Resource: Your Local Public Library

One of the most overlooked places to go to get assistance for data for your research is the public library.  With the popularity if the internet, people sometimes forget about the utilizing their local public library as a resource.  I always promote libraries to clients because they have access to  things that you may not find online.  All you really need is a library card and you can take advantage of tools that are paid for by your tax dollars.  Also, business /non-profit librarians are subject matter experts, they can show you how to use the library to your advantage.  They can grant you access to databases/magazine that need subscriptions and many offer free workshops and bring in guest speakers.   So check out your neighborhood library and stop by the reference desk and strike up a conversation with the librarian.  It’s like sitting with a consultant for free.  Now who doesn’t like that!

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