Business 201: Assignment Tips

One of the assignments for BUS 201 students this term requires finding recent articles from a short list of publications.  This guide is meant to save you some time finding those magazines & newspapers in the SFU Library's online collection.

Magazine/Newspaper Recent Online
PDF / Page Image HTML
Economist Yes Yes
Financial Times 5 Yes Yes
Globe & Mail 3,4 See note 4 below Yes
New York Times 3 No Yes
Wall Street Journal 3 No Yes

Notes & tips 

  1. In cases where we've indicated that PDF copies are available, they are usually page images: copies of exactly what you would see if you were to read the print version of the publication.  
     
  2. HTML copies, on the other hand, are generally text-only, with any images and special formatting removed.    
     
  3. The HTML versions of a few of these publications (New York Times, Globe & Mail, Wall Street Journal) are available via our Factiva database. The links in the table will take you to a pre-run Factiva search of each publication with the most recent articles at the top. You can either browse the article titles, or click on Modify Search to refine your search with further terms. Just add... and [your search terms] to the existing search.  
    • For example: rst=NYTF and network and management will find articles in the New York Times (via Factiva) with the words network and management in them, and the results will be displayed with the most recent articles at the top.  
    • To  download/save a copy of an article in Factiva, look for the Adobe PDF symbol above the article.

  4. The Globe & Mail is a special case in that recent issues (the last seven days) are also available in page-image format through our PressReader database: Globe & Mail. (Follow that link, then use the calendar options at the top of the top of the screen to navigate to other recent issues of the G&M.)
    • To get a PDF version of an article, you'd need to use whatever print-to-PDF function is available on your computer.
        
  5. The Financial Times is also special: SFU students have complete access to all of the content at the FT.com site, including things like videos, blogs, and special reports that do not get published in the actual Financial Times newspaper. However, for this assignment, you are specifically interested in articles from the published newspaper, so you'll want to scroll to the bottom of their site to find the link to Today's Newspaper (ePaper). From there, you can link through to an archive of ePaper editions from the last several years up to about 10 days ago.
    • To download a PDF copy of an article from an FT ePaper edition, click on the article, then choose Print from the menu and use your computer's print-to-PDF options.
       
  6. TIP: If possible, browse recent issues of the publication instead of searching for random keywords. An article may not include any of the common keywords (information technology, networks, information systems, etc.) yet still be perfectly relevant to your topic.   

Help!

  • For many of you, this will be the first time you've used our library system to find resources. Don't hesitate to ask for help using our AskAway online chat reference service! 
  • Also try our guide to Finding News Sources.    
  • And if you need help with writing in a business / professional format, start with our guide to Business Writing resources, or try the Business resources listed in the Business section of our Student Learning Commons: Disciplines resource links.

Good luck with your assignment!