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Small Business


Welcome! This guide is designed to help you locate research resources relating to small business. Use the tabs to the left to navigate between different types of resources.

If you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to a URI librarian via the contact information on this page.

General Business and Small Business Reference

Just getting started on learning about small business? These general reference resources will help you learn the terminology and basic concepts involved.


Looking to do more in-depth research about small business? The URI Libraries offer many books which take a highly detailed look at starting and operating a small business. To learn more about how to discover books at the URI Libraries, be sure to check out our Getting Started @ The Libraries guide.

To locate books specifically about small business, conduct a subject search in the URI Libraries Search for any of the following subjects:

  • small business
  • small business -- management
  • small business -- finance
  • entrepreneurship
  • small business & entrepreneurship
  • innovation

These subject headings can also be combined with keywords related to your topic for more specific results.

Not sure where to start? Browse the selected books presented below.

Articles and Databases

Looking to find the most current research relating to small business, or to do historical research about it? The URI Libraries offer access to many databases that can be used to find those materials. To learn more about how to discover journal or newspaper articles through the URI Libraries, be sure to check out our Getting Started @ The Libraries guide.

Not sure which databases to use? Browse the selected list below.

Internet Resources

Still looking for more information about small business? Below you'll find a list of internet resources related to the subject.

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Created and Modified By

Created by Andrée Rathemacher, 7/97.

Modified by Andrée Rathemacher, 9/98 & 4/99; Haillie Posey, 4/11; Mark Matook, 5/18; David Bernardo, 4/20.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.