referencegroup.

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