Library guide for Graduate Business Programs

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Introduction

This guide is designed for students in Graduate Business Programs such as MBA, EMBA, MOT, GDBA and MSc. Finance.  It includes tips for literature searches, with emphasis on using business databases, which give you access to information not freely available on the open web.

Other starting points:

Research help

You can contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Graduate Business Programs (moninder_lalli@sfu.ca) for assistance via email or to make an appointment. Or Ask a librarian

Resources for business information

  Start with Business information resources to find recommended sources, and for search tips that will save you time. This guide includes the side tabs, Facts & data sources, Citing help, etc. For resources on specialized topics like Company information, Industry surveys, and Market research, see the Additional resources: Business information sources.

News from our BUEC Buzz blog

Follow the BUEC Buzz to keep on top of new resources available for business & economics research at SFU: RSS

Video tutorials for finding business information

Before you start  searching for information, please watch these four tutorials to save you time and effort.  Created by Mark Bodnar, SFU Business and Economics Librarian, the tutorials provide very useful tips and search strategies to business information.

Business databases

  Business Source Complete is a key resource, and includes business journals (trade and scholarly), industry reports, and country profilesStart here to search most business topics or for specific journal articles.   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.

Try combining keywords for your research topic:

("small business OR entrepreneur*) AND (manag* OR personnel OR employee*)

  • CBCA Complete  Canada's reference and current events - scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  • Canadian Research Index Canadian government publications. 
  • Canadian Newsstream  Full text access to major Canadian daily newspapers (such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Gazette (Montreal), and Vancouver Sun) as well as small market newspapers and weeklies published in Canada.
  • Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris  Includes some full text public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks, and research groups.
  • PsycINFO - use for consumer psychology, employees, etc. Contains Articles, books, book chapters, technical reports, and theses and dissertations in the field of psychology

For more, see below.

Business databases by area of concentration:

Find books

Advanced search tips and strategies

 The Library Catalogue Search Guide provides search tips for effective searching, including power searching, and strategies for finding books and journal articles.

Search the Library Catalogue to search for books, journal articles, government reports, films, and more.
For any of the sample searches below, try limiting the search results by "Subject" (left-hand side) or "Resource type"

Sample searches:

Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use
quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words

Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

Selected subject headings:

In the SFU Library Catalogue, use the Browse search option and then change "title" (default) to "subject" 

TIP: When you find a relevant book, try clicking on the "Subject" link in the full Library record for more books on that topic.

Selected Library books

    Past SFU MBA projects

    You can also see examples of MBA research projects completed by previous SFU graduate business students.

    Google Scholar & Google

    Search tips for Google Scholar & Google

    • Search results limited to words in the title of document, using "intitle:"
    • Use capital "OR" for synonyms.
    • Put parentheses "( __ OR __ )" around words that mean the same thing
    • Do NOT use "AND" to join different concepts, "AND" is assumed when two words are next to each other.

    For more, try Search tips for Google, Google Scholar, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines

    Google Scholar

    Citation searching 

    Citation searching is a useful strategy to check to see if a work that is relevant for your 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."

    Example: Trosper, R., Nelson, H., Hoberg, G., Smith, P., & Nikolakis, W. (2008). Institutional determinants of profitable commercial forestry enterprises among First Nations in CanadaCanadian Journal Of Forest Research38(2), 226-238. doi:10.1139/X07-167
    "Cited by"

    For more on measuring the quantitative impact of articles, journals, or authors, see Impact metrics.

    Google & its special search engines for government info

    Use Google when searching for information from companies, industry associations, government, etc.

    Search for a topic: Indigenous land claims in British Columbia

    (aboriginal OR indigenous) land claims (BC OR British Columbia)
      Results

    Search results limited to words in the title of document, using "intitle:".  Use capital "OR" for synonyms.  Put parentheses "( __ OR __ )" around words that mean the same thing

      intitle:"wine industry"   intitle:(BC OR British Columbia OR Okanagan
        Results

    Search for documents from a particular country's domain.  The example below is for India, with country code of ".in". 
    Other country codes:  Web country codes

       Search for documents from websites in India about elders and families

         site:.in (elderly OR seniors OR aged) intitle:families 
           Results

    Google's search engines for government information

    Learning tutorials

    • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) - Provides thousands of in-depth step-by-step video tutorials, taught by experts, on software development, design practices, business skills, web development, and photography.
      • Tutorials on data visualization, project management, data analysis, software (PowerPoint, Excel, Tableau, Photoshop), computer languages
      • Learn how to do presentations, create flowcharts, tell stories with data, customer service management 

    Presentation skills

    See the Student Learning Commons for expert and friendly help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies.

    Library guides

    Writing and citing help

    For writing support services, see: 

    For citing help, see the SFU Library guide: Citation Guide for Business Sources.