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SNDA 2390: Sound Arts as a Business

This page was created to help MCTC students in SNDA 2390 locate resources for their business analysis and related projects.

Last updated 2/8/2012.

Instructor: Brian Heller

Table of Contents:

Where can I find company or industry information?

NOTE: From off campus, you will need to log in to the databases below with your student ID (Tech ID) with 'MCT' added as a prefix [Ex: MCT00012345]. Your last name is your password.

Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost)

With coverage of virtually all subject areas related to business, this database includes full text for nearly 3,800 scholarly business journals, including more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications, and some reference books and monographs.

Be sure to select "Company" or "Industry" when beginning your search. Company profiles frequently contain SWOT analyses, but not all companies are covered in this database, and not all company profiles have SWOT analyses.

To find a SWOT analysis, start with Company Profiles, then browse for the company name. If the name is found, click on the Datamonitor Report, and look for the SWOT Analysis in the left side table of contents.

If you want to view a PowerPoint Tutorial on how to use the Business Source Premier database, first click on the Help link in the top right corner of the search screen, then click on the BSI Tutorials link in the upper left of the pop up window.

Regional Business News

Includes full text for more than 80 regional business publications, including Finance & Commerce, Minnesota Lawyer, and St. Paul Legal Ledger, the three journals published in Minnesota.

LexisNexis Academic

Provides full-text documents from over 6,000 news, business, and legal publications,with a variety of search options. In addition to the news, business, and legal sources, it also provides access to medical information, including medical news and medical & health journals (abstracts only), biographical information, country and state profiles, and information from the World Almanac and Book of Facts.

Note: Click the link for Help in the upper right corner, if needed.

This database is not as straightforward to use as some others, but does provide SWOT analyses. Search under Company Profiles, and look for GlobalData in your results categories (left side). If the GlobalData category is found for your company, click on the results for Business Description.

How can I find out more about intellectual property rights (and copyright)?

NOTE: From off campus, you will need to log in to the databases or articles below with your student ID (Tech ID) with 'MCT' added as a prefix [Ex: MCT00012345]. Your last name is your password.

An electronic reference book collection of subject encyclopedias, handbooks and guides, that covers many subject disciplines. The full text (including graphics) of each encyclopedia article is available online.

Sample articles are listed below.

If you have never used this resource before, you may want to view the video tutorials first.
Video tutorials:
Basic Searching

Advanced Searching


Encyclopedia of Small Business. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2007. 243-247. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.


American Law Yearbook: A Guide to the Year's Major Legal Cases and Developments. 2010 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 34-37. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.

Intellectual Property

West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 424-429. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.

Providing full text for more than 2,700 general interest magazines, covering virtually every subject area, this database also includes an image collection (including photos), primary source documents, biographies, and some books.

Try using music and copyright as your search words, or use words more specific to your search.

A video tutorial is available:
Searching Tutorial

Where can I find books on related topics?

One way to find books about your research topic is to use the MCTC library catalog. While most books listed in the catalog are print books, physically located in the MCTC Library, the catalog does provide access to an increasing number of e-books that can be accessed online. To limit to e-books, once you have run a search with the library catalog, look under the left-hand side heading, Refine Your Search, for Format, and click on Electronic Book.

For online ebook collections, if you are off campus, you will need to log in when you click on an e-book, with your library ID (the letters 'MCT' plus your student ID number) and your password (your last name).

The MCTC Library print collection has resources for small business, business plans and music as a business. For students who are located near the campus, this may be a good option for obtaining additional material. For distance learners, you may want to focus on the titles that the MCTC library has as online e-books. Many large public libraries will also have these books.

Examples of books in the MCTC Library:
Note, these can be checked out from the library, please check the library catalog for availability.

Startup : the complete handbook for launching a company for less -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor HD62.5 .E389 2010;

The facebook era : tapping online social networks to market, sell, and innovate -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor HD30.37 .S49 2011;

Business plans that work : a guide for small business -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor HD30.28 .T5766 2004;

The Wall Street journal complete small business guidebook -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor HD62.7 .D43 2009;

Guerrilla marketing research : marketing research techniques that can help any business make more money -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor HF5415.2 .K24 2006;

MORE Guerrilla Marketing Research : Asking the Right People, the Right Questions, the Right Way and Effectively Using the Answers to Make More Money (2009) E-book, click here (Only one user can open at a time; From off campus, log in with your student ID (Tech ID) with 'MCT' added as a prefix [Ex: MCT00012345] and your last name as your password. );

The marketing playbook : five battle-tested plays for capturing and keeping the lead in any market -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor HF5415 .Z24 2004;

Steal this music : how intellectual property law affects musical creativity -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor KF3035 .D46 2006;

This business of music : the definitive guide to the music industry -- General Collection -- 2nd Floor ML3790 .S5 2007.

MCTC Library Catalog

Use the online catalog to search for books (and other resources such as DVDs, videos, & CDs). The catalog includes items physically located in the MCTC library, as well as online resources such as e-books. Some possible search words include: "Baroque and music", "Classical and music", "music and 17th century and history", "music and 18th century and history", etc.

If you are not familiar with using the catalog, please view one or more of the following video tutorials for help.
All About Books

Basic Searching

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How do I find help for citing my sources?

If you want to document your sources using MLA citation style guidelines, the following sources will provide you with guidelines and examples.

EasyBib can help you cite your sources (websites, articles, books, and more) in both APA and MLA formats. Create an account and use EasyBib to generate a works cited list or bibliography, organize a topical outline, and take research notes.

Video tutorial: EasyBib Bibliography Creation

This guide demonstrates how to prepare citations for the types of sources most often included in a list of works cited, including both print and electronic resources.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

7th edition (new): "Annotated illustrations demonstrate how actual print and electronic sources are treated in research and documentation. Expanded, updated guidelines clarify the use and citation of online materials, including articles from subscription databases like EBSCO." [Publisher's information]
• Location(s): Reference Collection -- 1st Floor LB2369 .G53 2009
Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability

Additional Resources

This page provides a link to a downloadable copy of the most recent edition of this book (updated annually), from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

This resource includes a section on business plans.

From the US Small Business Administration, this guide provides an overview of what market research is, and provides links to additional resources. Note: Most of the resources external to the government pages DO require a fee to use. The most helpful FREE pages are those providing government statistics.

Last updated 9/9/2010. This is a Research QuickStart subject guide, listing other business resources you may want to try.

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