Answered By: Sara H.
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2023     Views: 153

General Background Information

  • Biography Reference Center may contain reference articles on prominent executives. Access this via the Dictionaries & Encyclopedias link on the library homepage.
  • You may find basic background such as a person's birth date, their first job, and quotes from them about their management style in a popular magazine article or a high quality website.
  • You may be able to find the person's personal or official blog.
  • The company website may have information about the person.
  • A business newspaper or magazine may have interviews or a profile of the person.
  • Business articles may focus on a prominent business person's background, or analyze their management style.


Articles from Library Business Databases

  • On the library homepage, at the Subject Guides menu, select Business, Management & Economics.
  • Within that guide, visit databases such as Business Source Complete, ABI/INFORM, or Gale Business Insights.
  • Within those databases, try searches combining the executive's name and their company. For example, "Jeff Parker" AND Kroger.
  • To eliminate popular and trade magazine articles from your results, click Scholarly or Peer Reviewed to the left of your search results.


Local and Regional Executives

  • Local and regional newspapers will be your best sources of background on these executives. For example, if you want to research the executives of Stewarts Shops, the Albany Times Union, Schenectady Gazette, Saratogian, and Troy Record would be good resources.
  • To search newspapers, click the Newspapers link on the library homepage.
  • Try the Regional Business News database, and the New York State Newspapers database, or try regional newspapers for the area of the country where that business is located.
  • Within each database, search for your topic. For example: "Stewarts Shops" AND "Gary Dake" 


Web Resources

Finally, here are some websites that may be useful in your search for biographical information about business owners and executives.

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