Background reading is an essential starting point to any research project. The purpose of background reading is to get an overview of your topic, and to begin to become acquainted with the key terms, names and events associated with your topic.
A good place to begin your background reading is to find and read an article in a subject-specific reference book. The Berntsen Library collects reference books in both print and online formats.
*Note: Reference books are considered tertiary sources and are not typically referred to or cited in research papers.
This fourth edition of the popular and bestselling Collins Dictionary of Economics has been thoroughly revised for the new millennium, and is a valuable reference book not just for students of economics, but for anyone studying economics as part of a business or social science course.
The Routledge Dictionary of Economics, now in its third edition, provides the clearest, most authoritative definition of economic and financial terms available. The book is perfect for students and professionals interested in a broad range of disciplines including Business, Economics, Finance, and Accountancy and all additional subjects where a knowledge of these fields is essential.
Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a 2-vol. complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional expertise as well as that of noted scholars, the contributors include executives, government administrators and scholars from leading business programs from around the United States.
This dictionary should prove useful for those pursuing business courses and for those who need to get to grips with the jargon of the business and management world. It covers all aspects of business from accounting through marketing and organizational behaviour to human resource management.
Increasing economic globalization has made understanding the world economy more important than ever. From trade agreements to offshore outsourcing to foreign aid, this encyclopedia explains the key elements of the world economy and provides a first step to further research for students and scholars in public policy, international studies, business, and the broader social sciences, as well as for economic policy professionals.
Written by an international team of contributors, this comprehensive reference includes up-to-date entries covering a wide range of topics in international trade, finance, production, and economic development from absolute advantage to World Trade Organization dispute settlement. These topics include concepts and principles, models and theory, institutions and agreements, policies and instruments, analysis and tools, and sectors and special issues. Each entry includes cross-references and a list of sources for further reading and research. The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy is an essential resource for anyone who needs to better understand the global economy.
Now you can put thousands of financial topics and terms at your fingertips—with Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary. Here are definitions of all of the concepts, phrases, and jargon you need to understand everything from CNBC and the financial pages to corporate earnings reports.
This invaluable resource gives you clear, accessible, and cross-referenced explanations of a significant number of today's most essential financial terms, including vocabulary related to:
• Banks and banking
• Real estate
From fixed income to financial futures, from bankruptcy and restructuring to venture capital, Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary gives you authoritative, quick-access information to help you get down to business with confidence.