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Occupational Research

In this guide you will find resources needed for your occupational research assignment.

Here you will find information on how to use Occupational Outlook Handbook issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and how to use O*NET - another career research tool.

You will also find here information on how to find Library's journals and trade publications and properly cite articles from Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook is an excellent resource for finding career information on job duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

To get started, type an occupation into the "Search Handbook" box (see graphic below).  This search will retrieve national statistics on the nature of the work, work environment, number of workers in the field, earnings, and more.  You can also browse by Occupation Groups, Highest Paying, and Fastest Growing.  Be sure to also check out the OOH FAQ, OOH Glossary, and A-Z Index of Occupations.

Wage Data for Indiana

To get earnings data for Indiana in particular, search for a specific occupation. Scroll down the occupation's summary page and click on State & Area Data. Under Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), click on the occupation title link. You should be able to see maps where you can find state's annual mean wages or hourly rates. Hover over the area of your interest on the map. You will see annual, hourly and percentile wage data in a pop-up window.

Citing Articles in the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Be sure to have both windows accessible when citing - OOH page as well as Noodletools open at the same time, so you can switch back and forth easily.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a website inside of larger government database.

When you are in Noodletools, the citation type you will select is WEBSITE. Under WEBSITE selections choose Government Publications. You will then be presented with a few more options from which to choose. Click on:

Online Reference Source: A reference site authored by a government agency (e.g., the CIA World Factbook or the Occupational Outlook Handbook).


Once in the data entry part of the citation, probably the most confusing part of the citation is figuring out--

  • Name of container website.
  • Publisher of the reference work.
  • Article/entry title.
  • Title of reference source.

So the Name of container website is: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Publisher of the reference work is the government but more specifically:  U.S. Department of Labor.

You don't have to add an author for this because there is no individual author for the article.

Whatever the occupation is that you are citing - that is the Article/entry title.

For example: if you were looking up the job summary of a "Librarian"- the tabs for Job outlook, Pay, etc. is located just under the job title. This job title (Librarian) is the name of the Article/entry title.

The Title of reference source is Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Career One Stop

Interactive website sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor that offers up-to-date information on careers and help with every aspect of employment: 

  • Assess your interests and skills, and find jobs that match
  • Search jobs by location, by income, or by training required
  • Find training in your locality for jobs you seek
  • Resumé guides and Interview tips
  • Advice specific to veterans, older workers, disabled workers, ex-offenders, and more

Also links to American Job Centers and other offices offering placement assistance and guidance. The Career One Stop website is ADA compliant and available in Spanish or English. 


O*NET is a tool for career exploration and job analysis!  It has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!  

Type an occupation into the "Occupation Search" box (see graphic below) to retrieve a report including the occupation's tasks, tools & technology used, required knowledge, skills, and abilities, work styles and values, and more.  

O*Net is unique in it's features that help you answer the question What do you want to do for a living? Click the "I want to be a..." box to explore career options or to take an Interest Profiler Questionnaire to help you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore based on your interests.

Trade Publications and other journals

You can find journals and trade publications with:


After you do your search in EBSCOhost or ProQuest, look at the filters on the left side of the screen. Under Source Type click the check box next to Trade Publications.

Publication Finder

Use Publication Finder to look for publication titles, not article topics.  Type the name of your field or occupation into the search box to see periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and journals) whose title contains those words, or browse for publications on your topic by subject category.