Getting Started with ReferenceUSA

Your Plano Public Library card gives you free access to ReferenceUSA, a powerful business and consumer database with 57 million business listings, 2.5 million job postings, lifestyle data for 320 million people, and much more.

Are you looking for a new career or job? An aspiring entrepreneur researching business opportunities? Do you have a product or service to market? If so, you are in luck. To get started, use this link to access ReferenceUSA, accept the terms and conditions, and enter your library card number. Create an account to customize your profile and unlock additional features such as saved searches.

You can watch the Expand Your Job Search with ReferenceUSA virtual class below, and use this handout for future reference:


Job Searches

Find the perfect job with ReferenceUSA’s advanced job search function. Search 2.5 million job listings by business type, name, location, salary and more. Get step-by-step guidance on how to use the database for job searches with our virtual workshop.


Business Strategies

Do you have or are you thinking of starting your own business? How will your business fit into the existing market? Use the U.S. Businesses database to research competitors. See what businesses are trending in the New Businesses listings.


Market Research

Looking for customers? ReferenceUSA can help you identify find marketing prospects for your product or service. Use the Consumers/Lifestyles database to determine if there is a market for your business, identify your ideal customer and develop a business strategy. With its unique mapping tool, you can use a number of variables to locate potential customers in your area.


Healthcare Directory

The U.S. Healthcare database contains information on 1.2 million doctors and dentists in the U.S. Use the Advanced Search function to search for medical providers based on 20+ criteria, including specialty, location, medical school and even number of patients seen per week.

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