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BA4334 - Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Research sources for the individual research project in BA4334

Search for CSR Topics in Databases

use when looking for articles or books in library databases (formal terminology) - social responsibility of business, corporate investment in communities, sustainable development, stakeholders, business ethics

familiar or often used words - corporate social responsibility, CSR, sustainability, philanthropy

You will also want for article with the name of the company, key officers, products, brands, etc. combined with one of subjects or keywords listed above.

Ex. "Microsoft and social responsibility"

Search Strategies


Finds all the search words

"stocks and bonds" finds results that include both words


Finds at least one search word

"stocks or bonds" finds results that have at least one of these words


Finds results that include a word but do not include another word

"stocks not bonds" find results that mention stocks but do not mention bonds

Combining AND, OR, and NOT

You can combine these "operators" into sophisticated searches.  

(stocks or bonds) and "foreign exchanges" will find results that mention either stocks or bonds, or both, and also include the phrase foreign exchanges


symbols like * or ! added to the end of word will often find variants of the word

export* retrieve results with the words export, exports, exporting

Searching by Subject EBSCO databases, and many others, can be search using subject terms.  This "controlled vocabulary" is the formal language used by the database to cluster articles on similar topics.  Check out the Thesaurus, if available, to find a list of subject words.  Or, take a look at the subjects listed for an article you like. Make note of its subjects and use them to do a new search.

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