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Background Information

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

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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...

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


Finding Articles

Multidisciplinary Databases

Search these database to find reseach on Leadership from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Discover articles from many of our databases.

Business Databases

Search these database to find reseach on Leadership from a business/management perspective.

Includes abstracts and indexing to articles from over 1,000 worldwide business periodicals. Includes Wall Street Journal.

The industry's most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Includes Harvard Business Review.

Psychology/Behavioral Databases

Search these database to find reseach on Leadership from a psychological/behavioral perspective.

Additional Databases

Check out the subject specific pages for databases that describe your organization (e.g. Nursing See Health & Medicine)

This resource is useful for philosophical discussion of ethics.


Leadership Periodicals
Citations and Research/Resource Management

The accepted format for citing sources in psychology is the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

The full manual is available in the Library. Also use the APA Style Blog.

Research/Resource Management

Zotero Zotero - A free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero tutorials



Other helpful resources

See our six short animated tutorials on APA citation on our YouTube channel.

And for business resources, see our APA Style Guide for Business - A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources

Research Tips

Getting Started

Resesarch Process for the Literature Review

Find background information and synthesized anaylsis in books and reference sources. These types of resources can help you

  • build a context for your topic
  • build a vocabulary to find more information
  • understand how to organize your topic
  • narrow and broaden the scope of your topic

See the "Find Books and Videos" heading above for links to Albert and Link+, our book catalogs, as well as online encyclopedias and handbooks.

Keep your searches broad to get the most inclusive and helpful sources. 



Current research is reported in journal articles. Research articles will help you identify key rsearchers and studies in your topic. See the "Multisearch and Leadership Article Databases" tab for the recommended resources to find articles on your topic. No one database is fully exclusive nor comprehensive, so be sure to search more than one.


Dissertations and Theses

Looking at other dissertations and theses is a great research strategy. You can use them to

  • observe how someone else has organized a similar topic
  • read an example of a literature review
  • review the works cited / bibliography to find additional research

To find a large sample of disserations and theses, including recent SMC graduates' theses, search


Other helpful tutorials

Also, see these great resources from other libraries: