Firsthand Career Platform

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Vault Campus and Firsthand have been combined to help a new generation of students and alumni realize their career potential. The new Firsthand Career Engagement Platform brings together the breadth and depth of Vault Campus’s company rankings, employer profiles, guides, and more with Firsthand’s mentors, internships, and career fairs to deliver relevant content tailored to individual career seekers that will support them during every step of their career journeys.

The Firsthand Career Engagement Platform provides every career seeker with personalized career guidance. Powered by firsthand experiences, Firsthand offers career seekers unique resources, impactful relationships, and powerful insights so that they can discover their best next step.

At Firsthand, we aim to give all career seekers, regardless of their background, access to the best possible career insights, expert advice, and connections. We empower career seekers to navigate their careers from a position of strength, knowledge, and assurance by providing them with access to employers, mentors, career guides, virtual career fairs, and other unique resources they will actually use because they’re built with verified firsthand know-how. Firsthand also helps colleges and universities develop more meaningful interactions with students, alumni, and employers.

The Firsthand Career Engagement Platform was inspired by our employees’ own career journeys, our missteps, our learned ability to adapt, and all of the people who helped us along the way. When it comes to a career, it’s not always what you know, but who you know as well. Let Firsthand connect your students to both the know-how and the know-who so they can find their “know-you.”


We help students connect with experienced mentors who offer résumé critiques, mock interviews, firsthand knowledge of roles and industries, and more. Our 10,000+ mentors have been there and done that—and they were once in your students’ shoes.

Company Rankings and Profiles

Every year, we survey nearly 100,000 young professionals to identify which employers are most desirable. Our expert editors compile in-depth company profiles and rank companies based on prestige, diversity, quality of life, and overall experience in order to give students an unbiased look at the best places to work. We provide detailed information on 1,000+ professions and more than 4,500 companies in more than 140 industries, covering education requirements, skill requirements, salaries, advancement prospects, and more. Our influential rankings, ratings, and reviews of thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs are regularly featured and cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, Money, and countless other news outlets.

Jobs & Internships

Firsthand’s Jobs section allows students and alumni to search thousands of new jobs posted daily that they won’t find elsewhere. Plus, students can search for and read thousands of internship reviews, find paid internships, and explore programs based on their interests.

Exclusive Events

Serving hundreds of higher education institutions for more than 10 years, the Firsthand all-in-one platform breaks down barriers to match people with meaningful opportunities at every step of their academic and career journeys, with prescheduled 1-on-1 video meetings with employers; unlimited live events, resources, jobs, and résumé uploads; and unlimited fairs and booths.

  • Spark authentic connections—Prescheduled 1:1 meetings with employers guarantee access to impactful conversations and opportunities for your entire spectrum of students, wherever they are.
  • Empower your employers—Employers can fully customize their booths, host live events like webinars and group chats, feature resources, showcase job openings, and get reports on which attendees were most engaged.
  • Host unlimited fairs—Set up all your fairs in just a few minutes at no extra cost—whether it’s fall and spring career fairs, student orientations, or clubs. With a fixed annual fee, there’s no limit to the number of fairs, exhibitors, or attendees.
  • Right people, right fair—Run events for everyone in your community or target specific groups, from the school of business to graduating seniors.
  • First virtual fair? We’ll help—Firsthand gives you everything you need to manage your events in one place. But if you need an extra hand, we can help with planning, setup, marketing, and day-of-event support.

Career Guides & Advice

We publish numerous employer, career, internship, résumé, and interviewing guide books that students and alumni can access and download directly from Firsthand’s site, with new and updated guides added regularly. With our guides, students can gain nuanced insights and resources that level the playing field, no matter what profession they’re passionate about. Forbes calls our guides “CliffsNotes for Careers”!

Titles include:

  • Vault Guide to Behavioral Interviews
  • Vault Guide to Case Interviews
  • Vault Guide to Finance Interviews
  • Vault Guide to Networking
  • Vault Guide to Top Internships
  • Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms
  • Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management & Strategy Consulting Firms
  • Vault Guide to the Top 25 Banking Employers
  • Vault Career Guide to Accounting
  • Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media
  • Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
  • Vault Job Search Guide for MBAs and B-School Grads
  • Vault Guide to the International MBA Job Search
  • And many more!

Vault Law

The Vault Law section connects legal jobseekers with a community of mentors and industry experts to help them find legal employers and career paths that best fit their values and goals. The Vault Law team has been providing law students, laterals, and other legal professionals with intel on the nation’s top law firms since 1996. Legal jobseekers will find:

  • Law firm rankings derived from the feedback of more than 20,000 law firm associates nationwide, including the Vault Law 100, regional and practice area rankings, quality of life rankings, diversity rankings, summer program rankings, and midsize law firm rankings.
  • Law firm profiles that give jobseekers the inside scoop on what life is really like at top law firms, with need-to-know stats and real associate reviews about firm culture, training, career outlook, pro bono, diversity—and much more.
  • The Vault Law blog, which contains advice on everything from outlining and law school exams to networking and OCI to the bar exam and beyond.
  • Practice area overviews and Q&As with attorneys in those areas, which provide firsthand perspectives about what it’s really like to practice in dozens of areas.
  • And more!

  • The Library, where users can find:
    • Career Guides, résumé and cover letter samples, industry profiles, career profiles, and interviewing tips; Guides feature dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and APA formats
    • Company rankings, company reviews, and internship programs
    • Tips and advice on preparing for an interview and finding a career path
    • Timely, special interest features, such as coronavirus resources, advice, and tips
  • “Day in the Life” section with in-depth profession overviews that spotlight the main duties of each profession, the work environment, training requirements, advancement prospects, and other need-to-know information
  • Easy-to-use modern user interface
  • Persistent record links
  • Modular platform gives users all the features they need (and none of those they don’t)

  • Powerful automation that takes away the grunt work
  • Seamless integration with existing CRMs, SSO, and other systems
  • Resource library allows admins to organize key information and resources
  • Onboarding pathways to keep everyone on track
  • Powerful emailing tool—target the right people with the right message
  • Admin portal lets admins:
    • Track every interaction and relationship
    • Quantify and score engagement
    • Get insightful visualizations and reports
    • Easily manage access inside and outside of their institution
    • Ensure data is safe, protected, and compliant
  • Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for 99.99% SLAs

“The best place on the web to prepare for a job search.”


Forbes calls Vault Guides “CliffsNotes for Careers”

World Cinema Collection

World Cinema Collection

Access Video on Demand logo

Public Libraries

About This Product

This unique collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and contemporary films from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries worldwide—making it perfect for populations with diverse cultures and multicultural programs.

The World Cinema Collection is an exciting companion to Access Video On Demand—the ultimate streaming resource for your online community. Ask for a free trial of both today!

Some World Cinema titles contain mature themes or content; viewer discretion is advised.

  • German film – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and M, Josef Von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, multiple films by F. W. Murnau and G. W. Pabst (including Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl), as well as films by Paul Leni, Robert Siodmak, and Robert Wiene.
  • French film – Georges Méliès’s seminal work A Trip to the Moon, as well as films by Jean Renoir (Rules of the Game and Diary of a Chambermaid), Luis Buñuel’s France-based work (including An Andalusian Dog, Tristana, and Age of Gold), and René Clair (The Million).
  • Japanese film – 16 films by Akira Kurosawa (including Rashomon, Drunken Angel, and Stray Dog), 21 films by Kenji Mizoguchi (including The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums, Sansho the Bailiff, and Ugetsu), 16 films by Yasujirō Ozu (including Tokyo Story; I Was Born, But…; and Late Spring), and films by contemporary directors such as Juzo Itami and Kazuyoshi Okuyama.
  • American film – multiple titles from Buster Keaton (including The General and Steamboat Bill Jr.), D. W. Griffith (including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance), Charlie Chaplin, and others representing the best of early American cinema, plus films by Douglas Sirk, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Ida Lupino, Orson Welles, Busby Berkeley, and more, covering the golden age of Hollywood.
  • Soviet, Eastern European, and Central Asian film – 10 films by Sergei Eisenstein (including Battleship Potemkin, October, Strike, and Ivan the Terrible), and award-winning contemporary films from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Georgia (including When Father Was Away on Business, Fine Dead Girls, and A Wonderful Night in Split).
  • British film – the pre-Hollywood work of major British directors like Alfred Hitchcock (including The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, and The Man Who Knew Too Much) and Michael Anderson (1984and The Naked Edge).
  • African film – Cairo Station by Youssef Chahine, six films by Ousmane Sembène (including Black Girl a.k.a. La Noire de…, and The Curse a.k.a. Xala), two films by Flora Gomes (Those Whom Death Refused and Tree of Blood), and acclaimed contemporary films.
  • Italian film – classics from Vittorio De Sica (including The Bicycle Thief and Two Women), Federico Fellini (including La Dolce Vita and Variety Lights), and Roberto Rossellini (including Paisan; Rome, Open City; and Journey to Italy), as well as films by Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Giuseppe De Santis.
  • Indian film – 14 films by Satyajit Ray (including Pather Panchali, The World of Apu, Aparajito, and The Big City), as well as films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Partho Sen-Gupta, and Rajesh Shera.
  • Chinese-language film – the 1993 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige), Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu), films by King Hu (Dragon Gate Inn, Touch of Zen, The Fate of Lee Khan, and Raining in the Mountain), Zhang Yimou’s most famous films (The Story of Qiu Ju, Red Sorghum, and Ju Dou), as well as films by Tsai Ming-Liang (The River and Vive L’Amour).
  • Latin American film – classics from Glauber Rocha (Black God, White Devil; Antonio das Mortes; and Entranced Earth), 12 of Luis Buñuel’s Mexico-based productions (including Cannes Palme d’Or winner Viridiana, The Exterminating Angel, and Simon of the Desert), and award-winning films by directors from Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Cuba, Chile, and Ecuador.
  • Turkish and Middle Eastern film – seven films by Turkish director Yılmaz Güney (including Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Way a.k.a. Yol, and Hope a.k.a. Umut) as well as award-winning films from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine (including The Kite, The White Meadows, and Toll Booth).
  • Caribbean film – contemporary films from Curaçao, Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago distributed by ArtMattan Productions, a leading distributor of films from the African diaspora.

All foreign language films are accompanied by English subtitles. Using the Custom Segment tool, users may create customized segments of specific scenes from a film, which can be embedded, shared, and saved.

  • Unlimited access from any location—on-site or or off
  • Public performance rights and no copyright infringement worries
  • Includes masterpieces and award-winners directed by:
    • Fritz Lang
    • Georges Méliès
    • Jean Renoir
    • Luis Buñuel
    • Akira Kurosawa
    • Yasujirō Ozu
    • Sergei Eisenstein
    • Alfred Hitchcock
    • Ida Lupino
    • Mahamat Saleh Haroun
    • Dana Rotberg
    • Frank Capra
    • Michael Powell
    • Ousmane Sembène
    • Federico Fellini
    • Roberto Rossellini
    • Zhang Yimou
    • King Hu
    • Glauber Rocha
    • Yılmaz Güney
    • Satyajit Ray
    • Roy William Neill
    • …and many more!

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Films Sans Frontières
Global Lens
ArtMattan Productions

Access Video: Master Public Library Video Collection

Master Public Library Video Collection

Access Video on Demand logo

Public Libraries

About This Product

With a vivid and appealing new design, Access Video On Demand’s fully responsive, mobile-friendly platform provides patrons with the content, tools, speed, and performance that today’s online experience demands. It’s the must-have video resource for patrons and learners of all ages, cord cutters, DIYers, library programming, and more.

Access Video On Demand offers public libraries an expansive, patron-friendly collection of thousands of high-quality videos that complement and enhance your library’s content offerings. We bring your patrons exceptional content from around the world that they may never have had the opportunity to see: from Oscar®, Emmy®, and Peabody Award-winning documentaries, to how-to programs that make life easier and richer, top-quality performances spanning the arts, biographies of history-makers past and present, a variety of TV shows and movies, and more.

  • Breadth and Depth – From travel and fitness programming, to home and how-to videos, indie films, TV shows, popular music performances and documentaries, curriculum-based educational videos, and more, we individually select titles from more than 1,200 international producers to bring a wide variety of content that best suits a public library’s mission of providing lifelong learning and entertainment to a diverse range of patrons.
  • Top Producers – We work with the very best producers, including A&E, BBC Learning, PBS, National Geographic, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HBO® Documentary Films, Bill Moyers, Rick Steves, Globe Trekker, Julia Child, Open University, Annenberg Learner, TED, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and many more.
  • Exclusivity – Many of our titles cannot be found with other video distributors, thanks to exclusive agreements with producers from around the world. We are the exclusive provider of HBO to the public library market, the co-exclusive provider of CNN content, and have exclusive rights to content from Guardian News & Media.
  • Performance – Our platform features an advanced technical infrastructure, a fully responsive and mobile-friendly interface, and a powerful search engine and browse functions, making it fast and easy to use 24/7 on any Internet-enabled device.
  • Freshness – Our acquisition efforts are ongoing, and every day we add more to the collection.
  • Intuitive, Patron-Friendly Organization – Our high-interest content is organized into more than 30 subject categories for simple browsing by interest. Additional filters allow patrons to find content by subject, covering popular topics such as health and wellness, family and living, history, sports, music and concerts, career and job skills, business and economics, travel, technology survival skills, a variety of film genres, and many more.
  • Exceptional Educational Content – Excellent for homeschoolers and learners of all ages, our platform features content that will both educate and entertain patrons on a wide range of curricular subjects, including history, science and technology, arts and crafts, music lessons, global studies, literature and theater, the human mind, society and culture, politics and current affairs, and more.
  • Movies and TV Shows – We offer patrons an advertisement-free source of entertainment they can access anytime, anywhere, from action, comedy, drama, mystery, and horror films to travel shows and health and wellness programs.
  • Card Catalog Integration – All titles come with MARC records that make the videos searchable alongside all the books and other materials in your library.
  • Public Performance Rights – All titles come with public performance rights, giving you the opportunity to hold free public screenings.

  • Exclusive, high-interest videos from top producers you won’t find anywhere else—plus, new content added regularly at no additional cost
  • Browser-based—no special software or hardware needed
  • Fully responsive and mobile friendly
  • Multiple search filters can be selected for more targeted results
  • Infinite scrolling
  • Featured series pages that highlight popular and selected content for patrons
  • Full language support with Google Translate on all descriptions, transcripts, and navigation
  • Captioning and searchable, interactive transcripts
  • Monthly calendar for meaningful library programming suggestions and ideas
  • Uses HTTPS, a requirement for many new browser features, to protect the security and privacy of our users
  • Custom Content Upload option, plus option to add YouTube content to the Access Video On Demand platform
  • Continuous Play and Loop Playlist options
  • A robust administrative section with enhanced reporting, including a Custom Report Tool and the ability to save and export reports
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
  • Marketing tools to increase patron awareness.

  • Encourage community building
  • Create and enhance library programming opportunities
  • Add exciting visual content to your reference desk
  • Freedom from inventory hassles and damaged DVDs
  • Provide easily accessible, meaningful video content for all patrons—with videos for students; seniors; children; parents; travelers; cooks; history buffs; animal lovers; entrepreneurs; DIYers; job seekers; science enthusiasts; dance, music, and theater lovers; artists; learners of all ages; homeschoolers; cord cutters; and many others!

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Access Video On Demand: May Programming Ideas—LGBT Pride Month and More

Access Video On Demand provides countless ideas for community programming, including titles that celebrate LGBT Pride Month, remember a revolutionary day in French history, celebrate the life and achievements of the U.S.’s 44th president, and more. Subscribers can also explore the complete cal…read more →

New Feature for Virtual Instruction: Add YouTube Content to Films On Demand and Access Video On Demand Platforms

With campuses and schools closing, Infobase has been working with educators to find a way to allow them to continue teaching remotely. With that aim in mind, Films On Demand for colleges and universities and Access Video On Demand for public libraries now have a new feature that allows users with Te…read more →

Access Video On Demand: April Programming Ideas—50th Anniversary of Earth Day and More

This year, Earth Day celebrations will focus on taking actions to stop climate change. Access Video On Demand is pleased to offer a wealth of titles for patrons who are interested in learning more about environmental issues around the world, as well as videos that honor the contributions of Asian Am…read more →

Video Spotlight—Outlier: The Story of Katherine Johnson

Renowned mathematician Katherine Johnson passed away on February 24 at the age of 101. Her remarkable story is explored in the film Outlier: The Story of Katherine Johnson from producer MotionMasters. We are pleased to offer this fascinating documentary as part of Films On Demand for academic li…read more →

Access Video On Demand: New Chrome Extension Available

A new Chrome extension for users with an active Access Video On Demand subscription is now available, providing a simple and easy way to ensure users see Access Video On Demand videos front and center when they do a Google search. Installing this extension creates a widget on the right side of a use…read more →

Access Video On Demand: March Programming Ideas—Brain Injury Awareness Month and More

Access Video On Demand provides countless ideas for community programming, including titles that promote financial literacy and raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and men’s health issues. Subscribers can also explore the complete calendar (accessible vi…read more →

Access Video On Demand: Intuitive New Taxonomy

The must-have video resource for patrons and learners of all ages just got even better: Access Video On Demand has been relaunched with a more intuitive and user-friendly taxonomy that makes it easier than ever for patrons to discover interesting and more relevant content and find exactly what they&…read more →

Access Video On Demand: February Programming Ideas—Black History Month and More

Access Video On Demand provides countless ideas for community programming, including titles to celebrate Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, plus videos on American Revolutionary War history. Subscribers can also explore the complete calendar (accessible via the…read more →

Access Video On Demand: January Programming Ideas—Human Trafficking and More

Access Video On Demand provides countless ideas for community programming, including titles to raise awareness of human trafficking, celebrate Black History Month in February and World Health Day in April, and help patrons learn more about a well-known and influential military academy. Subscribers c…read more →

“On a recent trip to London I was staying in an apartment without a television…. I decided to try my home library and Access Video On Demand….There were so many programs available that I was able to watch. The programs available on Access Video On Demand made my downtime all the better.”

Maryann Dahlen, Administrative Specialist, Sarasota County Public Library

“…for perennial topics of interest, this is valuable material in an easy-to-use format.”


“…the excitement is instantaneous and the content is really great…I would wholeheartedly recommend it.”

Janie Hermann, Program Coordinator, Princeton Public Library

“This is quality material. The videos are useful, engrossing, and on-target for the audience, and the breadth of the subject matter is considerable.”

Library Journal

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

The Essential Career Research Database—Job Profiles, Skills, and Resources

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an award-winning reference database for lifelong career exploration and planning. It offers a wealth of resources for users to assess their career goals and interests, plan their education, learn workplace skills, find apprenticeships and internships, conduct a job search, and much more. It provides users with clean, fast access to core content; a fully responsive design; a seamless multimedia experience; unparalleled, up-to-date information; proprietary directories of apprenticeships and internships; and financial aid and school search databases.

For students choosing a career path, graduates entering the workforce, or professionals changing careers, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center supports users at every step of their career journey.

Take a FREE TRIAL of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center today.

  • Explore Careers: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features expertly researched, detailed content, including video interviews, on more than 140 industries and more than 1,000  professions, with current information on earnings, employment trends, job requirements, and essential skills using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional associations and unions, industry reports, and working professionals. The fastest-growing, highest-paying, most in-demand, and most extraordinary jobs are each highlighted, and new articles on emerging professions, such as artificial intelligence specialists, blockchain developers, and remote health care engineers, are added regularly. More than 230 proprietary video interviews with working professionals are integrated into the professions articles to provide first-hand, on-the-job information.
  • Plan Your Education: This section contains valuable content on education planning, including a School Search, two comprehensive financial aid databases, and advice articles and videos. Students can find the schools that are the best fit—choosing from undergraduate, graduate, and vocational and tech schools in the U.S. and Canada, and narrowing their list by location, enrollment, tuition, areas of study, and other characteristics. Financial aid information is organized into two current databases of grants and scholarships—those offered by schools and those by private organizations—and is also integrated into the school profile pages.
  • Prepare for Your Career: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center offers expert advice articles and videos on writing résumés and cover letters, interviewing, networking, and other workplace topics. Users can download sample résumés and cover letters in Word and PDF formats to use as templates to build their own. A special section on networking features 12 articles, written by networking expert Miriam Salpeter, that discuss what networking is (and what it isn’t), how to identify and understand exactly who is in your network, how to manage your online presence and use social topics in a job search, how to make cold calls and handle follow-up, how to maintain and manage your network even after you have a job, and more. This section also includes helpful Career Tips videos that provide essential advice.
  • Find a Career: Find a job with Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s current, searchable, live job postings. For students interested in pursuing an internship or apprenticeship, the proprietary directories, advice articles, and videos in Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center offer unmatched content. The Apprenticeship Directory contains thousands of programs with opportunities in every state for more than 50 career fields. Exclusive articles discuss the ins and outs of apprenticeships in each field. The Internship Directory offers more than 660 programs. All directory records discuss the nature of the opportunity, requirements, where and how to apply, and more.
  • Videos: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center contains more than 590 tablet/mobile-friendly videos and clips covering jobs, industries, and career development skills, accessible via the Career Videos landing page and throughout the database. The Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight  videos let users get a no-nonsense insider’s perspective from working professionals across multiple industries, including biologists, mobile software developers, FBI agents, museum curators, criminal lawyers, aerospace engineers, and more. The Career Tips video series offers concise, timely advice on job-search techniques and career skills such as writing better résumés and cover letters, networking, interviewing, and advancing your career.
  • Essential Resources for Workplace Skill Building: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s exclusive workplace skills development content can help students prepare for a career in any field and support academic success and general life skills. The extensive section on workplace skills offers in-depth units with tips and exercises for understanding and mastering all-important “soft skills”: communication skills, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and more. These skills, considered essential by all employers, are often cited as lacking in many new employees and young people entering the workforce.
  • Specialized Advice and Resources: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center provides advice articles for minorities, people with disabilities, and women seeking to launch and advance their career. These articles discuss education and workplace issues specific to each group with advice for finding solutions for them. Each category includes a directory of selected top resources for finding aid, support, and more information.
  • Career Advice Blog: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features regular new blog posts “From Our Career Experts,” with an archive of more than 2,400  posts on topics such as job searching, workplace issues, interviewing, networking, résumés and cover letters, and salary and benefits.
  • Career Interest Assessment: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s Career Interest Assessment allows users to identify their work-interest areas and match them to possible careers. The two assessment options—60 questions or 30 questions—measure a user’s artistic, conventional, enterprising, investigative, realistic, and social interests and links the results to key Professions articles so users can explore professions that match their interests.
  • Authoritative Source List: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features a complete inventory of the extraordinary amount of content in the database, including titles from Ferguson’s renowned Careers in Focus series and the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance.

  • Fully responsive and mobile friendly—will work on all desktop, mobile, and tablet devices
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats
  • A variety of integration options and partners
  • Option to add institution logo/name to the top of each page
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

Infobase Announces Relaunch of Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Infobase, the award-winning provider of the Infobase Media Cloud and the Infobase Learning Cloud, today announced the relaunch of the award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, with extensive new and updated multimedia career content, a full…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center Relaunched

We are delighted to announce the relaunch of the award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center! The database was rebuilt from the ground up, with a completely new design, tons of updates and new content that speak to the needs of today’s users, new interactive tools and resources, and …read more →

Coming Soon: The New & Improved Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

The 2020 career landscape is changing fast. To give users the tools to navigate it even more effectively, Infobase is relaunching Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center later this summer, with a completely new design, tons of updates and new content that speak to the needs of today’s users, n…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New and Expanded Content on Apprenticeships

For students considering routes to a great career other than attending a four-year college, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center’s advice and resources on apprenticeships have been completely revised and updated to provide the perfect starting point for anyone seeking to research, find, and apply f…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New and Updated Industry and Professions Articles

More than 150 Profession articles and more than 40 Industry articles have been updated in Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. These articles have been reviewed and revised to reflect current employment trends and outlook projections, new technologies and practices in various jobs and professions, e…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New and Expanded Internship Content

Now often seen as an essential stepping stone on the career path, internships are of very high interest to students looking to test out potential careers, gain real work experience, or get their foot in the door of an industry. It is not uncommon for students to have two or more internships before c…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New Career Q&A and Career Tips Videos

Twenty-five new Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight videos have just been added to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, bringing the total up to more than 200. This series of 10- to 20-minute video interviews with working professionals across multiple industries gives viewers a no-nonsen…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New Professions Articles and Career Q&A Videos Added

More than 20 new Professions articles have just been added to Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, joining the thousands of articles across 140 different industries and career fields users can find there. Each thoroughly researched and up-to-date Professions article includes an overview of the profe…read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: 2018 Updates

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Recent Updates and Additions: Articles: Added 37 new Professions articles, including Fuel …read more →

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: New Career Tips Videos

A brand-new, proprietary Career Tips video series has been added to Infobase’s Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center database. The first 21 videos in this new series offer concise, timely advice on job-search techniques and career skills such as writing better résumés and cover letters, n…read more →

“…provides much of what’s important for career development…recommended…all-encompassing.”


“…covers a lot of ground…straightforward and powerful interface…Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a gold standard…”

Library Journal

“…highly current…Industry overviews and career descriptions are extensive and well written…Recommended.”


“…recommend the thorough, user-friendly, really peerless Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center to libraries serving job-seekers of all ages. Indispensable for high-school, academic, and public libraries.”

Booklist, starred review

“…convenient, user-friendly…Public libraries, academic institutions, and career counseling offices should find it especially useful…”

Reference Reviews

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Writer’s Reference Center

Writer's Reference Center

All the Tools Necessary to Write and Research Effectively

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About This Product

Writer’s Reference Center provides users with a convenient one-stop location for all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively. From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, this indispensable online resource thoroughly covers the fundamentals of quality writing, provides a wealth of vocabulary-building dictionaries, and presents a step-by-step guide to writing a good essay. An in-depth grammar section defines grammatical terms and gives examples of use, while another section explores writing style. Writing resources teach users how best to revise their work, and the intuitive design allows users to find relevant information quickly through customizable searches and browsing.

  • Writing fundamentals: Writer’s Reference Center presents a conceptual and practical guide to the writing process, covering preparation; writing your document; revising; and writing about theme, character, form and genre, and other topics. It also provides a step-by-step breakdown on how to write a good essay.
  • Writing references: Writer’s Reference Center features more than 92,000 definitions from more than a dozen acclaimed thematic dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books from Facts On File, including:
    • the comprehensive Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins
    • the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Clichés
    • The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing
    • The Facts On File Guide to Style
    • British English A to Zed
    • A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of Allusions
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of American Regionalisms
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
    • The Facts On File Dictionary of Proverbs
    • The Facts On File Student’s Dictionary of American English
    • The Facts On File Student’s Thesaurus
    • Words to Rhyme With
    • and more.
  • Writing resources: Writer’s Reference Center includes more than 150 essays covering grammar, style, research, and more, presented in an easy-to-use format, allowing users both to learn new concepts and to find answers to specific usage and style questions. The topics covered include:
    • Grammar & Punctuation: the nuts and bolts that hold the basic structure of a text together, including grammar (covering nouns, adjectives, verbs, and more), words in use (covering vocabulary, spelling words, foreign words, slang, and more), and punctuation (covering each punctuation mark from apostrophes to slashes)
    • Writing with Style: style correctness, the qualities of style (including clarity and simplicity), choosing words, constructing sentences and paragraphs, using figurative language, choosing a style, and expressing tone through words
    • Guide to Documents: writing specific types of documents—including letters and emails, memorandums and résumés, essays and theses, business reports and presentations, and promotional writing—plus the styles in which they are generally written
    • Guide to Research: developing a subject, gathering information, and evaluating sources
  • Reference Shelf: Students and researchers can find many useful reference resources in Writer’s Reference Center’s Reference Shelf section, including:
    • Dictionary: a comprehensive English dictionary, providing the correct meaning, pronunciation, spelling, and etymology of more than 90,000 words.
    • Thesaurus: a concise guide to the synonyms and antonyms of thousands of common English words.
    • Allusions: a guide to thousands of well-known events, places, people, and phenomena whose names convey a particular message to readers.
    • American Regionalisms: definitions and origins of more than 20,000 terms and expressions unique to a particular American region.
    • British English: more than 5,500 common British terms and their corresponding definitions in American English.
    • Clichés: a list of thousands of clichés and common expressions, with meanings, sources, and usage history.
    • Foreign Words and Phrases: a guide to thousands of foreign expressions often used in English, with definition, usage examples, pronunciation, and more.
    • Literary and Thematic Terms: a dictionary of more than 1,000 terms important to the study of literature.
    • Proverbs: definitions and additional information for thousands of proverbs, which are short sayings that express general truths.
    • Rhyming Dictionary: an easily searchable rhyming dictionary. Enter any word and find all the words that rhyme with it.
    • Word and Phrase Origins: definitions and origins of more than 15,000 words and expressions.
    • Words Often Confused: a list of word pairs or groups that are often misused or misspelled, such as affect/effect.

  • Convenient access to the dictionary and thesaurus from the home page
  • Specially selected features highlighting important topics for writers
  • Featured words and phrases helping writers expand their vocabulary and depth of understanding
  • Quick-access tabs highlighting Top Grammar Errors, Often Confused Words, and Most Common Punctuation Mistakes
  • Related Articles links for easy reference
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats
  • Authoritative source list: expertly researched and written content from a wealth of proprietary print titles

Writer’s Reference Center: Updated Citation Options

Citation options for Writer’s Reference Center have just been updated to reflect the latest editions. The MLA citation option has been updated to the new MLA8 format, and the Chicago Manual of Style citation option has been updated to the 17th edition. Users can view any of the available formats u…read more →

Facts On File Announces the Launch of Writer’s Reference Center

Facts On File, the award-winning publisher of print, online, and eBook reference materials for schools and libraries, is pleased to announce the launch of Writer’s Reference Center, a convenient one-stop resource that provides users with all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively…read more →

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American Reference Books Annual

“For literary criticism, author information, and writing help,…Writer’s Reference Center is key.”

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