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Business Communication & Legal Studies

Research guide for business communication and legal studies

Step 1: Finding Company Information Written by the Company

  • Check out the company’s website
  • Look for historical information about the origin of the company
  • Look for products and/or services offered by the company
  • Check for webinars, presentations and conference calls
  • Review the Annual Report for corporate governance, strategy, sales targets, and upcoming opportunities, obligations or obstacles.  Usually the Annual Report is under the website section called "Investor Relations."

Step 2: Finding Company Information written by Experts

You will need secondary resources that are written by experts about your company.  These secondary resources could be business magazines and journals, company profiles written for market research, and other publications. To save time and get an "A" is to use the library's databases.  Use the following databases to find the secondary resources:

 

Wall
Street
Journal
EBSCOhost
Business
Source
Complete
LexisNexis
Nexis Uni
Mergent Online
Mergent
Online
Morningstar
Morningstar
Investment
Research Center
Westlaw Next
Westlaw
Next

Click here for more free credible Internet news sources.

Step 3: Citing Resources APA Style

Use APA Style to give credit to your resources.  If you have any questions, please contact me and/or use the following resources:

  • Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab
    • URL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
    • Offers examples of the new revised style guides
  • Library Databases
    • Many of our databases supply a citation already formatted in APA style that you can copy and paste into your paper.

Step 4: Ask for Help!

Jon's 1/2 Hour Rule:  If you spend 1/2 hour and not getting the results that you need, please contact me at helmke@sfasu.edu or schedule an appointment (see right-hand side toolbar with my picture).