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The Electronic Library for Minnesota contains a number of databases that provide business research and information.

ELM Databases for Business Research

  • Business Source Premier
  • Regional Business News
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • MasterFILE Premier

 Investigate some of these databases using the steps below.

 

Step One: The Basics


Use these fact sheets and short videos to get an introduction to the key features of some of ELM’s business databases.

Fact sheets (Note: You can download editable versions of these fact sheets at the bottom of the page)

Business Source Premier

 

Short videos

Business Research (5:08)

Business Research (5:08)


 

 

Step Two: Activities


Use these activities to explore ELM’s business databases. Choose an activity below and open up the relevant business database to complete the exercises. (Note: You can download editable versions of these activities at the bottom of the page)

Business Source Premier

Also try the Business Source Premier interactive tutorial

 

Step Three: Advanced


For a little more information on these databases, watch these recorded webinars presented by Reference Outreach & Instruction librarians at Minitex (the institution that manages ELM).

Taking the Fear Out of Business Reference (55 minutes)

Business reference may be the most intimidating interaction librarians face on the reference desk. This one-hour session will take the fear out of business reference by breaking the broad concept of business research down into three simple tasks that will answer most of your patrons’ questions: industry, company, and customer research. We’ll use government sources (like the Economic Census and Consumer Expenditure Survey), industry associations (for detailed industry and customer data), and widely-available library databases (like EBSCO Business Source Premier and ReferenceUSA) to ensure that your next business reference transaction is confidently executed.

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Matt Lee,
Jun 4, 2012, 1:29 PM
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Matt Lee,
Jun 4, 2012, 1:29 PM
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