Job Seekers, Hill History and Industry Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions from February


Hill History

Do you have any information or pictures of the men who worked on the remodeling of the James J. Hill House in the 1980s?


The James J. Hill Center does not house historical information on James J. Hill or the various buildings with historical significance to his legacy. Most historical documents can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society. The James J. Hill Center and the James J. Hill House are different organizations. The James J. Hill House is currently being operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.


Job Seeker

I am in a job transition and doing company research. I would like find a way to identify which companies in a particular area utilize a specific job function, such as ‘technical writer’ for example. I’d also like to know the names and primary business category of companies in a specific town/city. However I don’t know if these kinds of databases exist.


We often have job seekers use our databases to do general industry research, find companies in that industry and do specific company research. For this particular question, we would use Gale DemographicsNow and create a list of companies that fit the criteria of the job seeker. It is then up to this person to look up each company to find out whether or not they have an employment opening. Or if this person is a freelancer, he or she now has a list of potential clients.


Industry Research

I am interested in gathering medical manufacturing market research. My company develops software for machining process modeling and improvement and we are looking to expand our presence in the medical market.

Do I need an appointment to get help gathering this research, or can I just stop by and ask for assistance from a librarian? What hours are you open?


You do not need an appointment to receive help gathering this research. The Reference Library is open 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Thursday. Because we have an open door policy, some days are busier than others. You are welcome to call our main number, 651-265-5500, before making a trip here.

We are also able to assist with market research and would most likely use our database MarketResearch.com to assist in gathering the required information.

Do you have a research question? Ask a Business Librarian today.

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