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Business Ethics Research

This guide was created to provide a starting point for students researching Business Ethics &/Or Corporate Social Responsibility topics.

Reference Books

Why use Reference Books?

Locating background information in general and subject specific encyclopedias and dictionaries and other reference resources will help you put information in context.

Consulting reference materials will help you:

  • Get an overview of the subject.
  • Note key concepts/developments.
  • Identify significant authors.
  • See a chronology/timeline.
  • Discern connections/interrelationships with other developments.
  • Develop a list of search terms.
  • Use the bibliographies to locate other information on your topic.

Below are some suggested resources to get you started. Search the Bentley Library Catalog to find more titles of interest and please Ask a Librarian who can recommend resources for your specific topic:

Search the Bentley Library Catalog

With over 154,000 books & 8,000 DVDs & Videos in the Bentley University Library's Collection, the Library Catalog is a great place to find resources for your topic. Search tips are available to help you formulate a more relevant search query. You can also look in the bibliographies of books you find to identify other sources of information you may want to explore.

Important library catalog subject headings (click to search):

  • "social responsibility of business"
  • "business ethics"

Other related subject headings:

  • "sustainable development"
  • "industrial management -- environmental aspects"
  • "business enterprises -- environmental aspects"


The Library also subscribes to an e-book collection called Books 24 x 7 which includes titles of interest to students studying the field of Business Ethics.

WorldCat Catalog -- Search for books beyond Bentley

Search for resources from around the world and use the Library's Interlibrary Loan system to retrieve books, articles and even DVDs.

Click here to access Worldcat

Bentley Library Doesn't Have It? Request it!

If you find an item (book, article, book chapter, etc.) in WorldCat, one of the databases, Google Scholar, or online that the Bentley Library does not own, you can request for that item to be sent here for you to borrow. Use our Interlibrary Loan system to request materials from other libraries.

Interlibrary Loan will not be able to obtain eBooks, the full issue of a journal, reference books, and may not be able to obtain DVD/Videos, audio books, conference proceedings, dissertations, or case studies.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

Did you know that Bentley Library is a member of the Boston Library Consortium? Find out how to borrow materials with a BLC card!