PhD Toolkit

Welcome to Goizueta! Your Business Librarians are looking forward to working with you as you begin your PhD coursework and your dissertation research. 

Proper Use of GBL and Emory Libraries Databases

Emory database licensing agreements allow student usage for coursework, PhD dissertation research, career preparation and personal enrichment.

See our examples of appropriate and inappropriate use of Emory Libraries databases.

Complying with Emory's Honor Code & Code of Conduct

According to Emory's Copyright Infringement Policy, students, faculty and employees are required and expected to adhere to US copyright law, which restricts reproduction, distribution, and other uses of copyrighted materials.  

  • According to Emory’s Honor Code you must always attribute accurately and completely all data and excerpts or direct references you include in course research, articles, etc.
  • According to Emory’s Code of Conduct, you can never provide anyone who is not currently an enrolled GBS student access to any GBL electronic resources (i.e. log them in); you can never allow anyone who is not currently enrolled at Emory University access to any electronic resources that are subscribed for use to Emory communities.
  • According to Emory’s Code of Conduct, you can never share your Emory username/id and password with anyone attending Emory or outside of Emory

You must abide by Emory University's Library Licensed Electronic Resources Conditions of Use Policy.

Use of Scripts is Strictly Forbidden

Vendor Licenses Prohibit Scripts

Current Emory Libraries’ database licensing agreements strictly forbid using any type of scripts to generate searches and mine content; examples of these databases would be Nexis Uni (a LexisNexis product) and Factiva.  Vendors are very diligent about watching for activity which indicates scripts are being used and they will not hesitate to turn off all access to their database without prior notification.  Running scripts not only puts the university at risk due to noncompliance with the licensing agreement, but it may also result in the vendor denying Emory any future access.

Noncompliance: Intent vs Method

Just to clarify, this is not a question of the intent or purpose for the research; running searches for academic research is not the issue. The noncompliance issue is the method by which you are searching the database’s content, e.g. using a script.

Harvesting Data Legally

If you have a need to harvest data for your research, please contact Ron Harris in order to explore alternative options; for example, Nexis Uni does allow you to pay for a separate licensing agreement that is specifically intended for harvesting content.

One additional point of clarification:  While our licenses do allow for manual searches, most of the vendors do have a record limit, and if you exceed it, they will also turn off access.  It is recommended that even if you are going to conduct manual searches, if your need is a large amount of data, speak with Susan Klopper, Director of the Goizueta Business Library in advance of running your searches so she can let the vendor know.

Conducting Research at Emory

Subscription Research Databases

Science Direct | JSTOR | ISI Web of Science | Wiley | Journals@Ovid | EconLit | Business Source Complete | ABI/INFORM | Dissertations and Theses Full-Text | Databases@Emory (additional Emory Libraries’ databases, e.g. PsychARTICLES, etc.)

Free Web Resources

  • SSRN: Social Science Research Network includes working papers, forthcoming papers, and abstracts covering Leadership, Management, Marketing, Finance, and a breath of business topics.
  • Google Scholar: Google Scholar can be extremely useful resource for your research, but it is not a substitute for searching your academic journal databases, such as Science Direct, JSTOR, etc. Learn how to maximize the power of this tool but be aware of its limitations, too.  Google Scholar cheat sheet | Advanced Google cheat sheet
  • OpenEmory: An open access repository of scholarly articles by members of the Emory faculty, dedicated to preserving and providing access to Emory faculty scholarship.  

Curated Statistical Datasets

  • Data Freeway Resources: ECDS statistical data sources.  This site lists in one place a plethora of statistical data sources in areas such as: Census, Economics, Healthcare and Criminal Justice.  We recommend you explore this site to see if there might be a quantitative data source of relevance to a project you are working on.  

Additional Subscription Sources for Business Quantitative Data

Contact your GBL Area Liaison for discipline specific resource recommendations.

  • Data-PlanetCreate custom tables, charts, maps and graphs from over 35 billion data points sourced from U.S. Federal agencies, NGOs, and research firms.
  • PolicyMap - GIS mapping tool that allows users to manipulate and plot data by geographical location.
  • Simply AnalyticsCreate thematic maps, rankings and tables using demographic, marketing, and consumer behavior data; includes Nielsen, MRI and Census data.

Research Methodology


  • DiscoverE: Emory Libraries’ catalog; always login using your Emory NetID and Password in order to save your searches and take advantage of other advanced functionality.
  • WorldCat: Access to collections in other local, regional national and international libraries

Locating Article Citations and Electronic Journals

Trying to locate an article for which you have a citation? Wondering if Emory subscribes to a particular journal electronically? 

Setting Up eJournal Alerts

All of the academic journal databases allow you to set up ejournal alerts and saved search alerts. To get started, always register, create a personal username and password, and sign in each time you use the database.  See our cheat sheet with tips on setting up your alerts.

Interlibrary Loan

Use Emory Libraries’ ILL to request articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations that are not available as part of Emory’s collections.

Emory Research Centers

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS)

The staff of ECDS works with Emory faculty and students to provide expertise, consultation, and technical assistance in the creation of digital projects.  They provide a one-stop shop for anyone at Emory interested in incorporating digital technology into teaching, research, publishing, and exhibiting scholarly work.

  • ECDS’ expertise includes statistical analysis, GIS and mapping, data visualization, text analysis and electronic text encoding, digital publishing, hybrid and online pedagogy, and more.
  • Data Resources and Support: Supports the use of quantitative data for research and teaching; data sources reflect the non-disciplinary nature of data, assisting departments and schools across Emory.  Contact: Rob O’Reilly.
  • Data Freeway Resources

Email ECDS to set up an appointment, or visit ECDS on the third floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Center for Faculty Development & Research (CFDE)

CFDE supports faculty in the areas of teaching, research, and professional development, offering programs and resources designed to assist faculty at every level of their professional careers. CFDE’s programs include writing groups, teaching consultations, and more. Sign up for the listserv  to learn about forthcoming programs and events.

CFDE is located in the Woodruff Library, Suite 216.

Managing Bibliographic Citations

Emory subscribes to Endnote and Zotero, database programs for managing bibliographic citations. They automate much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies for your research and writing, including connecting to academic journal databases and library catalogs.

Downloading and Using Endnote and Zotero

Check out these Endnote and Zotero detailed guides to learn how to use these powerful tools.

Get started with these cheat sheets: 


Erin Mooney, Woodruff Library’s Education & Outreach Librarian, is our resident EndNote and Zotero expert; she offers free workshops on both of these tools throughout the school year.  Upcoming classes are listed here.

APA Citation Style Guides

APA Style Central (American Psychological Association) 

Use LinkedIn Learning for tips using Word for your research, including citation placement.

Citation Analysis

Emory subscribes to a variety of databases for citation tracking.  This guide focuses impact factors and resources for citation analysis.

Writing and Submitting Your Dissertation

GBS Professor Gregory Waymire has shared the following advice and tips on writing, doing research, and finding a thesis topic.  It is featured on Bill Schwert's website:

The Laney Graduate School has a breath of information on preparing to complete your degree and submitting your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD).

The Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Repository is a joint initiative launched by the Emory University Libraries, the Laney Graduate School, and Emory College.  

Goizueta's Business Writing Center (BWC) offers consultations as you work on writing your dissertation. These appointments are with BWC consultants who are either graduate students or experienced business professionals. 

Scholarly Communications Office

Emory's Scholarly Communications Office assists with copyright and scholarly communication issues, promotes Open Access, and provides support for Research Data Management. 

Services include assistance with author agreements and book contracts, copyright questions, electronic theses and dissertations support, open access publication, permissions, and research data management. Contact with questions. 

Consulting with a Business Librarian

Your Business Librarians are invested in helping you with your studies and dissertation research. Reach out to your area liaison or send an email to to schedule a one-on-one consultation or email support. 

Accounting Susan Klopper
Entrepreneurship Saira Raza
Finance Susan Klopper
Healthcare Susan Klopper
ISOM Nora Wood 
Marketing Susan Klopper
O&M Saira Raza
Real Estate Malisa Anderson-Strait

Library Quiet Space

Fall 2020: Study Rooms are currently closed due to COVID-19

The Woodruff Library Building has several areas where you can go for quiet study space.

The Matheson Reading Room is the ultimate quiet space; it is a very large, open area full of large wooden tables with plenty of outlets for devices and chargers.  It is located on Level 3, across the bridge.

Additional quiet study spaces.

Library Hours

Check out the regularly updated schedule of the Woodruff Library Building and the Goizueta Business Library hours.