Always begin research by brainstorming keywords and subject headings!!

The subject heading for career research is Vocational Guidance!!

A great place to start is in the reference section of the library!
Titles at the AHS Library include:
  • Ref 331.7 Enc Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance. Chicago: Ferguson, 2000.
  • Ref 331.702 Career Opportunities in (Various Occupations). New York: Ferguson, 2005.
(offers categorical career guidance; we have volumes on Automotive Industry, Writing, Music,
Theater, Fashion Industry, Film Industry, Radio, Nonprofit Sector, and Library and Information Science)

Also look in the nonfiction section!
Career books are spread throughout the non-fiction section, catalogued under the Dewey number that relates to the career. There are also general books about careers that offer essential information in the research and understanding of all careers.

006.6 Shi Careers in Computer Animation

230 Nel Opportunities in Religious Service Careers

331.7 Fie Best Careers for the 21st Century
363.7 Fas Careers for Environmental Types

402 See Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados

510 Lam Great Jobs for Math Majors
550 Car Careers in Focus: Earth Science

646.7 Lyt Careers in Cosmetology

700 Rit Teen Guide to Getting Started in the Arts

Databases [password-protected areas of research] can also provide career info!
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center Database
  • Free Trial to this career database has now been extended through April 24, 2009! Take advantage NOW!!
  • See Ms. Cope for username and password.

SIRS Researcher:
  • Access current articles from various publications on the state of careers, recent trends, and other important career-related issues in AHS’s periodical database.

  • Try the following Subject Heading searches: Vocational Guidance, Job Satisfaction, Employment Forecasting, Work Ethic, Work Environment, School-to-work Transition

County of Los Angeles Public Library Databases
  • Select the database of your choice and enter the number on the back of your library card for access.
  • If your goal is to work for a certain business, check out the business databases!
  • Try the Magazine and Newspaper Indexes (General OneFile, Los Angeles Times, Etc.)
  • Use the Biography Resource Center to access biographical information on an individual whose is or has been highly successful in the career of your choice!

A few recommended Internet sites:

Occupational Outlook Handbook (provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics)

O*NET OnLine (Occupational Information Networked developed by North Carolina Employment Security Commission through a grant sponsored by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration)

Vocational Information Center (directory of various careers/industries and related web resources created and maintained by Kathryn Hake)

The Riley Guide (directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet).

Career Voyage (a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education)

Myers-Briggs Personality Test

MSN Careers