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New Guides in Business Reference Services

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Our goal as librarians at the Library of Congress is to help you find information quickly. We understand that library research—especially at the Library of Congress, which has one of the most extensive collections in the world—can be overwhelming. According to the 2007 North American Title Count, there were over 1.1 million titles classified under HA-HJ (statistics through public finance). Business titles also overlap with other subjects such as science, technology, government, education, and many others. Additionally, the Library subscribes to numerous online databases and electronic publications. If you select Business and Management, Company and Industry Information, or Economics topics on the E-resources Online Catalog page, you obtain a list of around 43-118 different sources. So where do you begin?

Research guides are one of the tools that can help you get started. Compiled by librarians with subject expertise, these guides—freely available online—organize selected resources to help you identify credible sources of information on a specific topic. Sources of information include print, subscription databases, open access resources, research tips, and more. Some of our most popular business research guides to date are Guide to Business History, Doing Company Research, and our Business & Economics Research Advisor (BERA) series.

In the past nine months, Business Reference Services has identified current business topics of interest and generated new guides as well as updated old guides. We invite you to have a look.

New research guides:
Business Applications of Drone Technology: Innovation and the Use of Unmanned Aircraft
Published December 15, 2017

“Lean In”: A Guide to Resources about Women in Business and the Workforce
Published February 1, 2018

Storyville: A Resource Guide to Sources about Commercialized Vice in Historic New Orleans
Published February 8, 2018

The Business Applications of Pharmacoeconomics: a Guide to Resources (BERA)
Published March 15, 2018

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Resources for Research
Published June 1, 2018

International Business and Economics: Sources of Information
Updated November 29, 2017

Census Connections: Congressional District Data (BERA)
Updated November 21, 2017

The Colonies in America: Commerce, Business, and the Economy: The Local Perspective (BERA)
Updated February 20, 2018

As always, feel free to contact us through Ask a Librarian if you have any questions, and keep up with us via email updates by signing up for “What’s New in Science, Technology & Business.”

Best wishes with your research!

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