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How to use the Business Library

Ten Steps to Business Research

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Ten Steps to Business Research

       Getting the Most out of the Business Library

1) How to Use the Business Library

This Tutorial shows you how to get the most out of the Business Library. You will learn how the Web site is organized, how to navigate around it, how to find the right Databases to use and how to get help when you need it. Click on the Remote Logon page to find out how to use our subscription databases when you are off campus.

2) Navigate the Business Library

The Business Library is composed of a series of Guides. You can access the guides several ways. You can use the left-hand menu on the home page to browse the guides by subjects. You can click on the link next to the search box to browse all of the guides. You can also click on words in the tag cloud to find guides by keywords. And you can simply click on any of the most popular guides in the middle of the page. You will find many guides that list, describe and link to our subscription Databases and many other sources.

3) Identify the Best Business Databases

The Business Databases guide is a complete A-Z list of all of the business, economics, and accounting-related online subscriptions in all formats that the Library purchases with hyperlinks to those that are accessible through the Web. Each entry begins with the title followed by a brief description. The listing includes online services such as Bloomberg and Datastream that are only available on business workstations in the Information Commons area on the third floor of Library West. The list also includes research databases such as Compustat and CRSP that are available through WRDS: Wharton Research Data Service. Facuty and PhD students can request an account to use these databases via WRDS. Undergraduates and Masters students may access the service if they are sponsored by a faculty member. The guide includes listings for a number of valuable, freely accessible data and information services such as the Census Bureau's American Factfinder, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), FINRA Market Data, Google Book Search, Google Scholar, WorldCat and others.

4) Find the Articles You Need

The Articles Guide provides access to the Library's susbcription databses as well as common Business News sources on the Web. You can do comprehensive and specialized searches for articles using ABI/INFORM, Business Source Premier, Factiva, LexisNexis, and Wilson Business. These databases include megasites such as Factiva and LexisNexis that have the full-text of thousands of business news sources, newspapers, wire services, press releases, industry and trade journals, magazines, and academic research journals. Factiva now includes Blogs, Podcasts, Web news, pictures, and multimedia presentations. That are subject-specific databases such as the American Economic Association's  EconLit that indexes the economics literature and links to the full-text journals. ISI Web of Knowledge is a cross-disciplinary database that indexes and abstracts the most highly-cited journals in the Sciences, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities. Google Scholar is Google's brilliant brainchild that provides a simple way to broadly search the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.

5) Use the Subject Centers to Find Articles, Books, Databases, Journals, Reports & Web Sites

The Subject Centers are guides to information sources arranged by topic. Each guide follows an identical format. Take a look at the Company Information Center to see a good example. The first column provides direct links to both subject-specific databases such as Hoover's Online  and OneSource where you can find company reports and to more general databases like Business Source Premier and Factiva where you can find articles about companies. When you mouse-over a link a description of the database pops up. The center column of the guide features some of the most important databases for the subject. The right-hand column lists links to useful Web sites. Tabs across the top of the guide link to related guides such as the Company Research Tutorial and the Industry Research Tutorial. There are eleven Subject Centers: Accounting the Bond Market, Business Law, Company, Economics, Industry, International Business, Investment, Marketing, Real Estate, And Tax.

6) Let the Tutorials Show You the Steps to Successful Research

The Tutorials are 10-Step guides that show you how to use the information sources in the Business Library to answer common business reference questions. These are ideal places to start if your are generally unfamiliar with the subject-related databases. They are also helpful in learning how to combine various sources to fully research a topic. There are seven tutorials: Accounting Research, Business Research, Company Research, Industry Research, International Business Research, and Tax Research.

7) Access the Best Business Journals and Core Collections of the Highest-Ranked Research Journals

The Business Library Journals guide has core collections of academic research journals in Accounting, Business, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Production& Operations Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Tax, and Trade & Industry. A search box facilitates finding electronic journals by title. keyword and ISSN. Ulrichsweb.com  is a master database for identifying journals and serials. There are links to ISI's Journal Citation Reports and to the CEFAGE Rankings & Links provided by theCenter for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics. All of the major acadmic journal publishers have platforms that serve up the full-text and PDF copies of individual articles. Many of the platforms have personalization and other value-added features that enhance research. We subscribe to the ACM Digital Library, APA PsycNET, Berkeley Electronic Press, Cambridge Journals Online, Emerald, Hein Online, Informaworld, INFORMS Journals, IngentaConnect, JSTOR, MetaPress, MIT Press, Oxford Journals Online, Project Muse, Sage Journals, ScienceDirect, SpringerLINK, and Wiley InterScience.

8) Browse Core Collections of Business Books, Access eBooks, and Use the Library Catalog to Discover More Titles

Business Books: Core Collections include core collections of business books in more than eighty subject areas including Accounting, Business Ethics, Economics, Finance, Globalization, International Business, Investment, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Negotiation, Strategy, and the U.S. and World Economies. These book lists have been specially selected to provide thorough, up-to-date coverage of each subject. Many of the titles are available as eBooks through the Library's subscriptions to Books24x7, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, NetLibrary, Sage eReference, and the World Bank e-Library. The core lists are being revised to make them more selective and include cover art and descriptions. Take a look at the Accounting Books to see the new format. Each year there is a compilation of significant new titles aadded to the collection. Review Business Books: 2008 to see an example. You may also search the UF Library Catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword to discover books of interest. Google Book Search and WorldCat can help you identify books UF does not own that you can borrow using ILLIAD, the Library's interlibrary loan service.

8) Guides

The Guides section contains miscellaneous resources on a variety of topics. How to Write a Business Plan provides access to a variety of sources that are useful in developing a business plan. There are links to electronic books with step-by-step instructions and sample business plans. There are many fine resources available on the Web for business plan proposals including the Business Plan Center, Bplans.com, the Business Plan Archive, the Carnegie Library''s Business Plans and Profiles Index, Entrepreneur.com's tutorial, the SBA's Small Business Planner, the SME Toolkit and StartupNation. Other guides point you to the Web sites of the Best Business Libraries, identify leading Business Book Publishers, the Remote Logon and the SimplyMap Tutorials.

9) Follow the Pathfinders

The Pathfinders provide resources available on the Web for investigating hot topics. For example, Doing Business in China is a rich resource guide that pulls together many different timely and topical information sources on doing business in and with China. Prominently featured are the many U.S. government sources such as the China Business Information Center and the in-depth reports published by the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and the U.S. Department of State on Doing Business in China and Doing Business in Hong Kong and Macau.There are prominent links to FITA's China Business Guide and GlobalEdge: China as well as many other sources for current articles, business directories, business networks, organizations, news sources, cultural information and much more.

10) Putting It All together

The Business Library enables you to conduct much of your research from your computer over the World Wide Web, guiding you to the appropriate Subject Centers, Articles, Databases, and Web sites. You can connect to Library databases from anywhere in the world using the Remote Logon. The Tutorials give you step-by-step instructions on how to use the information sources in the Business Library to solve business information problems. The Pathfinders guide you to key information on important business topics. And remember that you can always get help by calling, emailing or visiting the Business Librarian or using the Ask A Librarian live chat service.


Business Librarian

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Peter Z McKay
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Email: pzmckay@ufl.edu