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MIS 201: Intro to Information Systems

A guide to help students with research in Professor Jain's MIS 201: Intro to Info Systems Class.


After viewing the videos in the Getting Started section and determine what industry you want search for, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Elicit Information

Identify keywords and concepts - Are you interested in a specific company?  Industry?  What kind of information are you looking for?  Data?  Number of employees?  Revenue?

Step 2: Build an Understanding

Where can I find resources?  How might I improve my search results?  How might I determine if a resource is available in the library?  How might I request materials that Salem State does not have?


Start with the Basics

Google it!  CRAAP it out - Currency Relevancy Accuracy Authority Purpose
Example Search:
A)  In the Google Search box, type in COFFEE INDUSTRY (or just COFFEE).
B)  Take a look at your results.  Are any of the results a reliable source for business/market research?
C)  Type in (National Coffee Association)


Now, let's compare this using a library database

(When you access a database or article/journal title from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter a username and password.  Your username and password are the same as those used for SSU email and Navigator.)

Mergent Online - Database of current and retrospective information on financial, strategic, and historical aspects of large, publicly traded companies.  Also search for private companies and industry.  


Example Search:
Type in the name of a company in the search box.  Or type in NAICS or SIC code in classification search box.  

Look up the NAICS code to see your industry at a more detailed level

NAICS code  (North American Industry Classification System)
Standard for classifying business establishments and it groups them according to similarity in the processes used to produce goods or services.  

Step 3: Evaluate, Analyze, Reflect

Why might I use this resource over another?  What angles of my research question have I not considered? What are some other databases to consider?


Next Section

Digging Deeper - Identify industries and companies using other library databases.