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This subject guide covers tourism, which here is defined to be traveling for recreation and/or the guidance or management of tourists (paraphrased from Merriam-Webster Online). This guide includes information related to travel, tourism, marketing, hospitality and related topics.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

CAB Abstracts covers agriculture in its broadest sense, including crop production, forestry, environment, animal health and nutrition, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, biotechnology, soil and water, agricultural economics, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, and human nutrition and health. Indexes journal articles, monographs, conferences, and other primary literature.

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Provides citations and abstracts to both popular and scholarly articles, conference papers and technical reports on environmental science and technology and environmental policy. Incorporates print indexes Environment Abstracts 1975-present; Energy Information Abstracts 1976-1993; and Acid Rain Abstracts 1984-1990. Produced by Congressional Information Service.

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Going back to 1806, this is the most comprehensive database for psychological research. With a little guidance from this tutorial, you'll be able to go from a general idea to a very precise set of results of scholarly materials.

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Covers journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and government documents. Database produced by the U of Minn Forestry Library.

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This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

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General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

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Indexes, Other

Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.

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Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

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Catalogs and Bibliographies


MNCAT Catalog searches for books, e-books, e-journals, maps, music scores, films, sound recordings, government publications, archival materials etc, owned by or accessible via the University of Minnesota.

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Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

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General Reference Sources

Corporate Profiles

Includes company and industry information such as ownership,contact information, business descriptions, locations, history, competitors, employment statistics, sales, Fortune 500 rankings, product lines, SIC and NAICS industry codes, executives and other financial information. Note: Downloading and printing are not available.

Access does not work via a mobile device or tablet.

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Handbooks and Manuals

Industry Profiles

Overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries that provides detailed information on public companies such as stock reports, bonds, stock valuation annual reports, and other detailed fianancial statistics. NetAdvantage also includes investment services such as the advisory newsletter Outlook and screening directories for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. There are also directories for private companies and the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives

Subscription cancelled effective November 27, 2018.

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Market Research Surveys

Provides information about the kinds of people likely to participate in specific lifestyles, such as: book reading, gardening, shopping by mail, frequent fliers, antique buyers, attending cultural events, gourmet cooking and such. The volume also shows primary lifestyles for major U S cities and and estimates by city of the number of people engaging in a specific lifestyle behavior. Previous editions have title Lifestyle Market Analyst

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Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research covers politics and government, public institutions, international relations, business, social affairs and consumer behavior and preferences. Learn about polls, access research, and search the iPoll Databank.

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Internet Directory

Use this Internet site to locate the number for your industry.

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Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Information for Minnesota Tourism Businesses & Organizations

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade, community development and tourism.
DEED was created out of the merger of the Minnesota Dept. of Trade and Economic Development and the Minnesota Dept. of Economic Security (MDES).

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TIES is a non-profit association committed to promoting responsible tourism practices that benefit conservation and communities.

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Travel and Tourism Research Association (ttra) is a non-profit association whose purpose is to enhance the quality, value, effectiveness and use of research in travel marketing, planning and development.

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

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Trade & Professional Associations

Minnesota Festivals and Events Association, MNFEA, is a nonprofit organization specializing in professional development and networking events for those in the festival and event industry.

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Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

The official web site of the Census Bureau, which is the primary source of statistical information within the U.S. government.

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This list from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research provides direction in finding other sources of data files for the purpose of statistical analysis.

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Regional Markets. The demographics of growth and decline

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.

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Library Information

Magrath Library

1984 Buford Avenue
St. Paul Campus
Circulation: (612) 624-2233; Reference: (612) 624-1212

Wilson Library

309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321