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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Career Related Links

Web Resources


Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Business Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: small business; international business; corporations; free trade; globalization; Greenspan, Alan.

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select from the pull-down menu, either Reserve Materials by Course or Reserve Materials by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject.

Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on business include:

Business HF 5001-6182
Business Ethics HF 5387-5387.5
Marketing HF 5410-5417.5
Personnel Management HF 5549-5549.5
Accounting HF 5601-5689
Business Mathematics HF 5691-5716
Business Communication HF 5717-5734.7
Advertising HF 5801-6182


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic.

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Reference materials help researchers refine their topic, understand the depth of materials available, identify additional resources.



Schreiber, Mae N. International Trade Sources: A Research Guide
New York: Garland Pub., 1997. HF1379.S37 1997 Rosenberg Reference

Woy, James, editor. Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources. 14th ed.
Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 2000. HF5353.E9 2000 Rosenberg Reference


D & B Regional Business Directory. San Francisco Area
Bethlehem, PA: Dun & Bradstreet, 2004. HG 4058.S4 D86 3 vols. Rosenberg Reference

San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists.
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Business Times, 2007. HF5068.S3.S35 Rosenberg Reference


Business: The Ultimate Resource.
Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2002. HD38.15.B874 2002 Rosenberg Reference

Morrison, Terri, Wayne A. Conaway, and Joseph J. Douress.
Dun & Bradstreet’s Guide to Doing Business Around the World

Paramus, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2001. HF1416.M78 2001 Rosenberg Reference

Siegal, Joel G. and Jae K Shim. Accounting Handbook 4th Ed.
Hauppage, NY: Barron’s, 2006. HF5635.S586 2006 Rosenberg Reference


Baker, Michael J., editor. The IEBM Encyclopedia of Marketing
London; Boston: International Thomason Business Press, 1999. HF5412.I32 1999 Rosenberg Reference

Helms, Marilyn, editor. Encyclopedia of Management. 4th ed.
Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, Inc., 2000. HD30.15.E49 2000 Rosenberg Reference

Malonis, Jane A., editor. Encyclopedia of Business. 2nd ed. 2 vols.
Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, Inc., 2000. HF1001.E466 2000 Rosenberg Reference


Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. 3 vols.
Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 2006. AS22.E5 2006 Rosenberg Reference


New York Times Index.
New York, New York Times Co. AI21 .N44 Rosenberg Reference

Wall Street Journal Index
New York, N.Y.: Dow Jones & Co HG1 .W2 Index Rosenberg Reference


California Statistical Abstract
Sacramento, Calif.: Economic Development Agency of the State of California. HA261.C3 S7x Rosenberg Reference

Statistical Abstracts
Washington: G.P.O. HA202.U5x S7 Rosenberg Reference


Woelfl, Charles J. Encyclopedia of Banking and Finance. 10th ed
Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1994. HG151.F57 1994 Rosenberg Reference


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles.For more detailed information Click Here. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. Located on the CCSF ID cars is a barcode # that enables the user to access all library services. The CCSF ID card will either be mailed to your home address or can be received in person at Smith Hall 118. More information about obtaining a library bar code.


Infotrac Web
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful periodical databases for business topics include the General Business File ASAP, Business and Company ASAP, Business and Company Resource Center, and LegalTrac.

a. General Business File ASAP:
Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.

b. Business and Company Resource Center:
Business and Company Resource Center brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

c. LegalTrac
Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, providing indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.

Proquest Newspapers
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and Washington Post -- Time periods vary.


Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of business related web sites. If yu use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.


American Accounting Association
The association’s site provides a gateway into programs, services, documents, and conferences.

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
A comprehensive index of web-based tax and accounting resources designed to be a starting point for
people who are searching for tax and accounting information, products, and services.


Advertising World
Links to advertising-related sites are grouped together in more than 80 broad topical areas, e.g. Account Planning,
Demographic Information, Ethics & Self-Regulation, Product Placement, and Web Ad Placement.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University,
presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States.

Annual Reports
This free financial report service, provided by IR Solutions, a financial information services firm, offers PDF
versions of company annual reports and HTML versions of their Form 10Ks.

How to find a Company’s Annual Report Online
Site provides users with several methods to locate a company’s annual report online


The mission of CorpWatch is to “counter corporate led globalization
through education, network building and activism”.

CSRwire offers well-organized, straightforward access to wealth of information on the topic of corporate social responsibility.


SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR)
Site provides users with access to SEC filings for publicly traded companies.

Wachowicz’s Web World: Web sites for discerning Finance students
This site offers a wealth of links from accounting through taxation and world markets.

Yahoo! Finance
Provides a wealth of financial information including a daily market summary, market indexes,
currency rates, financial news, and links to educational tools.

General Business

BEOnline Plus
BEOnline Plus is an ambitious effort by the Library of Congress’s Business Reference Services division
to select and catalog business, economic, and related Web resources.

Business Ethics
This web site contains well-chosen links to business ethics resources: articles and publications, case studies,
corporate code of ethics, professional organizations and associations, and resources and centers.

Business Plan Archive
In partnership with the Library of Congress, the Center for History and New Media, and the University of Maryland Libraries, the Archive collects and preserves business plans and related planning documents, especially strong in dot-com companies.

Rutgers University Libraries: Subject Research Guides: Business –Stock and Commodity Exchanges
This Web guide lists stock and commodity exchanges, including those dealing in futures, options, and
derivatives, as well as sources for market and stock prices and reports.

International Business

Established by the World Bank, this site was created to identify the regulatory aspects of private-sector
development and investment across 175 economies.
http://www.export.govThe International Trade Association (19 federal agencies involved in export) and the
Trade promotion Coordinating Committee have developed this US government portal covering export and international trade information.

globalEDGE Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at
Michigan State University, this site organizes and annotates more than 5,000 business and country specific  Internet resources.

Small Business

This resource contains current and valuable information on starting and managing a small business.

United States Small Business Administration
http://www.sba.govAn authoritative resource of the
US government intended to provide small business owners with information and tools to start and manage their companies.


Business and Industry Economic Programs
Census Bureau provides statistics about U.S. businesses and governments and includes links to data products, related programs and additional information.


Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Site provides users with a variety of statistics on social and economic conditions in the
United States.

Statistics of U.S. Businesses
The SUSB tabulate economic data on the following items: companies, establishments, employment, annual payroll, and receipts.

Vocational Guidance

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition
Site provides users with employment forecast by county, employment forecast by job type, employment guides by job type and more.

Vocational Information Center 
This resource is designed to make “existing career and technical online resources easier to find”.


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.

Evaluating and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.


Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
Fifty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs available!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

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