Introduction to Business
- Using the Library
- Finding Articles
- Business Information
- More Help
- Search for books, DVDs, and journals by title, author, keyword, or subject
- Electronic access to journal content – click on the date range next to the database title
- From printing to finding encyclopedias to paying fines, this is the best place to look for answers to your library questions
- The VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a piece of software provided by the Office of Information Technology. Run it in the background whenever you are using the library resources away from campus
- Direct any questions about the VPN to the OIT Service Center:
Think before you search! No matter which search tool you use (databases, Google, interviews), it always helps to have a search strategy. A little planning at the beginning of your research process will save time.
- What types of information will you need in order to support your idea?
- What might that information look like?
- Who might keep track of that information?
- Is the information likely to be freely available or hidden behind a paywall?
- Is there more than one keyword that could describe the concept?
The University Libraries at Virginia Tech created an excellent guide which explains the differences between popular, scholarly, and trade publications.
For information on choosing the right keywords and using them effectively, see this guide.
Business Source Complete (EBSCO) includes
- Full text and abstracts from over 1200 scholarly journals and business periodicals covering topics such as management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and more.
Here is a video from Lo Wallace which demonstrates how to use Business Source Complete find articles that discuss your target company.
- In-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.
- In terms of Corporate Social Responsibility topics, CQ Researcher is a great source for specific aspects of CSR. Try searching for business ethics, factory farms, recycling, or philanthropy. Use the contacts section to find activist groups, lobbyists, or government agencies associated with your topic.
The video below, from the Saddleback Library, explains how to use CQ Researcher to find reports.
The availability of information about a company depends on whether the company is public or private. Public companies release a great deal of information through annual reports and SEC filings. Privately held companies are not required to disclose information about their business, thus limiting the amount of information that can be found.
- Company profiles, a corporate directory (searchable by company name, industry, ticker symbol, sales, location), market quotes, and business news. Additional information includes lists of officers, short biographies, and corporate financial data.
- Search for businesses by name, keyword, location, or industry. Financial information, employees, and operating expenses are listed as available, even for small businesses. Here is a video from the Denver Public Library that explains how to find company data and build a list of companies operating in an industry.
Reference USA is also a great source for consumer and market research. Here is a video tutorial that explains how to find this data.
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