Skip to Main Content

MGT 111: Principles of Management

Business Source Premier

Tips for Searching Business Source Premier

  • Keep your search terms simple. For example: employee motivation, management styles, corporate culture, job satisfaction, etc. Using sentences or long phrases will likely give poor results.
  • Better search terms: You'll see every article is tagged with subjects describing the article. Try matching your search terms to these subject terms to get better results.
  • Publication: If you're looking for articles from a specific journal, such as the Harvard Business Review, type in the title in the "Publication" box before searching.
  • Narrow your results: You will often receive hundreds (if not thousands) of articles in your search, focusing your results will make it MUCH easier to find what you need! Two methods...
    1. Use the left column to "Refine Results": For example, "employee motivation" provides 14,000 articles. From the left column select full-text, scholarly (peer-review), and articles after 2010 -- you now have 439 articles. Additional limiters include "source type" (such as magazines, academic journals or trade publications) and "Subject:Main Topic" (common subjects within your search). Click "show more" for additional options within each category.
    2. "and": Use the word "and" to connect two ideas in your search such as "Motivation and management styles" It will limit your search to only articles that have both terms in common. You can use both methods together!
  • Full-Text: Always click the "Full Text" box so you get instant access to the articles!
  • Tutorial: Scroll down a couple boxes for a full tutorial on using the interface. (The example is from psychology, but the interface works the same! Start with slide 5)
  • Email articles: When you click an article title, you'll see "email" in the right column. This method will include the option to include an APA citation!

Additional resources

Tips for Searching Lexis-Nexis

To create a list of companies that match a certain criteria (area, public-parent) using Lexis-Nexis, select "Get Company Info" on the bottom right of the entry page.

Get Company Info

Next, click on company dossier.
screenshot: company info search box

Use the drop down lists and the fields to limit the list, and then click "search." Note that you can enter cities like Norristown, Philadelphia, and Reading. 
Find a company search
Expand the list to see all the relevant companies.
companies list
Select a company and navigate the left sidebar to examine the company's financials, legal news, intellectual property, and more.
FMC International

Tutorial: How to find articles

Additional Tips

  • When you're looking for a particular journal, type

What is Peer-Review?

Here is how many academic articles are reviewed prior to publication

Professors and researchers share their latest work with professionals in their disciplines via academic journals. Journal editors choose research to publish that has the greatest impact in those fields.

A research article is peer-reviewed prior to publication by experts in the author's field. The peer reviewers rigorously read and analyze the research and the writing for errors and missing information. The author is given the opportunity to correct any problems or to withdraw the article from consideration for publication.

This peer-review process is valued by professionals in the field – from psychiatrists and psychologists to professors and therapists -- who count on academic journal articles to stay current with the latest developments in their fields.

In contrast, popular publications, such as magazines, are written in a more conversational style for the general public. Articles include eye-catching titles and content designed to sell the publications and attract additional advertisers.

For example, the popular magazine Psychology Today published an article titled "Revenge of the Introverts" with tips on what not to say to introverts. The peer-reviewed Journal of Personality published "Explaining the Extraversion/Positive Effect Relation: Sociability Cannot Account for Extraverts' Greater Happiness," including 30 pages of research data and charts.

Not every article in every academic journal is peer-reviewed. However, when searching for articles via the library Web site, you may choose to select peer-reviewed articles as part of your search.

Here are other things to look for in peer-reviewed articles:

  • Research data is often shown in charts and tables.
  • Information is cited, usually with many references or footnotes.
  • The authors' credentials are included.
  • The language may be appropriately technical.
  • The printed pages are generally plain and often have little or no advertising.