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Featured Database: Gale Directory Library

August 10th, 2021

Parrish Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring Gale Directory Library, brought to you by Cengage.


Gale Directory Library includes information from a variety of premier directories that can be used to locate over 450,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations in all fields, including IRS data on U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations.


The List of Business Databases 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 Career Account.

Why Should I Know About This?

Gale Directory Library can be used to monitor association trends; identify related associations; networking and making professional contracts; marketing to associations, their members and markets.


Click Getting Started with Gale Directory Library to see the basics of using Gale Directory Library.

Related Resources

Some other resources you might want to explore are:

  • ABI/Inform Global, includes articles on business conditions, trends, management techniques, corporate strategies, company news and industry-specific topics world-wide.
  • Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA), offers several searchable database modules containing detailed information on more than 16 million U.S. businesses and employers; 89 million U.S. residents; 1.2 U.S. healthcare professionals; 2.1 million Canadian businesses; and 11 million Canadian residents.

Featured Database comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this, or future Featured Databases. 

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