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MBA 615: Ethical and Social Responsibility of Business: Database Searching and Citation Help

Basic concepts of ethics and their application to the business environment are examined.

Tips for Effective Database Searching

1. Make a list of the important keywords for your topic.  You will use them in your search for information.  Don't forget to try synonyms.

2. Put important phrases in quotation marks to find those words next to each other in a document or article.  For example:

      "social responsibility" and business.

3. Make use of the limiter boxes to focus your search.  These are usually found on the lower part of the search screen.  For example:

      "social responsibility" and business (search terms).

      Then choose "Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journal" from the limiters at the bottom in EbscoHost Business Source Elite.  In ProQuest Central, type in your search words and then put a check mark in the box next to "Scholarly Journals" in the Source Type box that is below.

4. Look in more than online database.  Due to agreements with various publishers, you will find different things in each database.

5. For additional help, click the blue "Chat With Us" button on the right hand side of this page, or call toll-free 1-888-272-8542 to talk with a librarian.

Citing Your Sources in APA

You can find the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Assocation in the Library at BF 76.7.P83 2010, or ask the Librarian at the Reference Desk for assistance.  Or try one of the online links below:

Tips for Effective Internet Searching

To make your internet searching more effective, use these searching strategies:

1. Put phrases in quotation marks.  For example: "social responsibility".

2. Limit your search to certain types of websites, such as government or educational.  This will eliminate the junk websites that are trying to sell you something.  To do that type your search words followed by a "+" and the word:  For example:

      "social responsibility" and business

This will only bring back educational websites (.edu).  If you want websites from government institutions, enter:  For organizational websites, enter:

3. The websites at the top of the list are not necessarily the best ones.  Be sure to look at several.  The ones at the top are there because they either paid money to be there, or they have been looked at a lot (that doesn't mean they are good).


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