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ENGL 151R: Report Writing (+ Business Plans): Home

This research guide is intended for students who are preparing a business plan for the Report Writing course (or any Business course). You will learn about the library tools that are available to you for your research. Please use the tabs to explore different library resources. Tabs tagged with a professor's name include information specific to their class or an assignment.

The tab entitled Researching Parts of the Business Plan, provides resources for specific items that you may need to address in a business report, including statistics and demographic information, real estate properties, business licenses & forms, competition, local business information, consumer information, and advertising.

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Subjects: Business, Paralegal

**NEW** Database: IBISWorld Industry Research!

The NCC Libraries now offer students, faculty, and staff access to the IBISWorld Industry Research database! IBISWorld provides an extensive collection of reports, with insights, comprehensive data, and in-depth analysis for thousands of global industries. Here are just a few of the features: 

  • A broad overview of each targeted industry
  • Product and market segmentation
  • Cost structure benchmarks
  • Competitive dynamics
  • Supply chain map
  • Outlook on the regulatory environment
  • Macroeconomic drivers
  • Five-year forecasts
  • SWOT analyses
  • Global, national, and state-level data
  • Downloadable reports in PDF, Word, and Excel format
  • Graphs, charts, and maps that can be used in presentations.

Click here to try the new IBISWorld Industry Research database now!

Research Basics at NCC Tutorial

First time doing research at NCC? Need a quick review? Our Research Basics at NCC tutorial covers choosing a topic, choosing sources, finding books and articles using the library's resources, using other information sources, and citing sources in more detail. 

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