Here are databases you can use to learn more about 1.1. Current Performance, 1.2. Strategic Posture, and 1.3. Corporate Governance.
Nexis Uni and Mergent Online have information on public companies. ABI/Inform and Business Source Complete are both business article databases that you can use to find news about your company.
Also, don't forget your company's web site: Look for Investor Relations, About the Company, etc. There may be a CEO message, or you can also find mission statements, values, financial information, annual reports, and other information to help you analyze the company’s strategies.
- Replaces LexisNexis Academic.
More than 15,000 news, business, and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.
- Detailed company information including 15 years of financial statements.
- A comprehensive business database containing millions of full-text items across scholarly and popular periodicals, newspapers, market research reports, dissertations, books, videos and more. Includes the full text of the Wall Street Journal. Formerly called ABI/INFORM Collection
- This is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included.
Use these tools to find out about your company's: 2.1 External Environment, and 2.2. Internal Environment.
2.1: External Environment: IBISWorld is great for learning about the industry that your company is part of, as well as what outside forces are shaping its success.
2.2: Internal Environment: Nexis Uni can give you a picture of what is going on inside the company, along with the company's web site.
Citing Your Sources
Whenever you do research, you will need to cite the information sources that you use. Most business scholars use APA style. Here are some tools that can help you with this task:
Gleeson Library's guide to citations: How? Why? When?
- APA 7th Edition Citations for Business SourcesAn excellent guide to using APA 7th edition style for popular business sources. Scroll through the guide to find an example for the business source you are using in your research. Compiled by librarians Naomi Schemm, Marcia Dellenbach, Zachary Grisham, Marianne Hageman, Natalia Tingle, Matt Trowbridge, and Amanda Wheatley
- Citing Business Databases in APA: Michigan State University GuideThis guide was created to help with citing some common business databases
- Citing Business Databases from the University of North Carolina at GreensboroThis guide has some additional business database examples in APA style.
- MLA Business Citations: Youngstown State UniversityScroll down the page to see citations for specific business web sites, reports, and databases cited in MLA style.
- Purdue OWLOur favorite style guide web site is the OWL from Purdue University.
- RefWorks allows users to create personal databases to manage, store, and share the information citations/references. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds. Create an account using your USF email address.
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