Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: May 03, 2017     Views: 2577

First, you'll need some background information about your chosen career topic.  The following are authoritative sources:

Those resources should give you a good overview of types of positions available and how job titles are listed (which will be important when you start searching the library!), along with salary estimates and more.

When you're ready to search for articles or books, follow the steps in these FAQs:


NOTE:  Keywords are crucial to a successful search.  

  • If you have a specific job in mind, you can search for it, of course. 
    • Make sure you're searching for the job by the right name.  Find job title suggestions via the resources listed at the top of this page.  
    • Use phrase searching to search for an exact job title.

  • if you don't have your heart set on a specific job -- or if your specific search doesn't turn up enough results -- you may need to broaden your keywords.  Combine your chosen discipline with keywords like these: 
    • vocational guidance
    • occupation
    • career
    • job
    • position
    • professional 

For example, if you are interested in a career in psychology, you might try searches like these:

  • psychology AND vocational guidance
  • psychology AND careers
  • psychology AND jobs
  • psychology AND occupations
  • psychology AND positions

Don't forget to also explore the APUS Office of Career Services' resources!