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How to Find a Telephone Number By David Sarokin, eHow Contributor , last updated August 20, 2014

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Back in the day, finding a telephone number for a person or a business required knowing more than just a name. You had to know a city as well so you could locate the right phone book. The Internet has changed all that. You can use a variety of online tools to find the phone number of someone -- or something -- you're looking for.

  1. Search Online White Pages for People

    • WhitePages.com and other online residential directories include telephone number listings for millions of Americans across the country. Some sites require you to specify a state before you can search on a name, but a few, such as SuperPages, search the entire U.S. You can download an app like WhitePages at Google Play to look up phone numbers without visiting a specific site. There are also apps and online directories for phone listings in countries outside the U.S.

    Use the Yellow Pages for Businesses

    • Business listings are traditionally printed in the Yellow Pages phone books, and online business listings can also be found at YellowPages.com and other business directories. Although the Yellow Pages for businesses and the White Pages for residential listings were printed as separate phone books, most online directories include look-ups for both businesses and people.

    Check Specialized Databases

    • A number of comprehensive private databases include hundreds of millions of telephone listings for businesses and people. You can look up a business or charity name in the Better Business Bureau database to retrieve a phone number. Your school or library may have access to specialized databases like ReferenceUSA or Dun and Bradstreet that also include phone number listings.

    Search the Internet

    • You can sometimes find a company or personal listing with a simple search using Google, Bing or another search engine. Enter the name you're searching for along with a city or state, if known, and scan the search results. Business websites or company social media pages on sites such as Facebook often include a phone number or other contact information.

    Try the Old-Fashioned Way

    • There are options beyond the Internet, of course. Most homes still receive print versions of local phone books for residences and businesses; you may receive large books covering your entire city or county and a smaller book for your local neighborhood. Large libraries maintain collections of phone books for major cities across the country and may even include international phone books. You can also dial "411" for directory assistance, although there will likely be a fee for using this formerly free telephone company service.

    David Sarokin

    David Sarokin is a well-known specialist on Internet research. A former researcher with Google Answers, he has been profiled in the "New York Times, " the "Washington Post" and in numerous online publications. Based in Washington D.C., he splits his time between several research services, writing content and his work as an environmental specialist with the federal government.

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