How to Use this Guide
So you're looking for business information? You've come to the right place. This guide will help you navigate the frequently confusing yet highly rewarding world of research. It is separated into the most commonly-requested business information:
- Management:Use this tab to find electronic and print information on management, leadership, and business ethics.
- Marketing: Need to learn about marketing plans and demographics? Use this tab. IPRO students: here is where you can get information on your target market.
- Economics:Print and electronic resources for economic reports, essays, and online version of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.
- Company and Industry Research: Looking for a job? Read up on potential employers here. We have many resources for industry information, and private or public companies.
- Entrepreneurship:This tab focuses on the needs of starting up and running your own small business.
- Statistics and Government Reports:Statistics, demographics and reports from the U.S. government and international resources.
- Stocks and Investments: Find financial information on this tab and unleash your inner trader.
- Financial News: Looking for access to our online editions of The Financial Times or The Wall Street Journal? Find them here. Also has the latest financial news headlines.
- Search Tips: Handy suggestions on how to make your searches return better results.
Create Your Library Accounts
We recommend creating your two library accounts before you begin researching to increase efficiency when researching. You'll need the accounts to request books and articles from other libraries.
Read These Tips Before You Start
Librarians often find themselves repeating the same research tips when they meet with students and faculty. Taking a few minutes to read this list of helpful hints could save you tons of time when you are searching.
1. Always start from the library website or this guide when you want to access a database. Most databases need to know that you are authorized to access their materials. When you go to a database's web site it will not be able to identify that you are an approved user. When you go through an IIT library page you will be able to authenticate correctly and use the database right away.
2. Spend a few minutes test driving a database you've never used before. Check out the help guides, try a few searches, and see how this database may be different from ones you've used before.
3. Most databases don't search the way Google searches. Entering a long phrase such as "how computer automation is used in federal government" in one search box doesn't usually work in a database. Check the database's help section to learn how to best search that particular database.
3. There is no one perfect search. Try many searches in many places to find what you are looking for.
4. Take advantage of any "folders" or "lists" available in the database or library catalog. Use these to keep track of articles or books you will want to read later. The URL at the top of the page is often a session-specific URL, meaning it will only work that one time.
5. Does the library not have immediate access to the article or book you want? We can get you nearly every book or article you want to read using our I-Share catalog for books or MyILL for articles. These are fast and free services. Use the box above to create your accounts so you can begin requesting items.
6. Please let us know when you are having any troubles from choosing the best databases to fixing a dead link. We can't help or fix it if we don't know there's a problem. See our Ask a Librarian page to contact us by IM, email, phone or in person.
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