A Guide to Finding Business Information at the Library
I. Welcome to the Library: Locations and Procedures
Most of the reference sources described in this guide are located in
the Business Reading Room, fifth floor, John Adams Building. Some of
the general sources may also be found in the Main Reading Room, 1st floor,
Thomas Jefferson Building.
Many useful business reference sources, particularly statistical ones,
are U.S. government publications. A majority of those published since
1976 are available in the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room,
LM 133, James Madison Building. This room also houses the Library's set
of United Nations documents (useful for international trade, production,
and national account statistics), all Roman alphabet newspapers, and
the most recent twelve to eighteen months of all nonlegal periodicals
received by the Library.
Earlier volumes of periodicals are likely to be bound and housed, according
to their call numbers, in the closed stacks of the Adams or Jefferson
buildings. Some periodicals are not held in hard copy but are retained
in microform editions instead. The Microform Reading Room is presently
located in the Jefferson Building but is scheduled to move to the Adams
Building in the near future.
To request bound volumes of periodicals, readers must obtain the call
number for each title from any of several available sources such as Commonly
Used Periodicals; the looseleaf set Bound Periodicals Available
in the John Adams Building; the online
catalog; or the older card catalog adjacent to the Business Reading
Room. Titles which are not found in any of the above-mentioned sources
should be brought to the attention of a reference librarian for further
Book searches may be conducted by using the Library's online
catalog. When doing subject searches in the online catalog, researchers
should consult the multi-volume Library of Congress Subject Headings to
ensure the use of proper subject headings.
Most of the sources listed in this guide are issued periodically, and
their frequency is cited with the bibliographic data. Periodicals such
as directories, almanacs, yearbooks, etc. may change their titles over
time, and the Library of Congress cataloging record may reflect the date
of that change rather than the date from which the Library's holdings
originate. Or, the record may reflect a copyright date rather that the
first actual date of publication. To avoid possible confusion about the
Library's holdings, the periodical entries in this guide do not list
dates at the end of the citation. Researchers may assume that the Business
Reading Room holds the Library's most recent edition of a given title.
To determine what retrospective issues the Library has, it is best to
consult a reference librarian.