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MBA Library Orientation

The organization of the future is held together by information – working in such an organization will require literacy to obtain the necessary internal and external information to do our jobs”. --Peter Drucker

Introduction & Goals

  • About Us
  • Welcome with brief introductions
  • Goals of this orientation:
    • Review information cycle
    • Explain basic library resources and services;
    • Illustrate off-campus access to e-resources;
    • Demonstrate the types of business databases provided by the library;
    • Explain access to other area libraries
    • Emphasize lifelong learning

Howard University Libraries Web Site

Borrowing Materials from Howard University Libraries-

Using and Borrowing Materials from Other Universities :

Howard University/Business Library

The Business Library's Web site provides a description of services, access to traditional business resources, electronic resources of business and related information, and links to many other useful sites.

Making the Most of Library Resources

The Information Cycle

An understanding the life cycle of information help researchers gauge the validity and reliability of the information they find.

Information Literacy

Knowing where to look for information on a topic is easier if you have some idea on how information is published before it becomes integrated into a subject.

Information Literacy is the understanding of commonly used research techniques.Specificall, an information literate individual , as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use Information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information ethically and legally

Core business research is about companies, industries and the economy—national and international. The life cycle of such information is a resuable resource. The cycle is not linear.

 Important Research Guides

Important Online Research Tools

The Online Catalog: Sterling--Locates books and other materials owned by Howard University Libraries

 Types of Databases

Your libraries house physical collections and a enormous digital collections.

Databases may be bibliographic or full-text—multidisciplinary or subject-based. Bibliographic databases which index and abstract the literature.

Bibliographic Databases Useful for Business:

  • EconLit R--The American Economic Association’s electronic bibliography indexes more than thirty years of economics literature from around the world.  Compiled and abstracted in an easily searchable format, EconLit is a comprehensive index of journal articles, books, book reviews, collective volume articles, working papers and dissertations.

Full-Text Business Databases

  • ABI/Inform Global R is a comprehensive business database. It includes coverage for over 2,690 publications, with more than 1,750 available in full-text, including The Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition, EIU ViewsWire, Going Global Career Guides, Author Profiles, and 14,000 ProQuest business dissertations (abstract, preview & option to order). With ABI/INFORM Global, users can find out about business conditions, management techniques, business trends, management practice and theory, corporate strategy and tactics, and competitive landscape worldwide. : EIU ViewsWire--Three particular themes are studied:
    • Country Alerts - daily briefings on key market developments
      around the world
    • Country Views - timely assessments and forecasts of changing
      market conditions and the implications for business. Thes include regular country updates, interest and equity forecasts, country forecast summaries, five-year forecast tables and country risk summaries
    • Country Background - facts and figures on the local market
      and regulatory environment. These include country factsheets,
      economic indicators, trade, tax, and foreign exchange
      regulations, and weekly interest rates.

    EIU covers aspects such as: business regulation, corporate strategies, economic developments, financial markets, foreign investment, industrial trends, labor conditions, .political changes, trade policies.

To format citations of literature from the ABI database to specific styles, such as MLA or APA, see ABI's help screen and/or select the “cite this” icon found at the end of each article in the ABI database.

  • Conference Board Research Collection R
    Description: Includes strategy-focused reports on key business topics, "Straight Talk" magazine, analysis of regional economies and markets, the International Economic Scoreboard, US and global economic indicators, and consumer confidence top-line updates.

Multidisciplinary Databases Useful for Business

Company/Industry Databases:

Statistics/Demographic Databases

Electronic Journals

To search for electronic journals by subject in Sterling:

  • Choose Subject search. In search box type the subject and Ejournals: Example: Marketing—Ejournal
  • To search for all business Ejournals in Sterling, choose Subject search. In search box type Business--Ejournals

Citing Resources

There are many styles and forms used to cite sources used to support research. Most academic institutions have standardized requirements for their Students. Some of the most widely used styles of citation are :

Understanding Economic, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Lifelong Learning: Cycling Through Business Information

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