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Library guide for Graduate Business Programs


This guide will get you started with doing a literature search for Graduate Business Programs such as MBA, EMBA, MOT, GDBA and MSc. Finance.  SFU Library subscribes to many business databases.  Information from these databases is not freely accessible through a Google search.

Guide for students in Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership.

Research help

You can contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Graduate Business Programs () for assistance via email or by making an appointment.  Assistance is also available via Ask a librarian

Belzberg Library Information for Graduate Business Programs.  This Library is located in downtown Vancouver.

Researching business information

Business information resources guide and the specialized guides listed on the Additional resources tab, such as Company information, Industry surveys, Market research, provide search tips and links to save time.  BUEC Buzz has news about the latest business sources at the SFU Library.

Tutorials are available on topics such as "project management" through Online Training Library.  It may be helpful to see examples of MBA research projects completed by previous SFU graduate business students.

Business databases

Business Source Complete is a key resource.  Search it for most business topics or for specific journal articles. This database provides access to business journals, both scholarly and trade, and to industry reports and country profiles.

Do a literature search on your chosen topic.  Add selected articles to the "Folder" (top of screen) and email results.  When emailing, choose a "citation style" (APA) to create your bibliography.   Use the "Get@SFU" icon, if full-text is not within the database. 

See Only 4 Steps: Researching in Academic Business Journals (6.30 mins. video tutorial), to learn how to break down your topic and do a literature search.


              joint venture* OR venture capital OR entrepren*
              Canad* OR British Columbia

              Search result

              Limit these results further to "Subject" (left-hand column) terms.  You can also limit to "scholarly/peer-reviewed"

Databases by area of concentration

SFU Library guide: Citation Guide for Business Sources (APA 6th ed.)

Citation searching

"Citation" searching is a useful strategy to check to see if a work that is relevant for you research has been cited by anyone else since it was initially published.   Enter the "citation" information into Google Scholar, using the link from SFU Library.  If your citation appears in the results list, check beneath it for "Cited by."

  Google Scholar

    Demirci, A. E. (2013). Cross-cultural differences in entrepreneurial tendencies: an exploratory view in Turkey and Canada.  
    International Journal Of Entrepreneurship, 1721-40.

       "Cited by"

Find books and journals at SFU Library

Use A to Z Journal list to search for a journal or a newspaper (E.g. Wall Street Journal)

Use Citation Finder/ILL to search for a specific journal article or a book, or to request material through Library's Inter-Library Loans Service (free).

Library Catalogue Search Guide provides search tips for effective searching.

Catalogue Search 

Sign-in (top right of screen) to obtain access to electronic resources.  This "sign-in" is active for about 60 minutes.

  Use Advanced search


      Note: Use capital OR, AND in Catalogue Search

 joint venture* OR venture capital OR entrepren*
 Canad* OR British Columbia

   Search result

     Limit results to "Subject" (left-hand column, hover on words to select)

  Use Browse Search (top of screen) to find books by a specific author (Drucker, Peter), or title (The Venture Capital Deformation) or
  subject (Venture capital)

 Selected Library books


      Search tips

      Search tips:

      Use quotations ("") to search as a "phrase"; Use asterisk (*)  to search for different endings of a "root" word
      Use "OR" to combine same concept;   Use "AND" to combine different concepts.  
      With one-line search box, put braces around your synonyms  (____________ or __________) AND (__________ or ________)

        Search tips for Google and Google Scholar

      Writing help

      For writing support services, check: