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Library Course Guide for: ENTREPRENEURSHIP I

Selected Internet Resources for Entrepreneurship I:

    Business Information:

  • ThomasNet
    ThomasNet includes the Thomas Register. Search/browse suppliers by product/services. Additional tools include CAD drawings. product catalogs, and purchasing tools.

  • ValueResources.com
    Free guide to business valuation resources, industry and company information, economic data, and more.

  • Country Information:

  • CIA The World Factbook
    CIA compiled data on countries and locations including geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues, and reference maps.

  • Patent and Patent Discovery Information (TIPS):

  • Inventing the Future - An Introduction to Patents for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
    Publication from the World Intellectual Property Organization with concise and clear information on patents and patenting.

  • Patents by Michael White
    MIchael White is the patents librarian at Queen's University Ontario Canada; his website for users of the Engineering and Science Library is full of helpful information.

  • Patent Discovery Full-text Search:

  • Google Patents
    Full-text U.S. Patents and Patent applications concurrently ; tool is beta. Patents in USPTO before 1976 can be searched by keyword and images are PDF not TIFF. Search by classification misses documents that do not have classification originally. Search efficiency is dependent on accuracy of OCR scanning to capture terms for indexing. Currently does not include non-US patent documents.

  • Patent Discovery Indexes with Full-text Links:

  • Freepatentsonline
    Search tool for U.S. patents and patent applications together or separately, and European. and Japanese patents and applications; search keywords and/or fields; proximity searching; scroll down to link to PDF; related patents; references in patent. Basic structured search with a form and Advanced search with syntax

  • Scholarly Researching and Writing:

  • The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University
    Purdue University has created free writing help including how to cite print and electronic resources based on styles including MLA, APA, and Chicago.

  • Wrting Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
    These guidelines for engineering writing and scientific writing are designed to help students communicate their technical work. To that end, these guidelines contain advice, models, and exercises for common writing and speaking assignments in engineering and science.

  • A Quick Guide to Citing Using the ACS Style Guide (3rd Ed.)
    Extension of The ACS style guide : effective communication of scientific information, QD8.5 .A25 2006, found at the SciLi Service Desk; examples provided especially for things not covered in the print book.

  • Industrial Classification Codes:

  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
    NAICS is the standard code used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. The NAICS system was adopted in 1997 to replace the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.

  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
    SIC was the original system for assigning standard codes for categories of business and industry activities (1987 is last version published).

  • NAICS to SIC code conversion tool
    (LogisticsWorld)