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Career Research Web Links

Researching professional and trade organizations

Trade associations are comprised of companies that have organized to promote and advocate their industry or product. Professional organizations are composed of individuals and groups that focus on professional development, advocacy, and outreach.

Many of online association and organization directories are outdated, with many broken links. A quick and more up-to-date way to locate associations is to search "trade association" or "professional organization" plus the field, or even particular position, you are interested in.

Note: Many college and university libraries have created lists of associations related to particular careers. These lists tend to be more up-to-date than the comprehensive directories referenced above. Look for "lib" and ".edu" in the url of the link, if the title of the page does not tell you it is a library guide.

Databases for company and industry research

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