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Research Guides - Business

Online Catalog

Use the online catalog to find any reference, reserve, circulating books, or videotapes in the NMC collections. Catalog entries may be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword.

Unless you are looking a specific author or title, the keyword search is the best way to find books. Examples of keywords are:

  • small business
  • economy
  • marketing
  • advertising
  • international business
  • public relations

"Business" is too broad! Don't forget to think of narrower terms.

Browse the Shelves

Take a look in an appropriate area to find a useful book. The "call number" is a book's address, and it depends on the subject of the books. Most business books are in the Social Sciences:

  • HB - Economics
  • HD - Labor
  • HF - Commerce
  • HG - Finance
  • HF 5415 - Marketing

Reference Books

Seek reference books, as detailed contents will not be in the catalog. Reference items may not be checked out, but should always be available when you need them. Here are some helpful reference books for general information:

  • World Book Encyclopedia v.1-22 REF AE5 W 55 2000
  • Encyclopedia Americana v. 1-30 REF AE5 E333 1999
  • Hoover's Handbook of American Business REF HF3010 .H66 1998 v.1-2
  • Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance REF HF5381 .E52 1999
  • various Resume and Cover Letter books REF HF5383”¦
  • Dictionary of Marketing Terms REF HF5415 .D48 1995
If a book has an index in the back, use it! Please don’t entirely disregard older information. Use your own judgment or ask a librarian.

Databases, Magazines, and Journals

Business Source Premier is a database that provides full text articles from from more than 7,400 scholarly publications and other sources. Access this database from anywhere in the CNMI. Please see a library staff member for patron id.

Current issues of journals, magazines, and newspapers are kept on display in the library.

The Internet

Don’t trust everything you read on the Internet. Consider the source! How old is the information? Does some qualified person or institution take responsibility for the information? An .edu or .gov domain name should be more reliable, but here are a few specific sites that have been recently reviewed:

Use Search Engines to look for a particular topic on the World Wide Web. Try:

Citing Your Sources

A Style Manual will show you the proper format when preparing a bibliography for citing the sources of the information that you use in your research paper. As you proceed with your research, keep track of where you’re getting your information, including details such as title, author, date, publisher, and page numbers. There are several different styles, but your class will probably be using either:

APA Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
REF BF76.7 .P83


MLA Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
REF LB2369.G53 2003

If at any time you would like help or further assistance with research, please ask a librarian. We are here to help you!