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Research Guide: Business - General Resources

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(Note: Off-campus access for this database may require an additional username and password. Please contact the SCC Library. Off-campus access is only available to SCC faculty, staff, and students, so please have your SCC ID number available).
Comprehensive company database featuring over 43,000 companies. Executive profiles, detailed company fact sheets with financials and more.
Business Insights: Essentials
Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.
EBSCO Business Databases
Search 3 databases at once! Business Source Premier, Academic Search Premier, Regional Business News. Scholarly business journals and other sources, including 1,125 peer-reviewed business publications.
Small Business Reference Center
Offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. Includes videos interviewing business owners, as well as state specific resources.
EBSCO General Databases
Search 10 databases at once: Academic Search Premier, TOPICsearch, MasterFILE Premier, Military & Government Collection, MAS Ultra - School Edition, Vocational and Career Collection, Associates Programs Source, Newspaper Source Plus, GreenFILE, and News (AP, UPI, etc.) Collection. Find journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

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Recommended Books
Title Location Call Number
Black's Law Dictionary Reference KF156 .B53 2014
Introduction to business law Stacks KF390.B84 B43 2013
Grievance Guide, 13th Ed. Reference  HD6972.5 .G74 2012 (Labor Law information)
Start Your Own Business Stacks HD62.5.E559 2010
How to Start A Business in South Carolina Stacks HD62.5.H68554 2007
Encyclopedia of American business Reference HF3021 .E53 2011  2 vols.
Code of laws of South Carolina Reference KFS1830 1976 .A2 BDR24

Example Subject Headings: accounting, business, commercial law or business law

Call Number Range

  • HF 5601-5689 (Accounting)
  • HF 5001-6182 (General Business)
  • KF (Law)
Library Catalog
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Primarily good for finding books.
Books are usually about broader topics than articles, so you may need to broaden your search terms (ex- instead of "texting" perhaps search for "cell phone use").
Books are not going to be as up-to-date as articles because they take longer to publish.
See which library the book is located in, and what section.
Be sure to write down the book's call number!
eBook Collection (EBSCO)
Search the full-text (every word on every page) of over 120,000 books - completely electronic
E-Book Hint:: On the search page, check the box "Also search within the full text of the articles" to search within the text of the book to get more results.
Note you can only print 10 pages at a time - only print out the important pages
For citation information: click on "Detailed Record" in the left sidebar when viewing an e-book. You will need this information later on!
Ebook Central (Proquest)
Search entire books available online.
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Federal Government Agencies:

** "helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services from federal, state and local agencies. is an official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration."

Small Business Administration: Small Business Planner

U.S. Dept. of Labor

OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

IRS (Internal Revenue Service) - Business Section

Dept. of Commerce: see various bureaus under their jurisdiction such as the International Trade Administration (ITA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and many more.

EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

See all Executive branch agencies:

Code of Law -- read the laws themselves...

SC Code of Laws: provides searchable access to the South Carolina Code of Laws. Some changes may take place immediately during any sitting of the South Carolina Legislature. Federal Laws & Regulations

Other Helpful Websites: provides legal information for legal professionals, businesses and general public. Search engine for finding general legal information. Public service site with links to United States and state resources for Equal Employment Opportunity Law.

National Labor Relations Board

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Last updated: 03/05/19