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Getting Started

The purpose of this guide is to provide an introduction to the resources available at the Thomas Mahaffey Jr. Business Library for conducting finance research. The landscape of resources available in the subject of finance can appear daunting at first. Finance makes use of information that may vary in format, presentation, and accessibility, and many resources require that users have a basic understanding of finance terms and functions. As an introduction, this guide will not be comprehensive. If you have any additional questions, or you find yourself stuck searching for finance related information, reach out to us by asking a business librarian.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Dictionaries and encyclopedias are always an excellent place to start when beginning to research a topic. They are especially beneficial to understanding the jargon heavy field of finance. Students studying finance will be expected to understand a variety of terms, functions, equations, and acronyms related to business, investment, and finance. The resources described here provide comprehensive and authoritative reference material for anyone who needs to brush up on the meaning of a particular finance term. When performing research with more traditional text searching databases, these resources may also provide inspiration for potential keywords to construct a refined search strategy.

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