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Research Orientation Classes

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

General Information

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!
These orientations are offered on the first Wednesday of every other month from 12:00-1:15 pm with the first class offered in January. Specific dates are provided on the registration page.

To register, please go to EventBrite.External Link

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.

The class is offered on the third Wednesday of every other month from 11:00 am to 12 noon, with the first class offered in January. Specific dates are provided on the registration page.

To register, please go to EventBrite.External Link

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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:

Researching Old Companies

This is a focused orientation to resources for researching old companies. Whether you are trying to find out more about your great grandfather's small business, the value of that old stock certificate in your attic, or just curious about a company from the past, learn how to find materials both at the Library of Congress and in your local public library and historical society to help answer your questions. The session covers both print and electronic sources.

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, 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: 1/3/2020

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