Essex County Office of
Small Business Development and Affirmative Action
Hall of Records, Room 449A 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102

Reference Library

Reference Library

Reference LibraryThe SBDAA's Reference Library consists of business-related books and periodicals, daily newspapers, three (3) personal computers with Internet access for patron use, and a printer.

The Library’s book collection is arranged in easy to use categories:

  • Computers – titles on software, networking, and hardware
  • Global – information about importing/exporting and conducting business on a global scale
  • Legal – information to assist with establishing businesses, partnerships, etc.
  • Finance – tools to aid in business finances
  • Management – books about varied aspects of business management
  • Marketing – information about special markets, social networking, etc.
  • Special interests – information about very specialized business interests, e.g. family-owned businesses, children in business, how-to start particular businesses

CLICK HERE to search the RCRL Online Catalog

Resource Center and Reference Library Available Resources

The RCRL offers a variety of resources for patron use:

  • Books and periodicals collections
  • Personal computers
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Business software
  • Audio podcasts available on the website
  • Wireless printer
  • Resources – Useful Links

Books and periodicals collections — 500 books and subscriptions to various newspapers and business magazines. Books can be reserved by request by telephone or over the Internet.

Personal computers — Three (3) personal computers (PCs) running Windows 7 operating systems with Internet connectivity for use by its patrons.

Wireless Internet connection — Wireless Internet connectivity that patrons can utilize to access their own laptops, iPads, or other mobile devices.

Business software — The PCs have current versions of the most frequently used business software:

  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • QuickBooks

Audio podcasts — instructional podcasts to assist small businesses on key topics.

Printer — Wireless printer connected to the Library PCs for document printing.

As a courtesy and economic consideration, we recommend that patrons who have e-mail access send longer documents to their own e-mail account so they can be printed at home or their place of business.

Useful Links — Each PC also has key websites loaded on the desktop and/or stored as a bookmark for ease of access by our patrons. Click here for a list of these Useful Links.

Business Databases Available

RCRL makes a variety of databases available to its patrons through the JerseyClicks service.

JerseyClicks is available through any Personal Computer (PC) in the RCRL. Each RCRL PC is authenticated for login access to JerseyClicks. You may be able to access the JerseyClicks site through your local library website. Check with your local library for more information.

The Business databases found on JerseyClicks include:

Business Source Premier

This is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing indexing and abstracts for more than twice as many active, peer-reviewed, business related journals as any other database. Business Source® Premier offers indexing and abstracts for the 350 most important scholarly journals back to 1965 or the first published issue. This database includes searchable cited references for 1,205 journals.

Frost & Sullivan

This database provides comprehensive industry and market research articles to encourage growth and empowerment. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses, and the investment community from more than 31 offices on six continents.


Provides detailed, current directory information on more than 12 million U.S. Businesses, 102 million U.S. residents, 683,000 U.S. healthcare providers, 1 million Canadian businesses and 11 million Canadian residents.

Regional Business News

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Other JerseyClicks databases of interest

There are other JerseyClicks databases that might be of interest. They can be found under various topics, including:

Careers and Jobs

Career Transitions – Complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire job-seeking process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job.

Job and Career Accelerator — Create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. Access millions of job listings.


Informe — Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

Created exclusively for Spanish-speaking users, this full-text electronic reference tool is the first system to provide indexing, images and full text of popular Hispanic magazines — not just translations.

Referencia Latina — A comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries.

Salud en Español — Provides comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness. Topic specific reports covering all aspects of health offer valuable overviews on diseases, conditions, procedures and various treatments.

About JerseyClicks

JerseyClicks is New Jersey’s statewide portal for searching the statewide full-text databases offered by the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Network, and funds from the Library Services and Technology Act. The portal can be found at JerseyClicks,

These high quality databases cover subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. The JerseyClicks suite also includes Informe, our Spanish language full-text database. If you have Internet access you can search for high quality Internet age information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

JerseyClicks is funded by the New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Network, and the Library Services & Technology ACT (LSTA).  The New Jersey State Library is affiliated with Thomas Edison State College.