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Business Research Guide

  • Find Background Info
  • Find Books
  • Find Articles
  • Find Data
  • Citing Sources

Find Background Info

Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the research process. They can help you:

  • Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research.
  • Locate reliable sources and clarify keywords.
  • Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and key words about the research area—knowing what the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot as you are searching library databases and online sources.

Business Collection

A comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking company news or personal investment decisions. Business Collection provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

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Credo Reference

Credo Reference is multi-publisher collection of high-quality reference titles covering everything from the arts to astronomy, law to literature, and science to Shakespeare. The collection currently contains over 162 titles taken from 36 different reference publishers and more titles are being added. Available titles also include a range of multimedia options including thousands of high-quality diagrams, photographs, maps, and audio files.

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Business, Finance and Economics Books in Credo

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center features small business reference books, as well as the necessary tools and instructions to address a wide-range of small business topics. In addition, it provides business videos, a help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans.

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Find Books

Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research. They will help you gain an overview of your topic and often contain in-depth information about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors, while others include essays or chapters by multiple scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t need to read them from cover to cover. Look at the table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.

Find Books Using GriffinSearch

You can use GriffinSearch to find print and e-books available through Giovale Library. To get started, search by keyword or type in the title of a book here:


WorldCat lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other material that are available in libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth research on a topic and are considering requesting resources through InterLibrary Loan, WorldCat can help you discover resources that might not be in the Giovale Library collection.

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InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

InterLibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials, and access journal articles that are owned by another library.

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Utah Academic Library Consortium

Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster College students have reciprocal circulation privileges at UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has different circulation policies but all require a current, valid legal photo identification and proof of current enrollment at Westminster. Some libraries may also require other verification methods, so it is recommended that you contact the member library you are interested in using for details.

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Popular Titles and Features Texts

  • A Contemporary Look at Business Ethics

    A Contemporary Look at Business Ethics

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    Consumer Marketing 2016-2017

  • Money, Economics, and Finance : Developments, Analyses and Research

    Money, Economics, and Finance : Developments, Analyses and Research

  • Leadership Lessons From Compelling Contexts

    Leadership Lessons From Compelling Contexts

Find Articles

The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal articles on topics within a specific discipline or field of study. The databases listed on this page are those that are most useful for finding research published in the field of Sociology.


GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other material available in the library. In addition to searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases.

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ABI/INFORM Collection

ABI/INFORM Collection features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as The Economist and Sloan Management Review, country-and industry-focused reports, and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

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Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier features full text journal articles on business, management, economics, banking, finance, accounting and much more. This resource contains popular business publications such as Business Week, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review, and hundreds of scholarly, peer reviewed journals.

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CCH IntelliConnect

CCH IntelliConnect features tax, accounting and audit information, software and services for tax professionals. CCH is part of the global tax and accounting leader, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting.

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EconLit features an indexed bibliography of economics and finance literature including journal articles, books, dissertations and working papers.

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Value Line

Value Line provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.

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Find Data

If you’re searching for public company financials or specific industry information, try the resources below. For private company financials or information, try searching ABI/INFORM Collection and Business Source Premier to piece together company financials; private companies do not have to report their financials and therefore it is rare to find private company financials in one report.

ABI/INFORM Collection

In addition to journal articles, ABI/INFORM Collection also provides researchers with up to date company and industry information. Insider Tip: for company information enter the name of the company in the “Company/organization:” field or select “Look up Companies/organizations” -- for industry information enter your industry keywords in the main search box and select “Industry Report” from the “Document Type” field.

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MarketLine Company Profiles

MarketLine Company Profiles is an add on to our Business Source Premier database that features company profiles for public companies and some private companies. Insider Tip: many of the company profiles include a SWOT analysis.

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Mergent Online

Mergent Online features detailed, accurate and comprehensive global company information including business descriptions, history, property, subsidiaries, officers and directors, long-term debt and capital stock. Insider Tip: after locating a company, use the blue tabs at the top of the page to browse through different information subsets -- under the “Reports” tab you’ll find industry reports in the areas for which the company operates, which often times is more than one.

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Citing Sources

Citing your sources helps you avoid plagiarism and shows that you’ve done research to become knowledgeable about your topic. Proper citations allow your readers to track down your sources and helps them understand how your research is connected to the work of others in your field. On this page, you will find guides and tools to help you format citations and you will learn about what constitutes plagiarism.

How to Cite Sources

With all of the many ways that you can plagiarize someone’s work, either accidentally or on purpose, how can you make sure that you’re citing your sources correctly, each and every time? One way is to become familiar with reputable sources that will help you either learn or confirm that how you are citing your source is correct.

PurdueOWL contains writing guides, grammatical rules, and citation help that will assist with many writing projects. They offer a detailed Formatting Guide for APA, which contains complete examples for just about any source you may use in footnotes/endnotes, in-text citations and reference lists.

In addition, the library has a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition behind the circulation desk that can be consulted as well.

Zotero is a free online tool that you can use to collect, organize, and format citations. It is compatible with GriffinSearch and other library databases, allowing you to save citations and articles with just a click of a button. It will also help you to format your bibliography. Visit the Zotero website to find out more, or stop by the library for some help getting started.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism means taking someone else’s work or ideas passing them off as your own. Plagiarism can either be intentional or unintentional, and even the most careful writer could accidentally plagiarize without fully knowing it. For example, did you know that it is plagiarism even if you misattribute a quote to the wrong author? Even if you cited the source and put their name in your works cited, if the wrong person received credit for someone else’s work, it can still be considered plagiarism.

There are other, lesser known forms of plagiarism, that are still plagiarism nonetheless:

  • Copy and pasting someone else’s work and turning it in as your own (without citing your source)
  • Using a quote from someone without giving them credit
  • Inadvertently giving the wrong person credit, thereby not giving credit to the correct source
  • Not putting a quotation in quotation marks
  • Changing a few words here and there, but keeping the main ideas of a sentence without giving credit to the original author

And that just includes written works. There are other ways that you might accidentally be plagiarizing images, videos, and music, too:

  • Copying pictures from Google or another website to use without saying where you found the image
  • Using copyrighted music or video clips without permission. This includes playing “cover songs” without permission, too.
  • Making a video that includes copyrighted music or movies playing in the background

Of course, all of these scenarios of potential plagiarism can be avoided by knowing how to properly cite your sources. Just say where you found the image or who wrote the book, and you’ll be fine.

Need help with your research?

Get in touch with:

Erin Merrill

Christopher Dasanjh

Librarian, Head of Collections & Access
Liaison Librarian to the Gore School of Business

Librarians are happy to answer questions via email, phone, or in-person.

Contact Chris with a question or to schedule a research help appointment.

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Use the chat box below to ask the library staff a question. If chat is unavailable or we don’t respond quickly, please use the email form on our Get Research Help page and a library staff member will contact you as soon as we are available.