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Resources - Writing in Business


(all resources adapted from Hacker, D. and Sommers, N. A Writer’s Reference 7th ed. (2011).
New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s.


Ann Arbor: ProQuest, 1971–. Covers industries, management techniques, business trends, and profiles of corporations and corporate leaders. Includes full text of financial news sources, journals, working papers, country reports, and more.

Accounting and Tax Index

Ann Arbor: ProQuest, 1992–. A detailed index of over 2,000 publications covering taxation and accounting, standards, conference papers, reports, journals, and books.

Business and Company Resource Center

Detroit: Gale Group, 2001–. An online database of business magazine articles, trade publications, company histories, rankings, and industry information. Many of the materials are available in full text.

Business Source Premier

Ipswich: EBSCO, 1990–. A database of journals and magazines in business and economics, with some full-text coverage (including a few titles going as far back as the 1920s). Coverage includes management, finance, accounting, and international business.


Nashville: American Economic Association, 1969–. Provides citations (most with abstracts) to articles in scholarly journals in the field, covering all aspects of economics worldwide.

LexisNexis: Business

New York: LexisNexis, 1998–. A collection of full-text databases of continuously updated business news sources, industry news, and company and financial data as well as other news and legal sources. Includes company dossiers, profiles, SEC filings, accounting news, and business information from global sources. This resource can also be found as a tab in the LexisNexis Academic database.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
A mine of current statistical data and reports covering consumer spending, employment, wages, productivity, occupations, international trade, and industries as well as “The U.S. Economy at a Glance.” The bureau is a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Economic Census, 2007

Undertaken every five years, the economic census gathers data on retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and other business by state and local subdivision. Results from the 2007 census are being released in parts from 2009 to 2011 and will be integrated into the American FactFinder system. Data are also available online from the 2002 and 1997 economic censuses.

Economic Report of the President

Prepared annually by the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, this publication explains the rationale for the president’s budget submitted to Congress. Of particular interest are the tables that cover income, production, and employment in time series.

Offers worldwide business information, including methods of comparing country data, country background information, an annual compilation of market potential indicators, breaking news of interest to the business community, and a glossary of international business terms. The site was created by the Center for Business Education and Research at Michigan State University.

OSU Virtual Finance Library
Well-organized links on banks, exchanges, and market news, with pages for various audiences: students, researchers, executives, investors, and educators. The site is provided by the Department of Finance, Ohio State University.

SEC Filings and Forms (EDGAR)
Provides information about publicly held corporations, which are required by federal law to file reports on their activities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Most reports from 1994 to the present are publicly available through the EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System) database at this site. Information in company reports includes financial status, chief officers, stock information, company history, pending litigation that might have an economic impact on the company, and more. The site provides a brief tutorial for searching EDGAR.

U.S. Congressional Budget Office
Offers material compiled by a nonpartisan office for congressional decision making. The site includes federal budget analysis; the economic outlook; analysis of specific topics on housing, health, education, national security, and telecommunications; and more.

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Business Ethics

Ed. Patricia Werhane and R. Edward Freeman. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Blackwell, 2005. Offers substantial entries written by experts in business ethics on such topics as equal opportunity, corporate crime, participatory management, environmental risk, business ethics in different cultures, and electronic surveillance. This work is part of the 12-volume The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management.

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

Ed. Burton S. Kaliski. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2007. Offers over 300 articles on accounting, economics, finance, information systems, ethics, management, and marketing, with a U.S. focus.

Encyclopedia of Political Economy

Ed. Philip Anthony O’Hara. 2 vols. London: Routledge, 1999. Provides analyses of topics related to money and finance, labor, family and gender, political ideologies, development, theoretical schools, and methodology.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

Ed. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Rev. ed. 8 vols. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. A revision of the classic Palgrave’s Dictionary of Political Economy, offering scholarly analyses of economic theories and theorists.

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration

Ed. Jay M. Shafritz. 4 vols. Boulder: Westview, 1998. A scholarly compendium of over 850 articles on management, public institutions, theories, legal concepts, and definitions of terms, with an interdisciplinary and global perspective.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History

Ed. Joel Mokyr. 5 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Covers concepts and theories, economic development, background on countries and regions, and the history of specific products such as oil and coffee.