Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Examples of Subject searches include: small business; international business; corporations; free trade; globalization; Greenspan, Alan.



 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

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.



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


Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Gale Powersearch is a brand name for 25 multidisplinaryl databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Peer Reviewed publications."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.


Use websites for government information, statistics and current events. It's very important to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

Below are some examples of business related web sites. If you 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”.