Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Library Databases

The following databases include information resources about Business and Commerce and may require a patron ID. Some databases are only available to state of Ohio employees. Also available to Ohio residents via the Ohio Web Library.

Academic Search Complete

The world’s most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.


Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library, including pertinent information for agricultural studies, citations for journal articles, software, audiovisual materials, technical reports, and more.

Business Source Complete

(EBSCO) A scholarly business database providing bibliographic and full text content. Business Source Complete provides full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more. Business Source Complete contains indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886, searchable cited references for many journals, and detailed author profiles for the most-cited authors in the database.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)

OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is the first place Ohio’s college students and researchers go to find the latest journal articles. It contains over 24 million full-text articles in 10,000 journals from large publishers to small presses.

Mergent Online

Mergent Online is a suite of global business and financial information products that provides access to detailed U.S. and international company information including annual reports, institutional holdings, insider transactions, and more.

Ohio Digital Library

A collection of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, and popular magazines in a variety of formats available to download.

O’Reilly Online Learning (formerly Safari Books)

A premier on demand digital library providing over 30,000 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.

Small Business Reference Center

A collection of resources for new and existing small business owners, including online books, industry information, videos, sample business plans and other documents, and state-specific information.


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Bloomberg Business Week

Bloomberg is an American weekly business magazine published by Bloomberg L.P. The magazine was created to provide information and interpretation about what was happening in the business world.

Columbus Business First

Breaking business news in Columbus, updated throughout the day, some of this week's top stories from Business First and other popular features from the print edition. from LinkedIn

Self-directed online learning for technology, business, and creative skills. Access more than 12,000 video courses taught by industry experts to help you stay ahead in your current job or change careers. Log in through your local public library for free access.

Ohio Business Roadmap

The Ohio Secretary of State's office provides detailed information, checklists, and links to additional resources for starting and maintaining a business in Ohio.

Ohio Small Business Development Centers

Ohio Small Business Development Centers provide business counseling and assistance to individuals who are starting or growing their business. Services include free one-on-one business counseling and numerous free or low-cost training sessions as well as help with strategic planning, marketing, and identifying funding sources.

Project Management Institute

The leading not-for-profit professional membership and certification association for the project management profession.

Small Business at

Search handpicked government websites helpful to small business owners. Find loans backed by the government and other funding options. Learn how to grow your business by having the federal government of the United States as a customer. Explore business tools, services, and programs by state or territory.

Value Management Office (Ohio OBM)

This office within the Ohio Office of Budget and Management supports the enterprise by evaluating and reporting on business case investments, projected benefits and program outcomes.

Wall Street Journal Online

WSJ online coverage of breaking news and current headlines from the US and around the world. Top stories, photos, videos, detailed analysis and in-depth reporting.