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Factiva in 2020: Expanding content to meet emerging needs

Published February 28, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

line drawing of a person next to a speech bubble with a newspaper in itFrequent readers of the BUEC Buzz -- and most students in the classes I visit -- will know that I consider the use of good news sources to be imperative for business research.

You really can't deal with strategies, marketing plans, investments, etc. without being on top of all that is changing in our world... and that means exploring beyond the curated-for-clicks content of most social media.

And frequent readers will also know that one of our best news sources here at SFU is Factiva which covers over 33,000 news publications from around the world, including the Wall Street Journal

<Read on to learn about Factiva's new content, and about the time-saving Factiva Expert Search feature!>

Refreshed & ready for research: Check out our updated IBISWorld industry reports!

Published February 14, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

OIBISWorld logour IBISWorld database received a much needed refresh earlier this year. 

The content hasn't really changed -- it's still a great collection of over 2100 regularly updated industry reports -- but browsing & searching to find those reports is now a smoother, more efficient process. If you haven't used IBISWorld lately, explore and let me know what you think!

<Read on for links to a few sample reports, and details on the under-used "BEP" part of the database!>

New content in Vividata: Canadian consumer data

Published January 22, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

Four jigsaw puzzle pieces with a Canadian flag in the centre. The words "Opinions," "Activities," "Demographics," and "Purchases" are on the puzzle pieces.Just a brief post to let you know that our Vividata database has been updated with Fall 2019 data from their Survey of the Canadian Consumer.

For those who haven't used Vividata yet: it's an invaluable source of information on Canadians’ opinions, demographics, and activities, as well as their product, service, and media purchases, with brand-level data in many cases.

<Read on for details about this powerful database!>

A fresh look at Frost & Sullivan: Emerging technology products, markets & strategies

Published October 9, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

logo of Frost & SullivanIt's been quite a while since I highlighted our Frost & Sullivan database. For those who are new to it, F&S is our main source for in-depth market research and strategy reports of emerging technologies.  

Tempting Titles...

To give you a sense of the type of content you'll find in F&S, consider these recent additions to the collection of over 50,000 reports, grouped by industry...

<Read on for examples of the great content in this valuable database!>

Here until December 2020: Data on listed firms in China

Published September 12, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

ILogo for CSMAR: Research Services'm very pleased to announce that SFU researchers have access until Dec. 2020 to a collection of detailed data on publicly traded firms in China.

This short-term subscription was funded with support from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grant held by Prof. Ray Zhang, but the resource is available to all SFU researchers. 

Each of the six datasets from  CSMAR (China Stock Market & Accounting Research) covers firms listed on China's Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. And they are... 

<Read on for the details!>

What do amusement parks, bread, and wireless telecom have in common?

Published September 4, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

logo for IBISWorld Industry Reports databaseI was just scanning the usage stats for our IBISWorld database -- a key source for overviews of industries in Canada, the USA, and China. 

During the month of August, likely the slowest period of the year for research and instruction here at SFU, our researchers downloaded almost 1100 IBISWorld reports.

If past patterns hold true, a further 10,000+ IBISWorld reports will be downloaded and used in SFU assignments this semester.

<Read on to find out how amusement parks, bread, and wireless fit into this story...>

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