Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to find full-text articles from business and trade publications in Business Source Premier (BSP) while discovering a variety of search techniques and features to refine your results.

This database is focused on business-related subjects and contains articles from scholarly, popular, and trade publications.

You’ll experience two research scenarios that highlight the variety of content in Business Source Premier (BSP).

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Part 1, Locating Scholarly, Popular, & Trade Articles - Your Research Question

While walking to a restaurant downtown, you were handed a pamphlet protesting the use of fracking, a method used to harvest natural gas from shale layers, and the danger it poses to drinking water.  You’ve decided to explore this topic a little further with the following research question.

In what ways does fracking affect drinking water?

Identify Keywords

The first step is to identify keywords in your question. Keywords are the main words (or phrases) that represent your research question and will help you find relevant articles.

What are the most important keywords for your research question:

 

In what ways does fracking affect drinking water? 

Searching BSP

Let’s try these keywords in a search.

1. Type these keywords into the BSP search box leaving a space between each of the search terms: fracking "drinking water"

[Note: In this scenario drinking water should be searched as one phrase rather than two separate keywords. In other words, the two words take on a new meaning when put together.  Putting quotes around the phrase will ensure that the keywords get searched together as one concept, “drinking water” not drinking and water separately.]

2. Click Search.

How many results did you find?

If you've lost your way in this search example, go to this screen, and it will show you the correct list of results.

Refining Your Results to Full Text

The number of results at first glance may seem low but remember the research question is fairly specific.

Also, you’ve probably noticed by now that not all your search results are full-text articles. Let’s try refining your results to full-text only.

1. In the left-hand navigation bar under Refine Results, click the box next to Full Text.

How many results did you get when applying the full-text option?

Refining Your Results to Academic Journals

Now that you have a manageable list of full-text articles on a specific topic, let's look at how to narrow the list to academic journals.  

In the left-hand navigation bar under Source Types, click the box next to Academic Journals.

You should see a list of results with only full-text, academic/scholarly articles on your topic.

Refining Your Results to Magazines

To narrow your list to Magazines (popular articles), you have to first remove the limiter placed on Academic Journals.

1.  In the left-hand navigation bar near the top under Current Search, click the X next to Academic Journals.  That will remove the limiter and return you to your original list of full-text results.

2. In the left-hand navigation bar under Source Types, click the box next to Magazines.

Now, you should see a list of results with only full-text, magazine/popular articles on your topic.

Refining Your Results to Trade Publications

To narrow your list to Trade Publication articles, you have to first remove the limiter placed on Magazines.  

1. In the left-hand navigation bar near the top under Current Search, click the X next to Magazines. That will remove the limiter and return you to your original list of full-text results.

2. In the left-hand navigation bar under Source Types, click the box next to Trade Publications.

Now, you should see a list of results with only full-text, trade publication articles on your topic.

Accessing Full-Text Articles

To access the full-text articles, click on the links for either PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text to see the article. Once you have one of the articles open look to see what Tools are available to you (located to the far right on your screen).

You can print, email, or bookmark the article. Additionally, you can see multiple citation formats for the article as well as add it to your folder to save for a later time.

Part 2, Locating Company Information - Your Research Question

You recently listened to a local news report on the company, Target, which has piqued your curiosity. You decided to do some research  hoping to learn a little more about it.

Typically, the first step in research is to identify keywords in your question with which to search as you did for the previous scenario in Part 1. Keywords are the main words (or phrases) that represent your question or topic and will help you find relevant articles.

However, in this case you are looking for company information.  This kind of information can be quickly accessed in Business Source Premier by utilizing a specific search feature.

Searching BSP

At the very top of your Business Source Premier screen you should be able to see a large button labeled, Company Profiles.  If you don't, click on this link to refresh your screen

1. Click on the button, Company Profiles.

2. In the Company Profiles search box, type in the search term Target.

3. Click Browse.

Target Corporation should be at the top of your list of results.

Now, click on the PDF link for the MarketLine Report.

You now have the latest company profile/report for the Target Corporation which includes information such as key facts, company history & overview, SWOT & revenue analyses, a list of top competitors, market products & services, and more!

Conclusion

You have completed this tutorial and learned how to find full-text articles from business (scholarly and popular) and trade publications in Business Source Premier (BSP) while discovering a few of the search techniques and features to refine your results.  

You've also learned how to quickly access company information using the Company Profiles search feature.

We encourage you to spend some time to try out more features searching for content on topics that interest you. Take a look at the left-hand navigation bar in your search results, for instance. And try narrowing your search in a variety of ways or try out the advanced search.

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