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Contact infoMoninder Lalli, Librarian for Graduate Business Programs
You can schedule one-to-one research consultations at 778.782.4264 (Burnaby); 778-782-5043 (Vancouver) or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ask a Librarian
Library research guides
- Internet and e-commerce information
- Sustainable Business resources
- AAA Student SuperLinks (American Accounting Association)
- Free Management Library: Human Resources Management: A starting point for management research. Links to many recommended websites, articles, books, etc.
- Small Business Accelerator BC-specific gateway to business information for owners and entrepreneurs.
- for the "annual Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada"
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- Only 4 Steps: Researching in academic Business journals
- Library research skills [interactive tutorial]
- Developing a topic [video]
- Evaluating sources
- Why you need to cite sources [video]
- Understanding and avoiding plagiarism [interactive tutorial]
- Moving from citation to article: Find the full text of an article from the article citation [guide]
- Where can I get this? Citation finder [tool]
- More Tutorials
- Define your topic.
- Look for background information (encyclopedias, handbooks, introductory texts).
- 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.
- Brainstorm keywords for each concept in your topic to use for searching for information.
- Use Library Catalogue to find books and use "subject lists" of Journal Article Databases to find articles.
- Evaluate your resources.
- 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.
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 using the SFU Library Catalogue
Use the Advanced Keyword Search in the Library Catalogue to search for book on a topic.
You can also limit your search results to e-books by changing the box "All Collection" to "eResources".
Find journal articles
- Business Source Complete: A good place to start your search for academic or practitioner articles. BSC also contains industry and market reports, company profiles, country economic reports, and more.
- CBCA Full Text Business: Canadian focus: Trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals, and professional publications.
- Canadian Newsstream
Business Insights (Gale)
- Strategic management reports, including banking, IT services, etc.
The Research Commons provides writing support services for graduate students.