Finding Information About Organizations: Business Administration

Organizations and associations can be excellent resources for finding specialized information on a topic. Directories can be ideal for identifying these, and provide information such as personnel, contact information, and publications.

To locate information about business organizations and associations, use directories such as:

Associations Canada: An Encyclopedic Directory
The 34th edition has nearly 20,000 associations listed and represent industry, commercial and professional associations, as well as registered charities and special organizations – not limited to Canada, but containing also foreign associations with affiliation in Canada. Alphabetically arranged by name of organization, with numerous indexes including subject, acronyms, budget, and executive name.
REFERENCE AS40.A86 2014

Canadian Almanac & Directory
With 44,000 entries, this bilingual resource provides a comprehensive picture of Canada, including economic and business summaries, with a section on associations and societies.
REFERENCE AY414.C2 2013 & 2014; Comp.St. REFERENCE AY 212.C2 1948-2012

Directory of Labour Organizations in Canada
A significant source of information on union membership, unions, and other labour organizations in Canada. Included are alphabetical lists of union organizations, titles of union publications and geographic distribution of union local branches in Canada.
http://www.labour.gc.ca/eng/resources/info/tools/directory_labour_organi...

Directory of Labour Organizations in Prince Edward Island
2014 directory is available online.
PEI Collection HD6523.A5P75

Europa World Year Book
Includes information on international organizations.
REFERENCE JN1.E85 2007; Comp. St. REFERENCE JN1.E85 1967-2003

IdeaList
A searchable site that can help to find information on over 92,000 nonprofit and community organizations in over 150 countries. Searchable by organization, people, resources, and more.
http://www.idealist.org/if/as/Org/npo

Internet Public Library Associations on the Net
A collection of 2228 resources and websites with information on a wide variety of professional and trade associations, cultural organizations, political parties, advocacy groups, labour unions, etc. An abstract about each association and the site are provided. Searchable by category, such as “Business & Economics”.
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=7&tid=0&parent=0

Resources of Scholarly Societies -- Business
Maintained by the University of Waterloo Library, this site provides links to websites of scholarly Business societies.
http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/society/business_soc.html

Yearbook of International Organizations
This five-volume resource is a comprehensive guide to international nonprofit organizations. Arrangement is alphabetical, with description, subject directory, statistics, and country directory, as well as a keyword index.
REFERENCE JX1904.A42 2001-02

Created by: Betty Jeffery, B.A., M.L.S.
Former Instruction & Education Services Librarian
Date Created: 18-April-2000
Date Revised: 29-May-2013 by Cindy MacDonald, MLIS
Date Revised: 22-September-2014