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MBA Resources

This research guide helps to make it easier to find the resources you need for research during your MBA courses.
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Michael Manasco
Room 125, behind the Reference Desk

Electronic Resources Librarian

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Laura Slavin
M. Louis Salmon Library
Office #338

Research in pursuit of the MBA: Connect with your Business Librarian

Fundamental information literacy skills, such as critical evaluation of document authority, credibility, and relevancy are necessary for all academic disciplines; however, more advanced courses eventually demand a familiarity with unique information needs and data formats. While basic research in undergraduate business administration courses may require consulting journals and even company financial data or industry profile reports, the MBA program puts an emphasis on refining skills in leadership, management, and more advanced research skills. At UAH, we have access to some great tools and resources to not only provide the information you seek, but also help in analyzing and organizing that data. 

Whether exploring company financials, industry profiles, or diving into best practices in popular trade journals, our goal at Salmon Library is to offer an efficient research experience with our resources, but also to connect with you on an individual basis to develop unique search strategies for your project. From trade journals to SEC filings, industry snapshots to market trends, or even exploring Think Tanks on public policy, I can work with you as a research partner on a variety of topics!

As your Business Librarian, I am happy to tailor a one-on-one session with you,  either in person or via a virtual platform. Just email me at:, or give me a call at 256-824-6965, and we can work out the details regarding your information needs!

Helpful Tools

Helpful Tools for your MBA Research

This guide provides research tips and tools that will help you navigate research during your MBA courses. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Michael Manasco or Laura Slavin. Also, the library provides in depth one-on-one instruction sessions on the research topic of your choice. Fill out this form and a librarian will meet with you to help!

On this introductory page, you will find tips on navigating our catalog, called Primo Pathfinder, to find books, journals, and more. 

Primo Pathfinder

What is Primo Pathfinder?

Primo Pathfinder is our library catalog and search tool. allowing you to search print and e-books, electronic resources and more, all in one place.

Why should I sign in?

Signing in will allow you to:

  • Renew library materials
  • Create favorites lists
  • Request from other libraries using InterLibrary Loan

How do I search for items in the catalog?

The easiest way to start using Primo Pathfinder is to enter in a simple search in the search box. Then, use the left facets to narrow your search to items within the library, a particular time period, and there are many more options. Remember, Primo Pathfinder has millions of records, so narrowing your search as much as possible will help you find the most accurate results. Try using the Advanced search as well where you can put in multiple search terms and use Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT to help you find your research topic. 

Once you see a book or article that is of interest to you, click on the book or article title to go into the complete record. There, you will see listed databases that you can select to take you to the item or the location of the physical book in the library.

If you are working on a complex research project, make a note of the names of some of the databases you see and visit our alphabetical list of databases to find even more books and articles that will help you.

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