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Small Business: Start Your Research Here

This guide features resources for small business research and management.

OER

Click on the link Open Educational Resources on Small Businesses

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Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Company and Industry Research Resources

If you need to gather information about specific companies and industries, we recommend that you consult the Company and Industry Information Research Guide.  

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended Database for Statistics

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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Recommended Subject-Focused Reference Resources

The following encyclopedias and dictionaries are recommended for research relating to Small Businesses. Books with a Call Number beginning with the letters "Ref" are shelved in alphanumeric order by call number in the Reference Collection on the second floor of the Nancy Thompson Library Learning Commons (NTLC). Books with the designation "Electronic Resource" are e-books, which are accessible by clicking the hyperlinked title.

Subject Guide

Ask a Librarian

Listed below are options available for you to contact a reference librarian and ask for help with your research.