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Career & Resumes Research Guide

Books, videos, handouts, websites, and more about career and resume research

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This guide provides information about resumes, cover letters, interviewing and more. You'll find books, videos, handouts, websites and other resources available to TCC students. Click the tabs to the left to navigate through the pages.

Check out the Career Collection at the Library

The library now has it's own "Career Collection" of books! The collection includes physical books as well as ebooks - books about creating resumes and cover letters, carrying out job searches, interviewing, and even finding inspiration for choosing a career path. Consider the featured books below.

Search for Books & eBooks

You can search the library catalog for books by doing a keyword search by clicking the link below. The library has approximately 50,000 print books that you can check out and 80,000+ electronic books (e-books).

Try some of these keywords in the library catalog to find career-related resources
  • Vocational Guidance
  • Vocational Interests
  • Career Development
  • Employment Forecasting
  • Job Hunting
  • Resumes -- Employment
  • College Students -- Employment
  • College Graduates -- Employment
  • Cover Letters 
  • Employment Interview
  • Vocational Guidance -- Washington (State)
  • Professions -- Washington (State)
  • Americans -- Employment -- Foreign countries
  • Employment in foreign countries

eBook Databases

Library Databases With Career and Vocational Sources

The following databases -- both part of the EBSCOhost databases -- include trade journals related to careers and vocations.

What is a Trade Journal?

Trade magazines or journals are written for professionals by professionals in a particular field and are not strictly research related. They often contain current news, trends, and products in a specific industry as well as practical information for professionals working in the field or industry.

Examples include Professional EngineeringArchitectural Record, and PC World.

For more information see the guide below from NCSU.

How to Search for Trade Journals

Tips for How to Search for Trade Journals in Academic Search Premier

  • To search for trade journals in your career area of interest type your search term/s into the search boxes (e.g., engineering AND salary) and click Search.

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screenshot of career-related keywords in Academic Search Complete


  • Once you have your list of results, you can use the check boxes on the left side of the screen to narrow your results to trade publications: under Source Types, click the Trade Publications box and then click Update.

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screenshot of narrowing down to trade publications in Academic Search Complete


  • (Optional) to search wthin a particular trade journal start a new search in Academic Search Complete.
    • In the first box, enter the name of the journal and select SO Journal Name from the drop down menu next to it.
    • In the second box enter your serach terms (e.g., salary).
    • Click Search.

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screenshot of optional, advanced search options

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