Recently, Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud (MSB) Librarian Neil Vig visited with Wendy Topp, business program chair, and his Project Management class. Vig was on hand to educate the students on the variety of business resources available to them in the MSB library.
“It can be overwhelming, but with proper navigation, the students can find what they need,” said Vig. “It is also important for students to learn about information literacy and apply it to their career.”
Each day on his way to work, Wendy listens to the radio and picks up on any topics that might be applicable to his class. The students then have the opportunity to research on that topic.
“The ProQuest Newsstand database tends to work best for these discussions. It has the daily issues of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as international newspapers. The Star Tribune can also be found there, so that helps with any local topics that come up,” said Topp.
When getting started, students must decide how specific their research will be and choose the correct research guide. The choices are plentiful and include: agriculture, economics, finance, hospitality, human resources and marketing. When in doubt, start with the main business guide.
Each database offers access to full-text articles, company reports, industry stats, videos, trade publications, business plans, and much more.
A few key databases for students in the business program are:
Business Source Complete – Need to write a SWOT analysis? See how Fortune 500 companies do it. Doing business with another country? Check out their Country Reports for trends, GDP and other economic data.
Small Business Resource Center – Writing a business plan? See some examples.
ProQuest Newsstand – Recent major newspaper articles, trade publications and newswires.
First Research – Industry profiles and rankings based on a variety of metrics from which you can choose.
The guide also features suggested websites that students can visit.
World Bank Data – Economic indicators, country development data, tables, and reports on countries of the world.
McKinsey Quarterly – This business journal offers new ways of thinking about the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Fortune 500 – Get the latest info on all the Fortune 500 companies.
Professional associations and organizations can also offer a plethora of resources for students, and becoming a member has added benefits. Some of the available associations include:
- American Management Association
- American Society for Training and Development
- American Hotel and Lodging Association
- Financial Planning Association
If you are feeling stuck and are not sure where to start your research, the guides* should be your first stop. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the librarian.
*Bonus: Each guide also links to the all-important APA guide.