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Business Databases at the Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Library (MCL) provides some excellent databases that are not available at the PSU Library. You (even if you don't live in the county) can get a free MCL card that grants you remote access to their online content (databases, ebooks, audiobooks, etc.). If asked, mention you are a PSU faculty/staff/student (there is an agreement between MCL and PSU that all PSU affiliates can get a card regardless of their home address). You may be asked for a local address (e.g., use department building address if you don't live here) for them to send you a welcome postcard (no personal info except for your name).
With the MCL card, you can access most of their databases remotely (from home or elsewhere). Below is a select list of relevant business databases. For a comprehensive list of available MCL online resources, go to Research Tools and Resources (select Local Business in the Topics box for specifically business resources).
Tutorials: searching for articles
Scholarly, Professional/Trade, or Popular/Consumer?
There are three main types of journals/magazines and each has its unique focus, coverage, look, and content. Some publications are better for certain types of topics. For example, scholarly journals are great for research on academic topics, but not good for current information such as market shares.
Scholarly journals - articles are written by scholars/researchers/professors in the field and reviewed by peers who are experts in the same area. In many databases, you can limit your search to "scholarly", "peer-reviewed", "academic", or "refereed" journals to weed out any non-scholarly content. Examples: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Marketing.
Professional/Trade journals - articles are written by experts in the field or by staff writers. These publications are intended for practitioners in a specific field. Information is often very current. The articles are only reviewed by editors for style, so they go through a less rigorous review process. The articles often do not contain reference lists. Examples: HR Magazine, Harvard Business Review.
Popular/consumer magazines - articles are written for a general audience rather than for professionals or scholars. Examples: Fortune, Forbes.