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Strategic Information Technology

The only real authority on APA style is the manual.  Print copies may be consulted at Falvey Memorial Library.

The following online resources may help creating citations that conform to the APA style.

Research & Documentation Online by Diana Hacker

APA Style Help

Citing Business Databases in APA Style

Citing Business Sources using APA

Almost all of the library article databases have utilities that generate APA citations for you. Look for the  "cite this" icon.  Caution should be used with these utilities as the machine generated citations are not always accurate.  You may need to edit the citation generated.

Refworks is an application that the library subscribes to that facilitates creating and formatting bibliographies.  You can export citations from article databases and organize them in this application.  Register with your Villanova email user name and password, check out the online tutorials or contact me or another librarian for help.


Finding a technology, system or application to research

In addition to consulting course materials and discussion, regularly browsing trade and professional journals is a good way to find a timely application, system or technology making waves in the business community.


Information Management





Browsing the technology section of general business publications may also net good topic options.

WSJ Tech

CNN Tech

BusinessWeek Technology

Market Research

Market research reports generally descibe competitive forces, trends and outlook while offering analysis and statistics.  They provide nice orientation to the topic.

Gartner Group Intraweb Allows searching and browsing by industry served, technology catagory and topic. This subscription is funded by UNIT.  We do not have access to all reports, but this is nevertheless a goldmine.

Mintel Technology coverage is limited to consumer devices and applications.

Reference USA Provides access to Datamonitor, BMI and Freedonia reports on technology industries.  Rather broad in scope for this project.  Link to International Businesses and browse by Industry.


Company Reports

For brief company discriptions and histories the following sources are recommended


Hoovers Company Records


These article databases include both scholarly and trade or professional publications.

ABI Inform

Business Source Premier

Business Full Text

If you are interested in a particular industry use the Subject Guides or Databases A-Z to identify additional article databases to search. For example, I am interested in how ebooks will change library services.  I will search Gartner, the business databases above, LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts) and Library Literature.  The following PowerPoint (without audio) offers a sample search strategy.


lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 222


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