Business Research Competencies

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Endorsed by the SLA B&F (Special Library Association, Business & Finance Division) Executive Board, June 8, 2020

Approved by the RUSA Board December 9, 2019

Approved by the BRASS Executive Board, November 19, 2019

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Business Research Competencies, Task Force:

Annette Buckley

Research Librarian for Business & Economics, University of California, Irvine

Representative of BRASS

Rahn Huber

Librarian IV for Business; Senior Lecturer in Management (Retired), Vanderbilt University

Representative of Special Libraries Association (SLA)

Shana Gass

Business & Economics Librarian, Towson University

Representative of BRASS

Business Research Competencies, Document Contents:


Foundational Competencies

I. The Business Information Environment

II. Business Research Strategies and Techniques

Topical Competencies

1.0 Disciplinary Research

2.0 Company and Organization Research

3.0 Industry Research

4.0 Market Research

5.0 Finance Research

6.0 Economic and Regional Research

7.0 Advertising Research

8.0 Accounting and Auditing Research

9.0 Legal Research

10.0 Tax Research


APPENDIX 1: Business Information Producers and Providers

APPENDIX 2: Document Development

Citing the Business Research Competencies

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