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Encyclopedias: Every Business Should Have One

Aug 17, 2007
Encyclopedias are not just for libraries and schools, but can be useful in the business world as well. Business encyclopedias focus on information that is pertinent to the corporate world, giving information on a variety of topics. Similar to any general encyclopedia, business encyclopedias contain factual information in a number of volumes and with diagrams and photos. These encyclopedias are used by a number of people in the corporate community, from just graduated first timers to experienced high level executives. The knowledge offered in these encyclopedias covers all areas of business and leave the reader with new information that will help them become successful in their business endeavors.

One of the most helpful elements of business encyclopedia is the way in which information is explained. The dozens of business terms defined in these encyclopedias are written in so that just about anyone can understand the definition. Charts and illustrations help to make each definition easier to comprehend. Also, industry profiles usually appear in such encyclopedias and are presented in an easy to understand way. Along with company profiles are sections that define the current status of some of the most popular companies in a give industry. This section may also include biographies on some of the biggest past and present players in business. In some cases business leads can be found in certain business encyclopedias and can be used to help start or to re-vamp a business.

Accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, operations, strategy, and technology are only a few of the topics that would be covered in a business encyclopedia. Besides being available in hard copy, many business encyclopedias can be found on CD or online at sites such as RefDesk, InfoPlease or Thomson-Gale's Goliath. These CD or online encyclopedias may also contain supplementary information such as recent business news or consultant information. On online encyclopedias there may be a list of categories that help make searching out your answer easier and when certain definitions of topics are searched on business encyclopedia sites, articles relevant to the search topic become available.

Business encyclopedias come in general and specific forms. Some of the most recent editions include information on marketing with e-mail, how to write HTML, how to use keywords and SEO. There are encyclopedias that are specific to small business that contain profile success stories and consultation on how to run a small business, which can be a daunting task. They also include information on computerization, selling your business and leadership techniques. Other encyclopedias focus in the arts and offer information for individual trying to make it is the art industry and the lawyers who represent them. Craft businesses also have their own encyclopedia that contains information on laws and taxes that specifically affect the craft industry. Business encyclopedias may even go as specific as to focus solely on one area of business, such as Keynesian economics.

The information offered in business encyclopedias can be used for those in business school, starting a business or those who simply need a refresher on certain business terms or subjects. To have an encyclopedia in the office or readily available online is helpful when those little questions come up about how to handle a certain situation or the exact definition of a certain term. Also, a business encyclopedia would be a good place to begin the learning process for someone on a business career path. Every business should have an available business encyclopedia to keep its employees educated and its customers satisfied.
About the Author
Sarah Deak is a contributing business writer for http://goliath.ecnext.com. Goliath is one of the Internet's largest collections of business research, news and information.
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