Course Guide

UGBA 107 The Social, Political and Ethical Environment of Business

Fall 2012

The following online and print resources provided by the Long Business Library are key to finding information required for this course. Use the Library proxy Server to access the electronic resources from off-campus.


Use the OskiCat catalog to search for books. The following subject headings are useful: business and politics, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporations -- political activity, industries -- social aspects, etc. Enter the heading in the subject search box and restrict the search to the Long Library by choosing BUSI from the location menu. E-books may be located and used online through Ebrary.

Articles in Academic Journals and Magazines/Newspapers/Research Reports

Academic Search Complete Indexes thousands of journals and magazines. Use the subject search box to look for articles on your topic. Full text is available for many of the articles. Good for viewpoints on business topics not normally found in business magazines.
Business Source Complete Indexes thousands of business journals and magazines. Use the subject search box to look for articles on the subject of your paper. Company names should be searched using the "company entity" box. Full text is available for many of the articles.
The Conference Board Full text research reports on numerous business topics, including citizenship, community relations, ethics, governance, sustainability, etc. Browse the list of topics on the entry page.
Factiva A full text database of magazines and newspapers, including Business Week, Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, etc. Very useful for current information on business topics, company activities, and developments in U.S. and international industries.
Lexis-Nexis Academic A very user-friendly search tool for finding articles in magazines and newspapers, and company profiles and financials.
New York Times
You may read the paper by date of publication, or search by topic of interest.
Wall Street Journal
You may read the paper by date of publication, or search by topic of interest.

Key Journals

Business & Politics
Business & Society
Business & Society Review
Business Ethics Quarterly
California Management Review
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Ethical Corporation (In print format only, located in Current Periodicals.)
Ethics and the Environment
Harvard Business Review
Journal of Business Ethics

Company Information

Business Source Complete Click on SWOT Analyses link
Hoover's Online Company profiles / current and some historical financial data
Lexis-Nexis Academic Click on the Business category button for company profiles and financial data/annual reports.
Mergent Online Provides comprehensive financial information for public companies.
Value Line Research Center Provides stock market performance data, betas, and Value Line investment advice for 4,000 U.S. companies. Also performance and investment advice for 100 industries. To access subscription content, please click on Log In at the top right-hand corner of the homepage. No further password should be required.

Industry Information

IBIS World Industry Market Reports For over 700 U.S. industries, provides 25-30 page reports that include key statistics, segmentation, market characteristics, industry conditions, key factors, key competitors, industry performance and outlook.
Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys Major analyses for 52 U.S. industries. Provides overview, outlook, and performance data for key public companies. Available via S&P NetAdvantage.

Other Useful Information

Long Library homepage
Librarians are available at the Reference Desk to assist you during these hours:
Monday - Thursday: 2 - 6 pm
Friday: 2 - 4 pm
Where Do I Find? (a brief guide to finding various types of business information)

Questions? Ask your business librarians.