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MRCH 4600: Senior Seminar

Concentrated study of factors influencing the transitional process from career academics to career implementation.

Senior Seminar Resources

The databases listed below can be found at the U of M Libraries Databases page.

Business Source Premier - Provides full text for over 2,800 scholarly business journals.

Small Business Collection  - Search journal articles & trade publications for information on small business. 

Business Insights: Essentials  - Provides full text for more than 2,800 business publications. Sources include academic journals, trade publications, magazines, newspapers, industry and product reports, monographs, SWOT analyses, and more.

PsycINFO 1887-Present - Huge database on psychology which includes consumer behavior and psychographic analysis.

IBISWorld - Includes industry research reports that provide a strategic insight and analysis for over 1,000 US industries.

 Census of Governments - Includes information on finance, payrolls, taxes, and expenditures for state & local governments.

Analyze a geographic area using Census Tract Data:

  1. The process starts with the Bureau of the Census American FactFinder
  2. Locate a Census Tract by doing an "Address Search" on the right hand column of the American FactFinder homepage.  Enter an address near where you wish to start your business. Copy down the Census Tract number.  If you wish to get data for more than one census tract, repeat these steps and note down the tract numbers. Close the box with the grey border.
  3. From the left hand side of the page select the light blue "Topics" bar.
    1. When it expands, click on "Dataset".  Select "2015 ACS 5-year estimates".  "Your Selections" box in the upper left corner should have 2015 ACS 5-year estimates listed with a blue and white X at the end.
    2. In the same box, click Product Type and then click Data Profile.  Close the box with the grey border.
  4. Next select your geography.  Click on the light blue "Geographies" bar. Click on the "List" tab. Under Geographic Type, select "Census Tract".  Now select your state, county, and census tract number. To select multiple census tracts press the Ctrl key and click on the desired tract numbers. Click "Add to Your Selections". The selected Census Tract number/s will appear in "Your Selections" box on the top left of the page. Close the box with the grey border.
  5. On the Search Results screen select the first four results DP02-DP05 for Demographic, Social, Economic, and Housing characteristics for the Census tract/s. Click "View" to see the tables. Use the dark arrows on the top right of the page to scroll between tables. You may print or download tables by using the appropriate buttons.

FedStats - A gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Wage Estimates for Memphis Metropolitan Area

Bureau of Economic Analysis-Commerce Department

Statistical Abstract

Small Business Resource Center - Consult this database for articles on all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes. Also includes sample business plans. - Business USA guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business. - A gateway for women-owned business selling to the federal government.

Minority Business Development Agency - Provides business education information, services, and helps minority business clients obtain contracts and capital awards.

Sample Business Plans - Free sample business plans.

Small Business Administration The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses with an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. Check out the Local Assistance tab.

Business Plan - How to create a business plan (Powerpoint)

Google - The official search engine for the federal government.

Open Directory Project-Retail - This is an excellent source of websites dealing with Retail Merchandising.

APA-Online Writing Lab

APA Style Manual  Print version kept behind the Research and Information Services Desk on the 1st floor of McWherter Library

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