Business and Finance
The Ridgefield Library provides resources and programs to support and
serve our business community and local entrepreneurs. Our comprehensive
business collection covers small business startup and management,
entrepreneurship, accounting, human resources, general management,
leadership, marketing, and selling, as well as resources on careers and
job search, personal finance and legal information and more.
Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you
by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Items identified by the
researchIT CT logo are provided courtesy of the Connecticut State Library
and are available to all state residents. Have your library card handy for
The Lynda.com service has been upgraded to a new platform with twice the number of courses in 6 more languages (French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese).
- Over 16,000 video tutorials in management, leadership, education, marketing, multimedia design, web development, photography, design, CAD, and more
- Gain multimedia, design, social media, and web development skills
- Utilize tutorials on job-hunting and resume writing
- Build career-boosting business know how
- Explore courses covering a wide range of Microsoft Office and Apple software
- Learn from expert instructors with real-world experience
- Keep up-to-date with technology
- 60+ new courses per week
LinkedIn Learning allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.
Log onto LinkedIn Learning using your Ridgefield Library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (this may be a 12-character or longer password that you created or possibly the last four digits of your phone number). You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account, which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials.
Investment research for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more.
Also available in paper format. Investment research information and market trends, current and historical data, and expert forecasts. Check stocks, mutual funds, and other securities.
Search over 57 million U.S. businesses. Create a targeted list of companies;
search by name, geographic location, industry, size, and more.
Perfect for market research and job seekers. Also search U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, and U.S. Healthcare (physicians and dentists).
Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, and Reports
Launched in the early 1970s, ABI/INFORM remains the gold standard when it comes to business research databases.
ABI/INFORM Collection’s massive content set includes thousands of important full‐text journals and sought‐after titles from the business press as well as key trade
publications, newspapers, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports.
Journal titles include: The Economist, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management, China Quarterly, and Nation’s Restaurant News.
Market Reports include: Economist Intelligence Unit, Euromonitor, Experian,
Hoovers/Dunn and Bradstreet, Business Monitor International, Acquisdata, and more.
Search 4,600 journals. Covers a wide variety of academic topics.
Search company, industry, economic, and country market research reports from sources such as Hoover’s, Oxresearch, and U.S. and Worldwide Industry & Market Reports from Barnes Reports.
Explore the Consumer Reports database. Search for products, and find ratings, recommendations, information on reliability, and buying guides.
View the current issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
Search 12,000 publications and access 17,500 company profiles from
MarketLine. (Click on Company Profiles on the green bar at the top of the search screen.)
Search 1,700 magazines (some going back to 1975), 500 reference books, 592,000 images, and more. Includes full text of Consumer Reports articles.
1980 to present.
1984 to present.
The Ridgefield Library offers services for small and home-based businesses,
including private meeting and study rooms as well as shared work space, free
Wi-Fi access throughout the library, public computers (with Microsoft Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher), photocopiers (20 cents per page), fax
machine, color scanner, and more.
View Business Services for more information.
The official site to get your free annual credit reports
Basic information from the Federal Trade Commission
Financial literacy blog and information from University of Connecticut and the
Cooperative Extension System information
See also Consumer Information above
Federal Trade Commission
CT Department of Consumer Protection
FBI and National White Collar Crime Center
From the Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission
Be an informed consumer, avoid scams, and find information on a wide variety of topics
The Business collection is located in a designated area on the Upper Level
near the Adult Services Desk. Barron’s is kept at the Adult Services Desk.
Audiobooks and nonfiction DVDs are shelved separately.
Books / DVD / Audiobooks
- Accounting – 657
- Businesses History – 338.7
- Customer Relations – 658.812
- Entrepreneurship – 658.022, 658.041, 658.4
- Insurance – 368
- International Trade – 332
- Investing – 332.63
- Job Search and Career – 650.14
- Management and Leadership – 658.4 ]
- Personal Finance – 332.6
- Personal Success in Business – 650.1
- Presentations – 658.452
- Resumes & Interviewing – 650.14 to 650.144
- Sales & Selling – 658.81 to 658.85
- Small Business Management – 658.022, 658.041, 658.4
- Time Management – 650.11
- Wills & Estates – 346.7305 (also 332.024)
Magazines / Newspapers
- Bloomberg Business Week
- Connecticut Magazine
- Fairfield County Business Journal
- Financial Times
- Harvard Business Review
- Investor’s Business Daily – IBD Weekly
- Kiplinger Letter
- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance*
- Kiplinger’s Retirement Report
- New York Times
- Value Line Investment Survey
- Wall Street Journal
* Indicates magazines that are also available for download on RBDigital