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Lead by Example

Lead by Example (Assignment 4.07)

Useful Library Resources


Modern and Business-Related

Use "Advanced Search" to search by "Person" - Use "Look Up People" to locate articles tagged with your leader

Use "Document Type" to avoid Reviews/Book Reviews which will be about books about your leader, not the actual person

Search for your leader using quotation marks, such as "Steve Jobs" or "Tricia Griffith"

Use "Document Type" to avoid Book Reviews, which will be about books about your leader, not the actual person

Historical or Non-Business Related

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Special Considerations for Biographical Research

  • People are complex - Find balanced sources that present the good and the bad
  • History changes our perspective - Consider the age of your source and how that might change the way it talks about your leader
  • In their own voice - Autobiographies can be a great source, but balance them against sources not written by your subject
  • From their own perspective - If your leader is member of an indigenous population, ethnic minority, LGBT+ or other identity group, try to locate sources written from this lens (e.g. an article from an LGBT+ magazine, a blog maintained by leaders of an indigenous nation, etc.)
  • Fiction doesn't count - While actual documentaries can be great, biopics (fictional movies or television about real people) are for entertainment only. Never rely on these as factual sources.
  • How common is common knowledge - Common knowledge is information that a reasonably educated person would be expected to know.  For example, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States is common knowledge.  Who he ran against, his motivations during the Civil War, and the circumstances around his assassination, all need citations.

Rolling Ball Theory

Rolling Ball Theory (Assignment 5.05)

Searching for Termination Theories

  • Most companies didn't call it "The Purge" - Consider other ways to describe this, such as:
    • Layoffs
    • Downsizing
    • Plant/facility closures
    • Reduction in force
  • Use all the available tools - When searching in a database, use the Advanced search and/or Thesaurus to help figure out what terms works best. Use limiters such as publication type to narrow further. This topic is most likely to be talked about in news magazines, newspapers, and scholarly research articles.
  • This can be tough - This topic may be harder to find; be sure to give yourself enough time to search!


Useful Resources

Better for general strategies, research on firing, and management articles

In the databases, start with simple searches such as just "downsizing" then use the limiters like publication date to get a more manageable list of results.


Better for news and magazine reporting on actual companies

In these databases a more detailed search may be helpful. If you do not get good results, then make your search less specific.

Evaluating Online Sources

For this topic you may find sources online through management or labor organizations.  Before using something you find online, use one of the methods described on the Source Evaluation Strategies research guide to make sure this is an acceptable source for an academic assignment.