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Business Research Toolkit: About the Program

The Sterne Library's award winning Business Research Toolkit Program is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The hands-on program introduces participants to business resources and research strategies.



Thanks for your interest in the UAB Libraries' Business Research Toolkit! Registration for the Fall session closed on Friday, September 7, 2018. The next offering will be in the Spring of 2019. Email Kara Van Abel at with any questions.

About the Business Research Toolkit

The program consists of 8 modules (5 required and 3 elective), each of which take approximately an hour to complete. You must pass 7 of the 8 modules to receive the certificate of completion.

Each module is offered online in an asynchronous format within Canvas. It takes 7 weeks to complete the toolkit at the pace of one module per week. 

              Required Modules 

              Company Research

              Industry Research

              News Searching

              Demographics and Business Statistics

              International Research

              Elective Modules (Choose 2)              

              Career Research

              Investment Research

              Academic Integrity

The Business Research Toolkit (originally the Business Research Certificate) is a program taught by the Liaison to the Collat School of Business. Created in 2010 by Jeff Graveline, the program was developed to meet the business research needs of students, faculty, and staff across campus. Since it was started, hundreds of students from all backgrounds have received a certificate of completion. The program was originally designed to cover specific areas of business research including: the research process, company research, industry research, advanced news searching, demographics & business statistics, and international research. The program also includes a module designed to cover all aspects of academic dishonesty.  

Kara Van Abel took over the program in the Spring of 2017 adding new modules and re-designing the format to make the Business Research Toolkit accessible to anyone regardless of their location or schedule. While it was only taught on-campus for the first several years, it is now offered in a fully online, asynchronous classroom within Canvas.

A complete list of UAB students, faculty, and staff who have completed the Business Research Toolkit as well as the Business Research Certificate can be found on the Certificate Recipients Tab of this guide. 

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