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Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database: Associations Unlimited, from Gale Cengage.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:Associations Unlimited is a source of information about associations, professional societies, and organizations.

Start with this hint:  Associations Unlimited begins at the main menu, where you select a search form based on what you know about the subject.  If you know the name or acronym of an organization, choose that option.  Try NRA, for example, and you’ll find there are 9 organizations with that acronym.  To see a sample of the entries provided by Associations Unlimited, click on the National Restaurant Association.  You’ll find contact information, including email and URL, a description of the organization’s purpose, awards, publications, and meetings, the SIC code of the industry, and promotional material from the association. Return to the main menu and try the options for Location, Custom, or Subject/Any Word to find organizations committed to almost any subject or issue from economics to politics, charitable organizations to fan clubs. Categories include educational, trade, and social welfare groups, and coverage can be limited to national, international, or regional.

Click here to see the basics of searching Associations Unlimited or try our new tool Guide on the Side with this link.

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.

How this will help students: 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: $2,497.00 paid by the Libraries annually.

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