A few brief thoughts about resources for those 4th-year marketing students who are working on a project involving the Sustainable Development Goals...
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I understand that some of our Business students are doing a marketing project involving bicycle-sharing systems. The core of that assignment requires primary market research (surveys, etc.), but we all know that secondary research is still important in such cases: to provide the context for the primary work; to learn from the methodologies used by others (sample questions, variable descriptions, etc.); and to avoid re-doing work that has already been done to an acceptable degree.
Research has shown that students who make the effort to learn how to efficiently use their library are 94.6% more likely to get an "A"!
OK, I made that statistic up, but I'm sure the numbers are that high... :-) Learning how to quickly find and use the hundreds of library databases will definitely get you to the best material faster -- leaving you lots more time to focus on the analysis required for your assignments.
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People tend to first think of scholarly journal articles when they consider the intellectual production of a university, but knowledge takes many forms. An astonishing number of books, films, chapters, and other non-article publications are created here at SFU, and each year the SFU Library holds a party to highlight and celebrate the great work of our university.
9400! That's how many IBISWorld reports were downloaded by SFU researchers in the last three months of 2014. When you consider that very little assignment research happens in December, that means that we averaged over 4000 reports/month in October and November.
Those who have been part of one of our class presentations may have heard us talk about the need to "go to the source" when doing research -- always try to figure out who has the most direct access to the data you need AND would be likely to make it public.
When it comes to data on the Canadian economy and society, that source is often Statistics Canada. Which brings me to today's Buzz item...
With just days to go until that special spooky night, it seems a good time to resurrect an old post: On the business of Hallowe’en. Check it out for reports, analysis, and more on the monetary implications of all those ghosts, ghouls, and gremlins.
We mentioned the Boston Consulting Group (aka "BCG") earlier this year in a post about hidden treasures on research firm sites, but thought it deserved a post all its own.
The SFU Library has a couple new database trials underway. Neither are purely bus/econ-focused resources, but I'm sure we can all agree that both business and economics have very wide scopes -- almost anything is potentially useful to a good bus/econ researcher!
So, with that in mind, maybe kick the doors on these databases and let us know what you think: