Get Oriented Toolkit: GBS Students

Welcome to Goizueta! Your Business Librarians are looking forward to working with you. We've compiled tips for the most frequently requested research databases and services here, to ensure your day one readiness as classes start. 

    GBL licensed apps require you to authenticate as a Goizueta student prior to use. The process varies by vendor, but the end result is the same: once you take a few minutes to set up your account, you’re good to go!  Here's our cheat sheet to get started.

    Business News 

    Read the NYTimesWSJ and your local city’s Business Chronicle

    A note on The Economist:  Currently The Economist will not license the app version of The Economist to the academic community.

    We do subscribe to The Economist 

    Business Books 

    Overdrive Business eBooks and Audiobooks include business books available to listen to on the go.

    GetAbstract contains audio and PDF book summaries.

    Online Learning

    LinkedIn Learning offers many online courses and certificates focused on business and technical topics including data visualization, interview skills, and products such as Excel, R, Tableau, and Adobe Creative Cloud. 

    Meet your Business Librarians

    Begin your research by using GBL’s recommended best practices and pitfalls for conducting credible business research

    Use this Advanced Google cheat sheet to become a power Google searcher. 

    Maximize Google Scholar  on and off campus by customizing your library link.  Follow the tips in our Google Scholar cheat sheet 

    ECDS Data Sources

    We recommend starting here. This curated data collection from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) covers topics including Census, Economics, Health, Public Opinion, and Social Indicators. This resource also includes information about applying statistical and mapping software, such as Python, R, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and ArcGIS for analysis of this data. 

    Emory Libraries’ Databases 

    A number of library databases also include data. We recommend reaching out to one of the business librarians ( to explore which databases are best suited for your research. Examples include:

    • Data-Planet - Create custom tables, charts, maps and graphs from over 35 billion data points sourced from U.S. Federal agencies, NGOs, and research firms.
    • PolicyMap - GIS mapping tool that allows users to manipulate and plot data by geographical location.
    • SimplyAnalytics - Create thematic maps, rankings and tables using demographic, marketing, and consumer behavior data; includes Nielsen, MRI and Census data.
    • TDM Studio - Create and analyze datasets from a selection of ProQuest newspapers.

    The GBL Blog asks and answers many of the questions you have about databases and other business library resources.  Don’t overlook this great resource with Career and other Research Tips, Business Research Databases and Goizueta Interviews.

    Can I locate Harvard case studies and articles in the library so I don’t have to pay for them via

    Unfortunately Harvard Publishing licenses all materials for course readings exclusively through and GBS is legally bound to comply with this requirement.  To learn more about Harvard materials and your course readings and other applications, see this blog.

    Can I find my class textbooks in the library’s collection?

    Unfortunately the cost of annually purchasing updated editions of textbooks is prohibitive and would divert dollars from licensing new databases and other important resources.  Emory Library’s Affordable Textbook and Teaching Materials Initiative includes more information for both students and faculty, including the Course Reserves FLIP Lending Library.   

    For BBAs: the BBA Book Fund offers financial support for course materials; reach out to the BBA Program Office for more information. 

    See this blog for more information.

    Use to locate articles from academic journals that Emory Libraries’ licenses. This is the quickest way to locate a specific article when you have the citation.

    Interlibrary Loan 

    Looking for a book or article not available at Emory? You may request it via Interlibrary Loan.  Fill out the online request form. Articles are often emailed to you directly.  If you're requesting a book, you'll receive an email when it is ready for pick up at the Library Service Desk. 

    Emory database licensing agreements allow student usage for coursework, career preparation and personal enrichment. It is illegal to use Emory Libraries databases for your employer or internship. Both the honor code and Emory policy mandate the proper use of licensed databases.

    According to Emory's Copyright Infringement Policy, students, faculty and employees are required and expected to adhere to US copyright law, which restricts reproduction, distribution, and other uses of copyrighted materials.  

    See our examples of appropriate and inappropriate use of Emory Libraries databases.

    Don’t Plagiarize! Remember your ethical and legal copyright obligations; cite all sources you use in your presentations and reports. 

    Citing Sources in your Slide Decks 

    Giving credit to the sources you reference in your presentation is not only about compliance with copyright laws (database vendors require complete citations as part of their licensing agreements); it’s also a critical part of building credibility and trust with your client.

    For guidelines for correctly citing sources in your decks and bibliographies, see the GBL Citation Guide for PowerPoint presentations and the GBL Citation Guide for papers

    Vendor Licenses Prohibit Scripts

    Current Emory Libraries’ database licensing agreements strictly forbid using any type of scripts to generate searches and mine content; examples of these databases would be Nexis Uni (a LexisNexis product) and Factiva.  Vendors are very diligent about watching for activity which indicates scripts are being used and they will not hesitate to turn off all access to their database without prior notification.  Running scripts not only puts the university at risk due to noncompliance with the licensing agreement, but it may also result in the vendor denying Emory any future access.

    We do have one exception to this, TDM Studio. This database is specifically licensed to allow you to create and analyze datasets from a selection of ProQuest newspapers using Python or R.

    Noncompliance: Intent vs Method 

    Just to clarify, this is not a question of the intent or purpose for the research; running searches for academic research is not the issue. The noncompliance issue is the method by which you are searching the database’s content, e.g. using a script.

    Harvesting Data Legally 

    If you have a need to harvest data for your research, please contact Ron Harris in order to explore alternative options; for example, Nexis Uni does allow you to pay for a separate licensing agreement that is specifically intended for harvesting content.

    One additional point of clarification:  While our licenses do allow for manual searches, most of the vendors do have a record limit, and if you exceed it, they will also turn off access.  It is recommended that even if you are going to conduct manual searches, if you need a large amount of data, speak with Susan Klopper, Director of the Goizueta Business Library in advance of running your searches so she can let the vendor know.

    Group Study Spaces 

    GBL has two study spaces available for GBS students to reserve. Reserve a study space.

    There are additional group work tables in GBL with Solstice and other team sharing technology. 

    You may also reserve group study spaces in the Woodruff Library building. Reserve a group study room.

    Quiet Study Spaces

    The Matheson Reading Room in the Woodruff Library is the ultimate quiet space; it is a very large, open area full of large wooden tables with plenty of outlets for devices and chargers.  It is located on Level 3, across the bridge.

    Additional quiet study spaces.

    Learn more about using library resources during your internship

    Yes, you have access to some library resources after you graduate.