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Foundations of Business Research

Types of Business Resources


As you work through the library's resources you will find a wide variety of business information drawn from a number of different kinds of resources. The chart below presents a quick overview of some of the more common types of information resources you will encounter.

 

Types of Business Resources
Publication Type Examples Content Authors Audience Reviewed by
Academic Journals Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing Original Research, In-Depth, Specific, Cite Sources Scholars and Practitioners Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Trade Publications Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, Beverage Industry, Women's Wear Daily Brief Articles, Developments in a Specific Field, Advertisements and Job Postings Industry Professionals and Staff Writers with Expertise Industry Professionals Editors
Popular News and Magazines Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Inc. Brief Articles on Topics of General Interest, Advertisements Journalists General Public Editors
Government Filings SEC Form 10-K, IRS Form 990, SEC Form 20-F Descriptions of Organizations, Financial Information Companies Regulators, Investors, Analysts Company Officers, Accountants
Company Website  Press Releases, Annual Reports, Corporate Social Responsibility Reports Information on Organizational Initiatives, Products, Financial Performance Organizational Marketing Departments General Public, Investors Organizational Marketing Departments
Government Information Occupational Outlook Handbook,congress.gov, Supreme Court Decisions Statistics, Laws, Court Cases Government Agencies General Public, Industry Professionals, Investors, Scholars, Students Government Agencies
Analyst Reports SWOT Analysis, Mintel Report, PESTLE Analysis Proprietary Evaluations of Organizations, Industries, and Places Professional Analysts Industry Professionals, Investors, Scholars Professional Analysts, Editors
Case Studies Harvard Business Review Case Study, Emerald Case Study Brief Narratives Concerning Strategy Problems Scholars, Students Students Scholars (Peer Review), Host Organizations