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Short, sweet, and to the point... Oxford's Very Short Introductions to hundreds of topics

Published by Mark Bodnar

Photo of a few books from the Very Short Introduction seriesHave you ever been at a party (or in a tutorial... same thing...) when someone brought up a peripheral topic -- not core to your usual research area, but apparently relevant to your studies? 

As a seasoned scholar who understands that knowledge doesn't live in isolated silos, you certainly want to learn a bit more about such peripheral topics. 

As always, though, time is tight. As much as you love the depth of the millions of books in our collection, you really just need a reasonably brief overview of the topic...

<Read on to learn about read-on-a-bus intros to complex topics!>

Biotech, social media, robotics, and more: Plunkett's Industry Almanacs

Published by Mark Bodnar

Have you ever been deep into research on an industry and found yourself wishing that someone -- anyone! -- would have already pulled together all the information on key trends and major statistics for that industry?

And maybe you then started daydreaming about how great it would be if you could get all that information in a single online source... and about how this hypothetical gem of a source might even include profiles of the top companies in the industry, perhaps around 300-500 companies per industry...?

Online marketing and web analytics (BUS 441)

Published by Mark Bodnar

I hear that our BUS 441 students are embarking on a project that will have them designing marketing campaigns using WordPress websites, FaceBook ads, and Google AdWords, all while gathering data and adjusting their campaigns.

I'm sure the instructor will be providing detailed readings and guidance, but I thought I'd highlight a few of the other resources that might prove useful for such activities.

If nothing else, this list might be helpful for other SFU researchers interested in similar topics.

On innovation...

Published by Mark Bodnar

Frequent readers of the Buzz will know that I'm a fan of the Boston Consulting Group's  articles and

"Copyright in the Classroom" Workshops for Instructors

Published by Mark Bodnar

Do you...

  • Upload readings or other materials into Canvas?
  • Include photos, diagrams or maps in your PowerPoint slides?
  • Use blogs or social media in your courses?
  • Use teaching materials you find online

All of these activities can implicate copyright.

For your To-Do list: Renew or return last semester's books before Jan. 11th

Published by Mark Bodnar

We've hit that magical time of year when semester-loan items borrowed last year from the SFU Library need to be returned or renewed!

If you borrowed or renewed a semester-loan item between July 31, 2015 and November 30, 2015, it is due next Monday (January 11, 2016). Fines and suspensions can be avoided by returning and/or renewing books before that date.

FDI research made easy!

Published by Mark Bodnar

Does your research require access to data on FDI (foreign direct investment) inflows, outflows, positions, and stock?  Maybe also to FDI regulations, policies, and major players?  Then start with our (just-updated) BUS 431 course guide