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Become familiar with resources on campus.
SLU has many resources available to support you, and you should use them! Become familiar with the Writing Center, the Library, and other services available to international or ESL students.
Read the "business press" to get familiar with important issues and special terms used in business.
There are many newspapers and magazines that cover business topics, and they are usually written in clear, easy-to-understand language. Reading them will keep you aware of current issues and trends, and expose you to the special vocabulary used in business.
Use reference books.
SLU has many encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books that are meant to give you an overview of or background information on various topics. You will find some of them highlighted on the "Dictionaries & Handbooks" tab of this guide.
Learn to use databases.
Some of the most frequently-used business databases have options that let you change the interface language to make searching a little easier. Remember that if you want help searching a database, you are always encouraged to contact a librarian.
Use YouTube.com to find explanations and tutorials.
If you don't understand a concept, sometimes it can be very helpful to search YouTube.com for a video tutorial. Try this for explanations (example: "What is an exchange-traded fund?") as well as for "How-to" information and tutorials (example: "ABI/Inform tutorial"). Remember that you will need to evaluate whether the information is reliable, since almost anyone can post to YouTube.
There are many resources available on campus to support international students and ESL learners.