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Step One: Formulate a Search Strategy

  • What are 2-3 keywords that best describe your topic?
  • Are there alternate ways your topic might be expressed?
  • Are there any commonly-used phrases? 
  • Can you describe, in one or two sentences, exactly what you are looking for?

    Step Two: Search for Your Topic in a Library Database:

    • At the Salem State University Library home page, click "Find Articles and More."
    • This opens the page "Databases - Find Articles, Statistics, E-Books, Periodicals. 
    • Scroll to "Databases by Name," A-Z, or "Databases by Subject - Business and Economics."
    Choose one of the following databases: 
      Click "Business" to begin. Enter "Advanced Search" to enter multiple terms.
    • Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
      Provides complete articles and citations of some 2,100 journals covering all business disciplines, including business ethics, sustainability, and business law.
    • LexisNexis Academic
      Click on "US Legal" or "International Legal." Search across statutes or law reviews.
    • Sage Journals Online
      Covers topics in business ethics and law from management and social science journals. Offers a different perspective from that typically found in business databases.
    • ScienceDirect
      To begin, click these categories in the left frame: "Business, Management, and Accounting" and "Decision Sciences." Interdisciplinary articles on business ethics, corporate responsibility, and business law.
    • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
      Retrieves quality, scholarly articles from a broad spectrum of business and related fields. Covers business ethics, social responsibility, and business legal issues.
    • Westlaw. Campus Research.
      Select "Law." Enter search terms and select source: encyclopedias, law reviews, cases, briefs, statutes, etc.
    • Wiley Online Library.
      Carries informative articles on many international marketing topics. Particularly useful are articles from the International Journal of Consumer Studies.

    Step Three: Evaluate Results

    • Scrutinize the list of articles that appear when you execute your search.
    • Which most closely describe your topic?
      • Read these first.
    • Look at the subject headings/descriptors in the citation for articles you especially like. 
      • Clicking on these will lead to additional relevant articles. 

      Step Four: Revise Your Search

      • If you do not like the articles you have retrieved, consider revising your search strategy and/or choice of databases. 
      • Try your search again in another database. 
      • Use synonyms in place of some of your keywords.

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