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2A: Types of Resources

A portal or gateway site is the best place to begin research. These sites, which are intended to serve as "jumping off" points, will lead the researcher to a variety of useful sources that have been selected because of their relevance or quality. A portal site may include thousands of links on a wide range of topics, or may be very specific in scope and point to a small number of resources.

Portal sites may allow keyword searching, provide topical, hierarchical browsing (drilling down) or both search and browse capabilities. Another useful starting point for research is the search engine, particularly those that are subject-specific.

2B: Examples


A U.S. government web site with business information in different categories. Browse, search, and even find local resources. A good place to start to find any business-related government information.

Subject Research Guides: Business

From the Rutgers University Libraries, this business research resources guide -- or portal -- puts the top business research sources in one place. The portal is divided into eighteen sections, including Business News Sources, Job Searching, Market Research, and Financing Your Business. Within each section, there are myriad sites complete with short annotations. Some of the databases listed are only available to the Rutgers community.

Yahoo! Finance

A portal to news, up-to-date ticker quotes, industry data, market stats, expert advice and more. A good starting point for the investor.

2C: How to Find More

The Internet Public Library Subject Collections (IPL)

Core internet resources are arranged by discipline and then by more specific subject area. An option is also available to find associations or serials related to the subject. These sites have been selected and organized by librarians. A link to pathfinders on very specific topics is also available.

Search Engine Guide

This guide indexes over 3,000 directories and search engines. Organized by category and searchable by keyword.


Use BusinessUSA to find resources available near your zip code.

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