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MGMT 500 (MBA Management): Getting Started with Business Research

Research Guide for Management 500

MGMT 500 Research

Business Research @ CSULA

As a student, business research involves three broad tasks:

  1. Researching the business literature
  2. Research companies
  3. Researching industries

When researching the literature for management you are typically looking for peer reviewed or scholarly articles about processes, trends, or theories and their relation to the way companies are lead, organized, and managed as well as the business practices they employ in order to be successful. There are several databases for this type of research. Studies can be quantitative research or ones that involved data gathering and interpretation or they can be purely theoretical expositions on ideas or concepts related to management of an enterprise. These same databases also include popular articles (magazines and newspapers) as well as industry press like newsletters. The best databases for searching the scholarly and popular literature of business are ABI Inform Global, Business Source Premier and Business Full Text. Other useful databases for searching popular and trade literature are Factiva and LexisNexis.

Researching industries and companies requires the use of many specialized databases. There are many of these including Mergent, Factiva, LexisNexis, IBIS World, Standard & Poors, and ValueLine.


For help, contact library faculty member who is well-versed in business research. Contact information is on the right.

Not sure about something?

As a student it's not unusual to come across terms, concepts or ideas that are either vague or alltogether unknown to you. One of the best sources of general business information, especially definitions of concepts is Next time you come across a ratio or finance formula or marketing terms that's unknown to you, try it out.

Portable MBA

Great E-book that can fill in the gaps or refresh your knowledge regarding most business concepts. Excellent chapter on business analysis and valuation of companies as well as good information regarding all functional areas (marketing, strategy, accounting, financce, cis etc.)

Links to Business Literature Databases

The links are for business and management literature (scholarly, popular and practical):

Company Research Databases

Click the RESEARCHING Companies  tab for more detailed step by step instructions.


Databases for Company Research:

Industry Research Databases

Click RESEARCHING Industries tab for more detailed step by step instructions.


Databases for Industry Research:

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300