Going for gold: Leveraging the impacts of Olympic fever: Semester in Dialogue

Belzberg Library welcomes students in the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue to SFU Vancouver. This guide will help you to use our library to find research material for this topic. If you have any further questions about library services, please contact Ebony Magnus, Head, Belzberg Library at 778.782.5054 or ebonym@sfu.ca.

Research sources for Going For gold: Leveraging the impacts of Olympic fever

Library research involves selecting your topic, identifying the best sources and appropriate research tools, accessing the items found and evaluating your results. Start Your Research Here is a brief guide that will help you with this process.

Start your hunt for information "at home" by visiting the SFU Library home page. This gathers all the best research tools, guides and research help in one place.

1. Books, ebooks, films, music, sound, slides

Search the Catalogue to find all books, reports and media materials in the SFU Library at all three campuses (Belzberg - Vancouver; Bennett - Burnaby; Surrey - SFU Surrey).

  • Searching by KEYWORD is generally the best way to start. Once you have found some good results with your keyword searches, use the subjects on those items to focus your search.
  • Browse search the following SUBJECT headings:
    • Olympics
    • Olympics British Columbia
    • Olympics Economic Aspects
    • Olympics Finance
    • Olympics History
    • Olympics Management
    • Olympics Political Aspects
    • Olympics Social Aspects
    • Special Events
    • Sports Economic Aspects
    • Sports Social Aspects
    • Winter Olympics
    • Winter Olympics Economic Aspects British Columbia Vancouver

2. Journal and newspaper articles

All print and electronic journals subscribed to by the SFU Library are listed in the Catalogue.

  • Community Economic Development e-journal list electronic journals about Sustainable Community Development.
  • Olympika is a "refereed, scholarly journal incorporating socio-cultural research studies predominantly related to the historical, philosophical, and sociological dimensions of the Modern Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement" published by the International Centre for Olympic Studies. The journal has an online index, but the full-text of articles are only available in print at Bennett Library.
  • Connect to Journal Articles and Databases to find articles in academic journals, trade magazines and newspapers, as well as financial and statistical data. Many indexes provide online access to the full text of the articles or allow you to directly request photocopies of articles through the "where can I get this?" link. Use the appropriate subject lists to identify the most useful databases for your topic.
  • Good article databases for Going for Gold:
  • Try the same subject terms as suggested for books, or check the thesaurus or list of subject terms within the database.
  • For help with searching databases, check Finding Journal Articles and/or Moving From Citation to Article.
  • For books and articles not online or at SFU, request an Interlibrary Loan.

3. Statistics and government websites

4. Selected internet sources

In addition to the library catalogue and databases, you will find a lot of good information on the web. Governments, research institutes, non-profit organizations, industry and other associations and companies all have web sites - many with publications freely available. Use a search engine such as Google or Ask.com or see our guide to Web Research.

5. Olympic Documents / Reports

  • Subject Research guides are produced by SFU liaison librarians to point you to the best external sources as well as providing information about publications available in the library. Try these guides for further suggestions.

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  • If you would like any further assistance or information about the library or your research, don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian in person, by phone, email or interactive reference.