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Library guide for Graduate Business Programs


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 specialised topics like Company information, Industry surveys, and Market research, see Additional resources: Business information sources.

Check the BUEC Buzz to keep on top of new resources available for business research at the SFU Library.

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. 

You can also search business databases by area of concentration:

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.

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. 

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

Past MBA projects

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

Selected Library books


Advanced search tips and strategies

For advanced search strategies for finding books and articles in the Library Catalogue, see Power searching and Boolean searching

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.

Writing and citing help

For writing support services, check: 

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