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Business Research

This guide is an introduction for conducting research on business topics.

Finding Articles

The videos below show briefly how to use library subscription databases ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, and FACTIVA for locating articles. Always remember to enter the library databases through links on the CSUSM Library website to ensure you will be connected to the full text articles available.

If you have questions, contact your librarian!


Finding articles in ABI/Inform: The basics of searching and accessing articles.


Searching for articles in Business Source Premier. 

Searching for articles in Business Source Premier

Searching for articles in FACTIVA. 


Tips Examples
Use keywords, not long search phrases

Instead of searching for "How is artificial intelligence changing accounting?" break down your search into the main keywords:

Artificial intelligence, changing accounting

To get more focused results:

Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together

Use AND to combine different keywords

"artificial intelligence" AND accounting

To get broader results:

Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords

Truncate words that have a variety of endings with a *

("artificial intelligence" OR Ai) AND accounting AND Chang*


chang* includes change, changes, changing, changed

Look for ways to limit your search in the database You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed) & year of publication


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