Employer research is a vital part of the job search process. Successful job hunters are often those who do the most research in finding information on their field, occupations and especially in researching potential employers—the companies or organizations and contacts for whom they would like to work.
The Calgary Public Library has a large collection of both general and specific company and organization directories. Our Reference USA: Canadian Businesses database is hands down our most popular source for lists of potential employers.
Reference USA: Canadian Businesses is a comprehensive database of Canadian businesses, both large and small, organizations and more. The database can be searched by industry, keyword, location (province, city and even postal code), and results can be narrowed down by business size and financial data.
Once you've completed your search, you can easily create your own contact list in spreadsheet format containing the company or organization listings and any of the details (address, company size, contact names) to save to your flash or hard drive.
Calgary Public Library members can access Reference USA: Canadian Businesses with their library card number on any computer from our website:
- Click on the E-Library link at the top of our homepage
- Click on the Business, Directories, Investment & Careers link
- Click Reference USA: Canadian Businesses (near the bottom of the page)
- Once you are logged in to our site with your library card and PIN numbers, choose the Canadian Businesses link to get started.
If you need some help using the database, please visit any library location, call us at 403-260-2782 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by logging onto InfoChat on the left hand side of this page. The Reference USA video tutorial is helpful: