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Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews

Background & Overviews
CQ Researcher
    1991 - present
The perfect place to begin research on current topics. Includes complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. The basic CQ search screen includes a search of CQ Global Researcher.

Browsing CQ Researcher: a basic overview of the CQ Researcher and advice on how to search for topics, from the MCTC librarians.

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Global Issues In Context (Gale)
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.
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Country Studies
CIA World Factbook
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities." [From World Factbook home page]
Global Road Warrior
A database of countries of the world that offers information on society and culture, travel, communications, business, trade and marketing. Under Society and Culture, Life Cycle provides lifespan information, from birth to death.
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Encyclopedia Articles, General (Online)
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
EB Online includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year. You can also use EB Online to search an Internet directory that includes more than 130,000 links to Web sites selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors
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Encyclopedia Articles, Subject-Specific (Online)
Encyclopedia of American Industries
"Provides detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business." [Publisher information]
Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
A 5-volume encyclopedia that "[s]pans the relationships among business, ethics, and society by including numerous entries that feature broad coverage of corporate social responsibility, the obligation of companies to various stakeholder groups, the contribution of business to society and culture, and the relationship between organizations and the quality of the environment." [Publisher information]
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Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
'Reflects where business is today and conveys the trajectory of business farther into the 21st century. Provides overviews of business topics ranging from culture shock to currency hedging, political risk, offshoring, and transnational corporations." [Publisher information]
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Encyclopedia of Management (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
    6th ed., 2009
"Covers numerous topics in management theories and applications, such as aggregate planning, benchmarking, logistics, diversification strategy, non-traditional work arrangements, performance measurement, productivity measures, supply chain management, and much more." [Publisher information]
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Gale Virtual Reference Library
An electronic reference book collection of subject encyclopedias, handbooks and guides, covering many subject disciplines. The full text (including graphics) of each encyclopedia article is available online.

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Oxford Reference
Over 175 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including information across a broad subject range from titles in the Oxford Companions Series.

On the main search page, click on Economics & Business to see specific titles in the collection.
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Find Journal & Magazine Articles

Article Databases - Multiple Disciplines
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 5980 journals in the directory, with 2546 journals searchable at the article level. Subject coverage includes all areas. For some journals, you may need to follow links to the publisher's site to access articles, and others may require registration (DOAJ allows publishers to require FREE user registration.)
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. You can also find company profiles and SEC filings.

Note: Tutorials on using this database are available on the left side of the search page, under the Help & Instructions link.
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Article Databases -- Business
Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost)
    Coverage varies, some beginning 1922, to present
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. This database also includes company profiles.

Includes full text for these business journals:
Harvard Business Review, 1922 - present;
Fortune, 1922 - present;
BusinessWeek (now Bloomberg Businessweek), 1996 - present;
Fast Company, 2001 - present;
Inc., 1990 - present;
Economist, 1990 - present.
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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.
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Internet Journals
Strategy + Business
"Strategy+Business (s+b) is an award-winning management magazine, published in print and on the Web for decision makers in businesses and organizations around the world. [Covering the areas of]...strategy, marketing, operations, human capital, public presence, governance, and other domains." [From Strategy+Business "About" page]

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Find Multimedia (Images, Audio, Video)

Video Resources
Frontline (PBS)
"Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its debut on PBS as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 28 seasons is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience." [From Frontline 'About us']

Find News Articles

News Sources
ProQuest Newsstand Complete
    Coverage varies, 1980's - present
Full-text of over 750 newspapers from the United States and around the world. Coverage begins in the 1980's and 1990's.
Complete title and holdings list.

Includes full text for these newspapers:
Wall Street Journal, Eastern Edition, 1984 - present;
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1986 - present;
St. Paul Pioneer Press, 4/21/2010 - present;

To limit your search to one newspaper, select Advanced search, type your subject in the main search box and add the newspaper name in the Publication field listed under More search options.

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Find Print & Online Books

MCTC Online Library Catalog
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.

Selected reference books (located on 1st floor of the library):
Business: the ultimate resource, REF HD38.15 .B878 2006;
Icons of business : an encyclopedia of mavericks, movers, and shakers, REF HC102.5.A2 D74 2007;
Encyclopedia of African American business, REF HD2358.5.U6 E53 2006;
Financial lexicon : a compendium of financial definitions, acronyms, and colloquialisms, REF HG151 .B2697 2005.

All About Books

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Online Books (E-Books)
An e-book collection of over 43,000 e-books in a broad range of subjects, by publishers including: Brill, Cambridge, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Johns Hopkins University Press, MIT, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave-MacMillan, and more.

Currently (Spring 2011) these books can only be accessed via Ebrary. They are not included in the MCTC library catalog at this time.
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Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota
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.
Other Online Catalogs
EBSCO eBooks (netLibrary)
Collection of over 12,500 full text, fully searchable electronic books from all subject areas including over 3,400 older "public domain" works. The recent ebooks are also available through the library catalog.
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Find Web Resources

Official Agency and Organization Web Sites
American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System)
"The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy." [From home page]
U.S. Economy at a Glance
"For up-to-date statistics and easy access to U.S. economic information, this is a site to bookmark. Users can browse monthly unemployment rates and also track changes in payroll employment, average hourly earnings, and the consumer price index. Statistics are provided by month or quarter, and users can access back data as well. Besides national data, users can narrow results by state, region, or metro area." [From Best Free Reference Websites: Twelfth Annual List., Reference & User Services Quarterly; Fall2010]
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
"The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation." [From 'About the SEC']
Web Resources - Career Information
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available." [From BLS OES home page]
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
    2010-11 Edition
"For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:
* the training and education needed
* earnings
* expected job prospects
* what workers do on the job
* working conditions.
[From OOH home page]
Web Resources - Finance/Banking
Charting tools for financial and investment data. Also provides industry and marketing data, news, analysis, and information on stocks listed on American and world exchanges. Start with basic charting, or use the help link at the bottom of the page.
RUSA Best of the Best Business Websites 2010
Web Resources - General Business
Business and financial news and headlines. (Sample Business Plans)
This site offers free sample business plans, along with business tools and software for a fee.
Business and personal finance news.
A gateway to government information, managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).
What Stage Is Your Business At?
"Business Stages for Entrepreneurs is a free online information resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them grow." [From home page]
Web Resources - International Business
Global Edge
"Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. Partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI B grant." [From About globalEDGE]
Transparency International
"Transparency International is a global network including more than 90 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation...TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption." [From 'About Us']
Web Resources - Marketing
"The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II." [Information from web site home page]

Information about copyright permission is also given on the home page.
"ESOMAR is the world organisation for enabling better research into markets, consumers and societies." [ESOMAR 'About us']
Learn the 4 Ps
A blog aiming to provide all students of marketing with links to up-to-date marketing examples and content.
Marketing Power (American Marketing Association)
"The professional association for individuals and organizations who are leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing worldwide." [Marketing Power 'About the AMA']
Web Resources - Small Business/Entrepreneurship
"Sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet, this web site is a vast library of articles, videos, podcasts, and blogs that provide timely information for the small business owner. Among the topics that are covered are starting and running a business, green business, franchises and business taxes." [From Reference on the Web review by Carolyn Fang, Booklist, July 2010.]
Small Business Assistance Office (MN Department of Employment and Economic Development)
Features programs, services, and publications from the MN Small Business Assistance Office.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
"An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns." [From 'About SBA']
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
A consumer education site developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). It points to related financial topics for consumers, e.g., saving for education, financial aid, travel, incorporating a business, and taxes.