Library databases are collections of articles, reports, or information that are not easily available for free via a Google search. These licensed resources are purchased by the library and university for use by our students, faculty, and staff -- therefore you are required to login with your Rowan credentials. Click the links below to start your research on companies, industries, consumers, and more!
Additional specialized databases for students in the Rohrer College of Business, such as Bloomberg (terminals in Trading Room in Business Hall) or Capital IQ and Wharton Research Data Service/WRDS (online access by specially assigned username/password only) are available to business students for certain courses. Contact your professors for more information on these. POM for Excel, SAP, Stata, Salesforce and other software applications can be accessed via Rowan's cloud. Search on Rowan's home page for specific directions. Faculty, check with your colleagues for passwords to the instructor notes for the Sage Business Cases database.
Remember to always start your search from the Campbell Library home page, where you will log in with your Rowan credentials in order to access all of our database subscriptions.
Need to cite a business database for your bibliography? Use the link below for tips on citing business databases in APA 7th (choose database name there by scrolling to get the APA citation example for each library database).
If you encounter databases which have features to auto-generate citations to get you started, be sure to check them against the APA examples given, so that you submit the most polished bibliography possible to your professors.
Need more help on paper format, constructing an argument with sources to support it, or just a place to collect all of your citations and put them in alphabetical order? Check out even more suggestions, tools, and resources from the Rowan University Libraries.
Journal articles usually report on the results of experiments, studies, or projects, and often include advice on best practices and "what works" in various areas of business. Articles and reports of business information are usually found in library databases.
To select a library database, go to the Best Databases for Accounting and Finance link, or the All Business Databases at Rowan link, which are also on this page.
For a quick search of your topic in some of the databases at once, try your topic in Library Search (sometimes called "Primo" or "the big box"). Although it says that you are searching library resources in Rowan University Libraries, you are not searching them all! This box searches only those business databases with traditional magazine and journal articles, such as ABI/Inform or ProQuest Central, and some ebooks such as those from Springer. Remember that this Library Search box does not search the contents of most business databases, such as those with reports, dashboards, or other 'non-article' type content like that which appears in IBIS World or Passport GMID or Privco. For those, you'll need to go to the business database links above (sometimes called the "A-Z database list") and choose the particular database name based on the type of information you need.
You can also use the Journal Finder on the library home page to find articles from a specific periodical (journal, newspaper, magazine), by typing its title or ISSN #. Sometimes it is helpful in this Journal Title box to include the title of the item in quotes (such as "Financial Times"). As you can see below, we have MANY business publications for you to search... here are just a few examples:
Request books or articles that Rowan does not own by using the forms to complete a free Interlibrary Loan (located on the menus of Campbell Library's main page).
Most Common Newspapers
The websites of major newspapers often do not have the same contents as the printed or subscribed versions of those newspapers. Websites often include user-generated content like comments, blogs, etc. in addition to real articles from journalists. BOTH of these types of articles will often appear in the library's holdings. Use the Library Search (to enter a topic) or the Journal Finder to query a specific periodical (journal, newspaper, magazine) by its title or ISSN #. Sometimes it is helpful to include the title of the journal in quotes (such as "Financial Times"). Then be sure to choose the right version of that newspaper from the results list.
Library Databases to Find Even More Newspapers
In addition, some library databases serve as aggregators for newswire articles and newspaper articles from around the country or around the world. As an alternate way to search, choose a newspaper database first, then see if that database has the particular newspaper titles, dates, or topics that you need. Below are some library databases that have business news articles, both current and historical:
The PREP STEP database on library home page provides practice tests online.