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Library guide for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)

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 Ask a Librarian

Library research guides

Business guides


Software to use for citing your sources:

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Research process

  1. Define your topic.
  2. Look for background information (encyclopedias, handbooks, introductory texts).
  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.
  • 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".

Electronic books

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.

Writing: See Business Writing and Writing for University, both online and print, to help you develop business writing skills.
Use the Assignment Calculator to help you break down your writing assignments into a series of manageable steps. All you need to get started is the date your assignment is due.

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