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Finance Resource Guide: Find Background Info

Why Use Reference Materials?

Reference Materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful:

  • to look up quick facts and definitions.
  • to provide a quick overview of a topic.
  • to develop vocabulary or keywords for searching.
  • to find suggestions of additional sources.

Terms, Concepts, and Institutions

The Topic Pages below are from the Credo Reference database.  Each topic page typically contains:

  • An encyclopedia article
  • Links to other Credo reference book entries on the topic.
  • Links to other books and videos on the topic.
  • Links to other Credo topic pages for subjects related to the topic.
  • Definitions of, and images associated with, the topic.
  • A list of references.

Search the Credo Reference database for other relevant topic pages.  (A link to that database is in the "Selected Reference Databases" box on this page.)

Electronic Business Encyclopedias

Below are several online encyclopedias which include essays on finance-related topics. Additional electronic encyclopedias and other books can be found in the databases provided on this page. 

Selected Reference Databases

You will find these databases useful for finding facts, definitions, and topic overviews.

Electronic Finance Dictionaries

Below are several finance dictionaries. Search the databases provided on this page for additional business dictionaries.

Electronic Finance Handbooks and Guides

Below are several online handbooks and guides which include essays on finance-related topics. Additional electronic books can be found in the databases provided on this page.