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Beyond Harry Potter & LOTR: Academic book series

Published by Mark Bodnar
Simple line drawing of a person reading a book that has a happy face on the coverYou know how enjoyable it can be to read (and re-read!) a popular fiction series? Each time you finish a title, you look forward to the characters, and perhaps even the story, continuing in further volumes. There's a mix of suspense and comfort in plowing through an entire series such as Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, Discworld, or the Aubrey–Maturin books that I'm currently reading.

Nonfiction series may not offer much in the way of suspense between volumes, but finding a good academic series that touches on your specific research area can certainly be rewarding. Each new title is both familiar and new, with different aspects and perspectives of the topic explored in every volume.

I thought I'd highlight just a few of the academic book series I've been keeping an eye on lately...

<Read on for some great reads!>

GFDatabase... for when a (very) long-term perspective is needed

Published by Mark Bodnar

Screen capture of the GFDatabase search boxes showing the major categories of time series available.So much of the research done today focuses on resources that can be accessed online, digital information that can be found and analyzed quickly... often from home on a snowy day while wearing pajamas.

As convenient as it is, relying solely on online information introduces a dangerous bias in research. It's true that an increasing amount of older information is being digitized every day, but that is still just a tiny sample of all the information that has been produced. Limiting your research to only online sources introduces a shortsightedness that can affect your conclusions and your decisions.

Paradoxically, I say all that as preamble to a post about yet another online resource, but the database I'm highlighting exists in part to help correct the myopia: GFDatabase.

<Read on for details & examples, including a 260-year chart of Canadian inflation...>

Changes coming to access procedures for WRDS

Published by Mark Bodnar

Screen capture of the logo of the WRDS database​Starting next week (Nov. 28, 2022), the procedures for accessing our WRDS financial datasets will change. Wharton Research Data Services has already emailed current registered users about the new procedures, but I thought I'd post the main details and ways to learn more for anyone who missed the emails...

<Read on for details!>

Congrats to our newest grads! Stay connected & informed now that you are alumni...

Published by Mark Bodnar
Screen capture of the cover of an Argus Industry Review & Outlook reportIt's been wonderful to see so many smiling grads and their families up here on the mountain this week — Convocation is one of my favourite times of the semester. Congratulations to those who are graduating!

If you're amongst the happy grads, or if you see that finish line in your near future, you may be interested to learn that SFU alumni retain off-campus access to a wide selection of the SFU Library's valuable resources.

 Here are just a few of the alumni-accessible resources I think might be of particular interest...

<Read on to open the treasure chest!>

Engage your students with case studies on current news events: Express Cases via SBC

Published by Mark Bodnar

Screen capture of the search screen for SAGE Business Cases, edited to add the word Express.If you want your students to see the immediate and impactful relevance of classroom theories to the world around them, consider assigning one of the Express Cases from our SAGE Business Cases database!

Express Cases are business case studies on topics in the news, perfectly designed to help your students apply academic theories and critical thinking to real-world situations.

<Read on for some highlights from our newest Express case studies!>

Telemedicine, peer-to-peer lending, green apparel and more: Plunkett Industry Almanacs online for SFU researchers!

Published by Mark Bodnar
I'm very pleased to report that we've added several industry almanacs to our Plunkett Research Online collection.

Screen capture of the logo of Plunkett Research Online

Plunkett industry almanacs are a useful supplement to our other industry reports, such as those in our IBISWorld database. They don't generally contain much analysis, but they provide the information you need to start analyzing potential markets yourself... trends, statistics, contacts, and competitors...

<Read on for details on 20+ new ebooks!>

Read-on-a-bus books to get the basics of core topics & theories

Published by Mark Bodnar
simple line drawing of a person reading a book on a busMany (many!) years ago, I survived a class on Milton's Paradise Lost by signing out an annotated version of the epic poem — a version that featured wonderful commentary by the famous Isaac Asimov on the subtext and context of Milton's dense work.

Why am I talking about English literature in a blog about business & economics resources? Because it's a great example of how we all sometimes need a little help with complex topics. In many cases it's far simpler to bootstrap your learning by reading a book about a theory before you tackle the theory itself. (Even, to be frank, as a substitute for tackling some particularly difficult theories!)

Fortunately, there are shortcuts! Sometimes you can avoid falling asleep on piles of convoluted texts and instead get a good sense of a topic in the time it takes to ride a bus to school.

<Read on to learn about read-on-a-bus gems designed to save you time when you need to learn the basics of a complex new topic.>

New! SAGE Skills: Business - interactive & flexible learning of key workplace skills

Published by Mark Bodnar

I'm very pleased to announce that SFU students (and instructors!) now have access to an online resource designed to support a wide range of foundational, high-demand workplace skills: SAGE Skills: Business.

Screen capture of the logo of SAGE Skills: Business

Your employers — both current and future — expect that you are also developing foundational skills needed in all workplaces during your time at SFU: skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork, as well as more modern requirements such as data analysis & visualization...

<Read on to learn more about SAGE Skills: Business!>