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Basic income & beyond: Researching economic policy topics

Published October 22, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

If I were to ask you to do some research for an essay, you'd probably assume I was referring to digging up some academic journal articles, right?  The connection between scholarly articles and essays is undeniably strong, and with good reason: the peer review process involved in publishing such articles ensures their high quality.

Nevertheless, there is a vast world of information beyond journals. For many assignments it may be acceptable to cite government reports, think tank analysis, ebook chapters, and even news articles...

Title banner from OECD Policy Brief: Basic income as a policy option: Can it add up?

<Click here to learn about non-journal info sources using Universal Basic Income as a search example...>


Marketing Tanzanian tourism

Published September 1, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

flag of Tanzania

Our BUS 447 (Global Marketing Management) students will be working on projects that involve the amazing United Republic of Tanzania this term, with a focus on Tanzania's tourism industry.

I've compiled a brief list of relevant sources to support that class... and I thought I'd share it here in case others are interested in such topics.

<Read on!>

Renewed and ready for research: Frost & Sullivan emerging tech reports

Published August 17, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

logo of Frost & SullivanI'm very pleased to announce that we've renewed our subscription to the Frost & Sullivan database for another year. 

For those who are new to it, F&S is our main source for market research focused on emerging technology products, markets, and strategies.  

To give you a sense of the type of content you'll find in F&S, consider these recent additions to the collection of over 50,000 reports, grouped by industry...

<Read on for examples of the great reports in this valuable database!>

Researching Indigenous business topics: New guide to save you time!

Published June 24, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

Screen capture showing the table of contents of the new guide: background info, books & ebooks, articles, company directories, associations & industry organizations, government, miscellaneous, and additional research guidesI'm very pleased to announce that SFU researchers now have a detailed research guide available on Indigenous business resources!

An increasing number of SFU assignments, courses, and programs in Business (and beyond!) are focusing on ways to work with and for Indigenous communities on business and economic development projects. Our new guide is intended to save you time and effort... 

<Click to learn more... including about some hidden treasures!>

One step forward: Contactless hold pick-up & scanning of book chapters

Published June 22, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

Drawing of a small stack of booksAs with much of society, we are slowly -- and very, very carefully -- starting to take some steps toward relaunching access to some of our physical resources.

I hope you all know that our many online resources and services have remained available throughout the COVID disruption. That is, the loss of access to our library buildings and print items, though certainly frustrating at times, has also highlighted the incredible growth of the many ways we support research beyond our walls

Nevertheless, it will still be wonderful to start allowing at least mediated access to some of the thousands of print items in our huge collection: as of this week, we are now offering...

<Click here for details!>

Actions vs words: New video on using news to research companies

Published May 16, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

Screen capture of the title screen of video: "Actions vs Words: Understanding a Company's Strategies Using News SourcesAnother video on business research skills & resources! 

As you can probably figure out from the title, this one is about using news sources to gather information about what a company has been doing so that you can infer the company's strategy, rather than relying solely on the company's explicit statements or third-party analysis. That is, focusing on actions vs. words.  

And it includes a brief demonstration of one of our main news article databases here at SFU: Factiva.

<Read on for details.>


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