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Introduction to Business Library Research

Introduction to Business Library Research

Introduction to Business Library Research is a self-paced tutorial for students new to business information. Developed by the Foster Business Library librarians, the content and lessons provide an orientation to the fundamentals of business information sources, effective research strategies, and how to use select library and publicly available sources.

Introduction to Business Library Research guides students through the following topics:

  • Setting up your computer to access library resources from off-campus
  • Establishing familiarity with library database use guidelines in the context of business research

Companies & Industries

  • Understanding how business information is arranged into categories
  • Examining different databases for locating various types of company and industry information

Market Research

  • Understanding how information about consumers and products create the basis for market research resources
  • Examining databases with consumer market research and B2B market research reports
  • Finding data on consumers, markets, and consumer behavior

Finding Data

  • Understanding common sources for business data
  • Finding data on government websites and in library databases

Library Research Guides

  • Using research guides as a tool for browsing and finding library resources
  • Identifying library databases by categories and topics
  • Getting expert help from a librarian

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      Or import individual modules into your Canvas course via Canvas Commons — search for the tutorial by name; view IT instructions for help.

      Talk with us about how the tutorial can support students in your course or program: Contact the Foster Business Librarians.