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Basic income & beyond: Researching economic policy topics

Published 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...>


Expiring soon: DealScan & CSMAR

Published by Mark Bodnar

Logo of CSMARAre you contemplating a research project that involves data on Chinese publicly traded firms?  Or how about global commercial loan data

If so, don't procrastinate!  We have grant-funded, short-term dataset subscriptions that are perfect for both topics, and both are set to expire soon...

<Read on for info about CSMAR and DealScan!>

On researching bicycle-sharing systems...

Published by Mark Bodnar

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.

The way to an "A" leads through your library!

Published by Mark Bodnar

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.

Take charge of your library education with the workshops and other services below.

Celebrating the great work done at SFU: SFU authors invited to a party

Published by Mark Bodnar

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.