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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. *

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.*

Disaster Recovery Reference Center

Disaster Recovery Reference Center covers periodicals focusing on business continuity and disaster recovery. Includes full text articles and is updated weekly.*


Up-to-date data, articles and news about companies and industries from Dow Jones, one of the largest providers of global business and news sources in the world. Includes daily major national and international newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Tip: to browse issues of recent major newpapers, click on New Pages,the select date and section. *

Foundation Directory Online (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, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.*

Historical Annual Reports

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

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

Mergent Archives (formerly Mergent WebReports)

Access to an indexed archive of more than a century’s worth of global corporate and industry related documents and publications, including Moody's Manuals and Dun & Bradstreet's Million Dollar Directory.*

Nexis Uni

Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitons and SEC filings. *A valid Houston Public Library card and PIN are required for remote access.

ReferenceUSA (For Remote Users)

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Business database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings.* (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, as well as employment and internship listings.

Regional Business News

Articles from regional business publications.*

Small Business Builder

An online tool that provides step-by-step guidance on planning, starting, and running a small business or nonprofit.*

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.*

Sustainability Reference

An issue with remote access has been reported.  Select the OpenAthens login link to access.

Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals, this collection offers unmatched full text coverage of content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management.*

Universal Class

Over 500 video-based courses on a wide variety of subjects, from hard and soft business skills like management and technology to law, academics, alternative medicine, real estate, homeschooling, bartending, arts and crafts.  Courses are self-paced and Continuing Education credits are available. (Sign up with your library card number and create a password.  Must be 14 & up to register.)

Wall Street Journal (Article Search - Contemporary News)

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

Wall Street Journal Historical Archive

Full page view of the Wall Street Journal from 1889-2002.*

Weiss Financial Ratings

Independent and unbiased financial strength ratings for banks and credit unions, stocks and mutual funds, and all types of insurance companies including HMOs; customized Medicare Supplemental Insurance (MediGap) buyer's guide that includes plan features, pricing, and regional availability. Financial planning tips are also available. *

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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.

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.