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Aiming at business librarians, this paper outlines and evaluates general business databases commonly used in academic libraries. The evaluation is based on the authors’ practical experience. It is by no means an exhaustive study because of the limited availability of databases at the authors’ institutions. Furthermore, due to the rapid change in electronic publishing business, some of the facts might have already been out-of-date at the time this paper is published, e.g., user interfaces. Nevertheless, the authors hope that this paper may help librarians make decisions when dealing with business database subscriptions.


This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article originally published in Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, available at



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