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HON440 - Becker

Business & Society

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Special Topics Paper & Presentation

Each student will complete a two-part project, consisting of a class presentation and a research paper. This project will give you a chance to apply the theories and concepts that you have learned in this class. You will present your research to the class during the final weeks of the course.

Topics must be approved by the instructor. Below are the general guidelines for your paper and presentation; more specific details will be discussed in class.

In-class Library Activity

Part of today's class-time will be identifying resources and locating potentially qualifying articles for your assignment. This activity should get you well on your way to being prepared for the overall project.

Research Process

Suggested Steps

  1. Search the primary academic literature using library databases (Business Source Premier, JSTOR, PsycINFO) to gain background for your topic
  2. Select articles from the primary journals listed below on a single topic related to business and society.  You must find and use ten (10!) different articles from these journals!
  3. Integrate the material from your article. You may also use books, magazines, newspapers, web-based source material, as appropriate.
  4. Your paper should be no more than ten typewritten, double‑spaced pages ‑ you must be concise. The ten page limit is for the actual text of the paper, and does not include the title page, executive summary, tables, figures, or references. Use American Psychological Association (APA) format for research citations. [See "Citations" tab above]
  5. You are required as part of this project, to meet with a staff member of Shippensburg University’s Learning Center at some point in the semester. Please provide documentation of your meeting to the professor.  The campus Learning Center is a valuable resource for gaining information on technical questions related to writing clarity, sentence structure, grammar, tense, format, and APA style.
  6. Develop a concise class presentation around the material that you have researched.

Approved Journals

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If you want to search a specific approved journal title, you can search the following databases individually for each title:
Database abbreviations:

  • ABI = ABI Trade & Industry
  • ASC = Academic Search Complete
  • BSP = Business Source Premier
  • ERC = Education Research Complete
  • MGC = Military & Government Collection
  • PBSC = Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • PsycINFO
  • SC = Sociological Collection
  • SocINDEX
  • VCC = Vocational & Career Collection

Approved Journals Workaround

Off campus Ship users, please test both of the Approved Journals search link options above – if they do not work, then please try this really basic workaround:

((JN "Academy of Management Journal") OR (JN "Academy of Management Learning & Education") OR (JN "Academy of Management Perspectives") OR (JN "Academy of Management Review") OR (JN "Administrative Science Quarterly") OR (JN "Business Horizons") OR (JN "California Management Review") OR (JN "Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research") OR (JN "HRMagazine") OR (JN "Harvard Business Review") OR (JN "Human Relations") OR (JN "Human Resource Development Quarterly") OR (JN "Human Resource Management") OR (JN "Human Resource Management Review") OR (JN "Human Resource Planning") OR (JN "Industrial & Labor Relations Review") OR (JN "International Journal of Human Resource Management") OR (JN "Journal of Applied Psychology") OR (JN "Journal of Business Ethics") OR (JN "Journal of Business & Psychology") OR (JN "Journal of High Technology Management Research") OR (JN "Journal of Small Business Management") OR (JN "Journal of Management") OR (JN "Journal of Organizational Behavior") OR (JN "Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes") OR (JN "Organizational Dynamics") OR (JN "Personnel Psychology") OR (JN "Sloan Management Review") OR (JN "Training & Development Journal"))

Management Databases

Management - Start Here

Management - Specialized Resources

General Resources

These databases contain broad subject coverage which applies to many disciplines.


Citation Formatting

Check out our quick guides for APA, MLA, and Chicago styles and links to some of the better online citation tools.

APA Style

MLA Style

Note: The 8th edition of the MLA Handbook is not yet available at Lehman Library. For guidance to the 8th edition, see the MLA Style Purdue OWL link or the new MLA Style Center link below.

Chicago Style

Associated Press (AP) Style

ASA Style

CSE Scientific Style

Other Citation Styles

Online Citation Tools

These programs allow you to electronically format your sources and create a bibliography that can be downloaded directly into your paper.