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Articles and or summaries from scholarly journals, newspapers and popular magazines covering most academic disciplines.
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Trade publications, often affiliated with trade associations, share information about a specific industry with people who have an interest in it. They can be great sources of information about trends, consumers, competition, threats, and companies within that industry. Examples of trade publications include Automotive News, Beverage Industry, and Candy and Snack Today.
If you're researching a specific company and are having trouble locating information, you can look to trade publications for an understanding of general trends within that company's industry. You can draw conclusions about the conditions faced by a company, and gather ideas for searching for additional information in local publications.
Trade publications are generally a great source of business information. You can search for trade publications through Google, though sometimes they are only available to paid subscribers (and sometimes they're free - It's worth a try!). You can also search for trade publications through a library database, such as Business Source Complete, which provide subscription content for free.
To search trade publications in Business Source Complete, type your keywords in the search box. Keywords are words or short phrases that you would expect to find in an article about your topic.
Example keyword searches might be:
After you click "search" and see your results, you can filter by source type by checking the Trade Publications box on the left side of the screen.
Use the Advanced Search
This will give you additional search options so you can perform more targeted searches.
Business Source Complete (EBSCO)
Advanced Search options: Document Type, Product Name, Company/Entity, Ticker Symbol, NAICS/Industry Code, Duns Number, and more.
Use Ctrl+F when searching
Hold down the Ctrl key and tap the F key.
This opens a search box in your browser.
Allows you to search for keywords on your active page.
What you are looking for when you hit Ctrl+F:
Note: Ctrl+F also works in most pdfs and other documents, such as Excel spreadsheets.
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) when you can't access an article
Interlibrary Loan is a free service.
The library requests articles on your behalf from other institutions.
Requests can be initiated not only on our website and in the catalog, but also in databases such as EBSCO.
What a database ILL request button may look like:
To place a request: Click Here
To find out more about ILL: Library Resources at Marian University: InterLibrary Loan
Use keywords when performing searches
Databases use keywords to identify articles that are relevant to your search based on things such as how many times your keywords appear in the document.
Do not use full sentences, database searches don't work quite the same as Google.
Would stricter border controls reduce illegal immigration?
Main ideas (i.e. illegal immigration, border control)
Related terms (i.e. illegal aliens, customs, border patrol, open borders, border policy)
Note: Use quotation marks to search for multiple words as one term (i.e. “immigration laws”)