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Adult Research & Career Resources


The Reference Section at the library has specialized collections in the areas of careers, education, medical, business, atlases and literary criticism.

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Career Resources


The Madison Public Library has many books on careers. We also have databases that can be accessed on our computers at the library or from home.

Reference Collection

Career Table – many directories and general career guides can be found here including the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and the 5 volume Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance. College Table –  general guides to help you choose an undergraduate, graduate, or vocational school as well as directories of scholarship information. Annual reports can be obtained by clicking here or viewed on a corporation’s website.

Circulating Material

New Books – for the most up-to-date books, see the “new non-fiction” section of the library and look for books with the call numbers 650.14 and 658. Non-fiction Shelves – books on job-hunting, resumes, and interviewing techniques can be found in 650.14. The call numbers 658 to 658.872 denote books on all aspects of business including small business, e-business, and home offices. Oversized Books – These books are in the second set of stacks labeled “Oversize” and use the same call numbers as the other shelves. Most of our books on resumes and cover letters are in L650.14. Study Guides – We have books on how to prepare for civil service tests, tests to enter graduate and undergraduate schools, tests for licensing and certification, and more.  Ask the reference desk for the location of these books. Search the catalog for these subject headings:

  • Vocational Guidance
  • Job Hunting
  • Career Development
  • Resumes employment

Online Career Resources

Job and Career Accelerator – matches your interests to a career path with detailed information on training required and job opportunities. It also includes a resume and cover letter builder and interviewing tips.

Reference USA – helps job seekers compile a list of companies by geographical area or industry.

Morris County Library’s Career Central – maintains several resources on job hunting.

Other suggested Internet sites are listed under Job Hunting.

Starting Out, Best Jobs, and Apprenticeships/Internships

The library maintains a Career Tablethat includes helpful information on job hunting such as:

  • Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance (R331.702)
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (R331.7)
  • Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians Administrators (R379.157)
  • Work at Home Sourcebook
  • Resume Magic

Career Change and Returning to Work

Considering a career change?
Returning to work?
Titles include:

  • Encore Career Handbook: how to make a living and a difference in the second half of life (650.14 ALB)
  • The 10 laws of career reinvention : essential survival skills for any economy (650.14 MIT)
  • Expert resumes for career changers (L640.14 ENE)
  • Thank you for firing me! : how to catch the next wave of success after you lose your job (650.14 MAR)
  • Get a great job when you don’t have a job (650.14 STE)
  • Over 40 & you’re hired! : secrets to landing a great job (650.14 RYA)
  • Me 2.0 : build a powerful brand to achieve career success (650.1 SCH)
  • 9 to 5 cure: work on your own terms and reinvent your life (650.1 CAR)

Suggested subject headings when searching the catalog are:

  • Career changes
  • Career development
  • Vocational guidance
  • Work and family

Job Hunting, Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

We have books to guide you through the job search, help you create an effective resume and cover letter, and prepare for interviews. Some titles are:

  • Find a job through social networking : use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and more to advance your career   (650.14)
  • 100 fastest-growing careers : your complete guidebook to major jobs with the most growth and openings   (L331.702 FAR)
  • 101 best ways to land a job in troubled times  (650.14 BLO)
  • Get hired in a tough market : insider secrets to find and land the job you need now   (650.14 DEB)
  • Use your head to get your foot in the door : job search secrets no one else will tell you  (650.14 MAC)
  • Get a great job when you don’t have a job   (650.14 STE)
  • Make job loss work for you : get over it and get your career back on track   (650.14 DEE)
  • The job-hunter’s survival guide : how to find hope and rewarding work, even when “there are no jobs”   (650.14 BOL)
  • Job interviews for dummies (650.14 KEN)
  • What color is your parachute?  A practical manual for job-hunters and career changers (650.14 WAT)
  • Knock ’em dead: Secrets and strategies for first-time job seekers (650.14 YAT)
  • Get the job you want, even when no one’s hiring : take charge of your career, find a job you love, and earn what you deserve!   (650.14 MYE)
  • 15-minute cover letter : write an effective cover letter right now  (650.15 FAR)
  • How to plan and conduct an effective work search campaign : job search techniques  (L650.14 NEW)
  • How to Land a Top Paying Federal Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Resumes, and Cover Letters…(L351.73 WHI)
  • How to write better résumés and cover letters  ( L650.142 CRI)
  • Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job   (650.14 BES)
  • Expert resumes for career changers  (L650.14 ENE)
  • Expert resumes for teachers and educators  (L650.14 ENE)
  • Step-by-step resumes : build an outstanding resume in 10 easy steps! (L650.14 SAL)
  • The complete idiot’s guide to the perfect resume   (L650.142 IRE)
  • Résumé magic : trade secrets of a professional résumé writer  (L650.14 WHI)
  • The overnight résumé : the fastest way to your next job   (L650.142 ASH)
  • How to say it on your résumé : a top recruiting director’s guide to writing the perfect résumé for every job  (650.142 KAR)
  • LinkedIn for dummies (650.13 ELA)

Suggested subject headings when searching the catalog are:

  •  Cover letters
  •  Employment interviewing
  •  Job hunting
  •  Resumes
  •  Interviewing

Company and Industry Research

If you are looking for a job at a specific company or in one particular industry you may want to research your prospective company’s products and services, its competition and financial situation, and recent news about the industry. Our reference books and directories at the Business Table will assist you in your research.  They include:

  • D&B Regional Business Directory
  • Hoover’s Handbooks
  • New Jersey Business-to-Business Directory
  • Business rankings annual

Corporate History and Statistical Data

  • Value Line   (R332.6)

News sources

Click here to view newspaper and magazine articles relating to a company can be found in several databases searchable from home.

Job Search Tools and Job Leads

There are several ways to find job leads:

  • Newspaper employment ads – can be searched online at the newspaper’s web site.
  • Internet Job Search – Listings of web sites can be found at the Career Table at the library or under  Job Hunting
  • Trade Journals – for specific professional employment
  • Executive Recruiters – Ask at the Reference Desk for the Directory of Executive Recruiters (R331.128).

How to Post a Resume on the Internet

The instructions below will show you several simple ways to post your resume from one of our Internet connected computers. For general information on electronic resumes (e-resumes) visit the following sites:

Online Job Applications

Resumes, Cover Letters, & Other Job Search Correspondence


One simple way to post your resume is by entering it into a job database.  Registration is required and the resume is password protected. Employers will be able to search all the resumes posted.

You may want to e-mail your resume in order to directly contact an employer. In this case,  use your online email account such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail.  You can create a document in Microsoft Word and attach it to your e-mail, or you can bring in your resume saved on a  flashdrive and attach. Follow the guidelines of the employer when you send an attachment: They usually specify the format they prefer such as “plain text” (ending in .txt) or MS Word document (.doc) or you can save and send your resume as a PDF.

Three Ways to Apply Online:

  • Enter your information in a job database

Many companies require you to enter your information in their HR database.  Job webs (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.) also use this option for storing & distributing resumes.  Registration is required and password- protected.  This means tour personal data cannot be “Googled” or changed by someone else.  Resume databases are relatively easy to use.  Most job sites give you several options: upload your resume, create a profile, or enter details on a pre-formatted questionnaire.

  • E-mail attachment

Save & send your resume as a .PDF to maximize accessibility (iPad, smartphone, computer) & retain formatting.

  • Social networking: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, personal web pages

LinkedIn is “the” place to upload professional profiles.  Recruiters are searching this space looking for/screening out potential candidates.  You can upload resume or create basic profile.  Uploading your resume to the web (“googleable”) works best for consultants and freelancers looking for business.  It is a convenient way for potential clients to review your credentials.  NOTE: You will be Googled.  Be careful what your share.  Get creative!

How to create a resume in Microsoft Word and save it in your email account:

  •  Double click on the Microsoft Word icon to open it.
  •  Type your resume.
  •  Save your resume to a disk or  flash drive, click “File”, scroll down to “Save as” and click. In the “Save in” window choose the appropriate drive (a: or e:). Then name your resume and choose the type of format (e.g. text only or Word document). Lastly, click “Save”.
  • When you are ready to send your resume, open your email and compose a new mail message as a cover letter. Then click “attach file”. Click on browse and the documents on your disk or flashdrive will be displayed.  Open the appropriate document and the file will be selected.  Then “Insert” or “Attach” (or “OK”) the file. When you have completed attaching the file and have finished your email message, click “Send”. (Note: The file you want to attach must be closed.)

Some employers will no longer accept attachments to email. Instead you may have to copy and paste your resume into the body of the email, although the resume may lose some of its formatting.

It’s a good idea to send the resume to yourself as an attachment or in the body of an email and see if it retains its formatting.  If not, you can then make adjustments to the resume.

Starting a Small Business or Home Office

Entrepreneur  – helpful information on starting a business.

SBA.gov – information for small business owners

SCORE – provides support for the life of your business through an online mentoring service and numerous workshops and conferences.

Resources for Businesses – additional resource maintained by the Morris County Library

Business Start up – Morris County Library resource

Small Business Resources Center

Titles to consider include:

  • The start your own business bible: 501 new ventures you can start today (658.11 WAL)
  • How to succeed in business using LinkedIn : making connections and capturing opportunities on the Web’s #1 business networking site (650.14 BUT)
  • 101 internet businesses you can start from home : how to choose and build your own successful e-business (658.872 SWE)
  •  Getting started in consulting (658.46 WEI)
  •  Start your own medical claims billing service : your step-by-step guide to success (658.041 STA)
  •  Making money from home : how to run a successful home-based business (658.041 PAR)
  •  The consultant’s quick start guide : an action plan for your first year in business (658.46 BIE)
  •  Consulting for dummies (658.46 NEL)
  •  The small business start-up kit (L346.73 PAK)
  •  Crush it! : why now is the time to cash in on your passion (658.11 VAY)
  •  The Work at Home Sourcebook (R658.041 Career)
  • Small business for dummies (658.022 TYS)

Suggested subject headings for searching the catalog are:

  •         Entrepreneurship
  •         Home-based businesses
  •         Internet marketing
  •         New business enterprises
  •         Self-employed
  •         Small business
  •         Success in business
  •         Business consultants

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Higher Education


Admissions and General Information

The Admissions Office
Includes links to a variety of websites with college information and financial aid.

Includes links to all aspects of higher education, including test prep, financial aid, graduate school, online learning and more.

Careers and Colleges
Admissions advice, scholarships and financial aid, test preparation, special interest, career guidance.

College Answer
Includes information on Sallie Mae®, the nation’s leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans. Finding a school, applying, paying.

The College Board
Registration and preparation for SAT. Information on planning for college, finding a college, applying to colleges, financial aid.  Advanced Placement Program.

College Data
College selection, admissions, and financial aid

College is Possible
American Council on Education. Choosing the right college, preparing for college, paying for college, and more.

College View
Information request forms, virtual tours, financial aid, and electronic applications.

The Common Application
The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that provides a standardized first-year admission application and transfer application – online and in print – that students may submit to more than 400 colleges and universities.

Peterson’s College Planning
Information on selecting, applying to, and paying for college.  Includes links to test prep and college websites.

The Princeton Review
College information, college rankings, and links to college websites

U.S. Department of Education
Designed by students for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers.   Provides information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or postsecondary education programs.

U.S. Universities by State
Links to websites of regionally accredited community colleges, colleges and universities in the United States and its territories. Schools are listed alphabetically or by state. Also provides links to U.S. regional accrediting organizations.


American College Testing (ACT)

Association of American Medical Colleges (MCAT)

The College Board(SAT and PSAT)

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Graduate Management Admission Council’s MBA Explorer (GMAT)

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Law School Admission Council (LSAT)

Financial Aid

College Scholarships
Provides a broad array of funding opportunities.

Direct Loan Consolidation
Provides information for loan holders, borrowers, and schools on how to consolidate loans as per the Higher Education Act (HEA).

This is the official website for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

FastWeb: Scholarships, Financial Aid, Students Loans and College
Once registered as a member on this site, students have full access to resources that can match their needs to relevant scholarship and internship opportunities. This site also provides advice on student life.

Federal Student Aid
This is a website from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office which provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work study funds to millions of students every year.

This is the free and self-described “award-winning site [that] has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools – on or off the web” and that was founded by the publisher of FastWeb, the free scholarship matching service.


Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) NJ Grants and Scholarships
Information about grants and scholarships from the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.

Peterson’s How to Pay for College
Includes a scholarship search based on the type of education for which users seek aid.

Links to sites for Pell Grants, Minority Scholarships, and numerous other college scholarships and grants.

Sign My Loan
Users can securely complete and sign their promissory notes here.

U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid
Provides information for loan borrowers and financial aid professionals on FAFSA, sources of aid, deferments, forgiveness or cancellation of loans, and repayment plans among other topics.

U.S. News: Paying for College
Connect with current news, tools and tips related to financing your higher education.

Yahoo’s Financial Aid Directory

Distance Learning

Distance Education and Training Council
The DETC Accrediting Commission defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions.

Directory of Internet Universities and Training Institutes

Petersons Distance Learning

Being There

College Prep 101

College Survival Skills
Tips for Students with Disabilities to Increase College Success.

Dr. Mom’s Guide to College
This list of very helpful (and humorous) advice was compiled by Dr. Kerry S. Kilburn at Old Dominion University.

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General Information

The State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (click on ‘Consumer Information’) Within the ‘Consumer Information’ tab users can access a wealth of information regarding auto, health, life and property insurance company rules, regulations and performance. Also, if users have a complaint, they can check out the list of companies that have been cited by New Jersey for fines, license revocations and suspensions. The Insurance Information Institute Includes information for consumers and insurance professionals on property and casualty, auto, health, life, health, long-term care, disability, business, and specialty insurance and search tools help consumers find links to insurance company websites by state and type of insurance. Additional links offer advice on teenage driving safety, new homebuyer’s checklist, filing claims, home security, and much more. Insurance Education Project This resource is run by Consumer Action, a national non-profit education and advocacy organization. The site lists new articles, publications, and upcoming events on homeowners, auto, life, health, and account insurance as well as information on insurance fraud.  

Company Ratings

A. M. Best This source provides free online ratings and analyses of companies’ operating performances and business profiles via its own Credit Rating Methodology (BCRM). TheStreet Morris County Library owns the print edition of TheStreet.com (formerly Weiss) ratings for HMO companies. TheStreet, however, strives to provide users, subscribers, and advertisers with the most practical ideas from the fields of investing, finance, and business “in order to break down information barriers, level the playing field and help all individuals and organizations grow their wealth.” Fitch Ratings This resource offers international perspectives through “strong local market experience and credit market expertise” and, as a result, can self-describe as “a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research.” Moodys Moody’s provides credit ratings, research, and analysis that facilitate a more transparent view of financial markets. Standard & Poors Search for ratings and access “high-quality market intelligence” through this source’s research.

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Literature Databases
There you can connect to a collection of online literary databases to which the library subscribes.

Literary History
This index to free articles on English and American literature is a useful site for students, scholars, writers, teachers, reading groups and general readers.

Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab
This site is a collection of online resources, many of which relate to writing. Topics covered include online reference sources, tutorials and guides for writers, resources for teachers, and scholarly writing.

Literary Resources on the Net
This site is a collection of links to resources dealing with various genres of literature such as Classical, Biblical, Medieval, Victorian, and American. Links to other national literatures are included. The pages also contain bibliographic and biographical information and criticism.

Early Modern Literary Studies
This is an online, refereed journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic resource for researchers in the area of early modern literature. Maintains links to the most useful and comprehensive Internet resources for Renaissance scholars including archives, electronic texts, discussion groups, and beyond.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
This site has ALL of Shakespeare’s plays plus a link to yet another comprehensive Shakespeare site that includes links to study guides, criticism, Shakespeare festivals, Renaissance studies, and much, much more.

Absolute Shakespeare
This is an essential resource for William Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre.

A Celebration of Women Writers
The Celebration of Women Writers recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history. The site provides a comprehensive list of links to biographical and bibliographical information about women writers and complete published books written by women.

Contemporary Writers in the U.K.
This is a resource converning living U.K. and British Commonwealth writers of plays, poetry, novels, and screenplays. Each entry includes a biographical sketch, bibliography of writings, and contact information. Some entries include critical appraisals.

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
This site focuses on the lives and works of North American women writers of color. Each author page presents biographical, critical and bibliographical information about the writer, images and quotes pertinent to her life and works, and links to other web resources.


Online Texts and eBooks

Online Books Page
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It includes an index to thousands of online books, links to directories of online texts, and special exhibits of online books.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a collection of over 20,000 downloadable electronic books (eBooks) with links to partners and affiliates for a total of 100,000 ebooks. The site also has links to free audio books and digitized sheet music.

Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
This is an online publisher of literature, reference, resources, and verse that provides students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web free of charge.

English Server
This is a cooperative which has been publishing humanities texts online since 1990. Today it offers over 35,000 works covering a wide range of interests. Their collection includes art, architecture, drama, fiction, poetry, history, political theory, cultural studies, philosophy, women’s studies and music.

The Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. It is searchable by author, title and subject.

Over 1,000,000 free classic literature ebook titles available to read. OpenLibrary is an open, editable library catalog. Just like Wikipedia, you can contribute new information or corrections to the catalog.


Online Book Related Magazines

This is the online version of the monthly general interest book review which covers the best in new releases. They typically review up to 100 of each month’s new fiction, nonfiction, business, children’s, spoken word audio, and how-to books. The tone is upbeat and literate, focusing on bestsellers as well as new discoveries.

Book Reporter
This site informs readers through thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, as well as excerpts of the hottest new releases.

January Magazine
This resource provides interviews with authors as well as reviews of books published around the world.

The Mystery Reader
This site maintains the very latest news and views of mystery novels, interviews with authors and links to authors’ websites.

New York Review of Books
“The premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.” This resources publishes essays and reviews of books and the arts, including music, theater, dance, and film.



Library of Congress Poetry Resources Users can access lists of online poetry resources compiled by the Library of Congress, including some resources originally created and maintained by poets and poet laureates themselves. Also you can access the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature to listen to recordings of poets reading their own work.

Users of this website from The Academy of American Poets can find essays on poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, text of nearly 2,000 poems, and audio clips of over 150 poems read aloud. Users can also discuss poetry, share their own work with fellow web travelers, find out what poetry events are happening in their towns, and much more.

The Poetry Foundation Resources
Here users can find links to other relevant sites and resources, including information concerning the Poetry Out Loud competition, teacher-specific resources, and both single-poet and audiovisual poetry archives.

The Poetry Archive (UK) This non-profit organization collects and maintains the audio recordings of poets who have given their own voices to their personal works. With the mission to make poetry accessible, relevant, and enjoyable to a large and international audience, this is an exceptional and unique poetry resource for browsing and searching poets by name, poetic terms, and poems by title, theme, or form.

Poet’s Corner
The goal os this site is to create a user-friendly library of poetic works that promotes browsing and exploring thousands of those works. Links to additional poetry websites are included.