Business Research Database Blog Series: Business Journals in Westlaw

The Emory community has access to a wealth of business research databases. This series highlights many of these great resources, including content and the best applications for classes and career prep.

What you will find

Westlaw Campus Research is very useful for business research as it includes many city business journals, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Crain’s New York Business, and many others.

Log in, select News in the list of sources, and then choose a state.

You’ll see the business chronicle for that state, as well as other news sources.

The default view will let you scroll and browse the most recent articles, or you may search by company name, an industry, or other topic of interest.

Along with the business journals featured in this blog, Westlaw also includes other state news sources, trade journals, and primary and secondary law material.

Use for class projects

Business journals in Westlaw provide targeted coverage of local businesses; often they will have local reporters covering companies more closely than national press sources. If you’re researching a company, try searching the local business chronicle where company is headquartered. You may find interviews with senior leaders or other articles covering business successes or challenges, or features on company sponsorship activity in the local community.  This will provide perspective beyond what you would see in a 10K or annual report, etc.  The business journals are also a good source for researching smaller or private companies that have more limited data available on them.

Use for interview prep

If you’re targeting jobs in a specific city, the  business journals will cover business developments such as firms’ plans for expansion, and those relocating to and from the area. Business Journals cover firms’ diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and highlight award winners for DEI, best places to work, healthy employers, and other criteria.  Along with researching firms and their competitors, business journal articles will also provide industry insights to help identify areas of growth in emerging technologies and other areas. These can all help you identify firms that area a good fit, as well as develop insightful questions for the interview and demonstrate you are interested in the company.

Additional Business Resources

You can also use the Business Research Guide to locate additional business resources, locate tips for how to use them, and understand which are best for your specific research needs.


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