Plunkett Research Online

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plunkettThis database was suggested by a couple of Reference Library Staff.  Please review the database and post your comments on this post.

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The following link will take you to a new presentation that we have recently put together in order to help new and old users alike understand Plunkett Research Online and our offerings a bit better.



15 thoughts on “Plunkett Research Online

  1. I really love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself?

    Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own website and would love to find out where you got this from or what the theme is named. Kudos!

  2. Posted for Vicki B.
    Plunkett has some interesting features the user will need to take time to learn. Not as intuitive as Reference USA. It would be useful for the student and job hunter if they have time to find out what appears to be larger companies and industry wise. Customizing a portfolio is impressive. Unable to find out if smaller companies are part of the database. Plus, I agree navigation is a challenge. Prefer to use Reference USA instead.

  3. I took a specific company and compared the information available on Plunkett, Business Insights, and RefUSA to see how the three were different. Plunkett did provide some information that was not found or not easily found on the other two databases but one of the big drawbacks is that you would have to know what industry to look under for the company before you can search for the name which could sometimes prove difficult. I fell that Business Insights especially is much easier to use and offers comparable information in a friendlier format.

  4. This database appears to have the potential to be a very beneficial addition, however I too found it difficult to navigate.

  5. This database would be helpful for some job seekers. Patrons would be able to locate information about potential employers which would help them with their job search. Also, this database would be helpful for businesses to obtain contact informaton for potential clients. This database would be a nice addition to ReferenceUSA and Business Decision.

  6. Interface: Database navigation is not user friendly (no generic search box, information is opened in the same window instead of new tab/window, still has coding problems – pressing Clear All gives errors).
    Content: good industry overviews with up to date information , company’s data linked to Job search engine Indeed with current job openings, videos are very basic, good statistics but in a hard to read form.
    Reference USA, Business Insights and Business and Marketing together have more in-depth data in easy to understand format.

  7. I agree with Scott about it not being displayed well. I feel like it’s trying to look like it’s user friendly with unhelpful photos, but in reality it just makes the actual links (like the ones just below the top toolbar) look like advertisements which my eyes typically avoid. I cannot comfortably comment on the quality of information, but the navigation design is very poor.

  8. I like the way the information is laid out & presented; however, I agree with another comment that the volume of information might be daunting to some patrons. I think Plunkett’s is a great product for progressive patrons, especially job hunters. The ability to create mailing lists easily is a bonus. I don’t feel that Plunkett’s replaces either Ref USA or Business Essentials- it provides some overlap, but not entirely. I am always on the lookout for resources on international companies & I find that Business Essentials is somewhat limited. I especially liked the hot spot search for women & minorities.

  9. I looked at it and compared it to Business Essentials and ReferenceUSA. For company information RefUSA is a much better source to turn to as they are always updating company information and coming soon, companies will be able to use “Express Update” where they can enter their own changes and have them vetted. Business Essentials has up-to-date information on industries from a wide variety of sources. I really don’t see a need to add this database. I believe we have resources to find the information. What do you think?


  10. The info in Plunkett seems easily accessible and is well-organized. Plunkett seems much more user-friendly than Value Line and RefUSA.

  11. I played with Plunketts a little and will be honest that here at Sunrise, we don’t get any questions from users about websites like this. I am not sure if it is very different than Business Essentials, but I have never had a patron request information from even that database.

    Becky Damoth

  12. The database has a wealth of information but it may be overwhelming to patrons. The way the information is displayed is not user friendly. I found the glossary to be the best feature but would not necessarily turn to this database for this feature. The font size was to small and when increased it tended to return to the default size when doing further searching.

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