Welcome to Database of the Week, a feature from the Parrish Library. Each of these weekly snapshots will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This week’s database is Associations Unlimited brought to you by Gale Cengage.
Link: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/businessdatabases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.
Focus: Associations Unlimited is a source of information about associations, professional societies, and organizations.
Search: From the homepage you can choose a search form based on what you know about the subject. For example, if you know the name or acronym of an organization, choose the Association or Acronym Search. Associations Unlimited will provide you a report that contains contact information, descriptions of the organization’s purposes, awards, publications, SIC code of the industry, and promotional material from the association you search for. Coverage can be limited to national, international, or regional.
Why you should know this database: Associations Unlimited is not a mere directory of organization names and addresses. It provides details on over 150,000 associations, and includes IRS information on over 300,000 nonprofit organizations.
Why students should know this database: Students should become familiar with the professional societies that support the interests of their chosen careers. Many of these societies offer student memberships. In addition, many research projects can benefit from information offered by special interest organizations.
Cost: $2,977.00 paid by the Libraries annually.
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