Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- Provide list of sources (books, articles, etc.) for specific subjects. May include annotations.
- Annual Statement Studies: Financial Ratio Benchmarks
- HF 5681 .B2 R6 Ref.
- Annual publication. Data for over 680 industries derived from statements of financial institutions' borrowers and prospects. Arranged by NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code (formerly the SIC code). Latest year on Reserve.
- Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios
- HF 1016 .I53 Ref.
- Annual publication. Statistics on over 800 lines of business. Arranged by SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) code.
- Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
- HC 106.6 .S74 Ref.
- Surveys of 52 industries updated semi-annually. Publication published quarterly. For each industry includes information on the current environment, a profile of the industry, a glossary, industry references, and a comparative company analysis.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
- HA 202 .A2 Ref.
- Annual publication with statistics from many U. S. government departments. Index is to table number, not page number. Latest year kept at Reference Desk.
- Statistical Yearbook
- HA 12.5 .U63 Ref
- Published annually by the United Nations. Includes statistics on such things as population, manufacturing, finance, trade, and social statistics.
- Cornette Library's Online Catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as globalization.
- the general LC subject heading globalization.
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as united states foreign economic relations.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- Online catalog for libraries around the world.
- Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
- Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
- Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- Business Source Complete
- Comprehensive coverage of business journals and magazines. Many publications in full-text. Includes Datamonitor reports (company profiles), industry profiles, country profiles, market research reports, and SWOT analyses
- LexisNexis Academic - Business
- Detailed information by company and industry. Full-text of journal and magazine articles.
- LexisNexis Statistical
- Statistical information and tables from a variety of government and other sources on a wide variety of topics.
- Subject Guides
- Find recommendations for other databases with material on the subject.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" form for electronic reference support.
Sources for Company and Financial Information
- Value Line Research Center
- Detailed analysis and key financial ratios for stocks and mutual funds and overviews of about 100 industry segments. Also available in print from the Reserve Desk.
- Mergent Online
- Company details, financials, SEC filings, and news on publicly traded companies.
- Morningstar.Com Library Edition
- Independent investment analysis of 1500 stocks and 2000 mutual funds.
Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.
- Most U.S. documents published since 1994 are listed in the Cornette Library's online catalog.
- For older documents, you will need to use the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
- Indexes all United States government documents made available through the Government Printing Office.
- Includes Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
- Dates available include:
- Documents/Reference (1913-present).
- Online via FirstSearch. (1976-present)
Following are some web sites that you might find useful in researching companies or topics in management and related topics.
- AT Kearney
- Bain & Company
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- The Boston Consulting Group
- Harvard Business School Working Knowledge for Business Leaders
- INSEAD Knowledge: Business Research on Demand
- Mercer: Consulting, Outsourcing, Investments
- 12Manage Management. Methods, Models, and More
- Policy Research Working Papers (from the World Bank)
- Research and Insights - Accenture
- Research and Knowledge at IMD
- Value Based Management.net (Management Methods. Management Models. Management Theories.
- World Trade Organization - Economic Research and Analysis
- World Trade Organization - Trade Topics
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
Citation Style Manuals
Provide formats for citing many different kinds of sources:
- Books, including encyclopedias.
- Magazines or Journals.
- Web sites.
Instructor may specify.
Most often used are:
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian).
- The Chicago Manual of Style.
- Copies of the current edition of each manual listed above are at the Reference Desk.
- Cornette Library's Citation Basics page also has valuable information.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.