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Abstracts & Indexes
General Reference Sources
Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
WWW Resources
Library Information

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Selected Resources for: Careers (Display only the highlighted/core resources).

Subject Description: Covers occupational information, labor market statistics, job searching resources and college ranking information.

Abstracts & Indexes

    Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

  Academic Search Premier
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Provides full text for nearly 4,560 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975.
  Business Source Premier
This is the industry's most used business research database, providing the full text for more than 8,800 serials. It also provides full text back to 1965.
  Expanded Academic Index
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images. InfoTrac database.



Search MnPALS, the library's catalog, to find books and audio-visual material owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources


  Dictionary of Occupational Titles
O*NET is an official website that provides information on occupations. This website replaces the print Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Click Find Occupations, then type in occupation. Under Reports, click Summary to see information on tasks, skills, abilities, work environment, education and work values.


  Career Information Center
Multi-volume encyclopedia set organized by type of career including career requirements, work environment, trends, etc. Available in print and online.
Location: R331.702 C27 Hutchinson & Willmar Reference
  Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance
4-vol. set includes detailed information on numerous careers: overview, history, requirements, employers, earnings, work environment, outlook, trends, etc.
Location: R331.702 E56 Hutchinson Reference R331.702 E56C Willmar Reference
  Top 100: The Fastest Growing Careers for the 21st Century
Location: R331.7 T67 Willmar Reference

    General Reference Works

  Learning Express Library
Interactive multimedia training tutorials in the fields of adult learning, computer skills, jobs & careers​

    Handbooks and Manuals

  Occupational Outlook Handbook
Reputable source from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which is updated every two years and is used for career information in most occupations. It gives the training and education needed,earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.
  What Color is your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers
Updated information on careers.
Location: 650.1 B96W Willmar Circ

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

    Journal Titles

  Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Career information in this quarterly publication is provided by government agencies, industrial organizations, professional societies, trade associations, and unions. Published by the U.S.Department of Labor. Print and online access.
Location: Willmar Periodicals

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

    Style Manuals

  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Location: R808 G437M Hutchinson & Willmar Reference
  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Location: R808 P977 Hutchinson & Willmar Reference
  Ridgewater College Library Citation Guides

WWW Resources

    Web Sites

A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored website that offers comprehensive and reliable information on careers and job opportunities.
Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge, is a web-based gateway to Minnesota career, employment, education, and business development information and services.
  Minnesota Career Information System
The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) is an Internet-based system that combines a wealth of career, educational and labor market information into one comprehensive, easy-to-use exploration tool. With MCIS, students and clients can: learn about over 520 occupations; develop a personal portfolio; research colleges, universities, and career schools; find scholarships and financial aid; improve job search skills and create a resume. Use "Ask the Librarian" above to request off-campus Login (user ID & password)
  Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development(DEED)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion, and retention; workforce development; international trade; and community development. The agency's mission is to support the economic success of individuals, businesses, and communities by improving opportunities for growth. DEED's organizational structure is aligned with its mission.
Official website developed by the Department of Labor. Includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with over 950 occupations. Previous title: Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
  Riley Guide
Gateway for job searchers,career explorers and to-be students. Links to over 1600 resources selected by Riley editors. Financial support from Wall Street Journal.

Library Information

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