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Research Orientation Classes

Research Webinars

Local Business History Using Dunís Reference Book New resource
Virtual Business Research Orientation
Historical Company Reserach Webinar
New to Scholarly Research? Finding Your Way Through the Maze
New resource

Onsite Classes

General Information
Business Research Orientation
Caught in the Web? Business Tools that Help
Topical Program Offerings


Local Business History Using Dunís Reference Book New resource

Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book, published between 1859 and 2006, is an important source for historical company research. The Library of Congress has started digitizing this important collection and the volumes from 1900 to 1924 are available to anyone with an internet connection.
In this webinar we will look at the digitized portion of the collection and provide helpful information on how to use it for local business history research.
The webinar will be held from 1:00-1:30PM (EST) on August 2, 2022.
Please register at zoom.govExternal Link

You will receive the webinar link prior to the session.


Virtual Business Research Orientation

The virtual Business Research Orientation provides an overview of resources and services for business research, with an emphasis on Library of Congress tools and search strategies that can be used from home. This class is designed to introduce you to research at the Library, navigating the online catalog, and highlighting resources specific to business research.

The next virtual orientation will be offered at 1:00-2:00 PM (EST) on September 14, 2022.
Please register at zoomgov.com External Link

You will receive the webinar link prior to the session.


Historical Company Research Webinar

The Historical Company Research Webinar covers strategies and resources business librarians at the Library of Congress use to research old companies. While the class uses resources available at the Library of Congress, some of the resources are available through your local library or historical society, both of which have resources to help with this type of research. We cover print and electronic sources, both free and subscription-based, as well as giving a few tips and tricks picked up over the years.

The recording of the webinar held on June 9, 2021 is available in our Doing Historical Company Research guide.

Please see the Events at the Library of Congress page for upcoming classes.


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New to Scholarly Research? Finding Your Way Through the Maze

These are a series of webinars designed especially for teachers, librarians, and students in any upper-level secondary school program requiring substantive research. While the focus of these sessions is on locating resources available through the Library of Congress to do research in business, economics, labor science, and technology, many of the techniques discussed may be useful to those researching topics in other disciplines or to those not affiliated with a secondary program but who may be new to the research process.

For additional information about these web sessions or to schedule a session for your class, please contact us using our Ask a Librarian service. As time and resources permit, these sessions may be scheduled either as recorded or live presentations. Although the sessions complement one another and together cover many basic aspects of the research process, each is designed as an independent unit so users can choose any one or more that interests them.

Currently, the Division offers the following sessions, each of which runs between 30 and 45 minutes.

Introduction to Research at LC

This session covers basic information on the Libraryís Researchers page, the Business Reference Services page and the Science Reference Services page. The session also includes an introduction to locating freely available e-resources through the Library of Congress web site and using the Ask a Librarian service.

Finding E-Resources

This session discusses differences between free and subscription products as well as how to use Library guides to find open access online sources for e-books, research articles, and primary sources.

Search Strategies

This webinar focuses on how to explore your topic using a concept (or mind) mapping exercise, and provides instruction on how to broaden or narrow your search results using Boolean operators when searching databases or Library catalogs.

Evaluating Sources

Do you have questions about whether a source is appropriate for your research project? This session covers strategies such as currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose, and verification that you can use for evaluating whether a source is suitable for your project.

How to Read a Journal Article

This session focuses on what a journal article is, the typical structure of a journal article, and some strategies for reading a journal article.


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Onsite Classes: General Information

Please note that all in-person classes have been suspended until further notice.

Business Reference Services offers several onsite research orientation sessions to business researchers. Please note the following information that applies to all sessions:

  • In order to attend these sessions, you must obtain a Reader Identification Card prior to attending. Learn more at the Reader Registration page.
  • Individuals requiring accommodations for any of these events are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].
  • Register using the appropriate registration link provided below for each session.
  • Patrons are encouraged to arrive 5 minutes prior to the orientation. Seating is available on a first-come basis.
  • Please meet the instructor in the 5th floor elevator lobby of the John Adams Building unless otherwise stated.
  • If you have any questions please Ask a Librarian.

Business Research Orientation

The Business Research Orientation and a tour of the Science and Business reading room provides an overview of resources and services as well as guidance in locating print and electronic resources used for business research. This class is designed to introduce you to research at the Library, navigating the online catalog, and highlighting resources specific to business research. Class sessions are interactive; we love it when you bring your questions with you!


Caught in the Web? Business Tools That Help

Bi-monthly sessions of Caught in the Web? Business Tools That Help provide an introduction to the use of freely available online tools for business research including specialized search engines.


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Topical Program Offerings

The Section also offers several topical orientation sessions on specific business topics upon request. These sessions are focused on in-depth explorations of Library materials on those subjects with expert subject specialists. Recent topics have included:

Staying Current: New Technologies in Business and Science

How do you stay current when researching rapidly changing subjects? Join one of our business specialists to learn about some of the techniques librarians use to stay current when studying the business applications of such technologies as drones and artificial intelligence in the face of rapid technological changes.

Tour of the Science & Business Reading Room

Group tours providing an overview of the Science and Business Reading Room services and collections are offered upon request.


If you are interested in scheduling a session on one of these topics, please contact us via our Ask a Librarian page. Let us know which session you are interested in, how many people would be attending, and several dates that would work for you.

If there is another business subject you would like to see included in this list of special sessions either as an in person session or a virtual webinar, please let us know that as well, and we will consider the feasibility of adding it based on such considerations as availability of staff and resources.

Last updated: 5/10/2022

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