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Business: Periodicals, Databases, & Indexes

Many business periodicals are scholarly journals with rigorous editorial standards. Peer review is a common standard across disciplines. Specifically, articles go through a process that involves evaluation by the journal editor and also a panel of experts in the field. They may be published by professional associations, scholarly societies, trade groups, nonprofits, university presses, or commercial publishers.

Journals are often the first sources to share information about a new idea or the latest trends. In addition, they are some of the most frequently consulted information sources. However particularly in areas such as science and business, “professionals prefer to read journal articles within their first three years of publication” (Tu-Keefner, 2014).

Scenario Stumper
I'm starting a graduate program and I want to focus on risk management and insurance. I'm supposed to become familiar with the periodicals being published in the United States. Where do I start? How many are there?
Go to Ulrich's Periodical Directory and search for active, journals in the United States.
The Bottom Line... there are about a half dozen journals focusing specifically on insurance. However you could expand a little by including international journals. One nice thing about using Ulrich's Periodical Directory is that it provides a link to the IUPUI databases if the journal is available through IUPUI.

Business Journal Needs

The needs of different business information seekers vary. As such, think about the specific journals that might be useful for sub-groups of library users. Public libraries and academic libraries generally provide access to some basic business magazines and journals for general use. Some examples include:

Public librarians may wish to provide sources specifically for hobbyists and retirees researching investments. Examples include:

Many public libraries are now offering electronic versions of journals through companies like Zinio. Some examples of popular magazines in business offered by Zinio include:

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I commute to work on the subway. I'd really like something that I can read on my iPhone or iPad. I don't want anything too heavy, but I would like something related to business or finance.
Try a magazine such as Bloomberg Businessweek or Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Both of these magazines are available at many public libraries through Zinio.
The Bottom Line... rather than a book or journal, consider magazines for short, informational articles on popular topics.

Students have a different set of needs. Beyond the news and popular journals, they'll also be seeking information from scholarly journals.

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Read Han, Ning (2011). Meeting business students’ legal research needs: a selected list of periodicals on corporation, securities, and bankruptcy. The Serials Librarians, 61, 396-411.


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Read Johnson, Don T., Stierman, Jeanne Koekkoek, Stierman, Jon P. & Clark, Brian F. (2013). Using syllabi to determine the core journal and monographic literature in doctoral finance programs. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 18(3), 191-207.

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Spahr, Kendra & Wiegand, Stephanie (2012). Library collections for the support of academic sport management programs. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 17(3), 220-241.

Business Databases

Business databases are a great place to go for both journals and other types of information.

EBSCO

Business Source Premier is a full text business database, covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business. Available through IUPUI and INSPIRE.

When searching Business Source Premier be sure to consider the "Publication Type" in your search. For instance, options include searching for Industry Profile or Country Report.

Corporate ResourceNet is designed to meet the diverse information needs of today's companies. This database contains full text articles from more than 1,300 quality magazines and journals. Available through IUPUI and INSPIRE.

Scenario Stumper
Many of the business databases don't seem to do a good job focusing in on particular products or companies. I want to be able to search by product and company.
Try Corporate ResourceNet. Choose the ADVANCED SEARCH and notice that users can search by product name, company/entity, NAICS code, Duns Number, and even ticker symbol.
The Bottom Line... many business searchers are seeking product and company information. User databases that allow advanced searches.

Health Business FullTEXT. Explore the business of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management with Health Business FullTEXT. Available through IUPUI and INSPIRE.

Regional Business News from EBSCO provides comprehensive full text for regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). This database has full text for more than 50 sources. Available through IUPUI and INSPIRE.

Factiva

Factiva. Provides general and business news and information. Useful for monitoring and tracking company and industry trends alongside business forecasts, as culled from over 10,000 resources. Daily newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times can be read here. Available through IUPUI.

Scenario Stumper
I'm interested in an easy-to-use website that provides good business news and alerts as well as company information.
Go to Factiva. You can explore the news and company information as well as set up alerts.
The Bottom Line.. if you're interested in the popular business news sources such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron's and Forbes and also want the company information feature, Factiva is a great choice.

Gale

Business Insights: Global. International business intelligence offering comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries. Available from IUPUI through Marion County Internet Library.

Chatham House Online Archive. The research, publications, speeches and archives of a leading international affairs think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. High level analysis and research on almost 100 years of global events and issues. Includes 'behind the doors' insight into the real movers and shakers, influencers and deal brokers. This resource is for researchers of international affairs, economics, law, and business, diplomacy, security and terrorism, environment, development, war and peace studies. Available through IUPUI.

RDS Business Reference Suite from Gale provides balanced and highly focused full-text coverage of company and industry news, management practices, and market research information. By combining the complementary strengths of Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices and TableBase, Business Reference Suite delivers a comprehensive business research package.

IBIS

IBISWorld. A comprehensive collection of industry market research reports. Available from IUPUI.

Scenario Stumper
I'm interested in global investments. I'd like to browse some industry reports.
Go to IBISWorld. This website an easy-to-use interface and provides interesting and useful insights.
The Bottom Line... there are lots of databases with global industry information, but IBISWorld is one of the best for browsing.

Lexus Nexus

LexisNexis Academic. Provides full-text documents from over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications with a variety of flexible search options. The 5,900 sources include: National and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information Shepard's® Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789 Business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news. Available through IUPUI.

ProQuest

ABI/Inform from ProQuest contains three distinct databases focusing on business information. Available from IUPUI.

The Data and Reports section is one of the best places to got for data about companies, industries, and markets. The Publications section searches thousands of scholarly journals, trade journals, reports, magazine, and more. Full-text articles are available in most cases. The Browse section highlight key areas and provides links to topics of interest.

Other ProQuest Databases

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It can be overwhelming to deal with the database. Be sure to make use of the BROWSE option. Go to ProQuest Business Browse by Topic. Notice how the resources are organized by category. Select a topic and browse deep into the resources on the topic.

Some examples include:

Database Evaluation

According to Celia Ross (2013) when seeking databases, look for the following elements:

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Locate a business journal using any database you wish. Examine the cover and first few pages as well as the last few pages. Also, look at the table of contents to see how the articles and other information are organized within the journal. What information is provided that might be useful in matching the journal with readers? What type of reader might be interested in this journal. List the title of the journal and share your findings in a few sentences.

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Read Ross, Celia (2013). The business reference resource. In C. Ross, Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals. ALA Editions.

Demographic Database

Business professionals across sub-disciplines need access to demographic information. Some sources are listed below.

Scenario Stumper
I'm considering an expansion of my business and I'd like to explore some different regions of the United States. I'm looking for a mapping tool I can use to help me visualize demographic information.
DemographicsNow from Gale provides a map feature that allows users to select from dozens of variables.
The Bottom Line... there are many mapping tools available, so it's important to examine the specific thematic variables of each to determine which works best for a particular need.

Accounting and Taxation

 

Journals

Magazines

Databases

Scenario Stumper
I'm interested in a good resources for accessing the most up-to-date information on tax preparation. I'm looking for a place that can serve as a reference source in addition to a place that provides news.
Go to BNA Tax and Accounting Center (BNA Tax Management Portfolios). This resources provides forms, tools, documents, analysis, and news. It's a great place to start.
The Bottom Line... there are lots of places where you can find information. However if you're looking for a "home" that provides an easy-to-use interface, BNA Tax and Accounting Center (BNA Tax Management Portfolios) is a good choice.

Banking, Financial, and Investment Information

 

Journals

Magazines

Databases

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Read Ross, Celia (2013). Investment research. In C. Ross, Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals. ALA Editions.

Business Ethics and Law

 

Journals

Database

Business Management

 

Journals

Magazines

Consumer Information

Requests for consumer information are very popular in school and public library settings. There's a good chance that the magazine Consumer Reports will address the question.

 

Journals

Magazines

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Go to Consumer Reports magazine. It's available through many databases at IUPUI including EBSCO. Describe three people who might be looking for information on different products. Cite a recent article (last three years) for each of these library users.

Database

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Read Ross, Celia (2013). Consumer research and marketing/advertising. In C. Ross, Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals. ALA Editions.

Economics

 

Databases

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

 

Journals

Database

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Go to Small Business Resource Center from Gale. Explore the site by topic, types, plans, and how to... sections. Share a resource within this center that you think would be useful to new business owners.

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Read Ross, Celia (2013). Small business. In C. Ross, Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals. ALA Editions.

Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism

 

Journals

Datbases

Scenario Stumpers
I'm thinking about turning the family farmer and ranch into a tourist attraction demonstrating organic and sustainable practices. I'm interested in learning about how other people have turned their rural farms into profitable tourist attractions.
Go to Leisure Tourism from CABI. The database focuses on tourism, leisure, and hospitality information.
The Bottom Line... there are lots of articles. Use terms such as farm tourism, rural communities, and organic farms.

Human Resourcesa and Industrial Relations

 

Journals

Magazines

Databases

Scenario Stumpers
I dropped out of college after my freshman year. I'm looking for an occupation where I can own my own business. I've heard that plumbing is in high demand. Where can I learn more about the outlook?
Start at Occupational Outlook Handbook and do a search for plumbing. To learn more, go to O*NET Online. Search for plumbing.
The Bottom Line... the future is bright for plumbers. Those who embrace the green economy will do particularly well.

International Business

 

Journals

Magazines

Marketing and Sales

 

Journals

Magazines

Scenario Stumpers
I just took a position with a large pharmaceutical company as a regional sales representative. I'd like to do some reading about what's happening in the healthcare marketing field right now. I'd don't have much time, so I'm looking for short, practice articles.
A magazine would be a good choice. Try Medical Marketing & Media.
The Bottom Line... for the latest information related to business practice, websites, newsletters, blogs, and magazines work well.

Databases

Scenario Stumpers
I'm thinking about advertising my new product in a couple national magazines. Where can I find data about magazines, their circulation, and their audiences? Is there some kind of rating system to help me decide which would be best for advertising my product?
The Media Intelligence Center database contains data on magazines, their circulations, and their audiences. They also have a ratings book and reports that can be downloaded. MediaMark Plus is another useful resource. Their produce usage data may be valuable.
The Bottom Line. No source will make the decision for you, but Media Intelligence Center database can provide some data to help in the decisionmaking process.

Real Estate

 

Journals

Magazines

Risk Management

 

Journals

Small Business

 

Magazines

 

Resources

The descriptions for many of the databases are excerpt or adapted from the IUPUI A to Z Database page.

Journals selected based on Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports.


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