Business Research Guide


Business is a wide-ranging subject which can include fields such as Management, Planning, Risk Management and Communication. When searching for material, it is a good idea to narrow your search to a very specific topic.

Searching for Books:

When you go to the Library web page, click on the link labeled “Search Library Catalog” on the left side. Enter your search terms (you can search by a number of criteria: title, author, subject, ISBN etc.). You can limit your search by type of material or library and also arrange your findings by publication date.

Here are some examples of books on business:

Principles of management / Louis E. Boone, David L. Kurtz.   HD31 .B619 1981

Corporate governance and accountability: what role for the regulator, director, and auditor? / Dan A. Bawly ; foreword by Roger B. Porter. HD2741 .B34 1999

 Conceptual foundations of business [by] Richard Eells [and] Clarence Walton HF5351 .E34 1974

Notice that the call numbers all begin with “H”.   That is the section where most books on business will be found.

Searching for Articles:

Looking for articles, you’ll want to select the “FDU Online Library” below the catalog. There is a separate heading for Business, Economics, and Management. This section includes many varied databases several of which are specialized. For example, Hoover’s Company Profiles will give you a good deal of information about companies. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a good database to find details about careers.   Business Source Premier will help you find articles concerning business.  

It’s also a good idea to look in one of the Multi-Disciplinary Databases such as Academic Search Premier and ProQuest Research Library.

Online Searching:

Searching online can be a daunting task for a topic such as business. It is recommended to search for a very particular topic so that you are not overwhelmed with results.    It is very important to remember that, while there is a great deal of reliable information on the Internet, there is also a lot that is less than credible.   Make sure you know who is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the website. Look for “About us” (sometimes, “Contact us” can give information). If you don’t find it at the top of the web page, go to the bottom and search. If you don’t find it there, look for the copyright. It will usually tell you the name of the author

If you have any questions or need any help do not hesitate to contact a librarian.

Paul Dunphy,   Jan. 2016