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Business and Economics

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Information seeking is a process that goes hand in hand with the research process. An information seeking plan helps you map your progress and conduct systematic information searches. Read more about starting your research process in Library Tutorial.

In business and economics, research is published both as scholarly articles and in books. Business and economics research is also published in conference papers. Business and economics are studied and researched both in the national and international context in Finland.

Peer-reviewed international articles are valued in all fields. In many databases, you can limit your search results to peer-reviewed articles. This helps you choose scholarly and reliable sources.


International databases

Access databases via JYKDOK.

  • Write the name of the database in the JYKDOK search box,
    if you already know which database you want to use.
  • To browse available databases, click Search Functions >
    choose Browse for databases > choose Research Area:
    Business and Economics > choose eg. Articles
  • Click "Database interface" to access the database.

Databases usually offer useful search options and filters
like scholarly/peer-reviewed articles filter. A database may have
a thesaurus of its own that you can use to conduct your searches.

International e-materials search

JYKDOK basic search does not include articles, but JYKDOK has a
separate International e-materials search where you can search for articles
from multiple databases at once.

You can limit the search results to peer-reviewed articles. This search is
inaccurate, so for more systematic and specific searches use
the databases.This search is useful if you already know the name of the article,
because you can use it to locate the full text of the article.

Google Scholar

Access more full-text articles in Google Scholar (no paywall)
Log in to JYKDOK with your Jyväskylä university credentials, find Google Scholar in JYKDOK and click Database interface. This lets you access Google Scholar through the university network and gives you access to more articles = articles purchased by the university library, Open Science Centre.

Keep in mind that

  • Google Scholar searches across different disciplines and sources, both scholarly and not scholarly.
  • You are not able to limit your search results to scholarly articles, which makes it harder for you to tell which search results are scientific and reliable.
  • The "Cited by" does not simply imply quality, but rather the impact of the article. The citation number can be high for example for conference papers that are freely accessible online. To evaluate search results, always consider the source: is the article published in a scholarly journal or is the text available through a pre-print archive, for example. Use Publication Forum to evaluate journals and decide which you want to use.


Conference papers

Find both printed books and e-books via JYKDOK.

To find encyclopedias, handbooks or method guides, you can search
e.g. for “research methodology” AND economics.


Books not in our collection may be found via the union catalogue
of Finnish libraries, museums and archives, Finna.

Order books from other libraries using our interlibrary service.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias /
subject terms and search terms


Business profiles

Large database of company information. Company profiles are available also in Business Source Elite database.


Master's theses, dissertations and research archives

Master's theses & 

JYX digital archive

JYKDOK Thesis and dissertations
(In Finnish)

Jyväskylä University theses and dissertations are archived in JYX digital archive.

Theses and dissertations can be searched for via JYKDOK.

Research methodology

Sage Research Methods Online

Handbooks, reference books and encyclopedias on research methods. Useful guides for research
and terminology. Do a search or use the methods map.

See also Sage Research Methods Cases.

Mapping Research Methods

This material is aimed at master's students in humanities, but it's useful for others as well. Click on the words
in the extensive method map to learn more.

MOT Dictionaries

Dictionaries and thesauri in different languages e.g. to help you come up with search terms.


Citing and managing references

Keeping your references organized so that you can cite them appropriately is part of systematic information seeking. Avoid plagiarism by learning to cite your sources properly. By citing your sources you make clear which are your own ideas, and which are somebody else’s. To avoid plagiarism always mention the original source when you

  • Quote someone’s text directly
  • Summarize or explain someone else’s ideas or arguments in your own words 
  • Borrow other people’s text, ideas, research results, illustrations
  • Present facts that are not common knowledge

We recommend that you use RefWorks to manage your references. Take a look at our RefWorks guide.
We also have a detailed guide on How to cite!

Help in information seeking

In any questions related to information seeking in Business and economics, please contact information specialist Tiia Puputti.