Electronic format is preferred for serials. For monographs electronic format is preferred if the title is easily understandable electronically to allow for access remotely. There is typically no duplication of resources in multiple formats, unless they are made available for free or very inexpensively.
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Much of the data used in the business field is purchased or leased data which typically cannot be disseminated. Research data which is not already openly available or that cannot/will not be placed in existing research data repositories is not normally collected but may be collected if it otherwise meets collection development guidelines for research data. For additional information about the guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy. Other possible depositories to store and share your data for business research are University of Michigan's ICPSR and Harvard Dataverse Network