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Have you had a chance to use the Historical Encyclopedia of American Business? It’s still fairly new to the EU Library database collection, but it’s an excellent resource for business students and anyone in a general education class right now. The Historical Encyclopedia of American Business (HEAB)is an encyclopedic reference consisting of 477 articles covering the breadth of American business history-from early trading with Native Americans to the financial crisis of 2008.

  • Each article gives a broad overview of what forces shaped business, what regulations and organizations kept it in balance, and the major issues and ideas that developed throughout its history.
  • Articles are arranged by subject.
  • A physical copy of the three-volume set is available in each on-campus EU library.

To reach the HEAB, log-in to the library splash page at Once logged in, choose Historical Encyclopedia of American Business from the list of databases in the blue box.

On the HEAB home screen, you have the option of searching full-text documents or viewing the featured topic.

Clicking on the “Search” tab opens the search options in a new window. Search tips are now available on the right, including tabs for searching tips and article types.

On the “Results” screen, clicking on the article title will open the full-text document. Clicking on the various tabs above the results list will narrow down the list further.


The picture below shows the full-text article screen.

The “Browse” tab allows you to select from a broad list of twenty-four categories. These categories are further divided into sub-categories. Clicking on any of these will open a list of full-text articles for you to choose from.

Questions? Contact your librarian!

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