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BUS 410: Theory and Practice of Business Research

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Introduction to the Course

Welcome to the Research Starter for BUS 410!

If you have never done a research project before, you may be wondering where to start! Knowing how to identify and assess scholarly information and apply it to your practice is an important skill in this profession. As part of your studies you will have various tasks and assignments that require you to work with the library resources. What resources should you use and how do you search them? This course guide will help you get started with finding research articles. Determining the answers to the questions above can be challenging, but by using this course guide you will be on your way! In this guide, you will learn:

  • Basic search strategies to find relevant results
  • Common databases to use and how to search them
  • How to retrieve the articles that you find

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available, and you can waste time if you look in the wrong place. For specific assistance finding articles for your upcoming assignment, please contact your Business Librarian (Ann Harper), 860-913-2099, You can find them on the 1st Floor of the Hoffman Family Library. Drop in and visit for quick reference assistance. For in-depth one-on-one and small group assistance, please schedule an appointment in advance.

In the event that they are unavailable, feel free to contact another librarian at the Hoffman Family Library: 860-913-2042.

Common terms you may come across related to research:

Business Research

Business and Management:

Business and Management researchers are interested in business-related phenomena, in contexts from commercial businesses to NGOs and charities, to the administrations of schools and hospitals. Areas of interest to researchers include studies of leadership, organizational behavior, and human resource management. Case study methods have a long tradition in Business and Management research, and action or participatory research approaches allow researchers and participants to impact the organization they are working in. For an introduction to doing Business and Management research, try Doing Management Research.

Resources to use throughout the course

HD 30.4 | .S28 2015

Available from Course Reserves

HD 30.4 | .S435 2016

Research Methods for Business: A Skill-Building Approach is a concise and straightforward introduction for students to the world of business research. The skill-building approach provides students with practical perspectives on how research can be applied in real business situations.

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The Essentials of Business Research Methods


Increasingly, managers must make decisions based on almost unlimited information. How can they navigate and organize this vast amount of data? Essentials of Business Research Methods provides research techniques for people who aren't data analysts.