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Business Plans: Find Business Planning Articles

Find Business Planning Articles

Business plans are found in trade/professional journals  (as opposed to scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, which are more likely to present research studies).  You can search the ABI/INFORM Collection or Business Source Complete databases and limit your results to articles from Trade Publications.

Database links:


Search for business plans:

Enter  the phrase "business plans" in the search box.  You may wish to add other keywords describing a specific industry or type of company to narrow your search. For example:

First Search Box:

"business plans"

Second Search Box:

coffee shop

After entering your keywords, you will need to limit your search to Trade Publications to see articles from trade journals only. 

Locate the Source Type limiter in ABI/Inform Complete. Click on the box next to Trade Journals.


Locate the Publication Type limiter in Business Source Complete.  Under Publication Type, click on Trade Publication.