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BCOR 2500: Introduction to Operations and Information Management

This is the guide for the BCOR 2500, it follows the same steps illustrated in class.

  • Step 1:
    Needs
  • Step 2:
    Sources
  • Step 3:
    Searching
  • Step 4:
    Evaluation
  • Step 5:
    Citation
  • More
    Help
Before beginning you need to be able to answer: What do you need?

It does not need to be elegent or complex, it can be very simple. I need resources on ecommerce is a good start.

Getting Background Information

Wikipedia
While Wikipedia is NOT a good source for your final paper, there is nothing wrong with checking out these entries and getting a broad overview of a particular area. The quality of entries varies though, so be wary.

Reference Universe CU
Reference Universe lets you search the index and table of contents of reference materials available in print and online here in the CU-Boulder libraries. Unlike Wikipedia all the sources in this resource will be authoritative and complete.

Thinking of Terms

When conducting a search it is often good to break down your topic before you get started. You can use the Search Worksheet demonstrated in class for this.

Tips: Remember to think of your terms both broadly and narrowly. For example, if you are studying banking, then that would be part of the broader financial industry. More narrowly you might focus in on credit unions, online banks, etc.
This step can be easy and difficult. It is here where you think a bit about places where you might be able to find the information.

Think about what you are looking for...

  1. Do you think that this is something studied in scholarly literature? If so, then look for journal articles.
  2. Is this a new topic? Try trade journals and newspapers.
  3. Trying to find information on a particular company or industry? Look for company or industry reports.
Now think about the databases that have these sources

Find Articles & Databases links to the databases that the library subscribes to and under the link for Business are a number of databases that might be useful. The categories listed might help you think of what types of resources that you might need. If you prefer to browse only the business databases, you can check out this A-Z list.
There generally is no single source that is going to have all the information you need for your project, but having thought through your needs and sources, you will be able to ensure that you have better search results.

As discussed in the previous step, it is important to consider what you need before you dive into a database, the areas listed below are where you will probably find the majority of the resources you need, but remember if you aren't finding something contact the library.

After you find resources is important to access them to discover if they:
  1. Meet your needs.
  2. Are accurate and valid.
  3. Are a suitable resource for your project.
  4. Are timely.
Want to learn more about evaluating sources? Check out the libraries guide.

Didn't find what you wanted? Go back to step 1 and start the process over.
Citing your work is vital for a variety of reasons.
  1. Prove the validity of your research.
  2. Pragarism is a violation of the honor code.
  3. Legally and ethically, you need to cite any information not originally created by you.
The library has a variety of resources to help you cite your research.

Guide to Citations and Citation Management

Guide to Refworks

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