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Business 1500 Library Instruction Handouts

Library Instruction Handouts:

   ♦ Business 1500 Library Instruction*
   ♦ Maag Building Guide*
   ♦ Business 1500 Library Instruction Assignment*
   ♦ Guidelines for MLA Citations*
   ♦ Plagiarism*
   ♦ List of Companies*

*Requires Acrobat Adobe Reader


Ticker Symbols

Public companies, which sell stocks to the public, are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to report certain financial information, including annual reports to shareholders and 10-K reports to the SEC. See Thomson Research Services’ Guide to SEC Filings for more information. Public companies have more information available than private companies, which are not required to report to the SEC.

Public companies are assigned a Ticker Symbol as their identifier for stock trading. As a start to your research, find out what your company’s ticker symbol is. Also, determine whether your company is a subsidiary, branch or division of a larger parent company, in which case you may have to search within the parent company reports for information about your company.

Use the following sites to find the ticker symbols for publicly-traded companies:

   ♦ MarketWatch: Symbol Lookup
   ♦ Yahoo! Finance: Symbol Lookup
   ♦ CorporateInformation


Industry Codes

In the United States, there are two primary numbering systems used to identify industries. Because several of the databases allow you to search by these codes, locating the relevant code can be very useful when researching an industry.


NAICS: North American Industrial Classification System

Newer of the two systems and is gradually being established as the standard classification system for industries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is revised every five years.

Standard Industrial Classification Cover
SIC: Standard Industrial Classification

Older of the two systems. SIC numbers are gradually being phased out, but are still used in databases and some print sources. SIC codes have been traditionally used for U.S. industries.


MLA Citation Sources

Visit The YSU Writing Center on the lower level of Maag Library for help with writing papers and citing sources. The resources listed below will also help you with citation format:

   ♦ Guidelines for MLA Citations* (Handout)

   ♦ MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition 
REF LB2369 .G53 2009 - Ask at Reference Desk

   ♦ Citing Business Sources (Maag Library Guide)

   ♦ Modern Language Association: MLA Style
   ♦ Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab: MLA Formatting & Style Guide

*Requires Acrobat Adobe Reader


Business 1500 Library Instruction Presentation Slides



Updated 10-2-2015


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