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Management Program: Databases

Where to Start

The Management-focused databases listed in the next column are recommended starting points for your research. They are not the only options, though, so if you're not finding what you need, explore the complete list of databases in the A-Z Database List or ask a Librarian!

Recommended Databases

What's in a Database?

Databases contain many different types of resources such as:

  • newspaper articles
  • magazine articles
  • scholarly journal articles
  • book reviews
  • conference proceedings
  • trade publications
  • even some books

It is important to be able to tell the differences between these resources as well as know which resources are appropriate for your research. Check out the table on the Good vs. Bad Sources tab to learn the differences between some of these resources.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another search tool you can use to find articles. Scholar indexes scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, but note that many are not available full-text.

SMSU has it set up so that if you search in the databases, but it's not full-text in any of our databases, we'll recommend looking in Google Scholar.  If you start your search in Google Scholar instead of the databases and you're on campus, you'll see a similar function in Google Scholar as we have it set up to push back to our databases if we have it full-text there. You'll see the "search for full-text" link in the right-hand column. Unfortunately, this functionality doesn't work off-campus. That's why I would recommend beginning your search in the databases; you'll find many more full-text articles there and/or be able to quickly and easily submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.

So knowing that the article might be full-text in the database or you could interlibrary loan a copy, you'd never purchase an article, right? 

Google Scholar Search