Course Research Pages

MCM 333: Business Communications

Finding Background Information

Reference resources can help you get an overview of a topic. They also give you an idea of key terms associated with a topic that can help you with further searching.

Credo Reference - Articles and images from reference books in most subjects. Great for background information and definitions.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A collection of online reference books on a wide array of subjects; very good for background information.

Finding Books

Bowman Library Catalog - search the catalog for books on your debate and report topics.

We also have many great books about business communication. A few are listed below. You can also try searching "business communication" as a keyword. Some of these might provide ideas for your research reports.

Using Reference and Research Databases

CQ Researcher - Weekly reports on current and controversial issues,

EBSCO - Our largest collection of journals, magazines, and newspapers, covering many topics.

Lexis Nexis Academic - Articles from news sources worldwide.

The New York Times - A good place to search for news articles; searching for editorials or opinion pieces can be useful for debate topics.

Finding Business Information in Library Databases

Business Insights: Essentials - Contains articles, reports, and financials for businesses and industries; good for company profiles.

Business Source Complete - Contains current and past articles from scholarly and popular publications in business, economics, and many other fields. See the subject terms on the left menu of results pages to view additional relevant articles.

Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database) - Contains a wealth of information on international consumer markets.

Finding Statistics

Statista - A brand-new database providing access to over 1 million statistics and infographics. Statistics make a great addition to debate topics.

Selected Web Sites

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Conducts and disseminates research and convenes roundtable discussions that highlight important questions about the intersection of media, communication, and public policy. See "Information & Society" under Research Areas.

Electronic Frontier Foundation
A non-profit organization working to protect digital rights.

Pew Research Center
An important independent organization that "provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world," through opinion polling and social science research. Very useful for some of your media-related debate topics. Some of its projects include the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Contains information on both sides of popular debate topics.

Page Last Updated: February 09 2016

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Research Tips

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