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ISTM Graziadio Information Systems Technology Management: Locating White Papers, Research Reports, and Case Studies

Need support for your ISTM course? Use these resources as a starting point for research in information systems.

Why Look for Case Studies, Research Reports and White Papers

Case studies, research reports and white papers can provide an excellent deep dive into the implementation or implications of a particular aspect of technology on a business sector. 

Library Resources for Research Reports, Data, and Briefs on Technology Trends

Recommended Library Resource for In-Depth Technology Research Reports: ThomsonONE Research
While the Pepperdine Libraries do not subscribe to Forrester Research or Gartner, ThomsonONE Research is a great research tool and has in-depth reports that may be helpful. Searching in ThomsonONE can be challenging even for experienced researchers.

  • Watch this brief video for tips.
  • Note: Thomson ONE can only be used in Internet Explorer and pop-up blockers must be turned off.  

Recommended Library Resource for Data and Briefs on Trends in Technology: eMarketer

Data from sources such as GfK, Gartner, IDC are included in this resource for professionals doing business in a digital world. eMarketer monitors over 4,000 sources and annually presents hundreds of reports and forecasts, thousands of charts, briefs, and interviews. Market research and trend analysis on topics including Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies.related to digital marketing in every key geographic region.

Library Resources for Technology Related Case Studies

Library Resources for Technology Related Case Studies
Specific to case studies in IT and technology, the library has online full-text access to the Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research from 1999-present. The following is the description of the journal from the publisher's website: 


The Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research (JITCAR) publishes case-based research on the application of information technology and information systems to the solution of organizational problems.  Research articles may focus on public, private, or governmental organizations of any size, from start-up through multinational. JITCAR seeks case examples from countries of all types – advanced, newly industrialized, developing, or under-developed. The research can focus on any type of application, issue, problem or technology, including, for example, artificial intelligence, business process reengineering, cross-cultural issues, cybernetics, decision support systems, electronic commerce, enterprise systems, groupware, the human side of IT, information architecture, joint application development, knowledge based systems, local area networks, management information systems, office automation, outsourcing, prototyping, robotics, security, social networking, software as a service, supply chain management, systems analysis, telemedicine, ubiquitous computing, video-conferencing, and Web 2.0.

Outside Resources for Technology Related White Papers

Outside Resources for Technology Related White Papers
Outside of the Pepperdine Libraries resources, there are a number of free sites that often require registration. Though they are helpful for providing the benefits of particular technology products, it is important to keep in mind the context of their reports and representation of a product or tool as they are often used as marketing or promotional material for a specific product. 

  • Find White Papers provides technology research for business professionals and covers a wide range of areas including enterprise applications, IT management, and storage. It appears that access is free but users must provide a valid email address. 
  • Tech Republic also specializes in white papers and claims to be the largest database of white papers and case studies anywhere. It is part of CNet networks and requires free registration.
  • IEEE Spectrum White Papers iis another source of technology whitepapers in the areas of biomedical, computing, green tech, robotics, semiconductors, and telecom among other topics. 
  • Computerworld Magazine also has whitepapers that are free with registration. Note: Computerworld Digital Magazine is also available in full-text through our Business Source Premier library database.
  • Bitpipe bills itself as the enterprise IT professional's guide to information technology resources and provides white papers. It requires free registration.