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Strategic Info Technology


Don't Get Caught Breaking the Rules of the Game


You'll be ejected if you use an educational case study as an underlying source.  Educational case studies are often found in books, published seperately by academic presses or sometimes presented in journals.  For instance every issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a "HBR case study".  Most issues of Computerworld include "Trouble Ticket" cases.  These case studies often present real life scenarios or hypotheticals and are accompanied by expert commentary.  Cases found on sites such as these will be considered fouls:






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Choosing a Compelling IT Challenge


Browsing professional or scholarly magazines focused on information technology is a good way to identify a target organization that has tackled or solved a tough business problem with the astute deployment of technology. 

Professional and trade magazines are more likely to publish articles about the implementation or adoption of a product by an organization, whereas scholarly journals more often publish research on the success, failure and consequences of technology strategies.

All of the following recommended sources are available in Business Source Premier.

  • Computerworld (professional)
  • Information & Organization (scholarly)
  • Information Management Journal (professional, records management)
  • Information Polity (government use of information management)
  • Information Economics & Policy (scholarly)
  • Information Management (trade)
  • Information Systems Management (scholarly)
  • Journal of Managment Information Systems (scholarly)


You may prefer to search for a case study or interview about an organization's use of technology to solve a business problem.  The suggested Keywords, Topics and Subjects in the left hand bar may yield fruitful results when combined with the words " technology" and "case study" or "interview." 

Another way to find notable information technology projects is to search for award winners.

Be sure to avoid the use of educational case studes such as those occassionally published by Harvard Business Review.

You're Not Done Yet!

Once you've found an interesting business problem that lends itself to a IT solution you need to learn more about the business issue in general and gather background information about the organization facing the challenge.

Company Background Info

The following sources provide basic descriptive company information with links to recent news items.

Lexis Nexis Academic Select the "Business" tab and then "Company Dossier"

Datamonitor  Reports only, without recent news.

Mergent Only includes publically traded companies

Business Problem Research

Find articles in both professional business publications and scholarly business journals on the defined problem.  You can expect to try multiple searches for the terms, tags, keywords, subjects and descriptors capturing the essence of the problem.  More than one database is listed because you may get what you need but not what you want at one database.  Shop around for the perfect publication!

ABI Inform

Business Source Premier

Business Full Text

Applied Science & Tehnology  In Subject Area, select AS&T file.

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IT Market Research

Gartner Group Intraweb is a very well respected analyst of trends and developments in information technology.  It's a great source for news as well as reports.  Our academic subscription does not include the full text of all reports.  However you will find useful information by browsing by Industries and Topics.  In the Search Research box type "case study" for a list of recent reports.

APA Citations

There are a variety of tools you can use to create a well formatted APA citation.  Regardless of how you generate your bibliography you will have to become familiar with APA Style because proofing and editing hand typed or computer generated citations is essential to avoid mistakes.

Basics of APA Style Tutorial  You'll probably only need to view the Citing References and Reference List segments.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. The final word only available in print at Falvey Library

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker Unofficial style guide, convenient but not yet updated to reflect the 6th edition of APA

RefWorks a library subscription tool for generating and managing bibliographies.  Allows direct export from library databases such as ABI Inform, Business Source Premier and Business Full Text.

Copy & Paste Method Many of our article databases offer a tool for generating a citation in basic APA or MLA style.  In ABI Inform document view look for the "Cite This" link.  In Business Source Premeri citation view link to the yellow page icon.


Examples of APA Citations

Video or Podcast rules in section 7.07 of the APA Manual.

  • Primary contributor in author position.
  • In parenthesis identify their contribution for example, producer or writer.
  • Copyright year in parenthesis
  • Title in italics
  • Medium in brackets
  • Retrieved from website URL or Location: Label

Villanova University. (Producer). (2009) Orientation at Villanova [Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw4h3IYQlK8

Blog Post rules in section 7.11 of the APA Manual

  • Author last name if available, first initial or screen name
  • Exact posting date
  • Subject line of post, no italics
  • Type of post in brackets
  • Retrieved from website URL

Hauck, L. (2009, October 28). SRDS Lifestyle Market Analyst Now Online:  Featured Business Resource. [blog post] Retrieved from http://blog.library.villanova.edu/blog/2009/10/28/srds-lifestyle-market-analyst-now-online-featured-business-resource/

Images Posted to web sites.  APA does not provide clear guidance on how to cite images, so the general rules for reference components should be followed.  Consistency is important.

  • Author or creator (may not be available)
  • Publication date (may not be noted, use n.d. in parenthesis or c.a. or a reasonable estimation)
  • Title (If not provided, create)
  • Description of form in brackets
  • Retrieval location

Joan Hill [Photograph]. (n.a.). Retrieved from http://www.villanova.edu/business/facstaff/directory.htm?mail=joan.hill@villanova.edu.

Web page following APA guidelines for Informally Published Works section 7.09

History of VSB. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.villanova.edu/business/about/history.htm.






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