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BUS 101 - Introduction to Management

Resources to support students and faculty doing research in management.

Database Searching Tips

AND    = Mandates the inclusion of the word or phrases somewhere in the record.

                        Example:          entrepreneurs and bank lines 

OR      = Used to account for variety in expressing an idea. Records will contain any one of the words or phrases in the set, not necessarily all.

                        Example:          (learning or instruction or training) and (web or internet or online)

NOT    = Excludes records containing a specified word or phrase. When using “not,” one must put “not” at the end of one’s search statement.

                        Example:          online learning not CD-ROM


Utilized to account for varieties of a desired word.  The database will find records containing words beginning with the word chunk you provide.

For example, a search for manag* would retrieve records containing any of the following:

Management, managing, managers, etc.

Database searching can be refined to provide better results.

When using search terms:

1 - Try placing phrases in quotation marks (").
      ex. search "radical marketing" instead of just typing in radical

2 - Search similar or related words.
      ex. "Conflict Resolution"
            "Dealing with Conflicts" 

3 - Combine searches
      ex.  "Conflict Resolutions" AND Managers

4 - Search for alternative word endings using an asterisk (*) at the end of the word root.  ex. manufactur* will retrieve manufacture,manufactures, manufacturing, manufactured, etc.

5 - Break down topics. ex. Topic: Motivating Different Generations of Employees.  Search -  "Employee Motivation" AND "Generation Y" "Incentives AND "Baby Boomers"  

6 - Always check your spelling. Some databases do this automatically.  Others do not.  If your search words 
      result in zero hits, incorrect spelling may be the cause.