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MBA Resources: Get Started

Using this Guide

This guide is designed to help you navigate library services and resources during your program. If you have difficulty finding what you need among the library's thousands of journals and databases, reach out to a business librarian for assistance. We can guide you through the resources and help you find the information you need for your assignments. We also offer expertise in understanding how information resources are created, produced and disseminated. Contact us through the links in the right column for any questions or assistance.

Using the Library - MBA

Do I have access to articles and data off campus?

Yes! Even if never actually visit the William M. White Business Library in Boulder, you can access nearly all of the proprietary resources online using your CU identikey. When clicking on the the links from one of the library guides or the catalog just enter your identikey when prompted. The few exceptions are marked with a VPN icon (super easy download from CU OIT here).

What about copyright? May I share documents with others outside of CU?

The library collections are subject to these terms of use. If you are planning to use the data solely for your own commercial interests, you should absolutely not do that, as it is a violation of our terms of use. Violations risk shutting down access for everyone. Ask us if you have any questions!

How do I find it all?

Library guides like this one are great places to start. You can browse the Business Portal to look for business resources by research topic or business area, search the catalog or OneSearch, find articles by format or talk to your librarian.

What if I can't find it online?

You have options!

  • If we don't own it but we should, email
  • If we only have it in print and you need a scan (benchmark ratios, for example) request it through the Illiad system.
  • If another library has it and you want to borrow their copy, request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

What kind of help is available?

  • The Business Library team can help you find information and troubleshoot access problems. Try librarian roulette (a.k.a. instant message) for general questions or troubleshooting.
  • The Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship can help you research data management, scholarly communications, and offering many training sessions and workshops.
  • Email questions about your library account to
  • OIT can help with laptop problems, software issues, or VPN questions.
  • The Writing Center is available for help with writing and presentations. Click here and scroll down for hours and information.