Business research requires persistence and creativity...
Proprietary information may not be available (e.g. business models, organizational charts, supply chains, production costs, or market shares) . Finding related, relevant information and tying it together to make inferences about your information need is a skill that can be developed.
Start with library databases, trade publications, and company or government websites.
Form a search strategy:
Refine your search skills:
It all begins with a thought...start at the top of this Mind Map and follow the information process to the original source. Types of research resources are listed for each step of the way.
The left side shows how researchers go through a similar process before conducting an original research study.
What is corporate social performance?
How is it measured?
What are additional search terms related to this topic?
Use online reference resources such as encyclopedias and handbooks for quick, authoritative topic overviews.
Getting background information on your topic can help you to:
Find original research and experts on the topic
Find alternate terms and synonyms to use as search terms
Find related or more specific topics on which to focus your research
Web searching and academic reference resources provide background information.
The ebooks below are a great place to start.
Click on the green "Hamline Access" link and log in using your Hamline computer credentials.
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