MSBA Toolkit

Welcome to Goizueta! Your Business Librarians are looking forward to working with you as you begin your MSBA coursework. 

    Emory database licensing agreements allow student usage for coursework, career preparation and personal enrichment.

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

    Complying with Emory's Honor Code & Code of Conduct 

    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.  

    • According to Emory’s Honor Code you must always attribute accurately and completely all data and excerpts or direct references you include in course research, articles, etc.
    • According to Emory’s Code of Conduct, you can never provide anyone who is not currently an enrolled GBS student access to any GBL electronic resources (i.e. log them in); you can never allow anyone who is not currently enrolled at Emory University access to any electronic resources that are subscribed for use to Emory communities.
    • According to Emory’s Code of Conduct, you can never share your Emory username/id and password with anyone attending Emory or outside of Emory

    You must abide by Emory University's Library Licensed Electronic Resources Conditions of Use Policy.

    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.

    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 your need is 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.

    Free Web Resources 

    Curated Statistical Datasets 

    • Data Freeway Resources - ECDS statistical data sources.  This site lists in one place a plethora of statistical data sources in areas such as: Census, Economics, Healthcare and Criminal Justice.  We recommend you explore this site to see if there might be a quantitative data source of relevance to a project you are working on.  

    Additional Subscription Sources for Business Quantitative Data 

    • 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.
    • Simply Analytics - Create thematic maps, rankings and tables using demographic, marketing, and consumer behavior data; includes Nielsen, MRI and Census data.

    Research Methodology 

    Business Writing Center (BWC) 

    Goizueta's Business Writing Center offers consultations as you work on research papers throughout your time here. These appointments are with BWC consultants who are either graduate students or experienced business professionals.

    Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) 

    The staff of ECDS works with Emory faculty and students to provide expertise, consultation, and technical assistance in the creation of digital projects.  They provide a one-stop shop for anyone at Emory interested in incorporating digital technology into teaching, research, publishing, and exhibiting scholarly work.

    • ECDS’ expertise includes statistical analysis, GIS and mapping, data visualization, text analysis and electronic text encoding, digital publishing, hybrid and online pedagogy, and more.
    • Data Resources and Support: Supports the use of quantitative data for research and teaching; data sources reflect the non-disciplinary nature of data, assisting departments and schools across Emory.  Contact: Rob O’Reilly.
    • Data Freeway Resources

    Email ECDS to set up an appointment, or visit ECDS on the third floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

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

    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

    Your Business Librarians are invested in helping you with your studies. Email to to schedule a one-on-one consultation or email support. 

    The Woodruff Library Building has several areas where you can go for quiet study space.

    The Matheson Reading Room 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.

    Check out the regularly updated schedule of the Woodruff Library Building and the Goizueta Business Library hours.