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LIBRARY GUIDE TO WRT 3082 - Business Writing

Look Up a Nonprofit or Charity
Guidestar - A database of over 620,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States. You get 4 profile views before you have to create a free account.  With a free account, you get unlimited views.

Charity Navigator - A database of charities. Includes the ability to filter by state, size, and scope. It also includes ratings and top ten lists.

CitizenAudit -  A free-to-search database of nonprofit organizations. It provides 15 years of disclosures for every charity in America.
 
Corporate Social Responsibility Resources
Books
The library owns many books and ebooks on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):
View a list of CSR related books.

Research Center
Center for Corporate Citizenship - run by Boston College, this site offers information on various forms of Corporate Social Responsibility.
 
Find Articles
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ABI/Inform Complete
This database includes about 80% full-text articles from the business press, trade publications, academic journals, and newspapers (including full text of the Wall Street Journal). It is a great starting point for articles on broad business topics. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Business Source Elite
Broad scope - includes academic journals, trade publications, magazines, books, market research reports, and product reviews. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Google Scholar
You can check the availability of article full text if you use our link to Google Scholar, which will ask you to log in with your OU NetID. How to export to RefWorks  

Try using terms like:
  • "corporate social responsibility" OR CSR
  • "corporate citizenship"
  • "social responsibility"
  • "social enterprise"
  • charity partnership*
  • "charitable giving"
Library OneSearch
Find articles, books, etc...

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Library Contact
Picture: Beth Wallis

Beth Wallis
Professor
wallis@oakland.edu
248.370.4879

Office: 237 Kresge Library
Office Hours: By appointment
Writing Help

Writing Resources for Students
Find in-depth information about the mechanics of writing, MLA/APA citations, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

Writing Center
The consultants can help you with every stage of the writing process.

Library OneSearch
Find articles, books, etc...

Search by title, author...

Finding Info on Tech: Reference Sources
Reference Books are a great place to get background information, and Library OneSearch makes it very easy to search for online reference books within our collection:
  1. Perform a keyword search for your tech topic. Be sure to put quotation marks around phrases!
  2. On the results page, in the CONTENT TYPE limiter section, click on "More...," then select Reference.
Finding Industry Information: Articles
Once you've got background information on your chosen technology, you need to apply it to the relevant industry to find useful articles. Perform a new search in Library OneSearch with these tips in mind:
  • Keep it simple. Start your search using keywords for the technology and the industry, putting phrases in quotation marks as needed, i.e. "open source software" "real estate".
     
  • If you have too many results, try limiting your results... by Subject Terms that describe your technology and/or industry; to Trade Publications, which you can do under the CONTENT TYPE section; or by publication date.
Library Contact
Picture: Beth Wallis

Beth Wallis
Professor
wallis@oakland.edu
248.370.4879

Office: 237 Kresge Library
Office Hours: By appointment
Writing Help

Writing Resources for Students
Find in-depth information about the mechanics of writing, MLA/APA citations, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

Writing Center
The consultants can help you with every stage of the writing process.

Finding Company Info
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff MarketLine
Includes company and industry reports, country profiles, as well as market data and country statistics.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Mergent Online
Financial data on US and international publicly traded firms; includes annual reports, SEC filings, news, and other information. Limited to 7 users at a time. Log off after using!

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff 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.
Finding Info on a Nonprofit
CitizenAudit -  A free-to-search database of nonprofit organizations.  It provides15 years of disclosures for every charity in America.

Guidestar- A database of over 620,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States. You get 4 profile views before you have to create a free account.  With a free account, you get unlimited views.
Finding Business Articles
The follwing two resources are good for finding scholarly and trade journal articles related to business.

ABI/Inform Complete
This database includes about 80% full-text articles from the business press, trade publications, academic journals, and newspapers (including full text of the Wall Street Journal). It is a great starting point for articles on broad business topics. How to export to RefWorks

Business Source Elite
Broad scope - includes academic journals, trade publications, magazines, books, market research reports, and product reviews. How to export to RefWorks

Try using terms like:
  • "corporate social responsibility" OR CSR
  • "corporate citizenship"
  • "social responsibility"
  • "social enterprise"
  • charity partnership*
Library Contact
Picture: Beth Wallis

Beth Wallis
Professor
wallis@oakland.edu
248.370.4879

Office: 237 Kresge Library
Office Hours: By appointment
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Information
US and World Data Sources
Sources for data about the United States:
  • PolicyMap
    This resource is a U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for college students and faculty.  Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies.
  • DemographicsNow
    Provides access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or neighborhood level to identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Thanks to MeL.
  • Census Data - a gateway to data collected by the Census Bureau
Sources for International Data Research a Specific Country
  • MarketLine  - find an in-depth PESTLE report on almost any country in the world
  • CIA World Factbook - find a varieyt of information on a given country
Finding Articles
Below are some examples of library resources for finding relevant articles for your paper.
  • Factiva  - find articles from newspapers and magazine published around the world
  • ABI/Inform Complete  - a business-focused database with articles from newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals
  • View a list of Library Databases by Subject
Library Contact
Picture: Beth Wallis

Beth Wallis
Professor
wallis@oakland.edu
248.370.4879

Office: 237 Kresge Library
Office Hours: By appointment
RefWorks

Refworks

Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

Finding Research Articles
The follwing resources are good for finding scholarly and trade journal articles related to business and communication topics.

ABI/Inform Complete
This database includes about 80% full-text articles from the business press, trade publications, academic journals, and newspapers (including full text of the Wall Street Journal). It is a great starting point for articles on broad business topics. How to export to RefWorks

Communication & Mass Media Complete
This resource "offers cover-to-cover (“core”) indexing and abstracts for more than 550 journals, and selected (“priority”) coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of 737 titles. Furthermore, this database includes full text for over 440 journals."

Google Scholar
You can check the availability of article full text if you use our link to Google Scholar, which will ask you to log in with your OU NetID. How to export to RefWorks  

Try using terms like:
  • the type of company you're using or the name of the industry the company is in (e.g. "insurance company" or retail)
  • "internal communication"
  • discourse 
  • "discourse analysis"
  • intellectual capital
  • "upward communication"
  • "downward communication"
  • "lateral communication"
  • "external communication"
You may also want to try adding other terms like:
  • "employee engagement"
  • "employee satisfaction"
  • retention
  • recruitment
  • financial performance
Library Contact
Picture: Beth Wallis

Beth Wallis
Professor
wallis@oakland.edu
248.370.4879

Office: 237 Kresge Library
Office Hours: By appointment
RefWorks

Refworks

Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.


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