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Elgar Encyclopedia of Financial Crises: Learn from the past!

Published by Mark Bodnar
Cover of the ebook: Elgar Encyclopedia of Financial Crises.
If you read the news as much as I do, it can seem like we are doomed to lurch endlessly from crisis to disaster and back again. That's particularly evident in finance and economics where cycles are regularly punctuated with deep troughs.

Cycles may be an unavoidable feature of the financial system, but crises don't have to be... as long as we learn from the past. To that end, here's one of our newest ebooks here in the SFU Library: Elgar Encyclopedia of Financial Crises.

<Read on for details on that ebook, and, of course, more!>

On hybrid NGOs, foodservice, and marketing strategies

Published by Mark Bodnar
Simple line drawing of a dining table set with flowers, candles, and covered food trays
Hi all! My last post was intended to help a class that will be focusing on digital nomads for their research. This time I'm here to help the other half of the same class — students who are working on a marketing strategy project involving a Portuguese not-for-profit/NGO that operates a cafe, a catering business, and a restaurant.

As with my last post, this one is meant to highlight a few search tricks & strategies, as well as some key resources. There's no way I could cover all possible resources in a single post, even if I knew your specific research questions, so it's the search strategies and tips that are the most important in what follows, starting with a short discussion about how to think about your research goals...

<Read on for soooo much more!>

On digital nomads: research sources, strategies, and tips

Published by Mark Bodnar
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Some of the students in one of Beedie's courses are focusing on digital nomads this term. I thought I'd have some fun and do a fast scan of a few of our many databases to see what I might dig up.

Even if this isn't your current research topic, the sources and perspectives I discuss here may get you thinking about different ways to approach your own research topic and about the wide range of library resources available to support you.

<Read on for many resources (and some free advice)...>

Simple tool to create links to Factiva articles

Published by Mark Bodnar
Screen capture of the Factiva database logo
Sharing is at the heart of all libraries, including ours here at SFU. Until recently, though, sharing links to articles found in our powerful Factiva database — home of the Wall Street Journal and thousands of other business, industry, and general news publications — was complex & frustrating.

Problem solved! Thanks to our wonderful eBranch team here in the library, we now have a simple little tool that can create a link to a specific Factiva article for you in seconds.

<Read on to learn abut this simple-but-useful tool!>

New business research methods resource!

Published by Mark Bodnar
Screen capture of the search screen of Sage Research Methods: Business
​I'm very pleased to announce that SFU researchers now have access to a new business-focused module within our Sage Research Methods Online database!

Sage Research Methods: Business combines practical how-to guides, case studies of real research projects, video tutorials, and practice datasets, resulting in a well-rounded learning experience for all those conducting academic or workplace studies.

<Read on for details!>

New Statistics Canada podcast episode (& more) on misinformation

Published by Mark Bodnar
As we slide down the far side of December, with 2024 looming on the horizon... I thought I'd use my last few posts of the year to highlight and update some BUEC Buzz items from the last year. We covered many useful sources and skills in 2023, so why not celebrate a few of them?

Let's start with my recent post about the learning & current awareness resources available from our national statistical agency: Not just numbers: Statistics Canada's educational resources. [...] Just this morning, Statistics Canada released another episode (season 4, episode 3) of their Eh Sayers podcast. This new episode is focused on misinformation in society and features a conversation between a UAlberta misinformation/disinformation expert and the Assistant Chief Statistician of Canada.

<Read on for information on misinformation!>

Our short survey is a win-win-WIN situation!

Published by Mark Bodnar
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If you're reading this post, you probably already know something about SFU Library's services, spaces, and resources.

And if you know and use our services to any extent at all, you probably have some opinions on what's working and what could be improved.

And if you have such opinions, you may have also wished that there was an efficient and impactful way to share them...

<Read on to learn about our survey & prizes!>

Spark your research creativity! GIS Day on Nov. 15th

Published by Mark Bodnar
Logo for GIS Day: November 15, 2023: cohosted by SFU Library and SFU Department of Geography
One of the great benefits of working/studying in a large university like SFU is the increased potential for innovative ideas and approaches to spread between subjects. If you can take the time to step outside of your own department or faculty now and then — and out of the box of your discipline's usual perspective — you may learn something that allows you to see your own research area in a new way.

Take, for instance, GIS (Geographic Information Systems): this standard tool of the Geography Dept. has wide application in almost any subject. Visualizing, and thinking spatially about, a topic can unlock new insights obscured by standard data tables and dense text — regardless of whether you're analyzing supply chains, economic development, consumer behaviour, or housing prices.

<Read on for details about GIS Day on Nov. 15!!>