Business and Finance

Contact: Christie Mitchell, Adult Services Librarian, call 203-438-2282 x113
or email Reference Desk

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.

Online Resources

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

Business Learning

LinkedIn Learning for Libraries

The 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 Resources

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Investment research for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more.

Value Line Investment Survey

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.

Business Directory

Reference USA

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

ABI/INFORM Collection

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 ReviewMIT 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.

Academic Search Premier

Search 4,600 journals. Covers a wide variety of academic topics.

Business Market Research Collection

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.

Consumer 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.)

MasterFILE Premier

Search 1,700 magazines (some going back to 1975), 500 reference books, 592,000 images, and more. Includes full text of Consumer Reports articles.

New York Times

1980 to present.

Wall Street Journal

1984 to present.

Business Services

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.

Nonprofit Resources

The Library maintains a collection on nonprofit management, fundraising,
grants, and Foundation Center resources.

View Nonprofits, Grants & Foundation Center for more information.

Learning Opportunities

Seminars, workshops, lectures, and other programs related to business
development and management, employment, career advice, and more.
Click here for a program listing.


Banks and Banking 

Find bank ratings for national banks, thrifts, and credit unions

CT Department of Banking 

Find a bank or credit union

Federal Reserve Consumer Information

FDIC Quick Links for Consumers

Finance and Investments


SEC Filings


Yahoo Finance 

Includes historical stock quotes



A.M. Best’s Consumer Insurance Information Center 

Information and company ratings

Connecticut Insurance Department

Insurance Information Institute 

Brings insurance information to the public

Consumer Reports Guide to Health Insurance 

Have your Ridgefield Library card handy for log-in.

Personal Finance

The official site to get your free annual credit reports

Consumer Information – Federal Trade Commission

Basic information from the Federal Trade Commission

Financial literacy blog and information from University of Connecticut and the
Cooperative Extension System information

Federal Trade Commission

See also Consumer Information above

Financial & Mortgage Calculators

Identity Theft – Consumer Information

Federal Trade Commission

Identity Theft Information and Resources

CT Department of Consumer Protection

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

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


Library Materials

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

  • Barron’s
  • Bloomberg Business Week
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fairfield County Business Journal
  • Financial Times
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Investor’s Business Daily – IBD Weekly
  • Kiplinger Letter
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance*
  • Kiplinger’s Retirement Report
  • Money
  • New York Times
  • Value Line Investment Survey
  • Wall Street Journal

* Indicates magazines that are also available for download on RBDigital