Business Bibliography

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This is a list of encyclopedias and encyclopedic/biographical dictionaries published on the subject of business, information and information technology, economics and businesspeople in any language. Entries are in the English language except where noted.

General business[edit]

  • Becker, William H. The Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography. Facts on File/Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1988-.[1]
  • Bly, Robert W. (1 May 1999). The Encyclopedia of business letters, fax memos, and e-mail. Career Press. ISBN 978-1-56414-375-4. 
  • Business leader profiles for students. Gale Research, 1999–2002. ISSN 1520-9296.[2]
  • Carey, Charles W., Ian C. Friedman. American inventors, entrepreneurs, and business visionaries. Facts On File, 2010. ISBN 9780816081462.[2]
  • Drexler, Kateri M. (2007). Icons of Business: An Encyclopedia of Mavericks, Movers, And Shakers. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-33863-2. 
  • Encyclopedia of Business. Gale Research, 1994.[3]
  • Folsom, W. Davis; Boulware, Rick (1 January 2009). Encyclopedia of American Business. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-0986-2. 
  • Fucini, Joseph J., Suzy Fucini. Entrepreneurs, the men and women behind famous brand names and how they made it. G.K. Hall, 1985. ISBN 9780816187089.[2]
  • Geisst, Charles R. (1 January 2009). Encyclopedia of American Business History. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-0987-9. 
  • Gelbert, Doug. So who the heck was Oscar Mayer? Barricade Books, 1996. ISBN 9781569800829.[2]
  • Gove, John. Made in America: the true stories behind the brand names that built a nation.Berkley Books, 2001. ISBN 9780425178836.[2]
  • Grace's Guide to British Industrial History[4]
  • Hall, Linda D. (14 March 2008). Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources. Gale / Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0-7876-9703-7. 
  • Hamilton, Neil A. American business leaders: From colonial times to the present. ABC-CLIO, 1999. ISBN 9781576070024.[2]
  • Hirahara, Naomi. Distinguished Asian American business leaders. Greenwood Press, 2003. ISBN 9781573563444.[2]
  • Ingham, John N., Lynne B. Feldman. Contemporary American business leaders: a biographical dictionary. Greenwood Press, 1990. ISBN 9780313257438.[2]
  • Kaliski, Burton S. (2001). Encyclopedia of Business and Finance. Macmillan Reference USA. ISBN 978-0-02-865067-8. 
  • Krismann, Carol. Encyclopedia of American women in business: from colonial times to the present. Greenwood Press, 2005. ISBN 9780313327575.[2]
  • MacCusker, John J. History of world trade since 1450. Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. ISBN 9780028658407.[5]
  • Marquis Who’s Who. Who's who in finance and business. (formerly Who's who in finance and industry. Marquis Who’s Who, 1936-. ISSN 1930-3262.[2]
  • Miller, William J. Encyclopedia of International Commerce. Cornell Maritime Press, 1985.[6]
  • Northrup, Cynthia Clark. Encyclopedia of world trade: from ancient times to the present. Sharpe Reference, 2005. ISBN 9780765680587.[5]
  • Olson, James S. and Susan Wladaver-Morgan. Dictionary of United States Economic History. Greenwood, 1992.[1]
  • Porter, Glenn. Encyclopedia of American Economic History: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas. Scribner's, 1980.[1]
  • Presner, Lewis A. The International Business Directory and Reference. Wiley, 1991.[6]
  • Roark, William (14 June 2006). Concise Encyclopedia of Real Estate Business Terms. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-7890-2342-1. 
  • Schlager, Neil, Schlager Group. International directory of business biographies. St. James Press, 2005. ISBN 9781558625549.[2]
  • Sherrow, Victoria. A to Z of American women business leaders and entrepreneurs. Facts on File, 2002. ISBN 9780816045563.[2]
  • Spalding, Hugh Mortimer (1903). Encyclopedia of business law and forms ... for all the states and Canada, with notes and authorities. P.W. Ziegler. 
  • Standard and Poor's register of corporations, directors, and executives. Standard and Poor's. ISSN 0361-3623.[2]
  • Warner, Malcolm (1996). Encyclopedia of Business and Management. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-07399-8. 
  • Warner, Malcolm (1 March 1997). Pocket international encyclopedia of business and management. International Thomson Business Press. ISBN 978-1-86152-113-2. 
  • Warner, Malcolm (1997). Concise International Encyclopedia of Business and Management. International Thomson Business Press. ISBN 978-1-86152-114-9. 
  • Warner, Malcolm (2002). International encyclopedia of business and management. Thomson Learning. ISBN 978-1-86152-953-4. 
  • Wasserman, Paul (1970). Encyclopedia of business information sources: a detailed listing of primary subjects of interest to managerial personnel, with a record of sourcebooks, periodicals, organizations, directories, handbooks, bibliographies, and other sources of information on each topic. Gale Research Co. 
  • Woy, James B. (1992). Encyclopedia of Business Information. Gale Research Co. ISBN 978-0-8103-7489-8. 

Accounting and finance[edit]

  • Pescow, Jerome. Encyclopedia of Accounting Systems. rev. ed., Prentice-Hall, 1976.[7]
  • Shim, Jae K. and Joel G. Siegel. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Accounting and Finance. Prentice-Hall, 1989.[7]

Banking and finance[edit]

  • Munn, Glenn G. and F. L. Garcia and Charles J. Woelfel. Encyclopedia of Banking and Finance. 9th ed., St. James Press, 1991.[8]
  • Thorndike, David. The Thorndike Encyclopedia of Banking and Financial Tables. 3rd ed., Warren, Gorham, & Lamont, 1987.[9]


  • Arestis, Philip, Malcolm C. Sawyer. A biographical dictionary of dissenting economists. E. Elgar, 2000. ISBN 1858985609.[2]
  • Blang, Mark, Howard R. Vane. Who's who in economics. Edward Elgar Publ., 2003. ISBN 9781840649925.[2]
  • Blaug, Mark. Great economists since Keynes: an introduction to the lives and works of one hundred modern economists. Edward Elgar, 1998. ISBN 9781858986920.[2]
  • Cicarelli, James, Julianne Cicarelli. Distinguished women economists. Greenwood Press, 2003. ISBN 9780313303319.[2]
  • Eatwell, John. The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics. Stockton Press, 1987.[10][9]
  • Greenwald, Douglas. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Economics. 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, 1994.[6]
  • Henderson, David R.Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics. Warner, 1993. ISBN 9780446516372[6]
  • Pressman, Steven. Fifty major economists. Routledge, 2014. ISBN 9780415645096.[2]
  • Rutherford, Donald. The biographical dictionary of British economists. Thoemmes, 2004. ISBN 9781843710301.[2]


  • Singer, Isidore. International insurance encyclopedia. American encyclopedic library assoc., 1910.[11]


  • Filipelli, Ronald L. Labor Conflict in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Garland, 1990.[6]
  • Jones, Lawrence K. Encyclopedia of Career Change and Work Issues. Oryx, 1992.[3]


  • Finch, Frank. Facts on File Encyclopedia of Management Techniques. Facts on File, 1985.[3]
  • Heyel, Carl. The Encyclopedia of Management. 3rd ed., Van Nostrand, 1982.[3]
  • Witzel, Morgan. Biographical dictionary of management. Thoemmes, 2001. ISBN 9781855068711.[2]
  • Witzel, Morgen. The encyclopedia of the history of American management. Thoemmes Continuum, 2005. ISBN 9781843711315.[2]


  • Newman, Peter. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance. Stockton Press, 1992.[9]

Real estate[edit]

  • Arnold Encyclopedia of Real Estate. Warren, Gorham, & Lamont, 1978.[9]
  • Gross, Jerome. Webster's New World Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary of Real Estate. 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 1987.[9]
  • Newell, James. The St. James Encyclopedia of Mortgage & Real Estate. St. James Press, 1991.[9]


  • International Encyclopedia of Statistics. Free Press, 1978.[3]
  • Kotz, Samuel and Norman L. Johnson. Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences. Wiley, 1982-88.[3]
  • Sills, David L., ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Free Press, 1968.[3]


See also[edit]



  • Guide to Reference.[1] American Library Association. Retrieved 5 December 2014. (subscription required).
  • Kister, Kenneth F. (1994). Kister's Best Encyclopedias (2nd ed.). Phoenix: Oryx. ISBN 0-89774-744-5.
  • Kroeger, Alice Bertha, Isadore Gilbert Mudge. (1911). Guide to the Study and Use of Reference books. Chicago: American Library Association.
  1. ^ abcKister, 1994, p. 337.
  2. ^ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuGuide to Reference: Biography
  3. ^ abcdefgKister, 1994, p. 338.
  4. ^Grace's Guide to British Industrial History website
  5. ^ abGuide to Reference: General History
  6. ^ abcdeKister, 1994, p. 339.
  7. ^ abKister, 1994, p. 338-339.
  8. ^Kister, 1994, p. 337-338.
  9. ^ abcdefKister, 1994, p. 340.
  10. ^Kister, 1994, p. 339-340.
  11. ^Kroeger, 1911, p. 12.

Indexes, Bibliographies, and Guides

Guides to print publications, subscription databases, and selected freely available Internet sites which are useful for researching a variety of business topics.

A - Z Index of the Business Reference Services Web Site

Business, Economics & Industry Databases & E-Resources at the Library of Congress

A Guide to Finding Business Information at the Library of Congress

Recent Business and Economics Books Cataloged at the Library of Congress
    A Selected List of Titles, along with Tables of Contents, Summaries, or Sample Pages


Milton Friedman: A Finding Aid

Peter Drucker: A Tribute

John Jacob Astor (Inside Adams blog post)

Andrew Carnegie (Inside Adams blog post)

Salmon P. Chase (Inside Adams blog post)

Albert Gallatin (Inside Adams blog post)

Jay Gould & James Fisk (Inside Adams blog post)

Hetty Green (Inside Adams blog post)

Victor Gruen (Inside Adams blog post)

Esther Howland (Inside Adams blog post)

J.P. Morgan (Inside Adams blog post)

James Swan (Inside Adams blog post)

Researching Capitalist & Financiers (Inside Adams blog post)


Business in the Civil War Era

The Colonies in America: Commerce, Business, and the Economy(BERA)

Early Business Periodicals: A Guide to Major Titles available in the Collections of the Library of Congress

Federal Budget: Sources of Information

Guide to Business History Resources

The History of Money

History of the NASDAQ and American Stock Exchanges

History of the New York Stock Exchange

History of the US Income Tax

History of Wall Street: Selected References

"Lean In": A Guide to Resources about Women in Business and the Workforce    

Master Company List: A Guide to Company Histories

This Month in Business History

The National Recovery Administration: an Inventory of Publications in LC Collections

RAILROADS: Historical Research Sources at the Library of Congress(BERA)

Self-help, Motivation, & Success: From the Beginning (Inside Adams blog post)

Sources for World War II Contracts (Inside Adams blog post)

Special Collections in Business, Economic, and Labor History

Storyville: an exhibit guide to sources about commercialized vice in historic New Orleans    

United States Money    


Doing Company Research

Federal Government Contracting

Guide to Business History Resources

Master Company List: A Guide to Company Histories

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures

Selected Corporate Annual Reports Available at the Library of Congress

Selected Foreign Corporate Annual Reports on Microfiche
Selected Pre-1974 Corporate Annual Reports on Microfiche
Selected Corporate Annual Reports on Microfiche, 1975-1983


Business News Resources

Today's Business News

African Business Guide Online News Sources

BEOnline News Services listing

Russian Business Guide News Sources

Oil & Gas Industry News and Analysis


Exporting and Importing (BRS Assists)

Guide to Researching U.S. Trade Policy (BERA)

International Economics & Trade (BERA)

US Trade with China: Selected Resources


Directory of Selected Small Business Information Providers

Inventory of Criss Cross Directories

Inventory of Street Address Directories

Inventory of Telephone Exchange Directories

Reverse Directories in the Library of Congress

Selected Dun and Bradstreet Publications in the Library of Congress

Ships and Ship Registers: Sources of Information


Accounting & Auditing

Federal Budget: Sources of Information

Financing Small Business Enterprises

The History of Accounting

Salary & Compensation Research at the Library of Congress


African American Business Resources

BeCites Plus
   Guides to Library resources in various subjects, enhanced with links to the tables of contents, indexes, and sources cited of selected reference books on those topics. A Library of Congress Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT) Project.

BERA: Business and Economics Research Advisor
   A Quarterly Guide to Business and Economics Topics.

BRS Assists
   Short bibliographies providing basic information on frequently requested business topics.

Business and Economics books with online tables of contents.

Business, Economics & Industry Databases & E-Resources at the Library of Congress

Business Internet Resources by Subject     (BeOnline+)

Business News Resources  

Business On Demand Guides
    A list of handouts covering selected business topics created for use with the monthly Business Research Orientation sessions offered at the Library of Congress.

Creative Ability in Business: A Guide to Selected Resources

Current Newspapers and Periodicals in the Business Reference Collection

Early Business Periodicals: A Guide to Major Titles available in the Collections of the Library of Congress

Guide to Finding Business Information at the Library of Congress

Selected Internet Resources for Business Reference  (BRS Assists)

Technical Reports and Working Papers in Business and Economics

Tutorials for Business Research

What's New


The Alcoholic Beverage Industry (BERA)

The Automotive Industry (BERA)

United States Banking Periodicals: A Guide to Major Titles in the Collections of the Library of Congress

Business of Beauty: Selected Information Resources (BERA)

Business Applications of Drone Technology   

The Fashion Industry

Early American Firearms and Their Makers

Early Business Periodicals: A Guide to Major Titles available in the Collections of the Library of Congress

Federal Government Contracting

Green Business: Sources of Information

Guide to the Travel & Tourism Industry (BERA)

Guide to Industry Research  (BERA)

Industry Surveys  (BRS Assists)

Market Segmentation: A Guide to Sources of Information

The Oil & Gas Industry  (BERA)

The Non-Profit Sector in the United States: A Guide to Selected Information Sources

Products and Manufacturers  (BRS Assists)

The Pyrotechnics Industry: A Short Guide to Selected Resources

RAILROADS: Historical Research Sources at the Library of Congress(BERA)

Selected Dun and Bradstreet Publications in the Library of Congress

Ships and Ship Registers: Sources of Information

The Sports Industry:  (BERA)Newly updated with additional content

Sugar & Sugar Cane: Historical Resources for a Sweet Industry

The Telecommunications Industry: Sources of Information

US Electric Power System

Wedding Industry Research


African Business Guide

Asian Business Information Sources

BREXIT: Sources of Information

BRICS: Sources of Information

Business, Management and the Economy in East Asia

Cuba: Business, Economy, and U.S. Relations, Researching

Early Business Periodicals: A Guide to Major Titles available in the Collections of the Library of Congress

Globalization  (BERA)

Guide to Researching U.S. Trade Policy (BERA)

Guide to Russian Business Information Resources (BERA)

The Influence of Chinese Economic Growth on Central Asian Countries:
A Guide to Selected Resources

International Economics & Trade   (BERA)

International Business and Economics: Sources of Information

Latin American Business and Economics Resources  (BERA)

Locating International Census Data

MINT: Sources of Information

Multi-Regional Internet Business Resources

The Ukraine: Economic Development, A Guide to Selected Information Sources


Financing Your Future: Selected Guides to Personal Financial Planning  (BRS Assists)

Retirement (BRS Assists)

Securities and Investment: Sources of Information


African American Business Resources

Business Plans  (BRS Assists)

Directory of Selected Small Business Information Providers

Doing Business on the Internet

Entrepreneur's Reference Guide To Small Business Information, 4th edition.

Financing Small Business Enterprises

Venture Capital  (BRS Assists)


Locating International Census Data

Census Connections A Guide To Locating Selected U.S. Decennial And Economic Census Publications In The Library Of Congress

A Few Quick Tips to Locating U.S. Census Publications in the Library of Congress

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