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Business Technology at Missoula College

Suggested Library Resources for Business Technology

Students may choose from six Associate of Applied Science degree programs and five Certificate of Applied Science programs. Degree programs include Accounting Technology with a concentration in Computer Support; Administrative Management with a concentration in Social Media Management; Food Service Management; Medical Information Technology with concentrations in Health Information Coding Specialty and Medical Administrative Assisting; Paralegal Studies; and Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, and Sales and Marketing. Certificate of Applied Science programs include Business Media Design, Culinary Arts, Customer Relations, Medical Reception, and Sales and Marketing. The library has a variety of resources in both print and online to support these programs.

Finding Books and Other Items in the Library

Many items in the library are arranged by call number (the number on the sticker on the spine of the item).  Try browsing the call numbers in these ranges for business technology:

  • Business/Office Technology, Management, Marketing: 650-659
  • Culinary Arts: 641-642.8
  • Legal/Paralegal: 342, 344.01, 344.041, 345.01-07, 346.01-07, 347.01-09

The library also has some health care journals in print, though most are available only online.

For Business:

  • Business Week
  • Fast Company
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Kiplinger Tax Letter
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Kiplinger's Retirement Report
  • Montana Business Quarterly
  • OfficePro

For Culinary Arts:

  • Bon Appetit
  • Cooks Country
  • Cooks Illustrated
  • Fermentation
  • National Culinary Review
  • Simply Gluten Free

For Paralegal:

  • Fact and Findings
  • Montana Law Review
  • Montana Law Week
  • National Paralegal Reporter

Developing a Research Question

1. Select a topic that interests you and do some pre-research. Look at course readings and class notes. Find information using Google, Wikipedia, CQ Researcher, or Credo Reference if you need ideas.  

2. Consider the scope of your topic. If it is too narrow, you might have trouble finding enough information. If it is too broad, you can be overwhelmed with information. 

3. Turn your focused topic into a research question. Know that your research question may change slightly depending on what sorts of resources you find. While you should have a topic or question in mind, allow the sources you find, along with your interests, to help shape and refine your topic further.    

Questions to guide the development of your research question: 

  • Is it focused enough to be covered in my paper or project? 

  • Is there enough literature available on this topic? 

  • What is the question that my research is answering? 

  • Am I genuinely interested in this topic? 

  • Is my topic going to be new and interesting to my audience?

  •  How do you determine if a resource has quality, useful information?