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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 using business research tools, with students focusing on locating an article with a business perspective about sweatshops. 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. (5 minutes)

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

    • Popular
    • Trade/Industry
    • Directory
    • Scholarly

Discuss the value of each format of information. Ask students to consider the date the article was published (recent news or historical - both might be relevant). Highlight that the goal for today is to find one popular or scholarly article about sweatshops; this article will be necessary to complete their assignment the following week.  (8 minutes)

Finding Business Information





Business Insights: Global

Business Insights: Global

Business Insights: Global

Business Insights: Global

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic

Wall Street Journal

  1. Briefly introduce Business Source Complete as a database that can be used to find all four types of information (popular, scholarly, trade/industry, directories). Today students will be focusing on popular and scholarly sources about sweatshops. Go through some search strategies: use AND to connect ideas, read keywords, and pay attention to the publication title and type. (5 minutes)

  2. Start with a search for sweatshops. Show how to pull out different aspects of the topic using keywords. You might also do a directory search or pull up articles about companies mentioned to contextualize the article. (5 minutes)

  3. Have students email or save the article they found. (25 minutes)

Homework / ePortfolio Assignment:


See attached PDF below.

Pratical links and sources

Link to First Year Seminar Library ePortfolio page

This page exists in every students' ePortfolio (under College Connections). You can use this to show them the Library's presence in ePortfolio.

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