The purpose of citing is (1) to give credit to the original author, and (2) enable the reader to find the source. The American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is widely used in business school courses. You may find general guidelines in:
The APA Style Manual doesn't address directly how to cite business-type sources from library databases, such as analyst reports, market research reports, industry profiles, etc. These sources may not have the same citation elements as books, journal articles, or open access websites:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of document. Publisher [optional]. Retrieved from [database name].
NOTE: Use Publisher / Contributor / Organization Name:
You may easily create your own APA citation once you identify appropriate elements of a document for citing.
EXAMPLE 1: A report with a named author, produced by S&P Capital IQ McGraw Hill Financial and retrieved from the S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage database
CITATION: Holt, D. (2016, March). Industry surveys: Electronic equipment & instruments. Retrieved from S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage.
EXAMPLE 2: A report without a named author, produced by Euromonitor International, and retrieved from the Passport database. The name of the publisher is used as a corporate author.
CITATION: Euromonitor International. (2016, September). Wearable electronics in the US. Retrieved from Passport database.
NOTE: Always check with your professor for specific citation guidelines.
Several libraries created examples for citing business sources in APA style: