Library and web resources relevant to this class.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015
Find a wide variety of industry reports, company profiles and market statistics from both free and fee-based sources.
- US Census - Business & Industry
Provides access to a wealth of economic and business data collected by the US Federal Government.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Provides reports and statistics on the U.S. labor market.
- Design Observer
An extensive online community, discussion forum, news source, archive, etc. about design’s role in society, culture, and change.
Provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits. Also publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services.
Provides market research reports on a variety of topics. Register for a free account to get unlimited access to abstracts and tables of contents. Full reports available for an often hefty fee.
- Marketing Charts
Provides free, downloadable marketing charts and spreadsheets. Covers all marketing topics, from leading industry sources.
- How to Perform a SWOT Analysis
Provides both a description and an example.
Provides documents and resources for small business professionals.
- everystockphoto search engine
A search engine for free photos from many sources. Includes licensing information.
- Business Insights: Global
Investigate investment opportunities, research companies and find parent-subsidiary relationships, explore market and industry information, SWOT reports, investment reports and business associations, analyze and compare data with interactive charting tools, study product and brand information and compare companies within an industry. Find articles published in reputable business journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers.
- Business Source Premier
Includes industry and country profiles, as well as company SWOT reports produced by Datamonitor and other respected companies. Find articles published in business-oriented academic and trade journals, magazines and newspapers. Includes full-text for the Harvard Business Review and hundreds of other publications. Access restricted to current WOU students, faculty and staff.
- MRI+ Mediamark Internet Reporter
Provides U.S. consumer demographics affiliated with a wide range of products. You must register for a free individual account with your WOU email address the first time you use it. Once you have an account, you will need to log in to MRI+ with your individual account each time you use it.
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
Provides full-text access to statistical data contained in sources published by agencies of the U.S. government, major international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, state government agencies, and universities. Useful for obtaining authoritative statistical data on a wide range of topics, such as: national income and production, retail and wholesale trade, interest rates, and economic indicators.
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People
Call Number: NK1510 .W45 2011
Combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you'll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.
A Designer's Research Manual
Call Number: NC1001.6 .V57 2009
Provides a comprehensive manual for designers on what design research is, why it is necessary, how to do research, and how to apply it to design work.
Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design
Call Number: E-Book (ebrary)
Publication Date: 2004
Explains the key terms and theories that underlie design research; examining the importance of audience, communication theory, semiotics and semantics. Features case studies that demonstrate how the use of rigorous research methods can form the basis of effective visual communication and design problem solving.
Design Research: Methods and Perspectives
Call Number: TA174 .D483 2003
Introduces designers to the many research tools that can be used to inform design as well as to ideas about how and when to deploy them effectively.