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How Do I Find Business Databases?

Guide to selecting and accessing business databases.

Choosing & Accessing Databases

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Databases should be accessed through the Library's website to ensure that you are properly authenticated and have full access to our subscriptions.

If you already know the name of a database you want to search ...

  • use Omni or select Databases on the Library home page  
  • type the name of the database in the search box (e.g., Business Source Premier)
  • submit your search
  • in the results list, click the database title to connect to it

If you’re not sure which database to search ...

  • select Databases on the Library home page 
  • choose a subject area from the drop-down list
    • ‚Äčthere are approximately 50 subject areas listed which generally correspond with the academic departments and programs at McMaster 
  • in the results list, review the database descriptions (click theMore Info icon for a full description) to determine which database is right for your research topic
    • database descriptions can include details about date coverage (e.g., current or historical), geographic coverage (e.g., Canadian, U.S., international), source types (e.g., journals, reports, videos,) and other notes
    • overwhelmed? too many databases to pick from? Select the database(s) highlighted in the Best Bets box at the top of the results list - they should get you off to a good start
  • once you’ve found a database you want to search, click the database title to connect to it
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