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  • Search


  • Finding Pro/Con
  • Background
  • Finding
  • Writing
    & Citing
  • Resource


Search Strategy

Think before you search! No matter which search tool you use (databases, Google, etc.), it always helps to have a search strategy. A little planning at the beginning of your research process will save time. Frame your search strategy in terms of the data pieces you will need to write your report.


  • 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?


For information on choosing the right keywords and using them effectively, see this guide.


Think about your thesis statement as you begin your research. The OWL at Purdue has a great guide for Developing Strong Thesis Statements.



Using the Library

If you do your research away from campus, you may wish to connect through the VPN. The VPN software makes it appear as though you are accessing the Library's subscription resources from on campus, thus reducing the need to log in to each subscription database.

NOTE: Some of our databases require a VPN connection. Those databases are identified with this icon: VPN Only Icon


Problems with the VPN software should be referred to OIT, the Office of Information Technology. Walk-in computer support hours and locations are here.


In addition to books and periodicals in print, CU provides access to a huge number of subscription websites, article databases, and ebooks. Finding these resources can be tricky. If you need a refresher on how to find books, journals, articles, or data owned by the Library, see the "How do I...?" pages.


Of course you will search the Internet or newspapers for general information, but limiting your search to freely-available sources alone may significantly impact your understanding of the big picture.


Basic Business Information

Business Insights: Global is a great place to find basic business and industry information. Search by company or product for market share, brand share, trends, and more. You'll find company profiles, industry overviews, and trade articles.

This database also contains rankings from the publications Business Rankings Annual and Market Share Reporter. Examples include:


Business Research Guides


Research Help


Have questions about using RefWorks, the library catalog, or library databases? Feel free to ask me. I'm available for consultation via email or in person.

Natalia Tingle


(303) 492-3034; Koelbel 200E

Office Hours: 3-5 PM Monday, or by appointment (bit.ly/NataliaConsult).




CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher offers in-depth coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.


Finding Pro/Con Arguments

Here are a few SEARCH TIPS:

  • Think about the types of sources that report on current events and controversial topics. For example: popular magazines, newspapers, blogs or web sites.

  • Think about how and where opinions are usually expressed in publications. For example:
    • editorials
    • commentaries
    • interviews
    • speeches
    • issue briefs
  • Don't use the words 'pro/con' when you search. Instead, try search terms like:
    • analysis
    • opinion
    • commentary
    • public opinion
    • evaluation
    • surveys
    • political aspects
    • speech
    • opponents
    • proponents
    • outcomes
    • consequences
    • impact
    • attitudes
    • trends


    These search tips are an exerpt of the comprehensive "Guide to Finding Pro/Con Arguments," created by Caroline and Amy at Norlin Library.


Public Opinion Databases

Search and retrieve US public opinion data from the comprehensive archives of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. A full-text, searchable retrieval system, the iPOLL online database is organized at the question-level, archived from national public opinion surveys since 1935.


Polling the Nations
A compilation of more than 14,000 surveys conducted by more than 1,000 polling organizations in the United States and more than 100 other countries.




Reference Sources

Reference sources (such as encyclopedias) are an ideal place to find background information on your topic.


Sage E-Reference

Search the online version of Sage Encyclopedias in humanities, social sciences and business.


Screenshot of where to find the link to refine results to those available to C.U. subscribers



Legislative Background

LexisNexis Academic: Landmark Cases and Federal Statutes and Regulations

To get to the search screens for either topic, open the dropdown menu for "Search by Content Type," then choose "Federal and State Cases" or "Federal Statutes and Regulations."


Screenshot of Lexis Nexis content type search interface


Congressional Research Service Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a division of the Library of Congress that prepares short, neutral reports on legislative initiatives and other topics at the request of Congress. This database provides access to all CRS reports dating back to 1916. The images below show how to get to the CRS content and refine results.


Screenshot of ProQuest Congressional search interface.


Screenshot of results list in ProQuest Congressional.



Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest Dissertations

This database is your best bet for finding dissertations or theses on your topic. Most dissertations are available for immediate PDF download, but some must be requested through Interlibrary Loan. The image below points to the two icons to look for.

Screenshot of ProQuest Dissertations results page.

For more specific information about finding dissertations and theses, see this guide (ucblibraries.colorado.edu/how/dissertations.htm).



Types of Sources

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech created an excellent guide which explains the differences between popular, scholarly, and trade publications. (www.lib.vt.edu/help/research/types-sources.html)


Found an especially tricky citation? There's a database that will show you what kind of source you're looking at: of Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory. Just type in the name the publication (e.g., Human Resource Management) and look for the adorable referee icon: Refereed


There are a couple schools of thought on whether there is a distinct difference between "refereed" and "peer-reviewed." Referees may be peer-reviewers or an editorial board. Either way, peer-reviewed and refereed articles have been subjected to much more scrutiny than non-scholarly (popular or trade) sources. Ulrich's does not differentiate between peer-reviewed and refereed. If there is a question as to the review process, consult the "submissions" page of the journal or journal publisher's website.

NOTE: Your browser will show an alarming message about the site's security. For more information, see this page and look for "Security Certificate Warning."


Scholarly Articles


  • Business Full Text (EBSCO). Wilson Business Full Text provides access to a multitude of sources from the New York Times Business Section and the Wall Street Journal to magazines and scholarly journals.

  • 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.

  • Google Scholar is a really easy way to search across multiple journals and article databases. Be sure to set your preferences and consider connecting to the VPN to gain access to subscribed content. Learn more here: How do I... use Google Scholar?

  • LexisNexis Academic: Law Reviews

    Law reviews are the scholarly journals of the law discipline. Finding a good law review can lead you to relevant legislation, regulations, and policies. LexisNexis Academic is a great source for searching these articles. To get to the law review search page, open the dropdown menu for "Search by Content Type," then choose "Law Reviews."


To find articles which speak to your argument, consider adding search terms such as these:

  • consequences
  • outcomes
  • regulation
  • impact
  • opponents
  • proponents
  • debate
  • attitudes
  • enforcement



Trade & News Articles


  • Business & Management Practices. Journal and trade publication articles that focus on practical aspects and approaches in business management.

  • LexisNexis Academic provides access to content from newspapers and magazines, from both the US and abroad.


Even More

The sources listed on this guide are a fraction of the resources available to you as students. You'll find an alphabetical listing of business databases on the Business Library Homepage and lists of databases by discipline on the Find Articles page.



The Writing Process

Writing and Research Resource Links from CU's Program for Writing and Rhetoric: www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/PWR/resources.html (look toward the bottom of the right side).


Organizing your Argument from the OWL at Purdue:



Logic and Argument from the Dartmouth Writing Program:



For the exceptionally curious, the article below describes exactly what characteristics make for a successful scholarly work in the management discipline (according to Academy of Management Review):

Smithey Fulmer, I. (2012). Editor's Comments: The Craft of Writing Theory Articles-Variety and Similarity in AMR. Academy Of Management Review, 37(3), 327-331.


Citation Styles & Management

For information about citing print and electronic sources in a range of styles, see How to Cite a Source.”


The APA Style is most often used in the social sciences. For complete guidelines, consult the APA Handbook.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th edition, Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2010.

Call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010.

For quick answers to common APA questions, see the Purdue OWL Site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/


Writing a longer paper and need to keep track of citations? RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that allows you to save citations and retrieve them later using "Find it at CU" buttons. Citations from most databases can be easily exported directly to RefWorks.


Need More Help?

Wondering if you're citing something correctly? Or maybe you need help with structuring your paper? Take advantage of the CU Writing Center. Making an appointment with a consultant at the Writing Center allows you to receive one-on-one help with your writing.


Want to speak with a librarian right now? You can contact us in person, via the phone, or even over IM. Use the Ask Us page to chat with a librarian even if you're away from campus.



Resource List


Here is an alphabetical list of all of the information sources cited in this guide.