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Your feedback needed! Scopus trial to April 17

Published March 22, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Image of the Scopus logoWe've just started a trial to Scopus and would love to hear what you think of it.

For those who don't know Scopus, it's a direct competitor to Web of Science (and perhaps to Google Scholar, depending on what you are trying to accomplish).  That is, Scopus is a very large citation database of peer-reviewed literature in journals, books, and conference proceedings across most research fields...

<Read on for more details!>

Downstream effects of steel tariffs: IBISWorld

Published March 22, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Image of steel girders with the text: Canada is the largest supplier and buyer of U.S. steel. 43.2% of U.S. iron and steel is exported to Canada. IBISWorld I see that IBISWorld has published an analysis of the possible effects of a US steel & aluminum tariff on Canadian industries and consumers:  Trump Tariff to Hit Consumers, Canadian Steel and Construction.

As I'm sure you could guess, such tariffs are expected to touch on many industries.  Here are direct links to IBISWorld reports on some ...

<Read on for links to industry and business environment reports!>

Ready... set... analyze! Datasets designed for research methods classes

Published March 5, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Thanks to support from KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative, SFU researchers now have access to a collection of practice datasets optimized for use in classroom exercises or in exam papers:  SAGE Research Methods Datasets.

Screen capture fro within Sage Research Methods Datasets showing the main search box.  

This collection of teaching datasets can be used to support the teaching and independent learning of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods common in the social sciences. These are datasets taken from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes -- saving you hours sourcing and cleaning...

<Read on for links to a few examples of the datasets available, and more!>

For the big picture online: Encyclopedia of Global Industries

Published March 2, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Sometimes you need the big picture of an industry before you can dive in for deeper research: a brief history of the industry's development; a description of its structure; or a list of key countries and companies... just enough to guide the next steps in your analysis.

Cover of the Encyclopedia of Global IndustriesFor those purposes (and more!) SFU researchers should check out our new online access to the 6th edition (2017) of the Encyclopedia of Global Industries.  [...]

To get a sense of the value of the Encyclopedia of Global Industries check out these entries:

<Read on for more entries, links to related titles, and more!>

Axe Throwing Clubs to Yoga Studios: Real business plans for SFU entrepreneurs!

Published March 2, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

Cover of a Business Plans Handbook volumeHey entrepreneurship students!  Did you know that you have online access to hundreds of real business plans from throughout North America via the SFU Library?  We've recently purchased a few more volumes in the online Business Plans Handbook series -- bringing us up to 40 volumes in total.

[...] check out this small selection of the types of companies covered in the newest volumes:

<Read on to get to BPs for whiskey distilleries, escape rooms, and more!>

Useful little boxes: The power of psychographic clusters

Published February 5, 2018 by Mark Bodnar

line drawing of a head with a box inserted, combined with another drawing of a pencil ticking off a boxWe are all so much more than our age, income, opinions, or shopping habits... right?  Certainly we can't be dropped into simple boxes like that and expect to have much in common with our box-mates...

But what if you change the "or" of my first sentence into an "and"?   

My middle-aged, middle-income, ethnically diverse, and environmentally conscious household-with-teens is probably more similar to other households that tick all of those boxes than it is to a random Canadian household. [...]

This argument is at the root of the concept of psychographic clusters...  

<Read on to learn about the power of Prizm5 & our SimplyAnalytics database!>

New data on "Canadians at Work and Home" from Statistics Canada: GSS 2016 released

Published December 22, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Another bit of welcome news from Statistics Canada this morning... they've published new data from the 2016 General Social Survey.  

Now, based solely on that one short phrase, you may not think it's worth reading further, but those who have used data from the General Social Survey know that its new cycle deals with "Canadians at Work and Home" and is deeply relevant to research areas in both economics and business.

<Read on to find out exactly how "deeply relevant" this data might be to your research!>

Statistics Canada logo: Canadian flag image and the name of the organization in both English and French.

EIU database: Upcoming cancellation & alternative resources

Published December 13, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

We've recently had to make the difficult decision to cancel our EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) database subscription with very short notice. Usage of the EIU database had dramatically decreased in the last few years, resulting in an unsustainably high cost-per-use. Our access will cease at the end of 2017.

We would normally engage in a long period of consultation before making such a cancellation decision, but the renewal offer had a very short deadline and required a three-year commitment. We did not feel it would be prudent to lock ourselves into a multiyear contract for a resource that is so rarely used (only 65 downloads this year, compared to over 700 five years ago).

<Read on for details about remaining EIU content at SFU and alternative sources...>

Head-to-head pilot of 2 emerging-tech market report collections: Feedback needed!

Published November 17, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

Logos for BCC Research and Frost and Sullivan with a black-and-white image of a business man holding weighing scales between themA quick reminder as you all double-down on your research efforts for the crazy-busy fall semester:

We have pilot subscriptions for the next several months to two very powerful market analysis databases focused on emerging technologies. If you haven't tried BCC Research and Frost & Sullivan yet, check them out.  I've listed a few recent report titles from each database below to whet your appetite.   <Read on for more!>

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