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University of Portland Clark Library

BUS 430: Investments: Scholarly Publications

Search Tips for Library Databases

BUS 430 Slide Notes

BUS 430 Search Advice, Google Slides presentation

Where to look: Business Source Premier

How to Grab What You Need

* Search far and wide -- use the All Text option instead of default fields, especially when searching for a person's name

* Don’t quote me -- take care when using quotes. If you don't use quotes, the database will return results with the words near each other in any order.

* Wish on a star -- use the asterisk to find additional endings. Example: invest* finds invest, invests, invested, investing, investment, investments, etc.

* Break it up -- put "AND" between different elements of your topic.

* Spell it out -- ESG = Environment, Social, Governance

* Be open to options -- put "or" between similar terms. Example: ESG OR Environment, Social, Governance OR SRI OR Socially Responsible Investing

* Visit the thesaurus via the purple bar in the top of the database page -- Find the relevant subject terms. Example Investment Returns is not a subject term, but if you search for this phrase in the thesaurus you will find the terms Rate of Return, Financial Performance, Growth Rate, etc.

* Google Scholar helps -- But be careful! Especially with finance topics, it returns results from very non-scholarly websites. Use it mainly to find newer articles.

* Order articles through interlibrary loan / UP ILLIad

Business Source Premier

Identify Top Finance Journals in Google Scholar

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for finance students to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of top finance journals, based on citation of recent articles indexed by Google Scholar. Go to the top 100 publications page and select the "Categories" menu to browse by discipline and subdiscipline. Search Google Scholar to find newer articles.

Screen shot of the top 100 publications in Google Scholar

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