SFU researchers now have trial access to Data Planet -- a very broad collection of datasets from both public and private sources on topics relevant to economics and business (and beyond). We'd really appreciate it if you could check it out and share your opinions.
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I thought I'd resurrect this older post as it is still very relevant and useful. (MarkB)
For most searches in our databases, the basic syntax of (A and B) works fine. (E.g., (librarians and cool).) For some more complex topics, it's necessary to add in some synonyms: ((A or B) and (C or D)). (E.g., ((librarians or libraries) and (cool or awesome)).)
I just noticed that one of the major academic publishers has opened up free access to many of their journal articles for a limited time in support of the Millenium Development Goals. [...]
In fact, SFU researchers already have access to almost all of the same articles, but a curated collection like this is still useful: if you are researching poverty, sustainability, gender equality, or any of the other MDGs, it can be very handy to have someone pre-select some initial readings for you... and you can always branch out by exploring the references in those articles... <more>
Has this ever happened to you?
You get an assignment to write a term paper,
... then you spend lots of time coming up with a good topic (not too hard, not too boring...),
... then you gather some academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed articles on that topic (ideally you do so efficiently -- perhaps by chatting with a librarian before you become too frustrated!),