Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies celebrates its 50th Edition by going online as the first directory on the new Gale Directory Library.
Ward's Edition 50 includes details on approximately 112,000 private and public companies in the United States, offering basic contact information and data about each firm, including the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, its financial performance and more. The new digital version of Ward's includes additional information, such as alternative mailing addresses, an expanded list of executives, and historical financial information.
In addition, by putting Ward's on the Gale Directory Library platform, this data is "unlocked" from paper. Users can search by almost any field of information included in the directory - such as industry, state, zip code, area code, and type of company, as well as by sales ranges. Just as users can search by the fields that are specific to Ward's, they can sort by them too - by name, date, number of employees, and financial performance.
A data export feature being added to the Gale Directory Library in August 2007 lets users export data from Ward's for importing into programs like Microsoft Word (for mailing lists) or Excel (for research and analysis).
Since the Gale Directory Library supports access to backfiles, an investment in Ward's 50th Edition provides current data today and historical data tomorrow. It stays in your directory collection for future use as an historical archive.
Of course, like other directory products in the Gale Directory Library, Ward's is accessible 24/7 to all your users, whether on-site or off, and is cross-searchable with other digital directory products you buy on the GDL platform.