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Job Search Resource: Encyclopedia of Associations

Posted by Library Blog on 03/06/2013 at 04:17 PM

The Law Library’s specialized Reference Collection is located to the right as you enter the library, in four stand-alone book cases, together with shelving that sits adjacent to the Main Computer Lab. You can use the resources in the Reference Collection to look up the meaning of a legal term of art, obtain tips for polishing a writing piece, find a pithy quote, or locate a biography of a judge for a clerkship, including contact information.

One such gem within the Law Library’s reference collection is The Encyclopedia of Associations.  On-campus access to this resource is provided by the RWU Library’s Gale Directory Library database.

The Encyclopedia of Associations (Reference, AS22 . E5) is a compilation of contact information and descriptions of professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, cultural and religious organizations and fan clubs worldwide. This is a great research tool to locate potential employers in an area of interest, learn more about a particular industry, or find a group of like-minded folks to join.  Few are aware that this is the research tool that law librarian Nan Balliot showed Betty Anne Waters (’98) when she was looking for organizations that might help her free her brother from a wrongful conviction. It led her to connect with the Innocence Project and its director, attorney Barry Scheck. The rest, as they say, is history.

If you need assistance using this resource or any of the others in the Reference Collection, do not hesitate to ask the Librarian staffing the Reference Desk for help.