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The complete Barron's on microfilm available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title Barron's and the desired date.*

Business Abstracts with Full Text

Business Abstracts with Full Text offers a multitude of business magazines and scholarly journals. This comprehensive database is an ideal resource for those looking to conduct research in any area of business.*

Business Insights: Global

Gale Business Insights: Global uses case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry to quickly engage users in the global business environment.*

Business Plans Handbooks

If you plan to start or expand a business, the Business Plan Handbooks provide over 250 examples of business plans for a variety of businesses.*

Business Source Complete

Scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more. Please note: This database features a new interface.*

Demographics Now

A comprehensive business and residential search tool that facilitates market research reports. Also available are demographic reports of interest to businesses and people writing business plans.*


Up-to-date data, articles and news about companies and industries. If you experiences problems logging in, please wait a few minutes and try again.*

Facts on File Science Online

Includes science biographies, diagrams, essays, experiments, definitions, and timelines.*

Foundation Directory (Available at Central Library Only)

Program details and application guidelines for leading foundations as well as sponsoring company information for corporate givers.

Foundation Grants to Individuals (Available at Central Library Only)

Find sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support for individuals.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Full-text encyclopedia.*

Gale Directory Library

Search for companies and organizations in a number of directories including Ward's Business Directory, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, and the Encyclopedia of Associations titles.*

Gale Legal Forms

Legal forms specific to Texas.*

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.*

Historical Annual Reports

Over 800 companies' annual reports (1844-current) available through searchable PDF images.*

A vast library of video tutorials covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. Lynda Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. If you need to reset your password please call Lynda at 888-335-9632 Monday--Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, or Saturday--Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm. *

Mergent Online

Business descriptions, corporate histories and financial statements for over thousands of U.S and international public companies.*

Mergent WebReports

Access to an archive of corporate and industry related documents.*

ReferenceUSA (For Remote Users)

Bookmarked links will no longer work with this resource. You must access from this web page.

Business database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database.* (Please Note:  If you get a blank screen while accessing ReferenceUSA, try refreshing your screen.)

ReferenceUSA (In Library Version)

Business database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database.

Regional Business News

Articles from regional business publications.*

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center provides a number of periodical articles, reference books, and 'how to' videos on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business.*

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage

Includes the Daily Price Records for stocks back to 1984 and mutual funds back to 1998. Also available is the S&P Register and market and company information.*

Wall Street Journal (Article Search)

The financial newspaper of record-- offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance from 1984 to -current.*

Wall Street Journal (Digital Microfilm)

The complete Wall Street Journal on microfilm available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title Wall Street Journal and the desired date.*

Wall Street Journal Historical Archive

Full page view of the Wall Street Journal from 1889-1993.*

Recommended Websites

Better Business Bureau for the Houston Area

Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.

Business Organization Forms for Texas

Forms to register your business with the Texas Secretary of State.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Federal grant and loan programs.

Easy to find bank information and compare interest rates.

Greater Houston Partnership

Houston's "chamber of commerce".

IRS Tax Forms

Federal tax forms back to 1990.


Search for business suppliers that includes 3.5 million companies worldwide.

NAICS: North American Industry Classification System

A listing of the new NAICS codes, with correspondence tables for NAICS to SIC (Standard Industrial classification) and SIC to NAICS.


Currency converter.

SIC: Standard Industrial Classification Search

A searchable database of SIC codes.

Small Business Administration

Information and services offered by the SBA.

Thomas Register

Thomas Register's free online supplier/finder index of manufacturers. Access requires registration.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Free searchable databases of patents and trademarks, as well as information on the patent process.

What is a Dollar Worth?

CPI and inflation rates. Download the free Inflation Calculator app.