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This guide is designed to assist students enrolled in Business courses with locating Library resources for their research assignments. The guide is organized into steps that cover the basic research process: identifying a topic, locating relevant sources, and citing sources used to write the paper. For general research assistance other than Business, view the links listed under Research Tools.
Subject keyword search terms related to Business include:
Small Business Industry • Market Reports• Target Market • Business Plan • Consumer Demographics • Branding • Qualitative Research • Quantitative Research • Revenue • Venture Capital • Working Capital • Trademark • Share Capital • Entrepreneur • Fixed Costs • Enterprise • Market Segmentation • Opportunity Cost • Patent • Demand •
The following sources are recommended as starting points for information on Business and Small Business planning. Links to additional resources including Local, County and State can be found below under the Web Resourcessection.
SBDCNet is the official National Information Clearinghouse of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Includes Small Business Snapshots which provide market research reports covering industry trends, market statistics, customer demographics, recent business articles, and links to industry trade associations.
Links to various economic statistics and data. Special Topics links are listed on the left hand side of the page.
Books and other Library materials can be searched using the Online Catalog. Books for Business are categorized under sections H-HF of the Library's collection. There are two categories of books in the Library: general and reference. General books can be checked out and are often used for more in-depth research. Reference books do not circulate but can be useful for acquiring an overview on a topic. Reference books are located on the upper floor of the Library and circulating books are in the "Stacks" on the lower floor.
A few select general and reference titles for Business are listed below.
Covering events such as banking crises, economic bubbles, natural disasters, trade embargoes, and depressions, this single-volume encyclopedia of major U.S. financial downturns provides readers with an event-driven understanding of the evolution of the American economy.
The latest information on the most important social issues in America today is the hallmark of this well-established series for high school students. The Information Plus® Reference Series gives readers a clear and comprehensive summary of the most up-to-date research, legislation, and more on each subject-all of which are vividly illustrated by numerous tables, charts, and graphs. Ideal for class assignments, reports, and research projects, the series has a distinct, easy-to-understand style that students will appreciate. The Information Plus® Reference Series provides: Up-to-date statistical information on the volume's subject that gives students the most current data available-all from one source, Discussions of hundreds of topics and subtopics, providing valuable explanations of statistics, Tables, charts, and graphs, vividly illustrating facts and figures, Resources section and directory of important organizations in each volume-including key e-mail addresses and Web site URLs-that offer the best avenues for continued research Book jacket.
An intriguing collection of insider information on little known aspects of commonly used business techniques, instruments, policies, and personalities that influenced the rise of the world's most successful business system. * Over 350 entries on the techniques, instruments, policies, and personalities that influenced the rise of the world's most successful business system * Each section begins with a historical review of the terms it contains, providing context for the major events and innovations that are covered * Over 150 biographical entries highlighting the contributions of individual Americans who influenced business developments * Bibliographic references at the end of each entry
Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.
Business Writing Today prepares students to succeed in the business world by giving them the tools they need to write powerfully, no matter the challenge. In her highly-practical text, author Natalie Canavor shares step-by-step guidance and tips for success to help students write more clearly and strategically. Readers will learn what to say and how to say it in any medium from tweets and emails to proposals and formal reports. Every technique comes with concrete examples and practice opportunities, helping students transfer their writing skills to the workplace. "This is the real-deal writing guide for serious business majors." -Astrid Sheil, California State University San Bernardino
Featuring more than 800 entries, the two-volume Encyclopedia of American Business, Revised Edition is an up-to-date, easy-to-use guide to the nuts and bolts of business jargon. Difficult ideas are explained in straightforward language to help non-specialists, students, and general readers understand the complex and sometimes confusing concepts and terms that are used in business.
This book provides detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business. It covers manufacturing, agriculture, mining, utilities, construction, wholesale, retail, transportation, information, finance, insurance, real estate, public administration, and service industries. Classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), this edition includes an essay for every one of the 1,057 2017 NAICS codes.
Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a 2-vol. complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems.
This edition features: Comprehensive overviews of 120 career fields and industries. The latest information on job duties, salaries, and employment trends for more than 820 professions. Sidebars providing additional reading on industry issues and history, useful Web sites, industry jargon, and much more.
Good Writing Is Good Business gives you the tools you need to communicate effectively. With dozens of examples and anecdotes, this practical, engaging, and well-priced guide is packed full of useful information.
The New Business Road Test is the essential handbook for anyone wanting to launch a start-up. The new and fully updated case studies - Ella's Kitchen, Whole Foods, eBay and more - and 'seven domains' framework will help you avoid impending disaster and enhance your chances of achieving your entrepreneurial dreams.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is the premier, nationally recognized source for career information. It includes information on the fastest-growing occupations, number of new jobs, and a summary of the highest-paying occupations.
The quick-and-easy guide to effective social media marketing. Social Media for Business is the essential guide to navigating the social media maelstrom and effectively promoting your business online. You'll learn how to develop a simple marketing plan, use social media effectively and measure the results of your efforts as you turn contacts and followers into customers. This new third edition has been updated to reflect the expanding influence of Instagram, and includes Snapchat, Security, Social Influence and updated case studies that illustrate the rapid evolution of social media as a business tool.
This set covers current business and economic issues that have an impact globally.
The Library subscribes to online databases that provide access to full-text magazines, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, and eBooks. Since databases are subscriptions that contain copyrighted written materials, off-campus access is password protected. To search from home you will first need to log in using your MyVVC credentials. The following databases are suggested for Business research:
Tip: Search within a Publication by using the Advanced Search Option. To search within a publication: Click on "Advanced Search", type "Wall Street Journal" from the drop-down box choose to limit by publication name. In the second box type in your subject and choose either, All Subjects and Indexing or Abstract or Document Title etc. Make sure to Limit to Full Text, for full-text articles. You can also search The Wall Street Journal Database only by choosing it under Included Databases found on the bottom middle on the main U.S. Major Dailies page.
An easy-to-use online full text collection of law-related resources, including cases from the courts of all 50 states and federal courts. Search court cases, statutes, court rulings, regulations, briefs, proposed legislation and more. Also includes news, business information, and international content. News includes both international news and news from all 50 states; browse news by type, topic and Reuters. Includes Reuters business news. Business content via company investigator allows searches in U.S. and international business entities by name and allows users to identify legal ultimate and immediate parent companies and view corporate family tree structures. Can also access Hoover’s Company Profiles for businesses.
Finding Web Sites
There are of course countless Web sites related to Business. Some recommended links are listed below. Additional recommended links listed under "Internet Resources" >Social Sciences, and Business on the Library's website may also be useful.
BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy.
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two surveys, the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of America's consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The SEC’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) database provides free public access to corporate information. The system allows you to research a company’s activities, registration statements, prospectuses, and periodic reports, which include financial statements. EDGAR also provides access to correspondence about corporate filings reviewed by the SEC staff since August 1, 2004.
Provides a table with detailed information on the structure of NAICS. Also included, on this page, are downloadable, Excel and text, concordance files for 2017, 2012, 2007 and 2002 as well as a keyword search.
Economic Development Division focuses on fostering private and public sector investment within the City’s economic development target areas and throughout the community as a whole. Links to Demographics and City Records are listed.
The Barstow Area Center for Entrepreneurs is more than just a business, it’s an educational enhancement campus and business retail center. It is designed to be a vibrant ecosystem for all individuals (private and business) owners, students, job seekers and supporters, to help facilitate success for anyone who comes to the campus and is engaged in measurable success enhancement developmental activities.
The Bradco High Desert Report is a High Desert's an economic overview of the region. It offers quarterly updates of news and information about the local and regional economy, real estate market trends, forecasts, issues, and legislation affecting the future of real estate development.
As the Chamber of Choice we will serve businesses both traditional and non-traditional in new and innovative ways. Through creative partnerships, we will provide new opportunities for our diverse membership.
The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering and authenticating business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year.
This site collects, analyzes, and publishes statistical data and reports on California's labor force, industries, occupations, employment projections, wages and other important labor market and economic data.
The Library maintains a collection of instructor reserve materials. These consist of textbooks, videos, and supplemental course materials that instructors have put in the Library for student use. To find what materials are available for Business, search Course Reserves in the Online Catalog. It is best to search by "Course Number" (ex. BADM 101) in that an instructor other than yours may have placed an item on reserve. Materials can be requested at the Periodicals counter and generally must be used in the Library on a two-hour loan period. Photocopy machines are available for 10¢ a copy.
Citing Sources and Plagiarism
The most common way to cite sources is to use a bibliography or "Works Cited" list at the end of your paper. The works cited list includes a citation for each of the sources you used to write your paper. The citations are formatted in a consistent style according to one of several standard citation formats. The two most common citation formats for college research papers are: (1) TheAPA Publication Manual(American Psychological Association) - predominately used in Social Sciences and (2) The MLA Handbook (Modern Language Association) - predominately used in Humanities and Liberal Arts. Copies of the MLA Handbook (LB 2369 G53 2016) and the APA Manual (BF76.7 .P83 2010) are available in the Library stacks and the reference collection. An abbreviated version of each style is also on the Library's website under "Research Tools" - MLAorAPA. The abbreviated version contains examples for citing full-text articles from online databases and other selected sources. If you are unsure about when and why it is necessary to cite sources, see "Understanding Plagiarism" for a concise overview. Assistance with writing your paper is available at theVVC Writing Center. Always check with your instructor for the required citation format.