Research process & databases
- Only 4 steps: Researching in academic business journals (YouTube)
- How to find journal articles (guide)
- Finding articles: Advanced search techniques (YouTube)
- Start your research here: An overview of the research process [guide]
Need more? We have many guides, videos, worksheets, and interactive tutorials to help you become an efficient and effective researcher!
Business Source Complete
Best place to find both academic business journal articles and business/industry news magazines
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Journals and magazines in the field of communications such as the International Journal of Business Communication and the Harvard Management Communication Letter
News sources from around the world, including thousands of general news (e.g.: NYT), business news (e.g.: WSJ), and industry news (e.g.: Food Weekly News) sources
Identify & evaluate
What is a scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journal?
To help distinguish between scholarly (also known as peer-reviewed) journals, magazines, and trade publications — both print and online.
Internet research: Finding and evaluating resources
Includes the increasingly important "How to spot fake news" guide.
- Are the authors academics? (Do they work in universities?)
- Does the article have references?
- Is the article more than just a few pages long?
- Does the article contain new theories and/or the results of experiments developed by the authors themselves?
- If you search the web for the journal's homepage, can you find any mention of peer reviewers or referees? Look especially for any links to an Editorial Board or Editorial Review Board filled with university professors. (Sample: Journal of Business Ethics)
- If you search for the journal title in UIrich's Periodical Directory, does its entry indicate that it is a refereed (peer reviewed) source? (Sample: Journal of Business Ethics)
And if you're finding it difficult to read those dense academic journal articles, check out the guides and videos listed in my blog post: Baffled by dense academic writing? Start here!
Write, cite, & present
Academic Writing Resources
Links to guides and videos from the SFU Library Student Learning Commons (SLC).
Business Writing Resources
Links to business writing resources, including dictionaries, style guides, and more.
Why do you need to cite your sources?
Take the SFU Library interactive tutorial, Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism, to test yourself and use our guide to Avoiding Plagiarism to learn more about plagiarism.
APA Citation: SFU Library guide
Details on how to cite journal, newspaper, and magazine articles (online and print) as well as websites
Our main guide to ebooks, sites, and videos full of tips on how to calm your nerves, organize your thoughts, and deliver your message
Resources to help you improve your presentation skills
Still more resources from our Student Learning Commons
Having trouble using our databases or identifying peer-reviewed sources?
Our librarians are here to help with research issues. You can get assistance through online chat service (AskAway) or in person at any of our libraries. Busy schedule? You can even book an appointment.
Or are you having trouble writing annotations that clearly summarize and explain the relevance of your sources?
Then it might be time to consult with the writing experts in our Student Learning Commons. Book a consultation before it's too late!