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Library Guide for Executive MBA Students

Contact info

You can email Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Graduate Business Programs, for assistance with research questions , or try Ask a librarian.

Belzberg Library

We are the downtown Vancouver branch of Simon Fraser University Library.

Selected business guides

Graduate Business research projects

Finding Simon Fraser University MBA Research Projects by Topic
Some graduate Business research projects after 2007 are available in Summit:SFU's Research Repository.
Graduate business research projects prior to 2008 are held in the SFU Library and may also be available online.

Other Library guides

Research process

  1. Define your topic.
  2. Look for background information
  3. Based on your preliminary research, formulate a research question that you intend to address through more comprehensive research. You will ultimately address this research question in your thesis.
  4. Brainstorm keywords for each concept in your topic to use for searching for information.
  5. Use  Library Catalogue to find books  and use "subject lists" of Journal Article Databases to find articles.
  6. Evaluate your resources.
  7. Note key authors and works that may lead you to further sources.

Search tips & techniques

  • Use "or" to combine same concept;   Use "and" to combine different concepts.  
  • When you have only one line search box, then put braces around your synonyms

NOTE: Use capital letters for "OR" and "AND" when using Boolean Logic in Catalogue Search

(____________ or __________) AND (__________ or ________)

  • Use an asterisk (*) the truncation symbol, for variation on endings of words

entrepreneur* --> to find: entrepreneur, entrepreneurs , entrepreneurship

  • Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase
  • Alternate spellings: use American & Canadian spellings (labour or labor)
  • Use abbreviations and full words (TV or television)
  • Geographic concepts:  ( Vancouver or BC or British Columbia or Canada or North America)
  • Alternate terms: Subject headings or Descriptors or Thesauri words.  Use words from the database thesaurus (if available)  to increase relevancy.
  • Library guide: Search tips for Google and Google Scholar
    • Search in titles

      Use intitle: to force Google to find those words in the titles of results (MUCH more specific results):

      intitle:airport intitle:security “full body” (ethics OR rights)

    • Searching within a specific site or domain

      Use site: to specify results from a particular web site or top-level domain:

      “Airport security” “full body scans” site:gov

Find books on a topic

Research topic: Employee motivation


employee or employees or worker or workers
motivation or motivate or job satisfaction

From SFU Library's Home page

Choose: Catalogue Search
Choose: Catalogue
Choose: Advanced search
Any Field: Subject   Contains: (employee* OR worker* OR personnel) AND (motivat* OR job satisfaction)  Resource type: Books

From the results list, choose a book that looks relevant. 
Click on the "subject" link for more books on the same topic.

Find books by a specific author

To find books by Michael Armstrong

From SFU Library's Home page

Choose: Catalogue Search
Choose: Catalogue
Choose: Advanced search
Any Field: Author    Contains: Armstrong Michael    Resource type: Books

Browse by author

From SFU Library's Home page

Choose: Catalogue Search
Choose: Catalogue
Choose: Browse tab (at top)
Change: "Browse by" from Subject" to "Author"      Enter: Last name, First  name

Browse subjects

From SFU Library's Home page

Choose: Catalogue Search
Choose: Catalogue
Choose: Browse tab (at top)
Enter: Subject words (e.g. employee motivation)


Find journal articles

  • Business Source Complete A good place to start your search of for findins articles from business journals.  It also has information on companies, countries,  industries and markets. 
    • To find a particular article from a business journal
      • Enter in search box: Name of journal and (Use pull-down menu to limit: Field = SO-Publication name)
        Enter either author or title of article (Use pull-down menu to limit either to AU or TI)
    • To search for a topic, such as "motivating the milleninals"
      • motivat*
        millenial* or generation Y
  • CBCA Full Text Business: Canadian focus: Trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals, and professional publications.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    • Index for all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life.
  • Factiva: Over 35,000 sources (newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and more) from 200 countries, in 26 languages. Includes the Wall Street Journal.
  • LexisNexis: Newspapers, journals, reports, cases, and patents from the early 1970s to the present in the areas of Business, Law, and News. Includes some directories and market reports.
  • Current issues of newspapers from around the world.
  • Sustainable Organization Library:  Online collection of nearly 800 ebooks, reports and journal issues focused on sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management.

Additional Business databases

Other Databases

In-depth market research and strategy reports.
SFU students may request PDF delivery of specific reports from Frost & Sullivan for legitimate use. Please contact or from a valid SFU email account with your request.

IBISWorld Industry Reports  Industry research reports.

A training library featuring video tutorials on software programs, design practices, and business skills.

MINT Global  A database that covers 64,000 publicly-traded companies from around the world + 148 million private companies. The majority of the private companies included in this database are from outside North America where filing regulations are more demanding for private companies.  It also has information on industries.

Passport  Demographic and economic data on every country in the world (with forecasts), as well as statistics, market reports, company profiles and information sources for country, market, consumer, and lifestyle profiling.

Statista  A statistics portal that integrates statistics from thousands of sources and provides simple exports of both data and charts in multiple formats.

   One year campus wide pilot expiring on December 31, 2017. Please send feedback to Mark Bodnar (

Snapshot allows users to customize their reports by demographics, attitudes, media consumption and profiling, retail outlets and product usage.
Vividata requires your email address to allow you to export any charts, or reports; as these exports will be sent to the email address you provide.

Additional Business databases