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A guide to researching business and management topics.

Getting Started with Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias contain overviews of topics, which can include

  • the historical context of your topic
  • names of key researchers
  • theories and key concepts
  • chronologies
  • lists of articles and books about a topic

Use encyclopedia articles to create a list of keywords describing your topic. Then use the keywords to search databases to find articles, books and etc.

Several online encyclopedias cover business and management topics:

Search for Books

Search the library catalog by topic keywords, title of the book, or author's name in reverse order (Porter, Michael instead of Michael Porter)


To focus your search, change "All fields" to "Subject" and use one of these subjects:

  • Business ethics
  • Business planning
  • Communication in management
  • Corporate governance
  • Executives
  • Leadership
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Organizational sociology
  • Management
  • Strategic planning
  • Total quality management