Information Literacy is ...
"a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information.” - 2000
"the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning"- 2015
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
"knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner” - 2004
"the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use.” - 2018
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
Different information sources will be useful for different information needs. Often an assortment of sources will be needed to address a single question.
There are two main types of sources - primary sources and secondary sources.
Primary sources ...
Listed below are some common types of primary sources used in business research:
Secondary sources ...
Knowing the type of information needed and where it can be found is a critical research skill. Some of the best search tools for finding information from a variety of sources are library catalogues, discovery services, databases and web search engines. The best search tools for selected source types are noted in the table below (bold = best bet).
|To Find ...||Search ...|
|articles from all types of periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)||Databases | Discovery | Web|
|books||Catalogue | Discovery | Web|
|company reports - annual reports, profiles, financials, etc.||Databases | Web|
|country reports||Databases | Web|
|data or statistics||Databases | Web|
|directories, dictionaries and other reference materails||Catalogue | Web|
|industry, investment, market research and SWOT reports||Databases | Web|
|periodical titles - journal, magazine and newspaper titles||Catalogue | Online Journals|
|videos||Catalogue | Databases | Web|
The Library's online subscription resources (e.g., databases, online journals, e-books) will prompt you to submit your MacID credentials. Once you do, you will be able to connect, search and view these online resources anytime, anywhere.
The Library subscribes to hundreds of databases which can contain full-text articles (from academic journals, popular/trade magazines & newspapers), company profiles, financial data, industry reports and/or statistics. Some of our most popular business databases include:
The Library has also developed several business related research guides that highlight resources for specific courses and for finding specific types of information (e.g., company financials, industry reports, SWOT analyses, etc.). Consult these guides or ask library staff for resource recommendations.
|Too MANY Search Results?||Too FEW or NO Search Results?|