Course Research Pages

MCM 333 Business Communications (Professional Studies Program - Riccardi)

These are links to resources that you can access online anytime for researching your term project topic. From off-campus, you will need your library barcode to access the subscription databases described below. Ask a librarian for help using any of these - we're here to help during all library hours! See the reference desk phone number and library hours on the library home page.

Finding Background Information

Reference resources can help you get background and 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 - An online library of full-text reference books in subject areas including business, history, economics, and other social sciences.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - An online library of full-text reference books on topics in business, management, and communication. Articles and entries include Marketing Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Communications in Business.

Finding Books

Bowman Library Catalog - We have many great books about business communications. A few are listed below. You can also try searching "business communication" as a keyword. Books not in the Library's collection can be ordered via the form on Interlibrary Loan.

WorldCat - Find the book you need in a library near you by entering your zip code.

Subscription Research Databases

You need your library barcode needed to access these from off-campus. Contact a librarian for help. These all have tools that enable you to download or email articles to yourself. Some will create APA citations for you as well.

Academic Search Premier - A great place to start for finding current and past articles from scholarly and popular publications. Covers many subjects.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO) - 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.

Business Insights: Essentials - Contains articles, reports, and financials for businesses and industries.

CQ Researcher - Contains detailed reports on U.S. issues including the economy, jobs, the safety net, and labor unions. Can view online or download .pdf for emailing.

Google Scholar - Searches scholarly articles only, though full text is not available for all articles. If full text is not available, check to see if the Library has a subscription using the bottom search box on the Library home page. You may also order the article via Interlibrary Loan.

JSTOR - This collection contains scholarly journal articles in disciplines such as business, economics, and social science.

LexisNexis - Contains articles from national and international news sources including newspapers, magazines, and industry publications. Also offers company reports.

Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select - Includes scholarly articles in multiple academic fields. Search by keyword or use the thesaurus. Remember to check the full-text box on the search screen.

Citing Sources

NoodleTools - This online tool will walk you through the steps of creating a correct APA citation and will save your citations or export to Word or Google Docs. First-time users: create your account from any campus computer or see librarian for code.

Basics of APA Tutorial - This tutorial can be used for quick reference or can be viewed as a video with audio. This is how to do APA from the makers of APA.

More Citation Help - See the APA section to see how to cite many types of sources and how to incorporate them in the body of your paper (in-text citations).

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

For more information on citation style, see:

Citing Your Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)