Executive MBA Program
Library resource guide

Librarian: Nancy J. Young
E-mail: nyoung@uidaho.edu
UI Library Website: www.lib.uidaho.edu
If you need additional help with your research, try:

Databases Useful for EMBA Research

Business and Company Resource Center

  • Business rankings
  • Market share
  • Industry overviews
  • Company profiles

Business Source Premier

  • Country reports
  • Datamonitor reports for competitors

Ebsco Business Search
Combined search of the Ebsco databases:

  • Business Source Premier
  • Regional Business News
  • MasterFile Premier
  • Academic Source Premier
  • Newspaper Source.

Lexis/Nexis Academic

  • Current business news
  • Wide variety of sources

Market Insight (Standard & Poor's)

  • Industry surveys
  • Ratios
  • Valuations

Newspaper Source

  • Regional newspapers
  • National newspapers.

Regional Business News

  • Full text
  • 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires
  • Covers all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States


  • State of the Nation:  Current and historical economic and financial releases and economic data
  • GLOBUS & NTDB: Current and historical trade-related releases, international market research, trade opportunities, country analysis
  • Updated daily.

For additional in-depth information on psychological research, the most useful databases are:

Google Scholar
Google has a specific search that takes you to a variety of more scholarly publications (not just articles, but many types of documents).  It is much less defined than the databases above. Some items retrieved are not strictly scholarly. Searching it results in a scatter of publications, all of which need to be scrutinized.  However, it is an impressive resource, sometimes pulling up articles not found elsewhere, old and new.  Sometimes you will see a link called “U Idaho Article Linker” to determine if the UI Library has the journal.

Getting Your Hands on the Sources (Articles)

Many articles are available in full text in the databases. You will see links for HTML or for PDF Full Text formats. If the article in a database is not available in full text, look for the link or symbol for “Article Linker.”  Clicking on this link will automatically search our library catalog to find out if we have print or electronic copies of the article.  You can also use the “Magazine and Journal List” (linked from the library homepage) to search for a specific journal title.   If we do not have the article you are looking for, Interlibrary Loan can almost always get the article for you from another library.

Hints for Effective Searching

  • Check database search or help tips for proper syntax. Some databases require that you put AND between terms to narrow your search. Most databases automatically put AND between words. If your results seem different than expected, check the help section for tips on how to combine terms.
  • Use descriptors or subject terms (the “official” subjects of each database) to focus on articles related to specific subjects.
  • If results are not what you wanted, change terms (or combinations of terms) or databases.
  • Vendors and search interfaces: We buy access from different companies (vendors). Sometimes we have access to many databases from one company so the search interface is the same and you can cross search. If the vendor for two databases is different, you will have to do separate searches. Search interfaces differ greatly.
  • A wildcard (truncation) symbol stems a word so the search will include different endings. Commonly * is the truncation, but not always.

Google: More Than You Ever Imagined or Wanted to Know

Most of us take Google for granted these days, but may not realize how specific searches can be constructed, or what special categories of information we can search. Here is an outline of some of the advanced features of Google.