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LIBRARY GUIDE TO MIS 1000 - Business Problem Solving with IT

Researching Companies
Company Reports
Company reports usually contain a business description, a history of the companies, as well as some discussion of company financials. Our key databases for company reports are:
Annual Reports
Many companies link to their annual reports on their own websites. You can also find these reports online:
  • Yahoo Finance
    the annual report is form 10-K under SEC Filings.

Financials & Stocks
Latest Developments 
You can learn a lot about a company by reading current newspaper and business articles.
  • ABI/Inform Complete
  • Factiva
    Factiva is a premier business and general reference resource with a broad collection of sources that reach across disciplines from business and current events to communications and technology, politics, foreign policy, and more. Factiva.com combines more than 28,000 sources to give users access to premium content from 159 countries in 22 languages.
Citing Your Sources
Citation styles allow us to give proper credit to the sources of data or ideas within our writing:
How to give credit to specialized sources, such as company financials and reports:
 
  • You can follow the rules for either books or websites when you are citing company reports depending on whether you have the PDF of the original publication or the online text only.
     
  • Generally these materials don't have personal authors, they have corporate authors, i.e. the name of the company that puts together the report is the author's name for citation purposes.
Demographics Profile Assignment
For this assignment you will need two things:
  1. Make a copy of this spreadsheet (file > make a copy).
  2. The DemographicsNow Database
The spreadsheet contains the directions.  The assignment counts as homework and is due Sunday 2/19.
Library Contact
Picture: Shawn McCann

Shawn McCann
Assistant Professor
mccann@oakland.edu
248.370.2456

Available: W 2-4pm
& Th 10-11am
Book appointment
Research Assistance

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Ask a research question by phone, chat, email, or in person at the research help desk.

Research Consultation
Sign up online for an individual session with a librarian to get help with your research.

Writing Help
Writing Resources for Students
Get information on citing sources.

Writing Center
You can sign up to meet with a writing consultant.
How to Avoid Plagiarism
The library has developed a 40-minute training session to help you understand how to use sources well and avoid plagiarism:

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