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Research Guide: Career Research

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Start at the library's home page (

Off Campus Access: username is your Web ID (ex: absmith), and the password is your portal password.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

  • Find job duties, educational requirements, salary, skills, etc. for a career that you are interested in.
  • Search for a career/job in the search box next to "Search Job Profiles"
  • Be sure to search by the occupation's title rather than what you would be doing -- example, search 'welder' not 'welding'.

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Find Books...

Recommended Books
Title Location Call Number
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance Reference
HF 5381 .E52 2005 5 Vols.
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance Reference
Tyger River
HF 5381 .E52 2008 5 Vols.
Exploring Tech Careers Reference HF 5382 .E97 2006 2 Vols.
The Top 100: The Fastest Growing Careers for the 21st Century Reference
HF 5382 .T59 2011


Library Catalog
Find materials that are in the physical library.
Primarily good for finding books.
Books are usually about broader topics than articles, so you may need to broaden your search terms (ex- instead of "texting" perhaps search for "cell phone use").
Books are not going to be as up-to-date as articles because they take longer to publish.
See which library the book is located in, and what section.
Be sure to write down the book's call number!
eBook Collection (EBSCO)
Search the full-text (every word on every page) of over 120,000 books - completely electronic
E-Book Hint:: On the search page, check the box "Also search within the full text of the articles" to search within the text of the book to get more results.
Note you can only print 10 pages at a time - only print out the important pages
For citation information: click on "Detailed Record" in the left sidebar when viewing an e-book. You will need this information later on!
Ebook Central (Proquest)
Search entire books available online.
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Find Websites...

Look up information on specific occupations:

Occupational Outlook Handbook: all types of careers; updated every year

Career InfoNet: Occupation, Industry and State Information. Includes current labor market information, including current wages and trends by occupation in a particular state

O*NET OnLine: Occupational Information Network:

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce:

US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment & Wage Estimates:

State Occupational Projections: Links to Online Salary Surveys,

What if I don't know which occupation is right for me?

CareerOneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop assists in exploring careers, writing resumes, interviewing, and locating jobs. Though brought to the web by the State of Minnesota, the site provides links to other states and to nearly 2000 OneStopCareer Centers nationwide:

KUDER Career Planning System: Ask a library staff member for a copy of the Quick Start Guide if you wish to take the assessment tests on this site.

South Carolina Occupational Information System: Ask a library staff member for the login information if you wish to take the assessment tests on this site.

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Last updated: 04/27/18