Careers Research Guide - LSC-North Harris
Begin your career research by searching for prospective careers in the following online resources:
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (from the U.S. Department of Labor) Video Tutorial
- Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics) occupational categories, descriptions, and wage information at national, state, and metropolitan area level (e.g., greater Houston).
- O*NET OnLine - locate up & coming careers in this occupational information database; also find out which skills, talents, abilities and interests are needed to succeed in a career (from the U.S. Department of Labor)
- America's Career Infonet - more information about the skills and talents needed to succeed in a career
Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.
Use the Library Catalog
- Enter keywords such as:
- Vocational guidance
- job hunting
- Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
- Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
- To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
- To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.
Library Catalog Video Tutorials
For information on specific careers, enter the job field name and "vocational guidance" (e.g., nursing vocational guidance) in a Subject Keyword search.
Vocational Guidance Books in Series on Various Careers
|Find articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals on various aspects of many different kinds of jobs/careers.||Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID). Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.|
- Vocational & Career Collection - for articles Video Tutorial
- Academic Search Complete - for artcles Video Tutorial
Search for either a specific job or a general career. Examples: chefs (specific), food industry (general), physicians (specific), nurses (specifc), health care (general) etc.
Narrow your results by pairing your search term with any of these words/phrases: career, career development, job, vocational guidance, vocational education, training, etc.
Examples of effective searches: psychiatrists and career, engineers and career development, music and occupations.
You can find additional helpful information on careers on the following web sites:
- Explore Careers (from Princeton Review, the national test preparation company)
- Profession-Specific Salary Surveys (from JobSmart, a service of the Bay Area Library and Information System in Oakland, California)
- The Salary Calculator™ allows you to compare your current salary with income needed to match it in various other cities (depending on the cost of living in those cities)
- U.S. News Online Career and Guide (from the U.S. News and World Report weekly news magazine)
- Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
- Ask your professor about the required citation style.
- Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.
Each citation should answer the questions:
- Who wrote the material you are using?
- What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
- Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
- If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?