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Hospitality Research:
Lodging Industry

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Tim Bottorff
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This guide is designed to help you begin researching topics relating to the lodging industry. For more assistance, please Ask a Rosen Librarian.

A printable version of this guide is also available:
Lodging PDF (36 KB).

Finding Books

Reference Sources
It is often a good idea to begin your research in the following types of sources, which are designed to be consulted for topic overviews or for authoritative information. In many cases, they contain vital information that cannot be found anywhere else. A Core resource denotes a core resource.

 No. Title Location
Core resource Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, & Guesthouses in the United States, Canada, & Worldwide Rosen REF TX909 .L35
gold ball Directory of Hotel and Lodging Companies Rosen REF TX907 .D5
gold ball Hospitality Compensation and Benefits Survey (Am. Hotel and Motel Assoc.) Rosen REF TX911.2 .H65 2002
gold ball Hotel Business Green Book Rosen REF TX911.3 .M3 H611
gold ball Industry Study of Innkeeping Operations & Finance Rosen REF TX911.2 .A16 2009-2010
Core resource International Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management Rosen REF TX905 .I68 2005
Core resource Plunkett's Airline, Hotel, & Travel Industry Almanac Rosen REF TX907.2 .P58
gold ball SAGE Handbook of Hospitality Management Rosen REF TX911.3.M27 S14 2008
gold ball Timeshare Vacation Ownership Resort Directory Rosen REF HD7287.65 .T564
gold ball Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts, & Spas Rosen REF TX907.2.Z34 T67
Core resource Travel & Leisure Market Research Handbook Rosen REF G155 .U6 T74
gold ball Travel Weekly’s Ultimate Hotel Guide Rosen REF G155. A1 T671
Core resource Trends in the Hotel Industry (USA ed.) Rosen REF TX909 .A1 H3
Core resource Woodall's North America Campground Directory Rosen REF GV198.56 .W66
gold ball ZagatSurvey .. Top International Hotels, Resorts & Spas Rosen REF TX907.Z3285

The above list is not comprehensive, and certain lodging topics may be covered in sources listed on the Rosen Research Guides on Travel & Tourism or Statistics/Demographics.

Circulating books relating to the lodging industry are generally found in the following call number ranges:

  • TX901 - TX 946, especially TX907 - TX911.3 (general and various subtopics)
  • HD7289.2 (timeshares, vacation ownership)
  • TX928s (housekeeping, maintenance)
  • HF5686s (accounting)
  • KFs (law)
  • NA7800s (design, architecture)

For more information about the location of books, consult the library catalog.

Library Catalog
Through the UCF Library Catalog, you can locate books, journals, audiovisuals, government documents, and other types of materials.  You can search the catalog by Keyword, Author, Title, Subject, and many other ways.

For assistance with searching the UCF Library Catalog, see the Rosen Research Guide on Finding Books, or Ask a Rosen Librarian.

Finding Articles

Browsing Periodicals
The following periodicals are available in print in the library and may contain helpful information about the lodging industry. General hospitality/tourism periodicals may also have relevant material on the industry. To find articles on a specific topic, you may need to use one of our databases. A  Grad Cap  denotes a scholarly (peer-reviewed) source.

gold ball American Spa gold ball Lodging
gold ball Developments: The Voice of the Vacation Ownership Industry gold ball Lodging Hospitality
FIU Hospitality Review gold ball Resort Trades
gold ball Florida Restaurant and Lodging gold ball Resort Trades Management & Operations
gold ball Hotel & Motel Management gold ball Spa Management
gold ball Hotel Business gold ball Vacation Industry Review

Some hospitality periodicals, such as Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and Hotels, are moving from print to electronic versions. You can find these and other periodicals online by clicking on Online Journals and typing in the journal title.

To find articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers about your topic, you may need to use one of UCF's many databases. (Note: if you are off campus, click here to find out how to access library databases using your UCF ID card.)

To find databases that are typically most useful for the study of hospitality, click on the Database Locator tab on our homepage, and then choose the subject Hospitality. Some useful databases for lodging research include:

  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete: Includes scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism, with coverage from the 1960s to the present.
  • Leisure Tourism Abstracts: Indexes journals from the fields of leisure, recreation, sport, hospitality, tourism, and culture, with coverage from the 1970s to the present.
  • ABI Inform: A general business database that indexes articles on advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, corporate strategies and tactics, management techniques, product information, company histories, and more, with coverage from the early 1900s to to the present.
  • Business Source Premier: A general business database that indexes articles in business, management, economics, finance, banking, investment, and more, with coverage from the 1960s to the present.

For a more detailed overview of how to use our databases, see the Rosen Research Guide titled Finding Articles.

Finding Other Materials

The Internet is generally not a good place to find scholarly information on the lodging industry. However, you may wish to explore the websites listed on our Helpful Websites page.

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A printable version of this guide is also available: Lodging PDF (36 KB)

Rosen Research Guides | Hospitality Research: Lodging Industry

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