A to Z databases Explained

  AtoZdatabases Explained

AtoZdatabases, available from AskRI.org, is accessible from within libraries and throughout Rhode Island. It is used for patrons to find information about businesses–including healthcare professionals, and people in order to create mailing lists and sales leads or to find a job.

AtoZdatabases allows for a large variety of search terms to be used in a business search, for example searches can be by business name, keyword and business type, and location; including a radius search, as well as less typical search terms such as ownership status; including women or minority owners, year of incorporation, and business size. If a business is missing from another reference source, it may still be included in AtoZdatabases!

The databases can be used to search for people as well as a business. They can be searched by name, location; including a zip code radius search, or phone number. Other terms available for a people search include household status and income, interests and hobbies, and home market value. According to AtoZdatabases this people search is to “help entrepreneurs conduct prospecting, help students complete market studies, and help community members get more use out of our database”.

AtoZdatabases now includes a job search tool, powered by indeed.com, to help patrons with their job searches. The job search gives beneficial tips on different aspects of the job search. This includes “Doing your homework”, which suggests the searcher prepares themselves for interview questions, as well as questions presented to the patron to determine appropriate companies to look at and hints to writing cover letters and resumes to stand out from the competition. It also goes into Applying for the Job and Acing the Interview. Resume writing and preparing for the interview process are two topics that are discussed separately and in depth in order to assist the patron to customizing the resume to match the job posting and preparing for the interview; including preparing questions for the employer, and the interview follow-up.

Suggest AtoZdatabases for patrons in need of a specific type of business. The variety of search options and the extent of the databases makes AtoZdatabases, available to all Rhode Island residents through AskRI.org, a valuable tool for everyone.