Subject Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Guide

When to Use This Guide

Use this guide when you are looking for successful models on how to establish and fund a new business. Successful entrepreneurs and successful new business ventures are widely studied and analyzed to reveal the elements of their success, including business methods, strategies, and even personality traits of entrepreneurs.

Finding General or Background Information on Entrepreneurship

The following resources will be useful for gathering background information on entrepreneurship.

Subject Headings for Finding Information on Entrepreneurship in the Book and Media Catalog

Finding Articles About Entrepreneurship in Research Databases

Business Source Complete
Search by keywords or subject terms to find newspaper, magazine, and scholarly business journal articles. Includes abstracts from the Wall Street Journal and full-text articles from magazines like Fast Company and Inc., all of which are useful publications for entrepreneurs.

Contains a large collection of scholarly business journals with numerous articles on entrepreneurship.

Business Insights: Essentials
Search for information on companies and industries, as well as articles from various business publications.

LexisNexis Academic
In the "News" section in the left-hand column, select "Business & Industry."

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Provides current economic statistics and trends, as well as surveys and papers on various fields and business topics useful for the entrepreneur.

Selected Web Sites

US Small Business Association (SBA)
This government site is a major entry point for information on starting and running a small business. Includes excellent tutorials, news, research, links to business opportunities, lenders, other government agencies, and more.
A content-rich web site, sponsored by Entrepreneur magazine. Includes How-To Guides, steps for starting a business, a small business encyclopedia, and more.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
A division of the Department of Commerce, MBDA provides funding for minority-owned businesses. The site features a database of minority-owned firms, contract and funding locators, federal news, a research library, and success stories. Registration (free) is required for some services and tools.
A joint venture between the non-profit Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, this organization is working on best practices of entrepreneurship to aid in economic growth around the world. Be sure to use the "Resource Center" tab to find entrepreneurial topics, as well as research and academic topics. Also includes a good list of entrepreneurship resources.

Edward Lowe Foundation
A non-profit Michigan-based organization that provides services primarily to “second-stage” business owners, the site features topic-based articles by real world entrepreneurs. See the "Entrepreneurship's Resource Center."

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a partner with the SBA and has 11,000+ volunteer retired executives who provide free counseling to small business owners. The site includes a Learning Center, Business Toolbox, a mentor locator, links to small business services, and more.

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