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Google Search Strategies
Domain searching -- Limits results according to a website's top level domain. For example, .gov (government websites), .edu (education) and .org (organization)
site:domain search term(s)
- site:.gov ethics
- site:.az.gov ethics
- site:.org business ethics
Site searching -- Limits results to a particular website
site:url search term(s)
- site:chron.com duty based ethics
- site:investopedia.com ethics
Statistics searching -- Use the tilde (~) to find data related to search terms
- site:www.sba.gov business trends~statistics
- site:.org white collar crime~statistics
It is important for a researcher to evaluate any resource for reliability and usefulness. The following are the general elements considered when reviewing a resource.
|Author/Publisher or Sponsor
||What is their knowledge of the subject or expertise in the field? Do they have a vested interest in a certain point of view? Pay close attention to an author's word choice, omissions, the limiting of debate, framing of the story, and the selection and use of sources. Bias influences include geography, affiliations and the nature of the medium.
||Is the information appropriate for an academic audience?
||Is something more current needed?
||Are there errors? Is the resource fact or opinion based?
||Are there citations? Are the cited sources reliable?
Freely available educational content that provides insight into business related topics, including: Ethics, Business Writing, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Management, Financial Statements, and more.
"This website serves as a resource for investors, consumers, financial professionals, and students who seek guidance or information on various topics. The site publishes articles on investments, insurance, retirement, estate and college planning, consumer debt, and an assortment of other educational material."
"Investopedia's comprehensive financial terms dictionary with over 13,000 finance and investment definitions"
Khan Academy: Finance and capital markets
"Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom." This course tackles finance and capital markets.
Open Learn: Money and Business
"Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas."
SEC.gov EDGAR full text serarch
"Versatile tool lets you search for keywords and phrases in over 20 years of EDGAR filings, and filter by date, company, person, filing category, or location."
TED Talks: Business
"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks." Business is one of the top topics that you can browse.
Small Business Resources
Arizona Business Resources
Business resources specific to Arizona, including: starting a business in Arizona, checklists, naming your business, licensing and tax information, commonly requested business forms and more.
Arizona Small Business Association
"The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is THE VOICE for small business in Arizona, dedicated to promoting success for entrepreneurs, the business community and economic growth in our region."
IDEA Center: Small Business & Career Assistance
"The Glendale IDEA Center is a space where business people, entrepreneurs, innovators and networkers can come together to share ideas, tips, and skills, learn more about starting and growing a business, form partnerships or just make connections. This is also a place where people can receive career advice and assistance."
SBA Learning Center
"The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.Courses designed to help you research, plan, and turn your ideas into a great business."
Small Business Development Center Network
"SBDC supports business research and information needs of the nation’s network of 1,000+ Small Business Development Centers (the “SBDC Network”) and their small business clients."
U.S. Small Business Administration
"The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses."
USAGov: Small Business
"Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more."