Library guide for Graduate Business Programs

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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 ( 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 Facts & data sourcesciting help, and more. 

For resources on specialized topics like Company information, Industry surveys, and Market research, see 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

Mark Bodnar, Business and Economics Librarian, has created the following tutorials which will provide tips and strategies for finding 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*)

Business databases by area of concentration:

Find books, journals, and other publications at SFU Library

Search the Library Catalogue to search for books, and to search for journal articles by citation, journal title, article title, or topic.  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
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 of interest:

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


    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.

    To optimise your searching on the open web, see Search tips for Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines.

    Citation searching and impact metrics

    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."

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

    Past SFU MBA projects

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

    Google searching

    Search tips for Google, Google Scholar, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines

    Search for a topic: Indigenous land claims in British Columbia

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

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

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

    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
 (elderly OR seniors OR aged) intitle:families 

    Library guides

    Writing and citing help

    For writing support services, see: 

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