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A practitioner journal primarily features content written by people who work (practice) in the field, rather than articles written by those who work in academic institutions like a university or college. To find a practitioner journal:
- Start at the Library home page
- Click Research Guides, select Business administration from the drop-down menu, and click the magnifying glass.
- Select one of the recommended databases for starting your research. In this case, try Business Source Complete.
- When you are off-campus, you will have to sign into the library proxy server using your Laurentian ID. When you sign in successfully, you will be redirected to your research destination.
- The Business Source Complete search page has a fairly overwhelming set of options, but let's start with a simple search for "decision making". That returns over 180,000 results--way too many! And the results are at the article level, not at the journal level. But you can narrow it down easily from here.
- On the left-hand side, there is a Refine results column. Under this, you can select the Source types of Trade publications and Magazines to tell the database that you do not want results from academic journals, newspapers, books. This leaves you with over 50,000 results--still a lot! But you can go further.
- At the top of the page, under your original search term, you will see an empty text box next to AND. You can add in a new search term here, such as "management" that will restrict the results to those articles that have both "decision making" and "management" to ensure that the results are in your field of interest (and not, say, "decision making by mice in mazes"). Launching a new search for "decision making" and "management" results in over 75,000 results because you've lost the "Refine results" filter you had previously set.
- Add the Trade publications and Magazines filters again. Now you're down to around 15,000 results. Still a lot, but you can scan the page counts and publication titles in the first few results to see if there's a journal that might be a good match. For example "Don't be a 'naked baby on a beach.' is published in Directors & Boards, which sounds promising, but is only one page long (p25-25), so probably isn't a good fit.
- However, you can still go further. Right now, the results are organized by Date newest (look at the top right side of the search results). Change this to Relevance to show you the articles in the order of relevance to your search terms, and things look better. Many of the top articles are now from "Harvard Business Review", and if you scan through a few of the articles, you will find that the authors are a mix of academics and of practitioners. So that's a potential practitioner journal for you... but you probably want to stand out from your peers and find a different (non-obvious!) one. It will take some time scanning through articles from other publications in that list, but eventually you'll find a couple with articles that have author bios consistently identifying more practitioners than academics, thus successfully identifying a practitioner journal.
One more thing you can do to make your life slightly easier for this assignment: you can also select the Limit to: Full text option in the Refine Results column to avoid having to wade through results for which we only have a citation. For real research, you want to see those citations because the library can almost always get you a copy of any article in just a few days through the RACER service, and you don't want to miss out on what might be the best article to support your research--but if this is just an assignment, you can skip that step for expedience.