How do I find addresses and phone numbers?
There are many options for locating the addresses and phone numbers for people and businesses.
There are several options for locating people who live in the United States:
An excellent place to start your search is ReferenceUSA. This database is like a nationwide criss-cross directory, with listings for approximately 12 million residences. ReferenceUSA can be found on the library Databases page, found under Research Resources on the menu bar of the library's website. To access this database from home, you will need your Library Card number and PIN.
There are also several Internet sites with searchable nationwide residential directories:
- SuperPages can be searched by name, address or phone number.
- Switchboard allows searching by name or by phone number.
The library subscribes to several databases that help identify addresses and phone numbers for businesses in the United States:
Our most frequently consulted online directory is ReferenceUSA. The business portion of ReferenceUSA lists 10-12 million companies nationwide. Although referred to as businesses, this database contains listings for any type of business or organization which can be found in telephone directories, including manufacturers, retailers, services, government agencies, schools, churches, physicians, and associations. Businesses can be searched by name, address, phone number, and type of business. ReferenceUSA can be found on the library Databases page, found under Research Resources on the menu bar of the library's website.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
Larger companies can be searched in Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage by selecting to search in the Register of Public Co. and Register of Private Co. sub-databases. Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage can be found through the library Databases page, found under Research Resources on the menu bar of the library's website.
Many print business directories are housed in the Reference Department at the Central Library. They can be used to locate companies world-wide.
Remember, when in doubt - ask a librarian for help!