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FYS Library Instruction: BTF101 Business & Tech. FYS

This Guide will serve as a depositary for Class Assignments, Handouts, PPT presentations, and other materials that can be used by librarians during one-shot LI sessions and in for credit Library classes.

Learning Outcomes

During one hour Library session students will learn how to

  • find articles by using library databases (teaching two databases is recommended);
  • generate a citation from a database.

Class Assignment

Optional assignment: 

Lesson Plan

BTF 101 - Business

Activity: Profiling the Global Impact of a Company

Location: Computer Lab during Studio Hour



Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops. Business research frequently relies on using often-expensive information products to gain or protect some sort of market advantage or position. This lesson will introduce students to the idea that information is a valuable and essential tool for solving business problems.


This session will result in students gaining hands-on experience working with a variety of business research tools, with students focusing on the global aspects of business. Students will learn the process of using specific business research tools for specific kinds of research, mirroring the type of work they will be expected to perform as part of the workforce.



Core Competencies

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Inquiry & Problem Solving

Information Has Value

Integrative Learning


Global Learning


Slides available here:


  1. Review agenda.(2 minutes)

  2. Think/pair/share: What makes information valuable to people working in the business world? Encourage students to think about things like market research and competitive intelligence, where scarcity and exclusivity might add value. Ask students to consider the research they might do to launch a business or a new product. Discuss how these parameters might also apply to academic research. (10 minutes)

  3. Go through slides, introducing the different types of business information:

    1. Popular

    2. Trade/Industry

    3. Directory

    4. Scholarly

Discuss the value of each format of information. Remember that recency isn't absolute. (10 minutes)

  1. Briefly demonstrate one to two databases, showing how to find information by format (Consider showing Statista or eMarketer for flashy graphs and market data; Business Insights: Global and Business Source Complete each cover all four formats, although BSC doesn't have great directory information... Business Insights and Business Source Complete are both used in the homework assignment):

Finding Business Information





Business Insights: Essential

Business Insights: Essential

Business Insights: Essential

Business Insights: Essential

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

Nexis Uni


Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni

Wall Street Journal

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Show some searches that address the global impact of the businesses, like Royal Dutch Shell and global. Show how to pull out the global aspects of a search (shown in slides). You might also do a directory search, pull up articles about the company, and then show how you scan the articles for keywords. (10 minutes)

  1. Introduce the homework assignment. (3 minutes)


(Optional) Homework / ePortfolio Assignment:


Research Reflection

Today you learned how to find four different kinds of research information.

  1. Choose one of the global companies below to research (stock symbols are in parenthesis).

  • Walmart (WMT)

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS)

  • Exxon Mobil (XOM)

  • Toyota Motor (TM)

  • Apple (AAPL)

  • BP (BP)

  • Alphabet, aka Google (GOOG)


  1. Choose an information format and use either Business Insights: Essential OR Business Source Complete to research your company and its global impact:


  1. Post a screen capture of what you found and briefly answer these two questions on your ePortfolio:

  1. Do you consider the information you found valuable? Why or why not?

  2. What makes information valuable?



Pratical links and sources

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Long Island City, NY 11101
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