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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Suggested Keywords for Supply Chain Management

Before you begin searching library databases, it can be extremely helpful to spend a few moments brainstorming keywords and phrases that describe your topic and thinking about how to combine them in your search.  For help brainstorming keywords or refining a search to get better results, please contact a librarian.

A partial list of phrases and keyword combinations often associated with supply chain management is below:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Logistics
  • Physical Distribution of Goods
  • Product Distribution
  • Shipping
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Distribution Channels
  • Materials Management
  • Value Chain
  • Delivery of Goods
  • Industrial Procurement
  • Inventory Management
  • Just-in-time
  • Total Quality Management


You will be able to find a multitude of articles on topics related to supply chain management by using SLU's online databases.  Depending on your topic, you will want to combine keywords and phrases to find articles that discuss your subject.  If you are looking for articles that discuss supply chain management in a particular company (or industry or geographic location), it might be useful to search for both concepts together, in the format "supply chain" AND "Starbucks," for example.  You can also limit by date range so that you find only recent articles. 

Please consult the Business Librarian, Judy Geczi, if you need help devising a search strategy for a particular research topic.