COMM 1321: Business & Professional Communication

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignments easier.

Reference Sources

Annual Reports to Shareholders
Annual Reports file cabinets, Reference Dept.
Published annual reports from selected companies. Not searchable in library catalog. Most current two years retained.
Book Review Digest
Indexes - Reference Dept.
Has summary of book. Many of the citations also include a paragraph from the original review. Reviews from over 80 publications. Tip: search more than one volume. Example: for book first published in 2004, search volumes for 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Book Review Index
Indexes - Reference Dept.
Citations to book reviews from over 250 publications. Tip: same as for Book Review Digest.
Contemporary Authors
Z 1224 .C59 (Reference)
Multi-volume series about authors. Includes personal information, contact address, career, awards & honors, writings, reviews, bibliography on author (books and articles). Also online in Gale Literary Databases. Sample author: Bill Gates.
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
HF 5381 .E52 2005 (Reference) "Careers Section"
Five-volume set. Career information includes overview, history, job description, requirements, entry-level positions, salaries, work environment, job outlook, associations.
Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing
HF 5383 .P735 1995 (Reference) "Careers Section"
General information, guidelines, sample cover letters.
Industry Surveys
HC 106.6 .S74 (Reference)
Excellent information. Overview and outlook for various industries. Major companies highlighted.
Job Interviews Made Easy
HF 5549.5 .I6 M316 1995 (Reference) "Careers Section"
Strategies, mistakes to avoid, business etiquette.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
HF 5382.5 .U5 O232 20004 (Reference) "Careers Section"
From the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Includes nature of work, employment statistics, job outlook, salaries, associations. Also online.
Real People Working in Business
HF 5381 .C2533 1999 (Reference) "Careers Section"
Various business careers. Information includes overview, training, job outlook, salaries, related fields.
Resumes for Business Management Careers
HF 5383 .V46 2000 (Reference) "Careers Section"
Worksheets, writing tips, popular formats, sample cover letters, about 100 sample resumes.
Standard & Poor's Standard Corporation Descriptions
HG 4501 .S7664 Ref.
Background and financial information on public companies.
Value Line Investment Survey (Volume 1: Ratings and Reports)
HG 4501 .V26 (Circulation Dept. - Reserve Shelves)
One-page overview of each industry. Has one-page, detailed information on individual public companies within the industry. Also online.


Finding Books

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 business climate.
  • the general LC subject heading Corporate culture.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific topic and place such as Organizational behavior United States.

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 three weeks for books (two weeks for articles) to arrive.
Full-text books, some of which are not in the library catalog.
  • Electronic books that are read online
  • Sample keyword search on Cornette Library's online catalog: career? AND netlibrary
  • Click on desired book title, then link to "An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web"
  • To read book, click on "View this eBook"
  • One "copy" of each book (only one reader at a time can view the book)
  • Click on "Close Item" link when through (or book will be unavailable to other users for 15 minutes)


Finding Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Complete
Numerous sources for a variety of disciplines. Over 375 are business-related. Option to search by Document Type for Book Review. Much full text.
Business & Company Resource Center
Excellent source for business, company, and industry information. Includes company profiles; histories; investment reports; financial information; rankings within an industry; products, industry overviews; articles in magazines, journals, and business news. Most information is available in full text. Limited to 3 concurrent users. Please click the Log Off icon when through (looks like a Greek temple).
Business Source Complete
Search company name to find company profiles, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analyses, Datamonitor reports, market research reports, product reviews, and industry profiles. Full text articles (magazine, trade, journal, etc.) on business topics from over 10,000 publications.
Gale Literary Databases
Can limit search to articles in Contemporary Authors only. Sample author: Bill Gates.
LexisNexis Academic
Click link to "Business" for business news, company information, and comparisons of companies based on sales, income, employees, and location. The SEC Filings & Reports has option to search SEC 10-K Reports (annual reports filed with the SEC 90 days after the end of a company's fiscal year). All full text.
Value Line Research Center
Independent investment information. Individual stock reports and industry reviews. Current performance and future outlook. One-page overview of each industry. One-page detailed information on each company included. All full text. Limited to 6 concurrent users. Please Log Off when through.

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Career Web Sites

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Current information on careers and their futures: salary, working conditions, education, employment projections, and more.
Career Guide to Industries
Government publication providing information on specific industries: browse by sector such as agriculture or education, or search by keyword.
O*Net Online
Occupational Information Network. Replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Search occupations by keyword or code number.
Descriptions include task summary, knowledge, skills, abilities, work environment, and needed preparation. Also provides list of related occupations and links to wage and employment information.
Careers and Job Hunting
Links to web sites that will help choose a career and find a job.
WTAMU Career Services
Information about salaries, jobs, interviews, and careers.


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