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Research Guide for DBA Students: Introduction

The librarians assist with: Selecting databases • Creating searches • Finding scholarly & peer-reviewed articles • Locating ebooks • Narrowing search results • Using program research guides


The librarians can support you, each step of the way, with personalized reference service available on:

  • How to access and use the CSU Library.
  • Constructing a strategy to create a peer-reviewed literature review with library resources
  • Using free personalized database folders.
  • Brainstorming keywords and recommending limiters to use.
  • Locating the dissertations and theses that support and inform your research process.

Library Services

The CSU Library contains resources to support your success as a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student.

Let us know who you are and what you think your area of research will be. Feel free to ask us lots of questions. The librarians are here to help.

This Guide focuses on library and web-based research resources that have graduate level content to support your doctoral process. This guide:

  1. clarifies how and where to find content on research methodologies and specific research instruments;
  2. details how to access relevant dissertations in both the library and open access online;
  3. explains where and how to access graduate level electronic journals and e-books to support your developing literature review;

Also see our guide Writing the Dissertation or Research Project.

Your research in the library and in the open access web based resources will take time and form the basis for your dissertation or research project. As professionals working in business administration operate in all sectors of our communities, it makes sense to search in a broad range of resources that we have in the library and in credible content that we can direct you to on the Internet. All of the resources inside the online library provide relevant full-text content that is credible and freely accessible. And there are useful Internet-based tools such as Google Scholar that will help you find content that is relevant to your research. We can help you determine if the content you find using such tools are available free and full-text in our library collections.

The level of research needed for graduate and post-graduate research is different than for other levels of programs. Of interest to the academic researcher are:

  • Samples of persuasive prospectuses and proposals,
  • Sample methodologies and research instruments,
  • Articles and research with a high lexile reading level,
  • An imperative for scholarly peer-reviewed research journals,
  • Citation analysis on an author’s work or their theory or applied methodology.

The librarians can help you access and help you find these and other formats to support your research process.

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