In traditional phone books, the yellow pages list businesses by category and, within each category, businesses are in alphabetical order. Many websites, such as YellowPages.com and Local.com, have search engines to find businesses in a given area as well.
In a phone book, the bulk of the information given is found in the yellow pages. This section lists all local businesses by category, such as dentists or bookstores. First, find the category of business you wish to find. These categories are listed in alphabetical order. In each category, businesses that specialize in that category are listed in alphabetical order. Here you will find addresses and phone numbers for all stores. The downside to phone books is they list businesses that have closed until the following year.
As print phone books are losing popularity, YellowPages.com has become a popular resource for finding businesses. Using their search engine, you can search by company name, category or city. After you input the desired business or category, a list populates with all businesses in the area. Clicking on a business pulls up a profile, giving information such as the address, phone number and hours. YellowPages.com also provides customer reviews, related links and payment methods accepted at the store.