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Library guide for Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership

Contact info

Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Graduate Business Programs
You can schedule one-to-one research consultations at 778.782.4264 (Burnaby); 778-782-5043 (Vancouver) or or The Research Commons supports graduate students through all stages of the research lifecycle, including writing services such as workshops and Writing consultations. (Once a Writing Consultation request is received, a student will normally receive a reply within 48 hours (excluding weekends) confirming the request and making plans about how to proceed.)

For guidelines and help with your thesis, see the Research Commons' Theses resources.

Business writing resources

Guide for Business writing

Use the Library's recommended online Dictionaries, including The Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Telebook service

Students in this program are eligible to use the Telebook service which delivers books and articles to the student.

Telebook: Delivery of Library books and materials to your home

Research resources


Business Source Complete
A good place to start your search for academic articles.  It also has industry and market reports, company profiles, country economic reports, and more.

Access to newspapers, journals, market reports, cases, and patents from the early 1970s to the present in the areas of Business, Law, and News.  

Bibliography of Native North Americans
For access to journal articles in scholarly journals and Native North American newspapers.

IBISWorld Industry Reports - Canada module:
This module within our IBISWorld database offers over 400 reports on major Canadian industries.   Each 30-40 page report covers key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants.

MINT Global
Covers 64,000 publicly-traded companies from around the world.

Select the Search by Content Type tab at the top, then choose Dossier(Company, Executive, & Industry).

Eldis Gateway to Development Information
Full text documents. Use "indigenous" to find many studies.

A training library with video tutorials on business skills. Restricted to current students, faculty and staff. All users must create a profile with a valid SFU email address before logging in to this resource for the first time.

Additional databases

For more, see the complete list of Business databases.  Also check the guides: Company information and Industry surveys.


Use the SFU Library Catalogue to find books. 

Try the Advanced Keyword Search to find books on a topic.

See the First Nations Terminology guide for useful subject headings, for instance:

  • first nations or aborig* or indian* or metis or native* or indigen* or inuit* or innu or tribe* or tribal or indian band*

Subject headings


Land claims


Finding Simon Fraser University MBA research projects by topic

An efficient way to find a known reference (books or journal articles)

Search the Library Catalogue

Search by Title of the book (not chapter title) or Journal title (not article's title).

  • E.g. LItosseliti, L. (2006). Constructing gender in public arguments: The female voice as emotional voice. In J. Baxter (Ed.), The female voice in contexts (pp. 40-58). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

  • Myles, F. (2010). The development of theories of second language acquisition. Language Teaching, 43(3), 320-332.

Library research guides

Other guides

Research process

  1. Define your topic.
  2. Look for background informationBackground Information (Encyclopedias, Biographical, Chronologies, Guides to First Nations Research),
  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

(____________ 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.

See also Search tips for Google and Google Scholar

Searching in titles

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

intitle: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

intitle: Global Indigenous Issues

Searching within a specific site

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

"Global Indigenous Issues" "land rights" site:gov


Indigenous and Northern Affairs Development Canada  is responsible for the following:

  • Land Claims  In general, there are two types of Aboriginal claims in Canada that are commonly referred to as "land claims" - comprehensive claims and specific claims.  Comprehensive claims always involve land, but specific claims are not necessarily land-related.
  • Administrative Burden Baseline
  • Treaty-making  There are approximately 70 recognized treaties that form the basis of the relationship between 364 First Nations, representing over 600,000 First Nations people, and the Crown.  All of the government's acts and regulations can be found on the Justice Laws Website.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statistics Canada 
See also: SFU Library's Citing guide for Statistics Canada, PCensus, EStat, and CHASS data

Belzberg Library

Belzberg Library Information for Graduate Business Programs