BU 409 Business and Public Policy

Instructor: Robert Letovsky

  • APA Style for citing and documenting (from Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
  • Databases for locating articles about business related topics

Online databases such as Academic Search Premierand Expanded Academic ASAP provide access to  magazine and journal articles.  These two databases cover a broad selection of publications, some scholarly and some for a more popular audience. Both databases allow you to limit your searches to scholarly "peer reviewed" publications or to popular press magazines such as Newsweek or to trade magazines.


Business Source Complete
Business Insights
Canadian Business and Current Affairs
EconLit with Full Text 
Wall Street Journal Current 
Wall Street Journal Historical

Business Insights: Company /industry reports, newspaper, magazine articles

Business Source Complete: Articles with industry/company reports, product reviews, analysis, reports, news

ABI-INFORM Complete: Reports, magazine and journal articles 

ABI-INFORM Dateline  Includes local and regional business publications with news articles on local businesses and local markets


  • Examples of articles from databases

Multi-agency initiative challenges businesses to "Make it in America".  (2012, Oct 18). Federal Grants and Contracts 36(22), 1.  

Amuedo-Dorantes, C., & Bansak, C. (2012). The Labor Market Impact of Mandated Employment Verification Systems. American Economic Review, 102(3), 543-548. doi:10.1257/aer.102.3.543

Pomeranz, J. L. (2012). The Bittersweet Truth About Sugar Labeling Regulations: They Are Achievable and Overdue. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), e14-e20. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300732

  • Books at SMC and Beyond

Library Catalog - SMC books, dvds, etc 

WorldCat--books in libraries around the world; request materials through Interlibrary Loan 

  • Legislation

Congressional Research Service reports
example : Mayer, G. (2008, Oct 24).  Child Labor in America: History, Policy, Legislative Issues. CRS Report RL31501. Retrieved from http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL31501_20081024.pdf

Thomas...Legislative --information from the Library of Congress, current and past legislation is searchable by legislative session, act name, keyword, etc. http://thomas.loc.gov

Legal journals, laws, and cases are searchable in the LexisNexis Academic database. 

Law Library of Congress--the national library of the U.S. provides histories of legal topics such a campaign finance, health care...http://www.loc.gov/law/

  example:  State Legislation on comprehensive health care coverage http://www.loc.gov/law/help/statehealthplans/index.php