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A current awareness resource for students & faculty members in Business & Economics

Our library is where YOU are — especially in these complicated times!

Published March 15, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

As I'm sure you heard, SFU is moving away from in-person instruction starting tomorrow (March 16). For now, the library and other university facilities remain open, but even if our library buildings weren't open, you'd still be able to access many of our resources and services. 

**[Update (March 20]: Our Fraser and Belzberg Libraries are now closed and our Bennett (Burnaby) library will close as of 5pm tonight.  However, our online resources and services remain available. Read on for details... 

Line drawing of a question mark with a circle around it.Need some statistics to support your argument?
How about time series data from a wide range of sources?
Company & market financials
Market & industry analysis?
News articles? Streaming video? Online journals & books?

<Click for a list of key online business/economics resources to help you study from home.> 

On procrastination: how NOT to...

Published March 10, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

We've hit that magical time of semester when deadlines that once seemed theoretical now loom darkly on the horizon and lurch closer every time we blink. That time when snacks, social media, and even dirty dishes all seem so much more tempting than the task at hand... 

That's right -- it's procrastination time! Or, more grandly, it's National Procrastination Week!

In honour of this occasion, my colleagues here in the SFU Library have created one of the most inventive book displays I've ever seen on the main floor of our Burnaby library...  

<Don't wait! Click now for for pictures and resources!>

From big data to biomass energy: New Plunkett Industry Almanacs online for SFU researchers!

Published March 10, 2020 by Mark Bodnar

Image of the cover of the ebook: Plunkett's Sharing & Gig Economy, Freelance Workers & On-Demand Delivery Industry Almanac 2020I'm very pleased to report that we've added several industry almanacs to our Plunkett Research Online collection:

Each of these almanacs devotes 500+ pages to the...

  • major trends that are creating rapid changes in their target industry,  
  • in-depth statistics on sales, manufacturing, employment and more,
  • key contacts (associations, government agencies, and internet sites), and a
  • detailed directory of major firms, complete with high-level financial data and growth plans.

<Read on for links to the 14 new titles now available for downloading!>

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!>


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