The Library of Congress Guide to Resources for Research on Business

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This section of the Library of Congress guide to resources for research on Business features links to news articles and videos from a variety of sources. Many newspapers and magazines offer business news articles, but there are also many industry-specific publications that may have more focused coverage. Use the search tips at the bottom of this page to find business news articles specific to your field of interest.

A business is any entity that seeks profit by providing goods or services to consumers in exchange for payment. These activities can be anything from individuals with side hustles to massive corporations. Whether or not a business actually obtains profits depends on the nature of its operations, its market and the economy. Regardless, the pursuit of profits makes a business a business, even if the company fails to make a profit in any given year.

While some business leaders are guilty of unscrupulous behavior, few have acted out of sheer wickedness. Instead, they’ve often been driven by personal greed, insufficient scrutiny of corporate affairs, or an insensitivity to public opinion. Whatever the cause, these behaviors have left business looking like a despoiler who needs to be reined in—though it’s often difficult to do so with legal time lags.

To combat this perception, many companies are embracing sustainability and corporate social responsibility. However, some still view these concepts as luxuries that only the wealthy can afford, or feel that it’s not in their best interests to pursue them. As a result, these companies are criticized for not acting in the best interests of society and their shareholders. Others, however, believe that a balance can be achieved between pursuing profit and promoting sustainable operations. In order to do so, they must be able to measure and track their progress, and have access to accurate data. This data, when analyzed correctly, will provide insights into how a company can improve and become more sustainable.