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Fundamentals of Business & Business 119

Finding journals and their articles

Because this course covers the major pillars of business, you will want to access quality and dependable resources that will increase the research value of your tasks.  While there are many kinds of information sources, articles in journals are supported by in-depth research and opinions, considered over years of experience.

In this section, you will be introduced to a few ways to navigate the journal landscape.

Example:

Nimble Leadership: Walking the line between creativity and chaos

How did that happen?

Separating the journals from other types of publications

The Nimble Leadership article was published in the Harvard Business Review.  Many journals* (*articles in journals, as opposed to articles in magazines, have the advantage of writing about and reporting on in-depth research, and therefore are published less frequently than magazines) are connected to universities and colleges, and carry the institution's name in the journal title.

In order to "dig up" these kinds of articles, follow the instructions on the Introduction page of this guide, under the heading, Stepping into the library collections.

Select a collection (database) of journals and magazines with a business focus.  Here are some examples:

Business Source Complete, ABI/INFORM Collection, and CBCA Complete

Once you open up a database, such as Business Source Complete, try to identify ways of isolating articles in journals, as opposed to other types of publications.

 

Tips:

►Look for a way to filter articles in "peer review" or "scholarly journals."  Most of the library's collections have a filter like this in the Advanced Search interface.

►In any set of results, the name of the publication is listed in each article record.  Look for publication names that say the word "Journal" and/or include the name of a university or college.  Here are a few examples: Journal of Business Ethics, MIT Sloan Management Review, Business & Economics Research Journal.

►In addition to scholarly articles, journals often carry other types of written work such as introductory letters from the journal editors or reviews of books.  If you are looking only for scholarly articles, keep in mind that the majority of scholarly articles are longer. (often more than five pages)

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