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Citing Business Information: Reports

This guide offers examples how to cite commonly-used business information sources.

How to Cite a Report

Reports like technical or research reports are treated this way:

Author, A. (Year). Title of report (Report No. ####). Location: Publisher.

  • If there is no author given, treat it as a corporate author.
  • If the report was retrieved from a database, treat that as the publisher. Ex) Retrieved from ProQuest Congressional database.
  • If the report was retrieved online from a government agency, include the url. Ex) Retrieved from Department of Labor website:
  • Include the report number, if given, as these are often updated with the same name but different numbers.

How to Cite IBISWorld

Screencapture of IBISWorld Smartphone App Developers Report 

  • Savaskan, D. (2019, April). Smartphone app developers (IBISWorld Industry Report No. OD5817). Retrieved from IBISWorld database. 

How to Cite Mintel

Screen capture of title page of Mintel report about marketing to millennials

  • Boesel, K. (2019, June). Marketing to millennials - US. Retrieved from Mintel database. 

How to Cite Conference Board

Screencapture of Big Data Conference Board Report title and author

  • Young, M. & Phillips, P. (2015, May). Big data doesn't mean 'Big Brother' (Conference Board Research Report No. R-1582-15-RR). Retrieved from The Conference Board Research database.

How to Cite an Annual Report

Screenshot of Google's 10-K filing to the S.E.C. for fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.

How to Cite a SWOT Analysis

Image of title information for Google SWOT analysis from Global Data.

  • GlobalData. (June 10, 2015). Google, Inc. [SWOT Report]. Retrieved from Business Insights: Global database.

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