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Daniel Becker
Librarian for Humanities & Business
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About This Guide

Welcome to the Subject Guide for Business & Management!

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Image Credit: 3dman_eu, via Pixabay (License: CC0).

Compiled by your friendly librarians at the Wallace Library in collaboration with the Business & Management department, this guide provides an overview of the core resources available to you at Wheaton. It is a good place to start your research—but please don't hesitate to get in touch with your librarian(s) for help finding useful and interesting additional materials, designing surveys, interpreting business data, or making sense of statistics.

Please note: Parts of this guide are still under construction. In the interim, please contact Daniel Becker, your librarian for business & management, for help. 

Getting Started with Business Research
For a quick initial overview of a topic, try consulting one of these encyclopedias and dictionaries. 

General Overviews of Business, Management, and Finance

Capstone Encyclopedia of Business
Comprehensive encyclopedia covering business concepts, theories and theorists, organizations and companies, etc. 2003.

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance
Comprehensive reference work that covers finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. 2006.

Encyclopedia of the History of American Management
Cover of the Encyclopedia of the History of American ManagementContains brief biographies and more extensive summaries of the works and ideas of major American management theorists and practitioners. Also includes short bibliographies relating to each entry. 2005.

Special Topics

American Economy: A Historical Encyclopedia
Comprehensive encyclopedia covering U.S. economic history.

A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility
Comprehensive reference works that covers central concepts of CSR, international standards, codes, and guidelines, as well as specialized topics. 2010.

Globalization: Encyclopedia of Trade, Labor, and Politics
Comprehensive encyclopedia of political, economic, envrionmental, and social aspects of globalization.

Handbook of Contemporary Behavioral Economics
"The focus of this handbook is original papers by behavioral economists...providing in the process an insightful description and analysis of a particular and important aspect of behavioral economics. These are supplemented by a number of more conventional albeit critical surveys of the literature. Each contribution also provides extensive references."

International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology
The encyclopedia "gives comprehensive and accessible coverage of the wide range of areas and subjects covered by the field," including consumption, corruption, democracy and economy, ecology, gender and economy, globalization,and  industrial relations. Contains bibliographies and index. Call Number: Ref. HM35 .I565 2006.

Research Methods

Encyclopedia of Research Design
The Encyclopedia of Research Design, edited by Neil J. Salkind, is a collection of entries written by scholars in the field of research design, the discipline of how to plan and conduct empirical research, including the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Finding Articles: Core Business Databases
These databases provide access to scholarly and trade publications in business, management, marketing, and related fields, as well as company information and industry profiles. 

Business Collection [Gale] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes and abstracts articles on business and management topics; many articles are in full text. 1980 - present. 

Business Insights: Essentials [Gale] Restricted Resource
Provides company and industry profiles, financial reports, and statistics, as well as research articles on major industries. 

Business Economics and Theory Collection [Gale] Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes articles on business and economics topics, with some overlap with EconLit

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes and abstracts U.S. and foreign newspapers, journals, transcripts, federal and state case law, law reviews, state and country profiles, company information and more. Many documents are in full text; dates of coverage vary.

Small Business Collection [Gale] Restricted Resource Some full text available
Contains articles from scholarly journal and trade magazines, with a focus on business strategy and entrepreneurship.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Joint portal of semi-formal networks of researchers in the social sciences that provides access to a variety of e-journals as well as abstracts and full text of preprints and working papers via its eLibrary. Topics range from accounting to marketing, leadership to sustainability, and corporate governance to information systems. 

Statista Restricted Resource
Extensive database of statistics on (almost) any topic imaginable, drawn from thousands of sources. Also contains information about industries and individual companies and organizations. 
 
Finding Articles: Social Science Databases
The following databases cover materials not only in business and management, but also in related fields, particularly economics and other social sciences. 

EconLit [ProQuest] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, book reviews, working papers, and dissertations in economics. 1969 - present.  Note: EconLit uses the JEL classification, which can be found under "thesaurus" in this ProQuest version of the database. 

PsycINFO Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes and abstracts the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines. American Psychological Association and Canadian Psychological Association journals are in full text; one of the Ovid databases; 1806 - present.  A helpful guide to searching PsycINFO on the Ovid platform (PDF) is available on the American Psychological Association website. Note: To use PsycINFO with RefWorks, please login here instead of the link above. 

Scopus Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes and abstracts scientific, technical, medical, social sciences and some humanities literature and web resources. Includes citation tracking and links to full text articles. Early 1900's - present for some abstracts; 1996 - present for citation tracking.

Social Sciences Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes articles and book reviews in some of the key international English language journals in the social sciences, for example: anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.

Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR) Unrestricted Resource
Database of open-access social science articles and papers.

Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journals, dissertations, conference papers, and selected books in sociology and related disciplines. A ProQuest database; 1952 - present. 
Finding Articles: Important Business Journals
Ranking the quality and influence of scholarly periodicals can be a tricky business, and the titles listed vary from one organization to the next. Still, here is a list of journals that most rankings agree are important in the fields of business, management, and finance. Click on the links to see how to access them at Wheaton. 
  • Academy of Management Journal 
  • Academic of Management Perspectives 
  • Academy of Management Review 
  • Accounting Review 
  • California Management Review 
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 
  • Harvard Business Review 
  • Journal of Accounting Research 
  • Journal of Business Ethics 
  • Journal of Business Research 
  • Journal of Business Venturing 
  • Journal of Consumer Research 
  • Journal of Finance 
  • Journal of International Business Studies 
  • Journal of Management 
  • Journal of Management Studies 
  • Journal of Marketing
  • Journal of Marketing Research 
  • Journal of Operations Management 
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior 
  • Management Science 
  • Organization Science 
  • Strategic Management Journal 

Also check out the following magazines and newspapers: 
Finding Books
HELIN Catalog
‚ÄčTo find books and e-books, audiovisual materials, board games, and other items held by the Wallace Library or our partners in the HELIN consortium, search the catalog: 

Advanced Search

Finding Data & Statistics
For an extensive list of sources for business data and statistics (other than company information), please check our Guide to Statistics Sources for Business and Economics
Finding Company Information
Information about companies, their financial reports (at least in the case of public companies), their products and services, as well as their executives and board members, can often be found easily on individual companies' websites. Most have a special section on investor relations that contains much of this information. 

Other sources of company information include LexisNexis Academic , Statista , as well as Business Insights: Essentials [Gale] and Business Collection [Gale] (all of which are subscription databases and are accessible to Wheaton community members only). Freely accessible resources include Bloomberg Business Exchange, the EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) system of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the databases of legally required corporate filings available from the Secretaries of State of each U.S. state (for quick access, try this overview from the National Association of Secretaries of State).  
Finding Primary Sources

Primary Sources for Advertising/Marketing Research

Looking for advertisements or commercials for your research project? For television or movie commercials, YouTube has a surprisingly good collection--just be careful how you search, and how to attribute what you find properly. 

In addition, there are several interesting, curated digital collections of historic ad campaigns available on the open web: 
  • AdAccess Unrestricted Resource
    Includes images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns.  From Duke University's Digital Collections.
     
  • AdRespect Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video
    First created in 1996, this website (originally known as "The Commercial Closet") chronicles "over 4,000 LGBT themed ads from around the world going back to 1917, exploring the range of representations of gender and sexuality in print and television advertising. The material represents the best and worst of Madison Avenue's commercial messages, and everything in between."
     
  • AdViews Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video
    From the digital collections at the Duke University Libraries, this collection contains historic television commercials from the archives of the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) advertising agency, covering the 1950s-1980s. 
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  • Vintage Ad Browser Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
    Containing more than 100,000 historic ads from the late 19th century onwards, this privately curated website "aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine, and comic book scans, and more."
 

Primary Sources for Business History

  • A few interesting digital collections on business history include:
    • Hagley Digital Archives Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
      Extensive digital collections on the history of business and technology in the United States, from the Hagley Museum & Library. 
       
    • Columbia Historical Corporate Reports Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
      From Columbia University's Watson Business & Economics Library, this collection of historic corporate reports contains scans from 36 companies over the course of over a century, from the 1850s to the 1960s. 
       
    • Women Working: Harvard Open Collections Unrestricted Resource
      Focuses on women's role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections.
       
    • Trade Literature Collection [Smithsonian Libraries] Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
      "This collection--the catalogs and books that were once part of the merchandising of American business--is internationally known as an important source for the history of American business, technology, marketing, consumption, and design. Trade literature includes printed or handwritten lists, often illustrated, of items offered for sale ranging in size from small pamphlets to oversized folios of several hundred pages. Manufacturers of all sizes and types issued trade catalogs to promote and sell their products. The present collection contains more than 460,000 catalogs, technical manuals, advertising brochures, price lists, company histories and related materials representing over 36,000 companies."
       
  • The following, large digital libraries, which draw on the holdings of several archives, libraries, and museums, also contain primary sources relevant to business history:
    • Digital Public Library of America [DPLA] Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
      Aggregates digital collections from various institutions across the United States and serves as both a simple search portal and as a development platform with which online exhibitions etc. can be built. 
       
    • Europeana Unrestricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
       "Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, tv and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they're all here."
       
    • HathiTrust Digital Library Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
      Digital library created from the collections of major research libraries in the United States and around the world. Items range from medieval Arabic manuscripts to early modern European incunabula, from colonial American pamphlets to 19th-century treatises on natural history. Although a part of the collection is only accessible to members of participating/contributing institutions, many materials (particularly those no longer in copyright) are freely accessible.
 

See also

Dictionaries of Business Terminology
Foreign Language Business Dictionaries Restricted Resource Some full text available

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From Peter Collin Publishing, these dictionaries provide specialized business vocabulary in French, German, and Spanish.



AMA Dictionary of Business and Management Restricted Resource Some full text available
Surveys "a vast range of terminology from all areas of business including management, strategy, finance, human resources, economics, marketing, sales, insurance, and international business." Published by the American Management Association. 2013.

Barron's Business Dictionaries Restricted Resource Some full text available
Quick reference works with brief definitions of key business terms and concepts. The following are available as e-books at Wheaton: