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Local, National, and International Newspapers
Case studies are an important part of business education.Sometimes they are published as articles in trade and scholarly journals. To find these, simply do a keyword search for your topic, and add “case studies” as a second term.
The best databases to use for finding business case studies are
IMPORTANT NOTE: While very similar in content and style to articles, case studies are not always found in journals. Many times, case studies are separate publications available from institutes or scholarly presses via special subscriptions. A specific case study you are looking for may not available at the library. Always check with your instructor or a librarian.
Harvard Business Review Case Studies
Due to license restrictions in place by Harvard Business Publishing, libraries are not allowed to purchase or lend the popular Harvard Business Review case studies. Access is limited to individual purchase ($7 each), or via institutional copyright clearance.
Faculty: if you are interested in including a HBR case study in your course, contact SEBA staff for information on the possibility of purchasing the rights to do so. The Library will not be able to purchase the study for the collection.
Students: If you have been assigned a case study, check with your professor for information about accessing the content. The Library, unfortunately, will not be able to provide you with the content.
Note: One case study- typically featuring a fictitious company- is published each month in the Harvard Business Review magazine. These cases are accessible like all other HBR articles via the print edition or the online content in the Business Source Complete database. However, due to Harvard Business Publishing's license agreement, they may not be able to be downloaded or printed, and may not be included in course reserves.
CasePlace, a project of the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education, provides a search engine for finding cases. The search only connects you to abstracts and providers. You will most likely need to purchase the cases.
Some of the better known individual institutes and schools that publish case studies online, free or for a charge, are
Stanford Business School Cases (Some cases are free, others are available for a charge or only to Stanford students, faculty, and alumni)
Sloan Learning Edge (free case studies from MIT Sloan School of Management)
Like the Harvard Business Review case studies, those cases available for a fee can only be purchased by individuals and can not be acquired by libraries.
In-Depth Profiles, Histories, and Financials
- basic public company data
- private company data
- easy access to related industry reports (connects to First Research; you may need to enter your SMC email to access)
- in-depth public company data
- supply chain information (see Horizon tab)
International Directory of Company Histories: Narratives detailing companies' histories, from inception to modern operations.
EDGAR: Repository of registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms submitted to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission. (Data also available via Mergent sources.)
Directories and Brief Entires
Guide Star: One of the most recognized resources for researching nonprofit organizations. Create a free profile to access full records and the most comprehensive data available. Includes Form 990s and proprietary ratings.
National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS): Another free resource collecting non-profit organizations tax records. (Form 990s ARE available)
Charity Navigator: Another resource for investigating non-profits. Includes Form 990s and their own rating system.
Surveys, Analysis, and Data
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios. In print only. Reference Room, call # 338 T759. Includes 22 financial and operating ratios for over 160 industries.
See a short video on using these resources to find ratios: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Commodities, Currencies, and Bonds
The best single source for data on commodities pricing, currency exchange, and more, is the Wall Street Journal.
To access this data, hover over the "Markets" tab on the WSJ.com homepage, and select the section you want (i.e., Commodities, Currencies). Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and the data is listed there.
(Note: SMC does not have full access to the content on WSJ.com, but we do have all articles published in the Wall Street Journal in print daily in the Library and online via our ABI/Inform databas. See "Business Newspapers" section on this page.)
The Library can provide access to the full Morningstar Direct data and analysis tool on the PC workstations in the Library. Please see a librarian for log-in credentials.
Four web-accessible tools will also be available at the following URLs:
- Fundamental Analysis: https://direct.morningstar.com/FundamentalAnalysis
- Portfolio Analysis: https://portfolioanalysis.morningstar.com
- Morningstar Markets: https://direct.morningstar.com/Markets
- Asset Allocation: https://assetallocation.morningstar.com
Again, for these tools, please contact a librarian for access information. (Note: If you have trouble reaching the sign-in screen for the Fundamental Analysis or Portfolio Analysis, click on Asset Allocation and log in from there. Then you will be authenticated to enter the Fundamental Analysis and Portfolio Analysis links. )
Be sure to see the Marketing subpage of this Subject Guide for more direction
New Strategist Press- This series of demographic books is useful for detailed spending breakdowns and consumer demographics. (Available via our subscription to EBSCO eBook Business Collection; search by topic of keyword over all titles.)
ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy...
US Bureau of the Census- includes information on the Census Bureau as well as parts of their publications, including graphs and statistics from their many demographic surveys. This includes Latest Economic Indicator, the latest Population Estimates, and Current Industrial Reports. See also our subscription to Statistical Abstract of the United States and Historical statistics of the United States.
Business Statistics of the United States. In print only. Reference Room, call# 330.0182 Un3a
Bureau of Economic Analysis- A great source for U.S. economic data
Fedstats- "The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."
Cost-of-Living Calculator- Uses the historical Consumer Price Index for urban consumers (CPI-U) to convert dollar values between any two years to adjust for inflation. Has data from 1914 to the present.
State and Local
RAND State Statistics is an online source of 200 data series for all states, and over 150...
California Economic Statistics and Indicators- This site has county profiles and economic indicators.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)- Projections, highlighting statistics for San Francisco Bay Area cities and counties is published every other year; the most recent report is not available online. (Ref 317.946 As78). Go here for Census 2000 statistics
OffStats- "Official Statistics on the Web." Browse by country, region, or topic. From the University of Auckland Library in New Zealand.
Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web- From the US Department of Labor, both national and international statistical sites. Browse by country.
Statistics Finland- Another helpful, comprehensive portal to international statistic and tables sites.
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Reference and e-Book Collections
This collection includes over 9,400 e-books encompassing a variety of business topics such as...
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Ebrary Academic Complete is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that covers all...
A database of reference encyclopedias and handbooks published by SAGE covering the social...
Provides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume...
Streaming Video Collections
Kanopy is a leading distributor of tertiary educational videos. Titles available in this...
Full online access to The New York Times is now available to the Saint Mary’s College of California community. Once you create an account using your stmarys-ca.edu email address, you will have unlimited access to all content on nytimes.com. (For more information, see "How Do I Access the New York Times?")
Other key local, state, and national newspapers for business news:
Key business-themed newspapers we have access to include
Please note that at this time, neither Wall Street Journal nor Financial Times have practical subscription models for institutional access. Access to these titles through SMC is limited to our subscription databases. While true to the print content, this access lacks the browsability, as well as some articles, featured on the newspapers' websites. Additionally, online access to Financial Times is embargoed 30 days. Current content to Financial Times is only available via our print subscription available in the Library.
(See a short tutorial on finding specific articles, including those in the Harvard Business Review on our YouTube channel)
Popular titles to browse:
If we don't have immediate access to an article you need, you can always request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) for electronic delievery in 3-4 business days.
Search USA.gov to find reports and documents about issues of international, national, and regional importance from various applicable government agencies.
For more specific searching, trying searching for your interests in Google, and add "site:gov" to your search (without the quotation marks) to limit your results to only those from US government agencies. You can limit to state by adding the state abbreviate, as well (example: "site:ca.gov").
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
An increasing power on the World's stage is the non-governmental organization. The US alone is home to over 1.5 million NGOs. See the searchable directory to find NGOs on any given topic from WANGO, a leading umbrella organization for NGOs.
Also, Duke University offers a customized Google search box that limits keyword and topic searchs to known and verified NGO resources: Duke University Libraries NGO Guide
Research Institutes ("Think Tanks")
"Think tanks" are policy Institutes that research contemporary and important social and economic issues. Often housed by universities or afflicated with political action groups, think tanks are a wealth of great data and analysis, though not without bias. Research the background of think tanks to know more about their positions.
Below are some of the more well known think tanks related to business and economics:
Also see the comprehensive guide to think tanks from the Library of Harvard's Kennedy School. Use the customized Google search they developed to search for your topic in hundreds of known think tanks.
The accepted format for citing sources in the social sciences is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) at Saint Mary’s College, too, emphasizes the use of APA in SEBA course work. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide
APA Style Guide for Business - A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.
Other helpful resources
See our short animated tutorials on APA citation on our YouTube channel.
Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.
- Writing and Composition: Custom Edition for Saint Mary's College ENGL 003 and 004 (call #808.042 Sa24 at the Circulation / Reserves Desk)
- Writing research papers across the curriculum, by Susan M. Hubbuch (call #808.042 H862 at the Circulation / Reserves Desk)
The Writing Center
Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by 1st floor De La Salle, or call them at 925.631.4684