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Doing business research can be a challenging task. This guide is to assist student in the SFU Graduate Business Programs learn about some of the resources and Library services which are available for their use. SFU Library subscribes to many specialized business databases with company, financial, industry and market information (for the exclusive use of SFU users) that are NOT searchable with "Google."
Belzberg Library (in downtown Vancouver) - Belzberg Library Information for Graduate Business Programs
Additional resources lists many guides such as Company information, Market research, and Project management to assist with business research. Check the BUEC Buzz for the latest news about business resources, search tips and sample searches.
Library research guides such as First Nations, Resource and Environmental Management, Government resources can provide additional resources to consider if those topics are pertinent for your business research. Library tutorials provide a good introduction to library research skills.
MBA research projects may be useful if you want to see examples of previous SFU MBA projects.
Lynda.com Online Training Library has video tutorials (e.g. presentations, project management, writing technical reports) which may sharpen your skills. The very first time that you log into the database, create your "personal" account within the database to access the tutorials.
Management, company, industry or market information
Only 4 Steps: Researching in Academic Business Journals (6.30 mins. video tutorial)
A very small portion is out of date (the portion that points you to SFU Library's previous Home page). Content is still relevant.
Selected business databases
Business Source Complete (a key resource) - includes articles from scholarly and trade journals, industry reports, country profiles and more.
- Do a literature search on your chosen topic.
- Add selected articles to the "Folder" (top of screen) and email results. When emailing your selected articles from within the Folder, you can also choose a "citation style" such as APA, MLA, or Chicago.
- If full-text is NOT available within the database then use the "Get@SFU" icon to see if the Library has a copy.
Start with keywords for your topic (see "Only 4-Steps" tutorial, above)
Research topic: Motivating the milleninals
motiv* or "job satisfaction" or "employee turnover"
millenial* or "baby boomer*" or "generation Y" or yuppies
Use an asterisk (*) to search for various endings of a "root" word and use quotation marks ("") to search for a "phrase"
Limit search results to "Scholarly" articles and further limit by "Subject"
CBCA Full Text Business - for a "Canadian" perspective
Business article databases by area of concentration: Accounting, Finance, HR/Management and Organizational Studies, International Business, Management Information Systems, Management Science, Marketing
Books and journals
Find a particular journal or newspaper
- Use the A to Z Journal list to search for specific journals or newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal
- Citation Finder tool can assist with finding specific books or articles.
Library Catalogue Search Guide - provides search tips for effective searching.
Library Research Skills [interactive tutorial] - in Canvas provides a good grounding on
Use Catalogue Search to find books at SFU Library. Books often provide a more "in-depth" treatment of a topic in one place while journal articles tend to focus on a more narrow aspect of a topic.
Use Browse Search tab (top of screen) to search by author or subject
- Change: "Browse by" from "Title" to "Author", and enter "Last name"and then the "First name": Armstrong, Michael
Change: "Browse by" from "Title" to "Subject", and enter subject terms such as Business planning, Derivatives, Employee motivation,
Small business marketing, etc.
Use "Advanced search" for flexibility in searching
Start with keywords for your topic
Research topic: Motivating the milleninals
employee* OR worker* OR personnel
motivat* OR job satisfaction
NOTE: Use capital "OR", capital "AND" for correct search logic
Asterisk (*) searches for various endings of a "root" word
Any Field: Subject Contains: (employee* OR worker* OR personnel) AND (motivat* OR job satisfaction) Resource type: Books
Limit results by Subject (left-hand column). Sort for newest first.
Select a book which looks relevant and click on its "subject" link (from within its "full record") to find more books on that topic.
Selected Library books
Researching topics related to First Nations
Selected databases for journal articles and documents
- Bibliography of Native North Americans - Index for all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life
Indigenous Peoples: North America - A database with extensive monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and photographs about Indigenous populations in North America.
America: History and Life - This database will provide access to scholarly journals for Canadian & United States history.
- Native Health Databases - The Native Health Databases contain bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.
More First Nations databases
Selected subject headings
- Indian business enterprises -- Canada
- Indians of North America -- British Columbia -- Industries
- Indians of North America -- Employment -- Canada
- Indians of North America -- Canada -- Government relations
- Indians of North America -- Land tenure -- British Columbia
- Indigenous peoples -- Research -- Methodology
- Natural resources -- Law and legislation -- Canada
Help with business writing and citing (APA)
For information on writing support services to SFU graduate researchers across all disciplines (including consultations, workshops, and the "Read Ahead Service", see Writing Services Offered by the Research Commons. Check their Upcoming workshops.
The above guide will provide examples of how to cite business sources using the APA citation style.