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Writing for Business and the Professions (CRS 260)

    Research Databases

    You will find the following databases and more in GALILEO, which you can enter from the library's homepage. Off-campus users need to use OU's GALILEO password. Business databases are located under the Business & Economics tab.

  • ABI/INFORM Complete sm_galileo (1K) A business and management database that contains abstracts and some full-text content for U.S. and international publications. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • Business Source Premier Enhancedsm_galileo (1K) Contains abstracts and some full text for publications in business, management, economics, finance, banking, and accounting. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • Wilson Business Full Text sm_galileo (1K) Provides access to business resources, including leading business newspapers and journals, specialized trade journals, and annual reports.

  • Communication and Mass Media Complete sm_galileo (1K) Index to literature relating to communication and mass media studies, including some full text.

  • LexisNexis Academic sm_galileo (1K) Contains approximately 5,300 publications, virtually all include full text. Many types of publications are included: newspapers (in English, other languages, and translations of international papers), legal news, general interest magazines, medical journals, trade publications, company financial information, transcripts, wire service reports, government publications (such as the federal case law, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Testimony, etc.), law reviews, and reference works (such as the Forbes Annual Directory, the Official Guide/American Marketplace and the US Global Trade Outlook).

    Special instructions for searching a specific publication in LexisNexis:
    1. Choose Sources from the black menu bar at the top of the page.
    2. Type in the publication title you want to search, and click Find Title.
    3. If the title is available in LexisNexis, you will see a Search this title link under the publication name. This will take you into a search form with all the appropriate categories selected to search your publication (guessing them can be tricky).
    4. Complete your search by entering your terms in the text boxes and specifying a date range (optional - the default setting will search the previous six months). Clicking on Tips (in the upper right corner) will show you the accepted date formats.

  • More Business Databases in GALILEO sm_galileo (1K)

  • Search Tips:

    Most databases have a Guided, or Advanced, search option that will allow you to easily limit your search terms to specific fields. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are easier to use in this search mode. Additional ways to limit searches are by date, language, peer reviewed journals, and publication.

    Refining your search: After your initial few searches, evaluate your results. Are there any aspects of your topic you need to add to your search? Make a note of the subject headings or descriptors attached to your results. You might be able to use these for additional searches. Did you receive too few results? If so, try expanding your search. Limit your search if you retrieved too many records.

    Boolean Operator Basics: The Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT are often used to combine keywords or concepts when searching electronic databases. Using these operators can make your search more focused, thus yielding more precise search results.

    AND is a connector that requires both words or phrases to be present in each record in your results. For example, searching for "science education" AND Georgia will only retrieve citations that include both terms. Use AND to narrow your search.

    OR expands your search by allowing either word to be present in your search results. For example, a search on education AND (evolution OR creationism) will yield the following: All resulting citations will contain the word "education." In addition, all results will contain either "evolution" or "creationism" (or both).

    NOT is used to exclude terms from your search. For example, if you did not want to find any references to book reviews, you could try searching for "global warming" NOT "book review."

    To find journal articles once you have a citation:

    1. Look for the journal title in the Journal Locator - an alphabetical list of our electronic and print journal holdings.
    2. If your journal is listed, check that the issue you need is available. Journals that are available electronically have the dates of coverage listed next to the database link(s). For journals available in print or on microfilm, you will see a link to the library catalog labeled "Philip Weltner Library Print/Microfilm Holdings." This will tell you what issues we have in the library.

    Additional Resources

  • Business: The Ultimate Resource
    Ref HD 38.15 .B878 2002

  • Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It, 1992
    Ref HF 5356 .L36 1991
    See Part III: Information about companies.

  • RMA Annual Statement Studies
    Ref HF 5681 .B2 R6 2003\2004
    Provides summary data at the industry level. Definitions and explanations for ratios are provided in the preface of the publication.

  • Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys.
    Ref HC 106.6 .S74

  • The Value Line Investment Survey: Ratings and Reports
    Ref HG 4501 .V26
    For each company represented in the Value Line Investment Survey, there is a concise one page analysis including a short written analysis and statistical charts and tables.

  • Business Data and Statistics
    From the U.S. Governmet web portal.

  • Writing & Citing This page links to resources that provide writing tips and instructions for citing sources in multiple formats (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).