Business Round Table (BURT)

The purpose of the Utah Business Roundtable(BURT)is to provide a forum for information sharing, networking and continuing education for library employees who provide business reference service or are interested in such service. In this forum members will be able to share common problems and concerns. Members will have professional development opportunities such as presenting papers, panel discussions or other activities geared toward the provision of business services.

The Business Round Table was proposed by Leticia Camacho, Brigham Young University Business Librarian and approved by the ULA Board Meeting on Monday, February 3, 2003.

Membership is open to any ULA member, as you join or renew your ULA membership, choose BURT as one of your roundtables. Then send an email to current BURT President-elect to add your address to BURT’s email list. *ULA members may belong to more than one roundtable.



ALA Core Competencies for Business Reference – The web site was created by the members of the BRASS Education Committee to serve as a basic subject guide for answering business questions in a general reference setting in small- to medium-sized libraries.

BURT – The Best Business Resources in the Best Business Topics – The main purpose of this resource is to list the top ten business-related resources in ten different subject areas. The subject areas included in this resource are business directories, company research, industry research, stocks & securities, mutual funds, international business, marketing, product research, small business resources, and tax information. The compilation of this work is a conjoined effort of several members of the Business Round Table (BURT) of the Utah Library Association (ULA).

ALA – Best of the Best Business Web Site – A list of significant business sites.


Awards and Booklists

Best Business Books 2009: Rising Tides – Bios, histories, and books on the U.S. economy, globalization, and workplace relationships were big business for 2009.

The best business books of all time? Here are the choices of our panel of CEOs and experts. By Justin Ewers

Ewers, J. (2007). Executive picks. U.S.News & World Report

Best Business Books of 2009 by Fast Company Magazine.

Top 10 Small Business Trends of 2009.

Rating and Ranking of Business Journals

The University of Western Ontario Business Library – A list of articles about the rating and ranking of journals in the various business disciplines

Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities – lists nearly 2,000 journals in the subject areas of accounting, economics and finance, management, and marketing

“What Causes a Management Article to be Cited – Article, Author, or Journal?” By: Judge, Timothy A.; Cable, Daniel M.; Colbert, Amy E.; Rynes, Sara L. Academy of Management Journal, June2007, Vol. 50 No 3, p491-506.

“The Number That’s Devouring Science.” By: Monastersky, Richard. Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/14/2005, Vol. 52 Issue 8, pA12-A17.

“The Quest for Citations: Drivers of Article Impact.” By: Stremersch, Stefan; Verniers, Isabel; Verhoef, Peter C. Journal of Marketing, July 2007, Vol. 71, p171-193.

“The Glory and Tyranny of Citation Impact: An East Asian Perspective.” By: Leung, Kwok. Academy of Management Journal, June 2007, Vol. 50 No 3, p510-513.

“Citations to Management Articles: Cautions for the Science About Advice for the Scientist.” By: Ilgen, Daniel R. Academy of Management Journal, June 2007, Vol. 50 No 3, p507-509.

Collection Development

Business Information, How to Find It, How to Use It by Michael Lavin (3rd edition, Oryx Press, 2001) A fundamental text and resource for all types of libraries answering questions in any business discipline. Helpful articles, abstracts of reference sources, and exhibits are included.

Business Information Sources by Lorna Daniells (3rd edition, Univ.of California Press, 1993)

Has long been the classic title in business reference. Daniells is comprehensive, academic, and provides comparisons and critiques for selection purposes.

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (14th edition, Gale, 2000)An alphabetical subject guide to thousands of topics, products, management concepts, and international business sources cumulated in a large reference work. It is a triannual publication that arranges sources by types (i.e. handbooks and manuals, periodicals, research centers, statistics). Contains useful cross-references and has extensive subject content.

Business Directories

Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies

A good source of information on private companies, Ward’s includes contact information, size, sales figures, and executive information for more than 114,000 U.S. companies.

Standard and Poor’s Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives

Lists contact information and the names of officers and executives for 75,000 corporations. Also includes 70,000 biographical sketches of top-level managers.

Mergent Online

Includes basic contact information, as well as financial information for more than 15,000 publicly held companies. An international archive provides information on 20,000 international companies. The US Company Archive also contains information on companies that have gone bankrupt in the last several years.

Lexis Nexis

In the company profile section of LexisNexis you can search several business directories at once. Sources include Standard and Poor’s Register of Corporations, Hoover’s Company and Industry Reports, and US Business Directory.

Yahoo’s Directory of Business Organizations

Reference USA

This database contains detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses, 683,000 U.S. health care providers, and 1 million Canadian businesses. The modules available will differ from library to library. A good source for directory information about privately-held companies.

Thomas Global Register

A directory of 500,000 manufacturers and distributors from 22 countries, classified by 10,500 products and services categories.

Thomas Register of American Manufactures (print and electronic)

Provides information on American manufactures. A good resource for business to business information needs. Also provides a means to trace a brand name back to its manufacturer.

An online Utah business directory.

Business Resource Guides

Product Research



Market Research

International Business

Tax Information Resources

Company Information

Industry Research

Stocks, Bonds and Other Securities

Mutual Funds

Small Business Resources


Chair, Leticia Camacho
Management & Accounting Librarian
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
1211 HBLL, Provo, UT 84663 Work Phone: 8014221970

Dale Larsen
Vice-Chair, Chair Elect
J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
295 S. 1500 E.
Salt Lake City Utah 84112
Work Phone: 8015818323

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