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Research Guide - Business

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences I (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Arts & Sciences I Collection includes the complete back runs of 117 titles in fifteen disciplines. Established in 1997, it is JSTOR's first collection and includes many of the core research and society published journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also includes a selection of titles in the more science-oriented fields of ecology, mathematics, and statistics.

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences II (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Arts & Sciences II Collection is home to 122 titles. This collection adds depth to many disciplines introduced in Arts & Sciences I, such as economics, history, and Asian studies. Arts & Sciences II also offers core journals in several new disciplines, such as archaeology, classics, and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies.

Project Muse (Link to Database – On-campus / Off-campus ) 250 full text electronic journals humanities and social sciences titles covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus / Off-campus ) - Provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard's Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

CountryWatch (Link to Database – On-campus / Off-campus ) - Providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world.

CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online (Link to Database – On-campus / Off-campus ) – Source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

Business Source Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - This business database provides full text for 1,133 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 500 peer-reviewed business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985.

New York Times (Current 5 Years) (Link to Database - On-campus / Off-campus ) - Most recent edition to the past five years in full text.

SYBWorld (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Current and reliable source of political, economic and social information.


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals - Business and Economics . "Free full text, quality controlled...scholarly journals."


Style Guide

Visit the Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference / Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk

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Library of Congress Classification System

HA Statistics

HB Economic theory. Demography

HC Economic history and conditions

HD Industries. Land use. Labor

HE Transportation and communications

HF Commerce

HG Finance

HJ Public finance

Visit Library of Congress Classification Outline - Class H – Social Sciences for futher breakdown.


Web Sites of Interest

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – "The mission of the Financial Accounting Standards Board is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting for the guidance and education of the public, including issuers, auditors, and users of financial information." 

IBM’s Guide to Understanding Financials - " A basic introduction to reading the financial statement…for people with little experience reading financial statements or annual reports."

Merrill Lynch How to Read a Financial Report - Provides a pamphlet created by Merrill Lynch on how to read a balance sheet and financial report.

Journal of Accountancy Online – Offers current issues and headlines. Able to browse current issue with limited full text available. Indexing available from 1997 to present.

U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Current information, press releases, rules and orders. Plus, information on small business rules.

EDGAR DATABASE (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) – "Allows you to retrieve real-time filings for a specific company and to find key company information — including its name, address, telephone number, state of incorporation, Central Index Key (CIK) number, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, and fiscal year end."

Rutgers University GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) – " The mission of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board is to establish and improve standards of state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting that will result in useful information for users of financial reports and guide and educate the public, including issuers, auditors, and users of those financial reports."  

Ad*Access – "The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University."

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers – "Resource for manufacturing information and B2B e-commerce." 

US Census Bureau - County Business Patterns – "County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning."

Hoover’s Online (Free Site Version) – "Company, industry, and market intelligence that drives business growth."

US Census Bureau - Economic Census – "The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level."

US Census Bureau - Current Industrial Reports – Manufacturing, Mining, and Construction Statistics.

US Department of Labor - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) – "Allows the user to search the 1987 version SIC manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 2,3,4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure."

US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics - Current information and statistics on unemployment, productivity, pay, benefits and other labor related topics.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) – "The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America."

US Census Bureau - Bridge Between SIC and NAICS - "This report demonstrates the relationship between NAICS and SIC by showing data for the lowest common deneominators between two systems. Statistics include the number of establishments; employment; payroll; and value of sales, receipts, revenue, or shipments for establishments with paid employees."

Internal Revenue Service - Includes information on tax law relating to business and non-profits. Includes information on starting and running a business and common questions related to filing taxes.

Export.gov - "U.S. Government's Export Portal. 95% of the world's consumers live in other countries and the benefits of exporting are enormous. Learn how to export in our Export Basics section or register to access market research and trade leads."

CSRwire - "The leading source of corporate responsibility and sustainability, press relesease, reports and news."

Doingbusiness - "The Doing Business database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The Doing Business indicators are comparable across 155 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity and growth."

Emergence of advertising in America: 1850-1920 - "Presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture."

United States Small Business Administration - Tools section of the website includes reports, studies, statistics, laws, regulations and publications on all aspects on small business.

U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis - The mission of the BEA is to "promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner."

Library of Economics and Liberty - "Dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought."


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