Answered By: Heather Dodge
Last Updated: May 12, 2015     Views: 19

Hi Gabriella, 

First, I would definitely use the databases Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) or Business Source Premier (also EBSCO); the business database will probably have some good articles relevant to your topic. It's on the library's list of databases here. *Be aware that Business Source Premier has some articles w/o full text, which means that you always want to select full-text from the menu on the right when you get to your search results. 

For keywords, I would try things like, "small businesses" and "failure" or "small businesses" and "growth" to start out with. Then, you might want to be a bit more specific, such as looking at "retail stores" and "failure" or "boutique" and "failure" or "restaurants" and "failure." Giving more specific types of businesses will help target your search. *Be aware that oftentimes, especially in articles from newspapers and magazines, you may not see your keywords in the title of the article, so it's worth clicking on those that look interesting and read through the abstract. 

Be sure that you e-mail yourself the articles using the tools menu on right side of your articles. Here's a short tutorial on searching Business Source Premier (or any EBSCO database, for that matter). 

If you're still having problems, e-mail me again, or come into the library. 


Heather Dodge 

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