Gale Virtual Reference Sources for Business


It’s pouring rain, the paper is due tomorrow, and you don’t want to walk to the library to research that company or industry you need to write on.  We’ve all been there!  Not to worry, you can tap into needed business reference resources from your dorm room or any off-campus location (for off-campus access be ready to type in your name and 14 digit barcode number).  What’s available?  You may already be aware of the 3 major full text business indexes–Business Source Complete, Proquest Business Databases, and the Newspapers Database–you can use to find articles from major business journals and newspapers, and the industry databases–IBISWorld, Hoovers, and S&P NetAdvantage–you can use to get industry overviews.  But did you know the library also subscribes to a virtual reference business collection held in a broader collection called the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  To browse the business resources, expand the Business entry in the work’s table of contents.  You’ll find the following useful sources in this collection:
 Business Plans Handbook –  a collection of 24 actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding in North America.  This work is useful for understanding how entrepreneurs structure their business plans to seek capital for their business idea.
Encyclopedia of American Industries – 2 volumes of coverage on a variety of industries, including trends, outlook, statistics, and a bibliography of sources for more information.
How Products are Made: An Illustrated Guide to Product Manufacturing – explains the processes involved with making everyday products, from household items to heavy machinery to electric equipment.  This series simplifies jargon and technical terms, making it easy to understand the steps involved in making the products you love.
International Directory of Company Histories – comprehensive histories of major companies.  These overviews give insight into the product, development and growth, leaders, and customers comprising dominant global companies.  A great work for researching a company before an interview.
These are just a sampling of available resources.  Many others, from Advanced Project Management to the Corporate Finance Handbook to The Theory and Practice of Training are available for you to browse .
So, no need to walk in the rain….simply stretch, click and browse this great business reference collection from your cozy room!

Website of the week
Little Pink Book at – described on the site as “daily candy for working professional women”, the little pink book is a fun and inspiring site with a  wealth of useful information. The site’s founder, Cynthia Good, hopes to inspire women to achieve and live both a beautiful career and a beautiful life.  Click on the my business, my money, my career, my life or my style tabs to get valuable articles, opinions and advice to brighten up your work day!

Pressed for time and need help with research?  Ask a reference librarian…librarians love to save students time and frustration!