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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 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
- If the item is not available at Belzberg Library or is out on loan, please request it!
- For a step-by-step interactive guide to searching the SFU catalogue, see the SFU Library Catalogue search guide.
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:
- Academic Search Complete - multidisciplinary index to academic and popular journals.
- Alternative Press Index - indexes alternative and independent media sources.
- Business Source Complete - full text for over 3700 business journals in all business areas, at least 1000 of which are scholarly/peer-reviewed.
- Canadian Newsstream - full text of major Canadian newspapers. Includes local community papers.
- Canadian Public Policy Collection - full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.
- CBCA Complete - multidisciplinary index to Canadian journals and magazines.
- Communication Abstracts -a comprehensive source of information about communication-related publication on a world-wide scale.
- Communications and Mass Media Complete - over 300 journals in the field of communications, mass media, linguistics and film.
- Econlit - index to economic journals and working papers.
- Geobase - human and physical geography.
- Lexis Nexis - international newspapers, journals, market reports, legal cases, law reports, and patents.
- Project Muse - humanities and social science journals.
- Sport Discuss - worldwide literature on sports science and social aspects of sports.
- Sociological Abstracts - theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
- 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
- Olympic Social Sustainability Initiative Projects - Final report of the City of Vancouver Olympic Legacy Reserve Fund for projects to benefit from the funds and resources created for the 2010 Olympics.
- BC Stats website includes economic, labour, and social statistics.
- Canada 2010 - Canadian Federal Government's archived official website on the 2010 Olympics.
- CIVICINFO BC - web portal for municipal sites in British Columbia. Also includes civic reports.
- Resort Municipality of Whistler - Whistler's official website, including links to information about Whistler's role in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Sport Canada - Sport Canada is a branch of the International and Intergovernmental Affairs and Sport Sector within the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. Sport Canada has three divisions: Sport Programs, Sport Policy, and Major Games and Hosting.
- Sport Branch - Sport and Recreation Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Cultural Development.
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.
- Australian Centre for Olympic Studies - includes an extensive online bibliography.
- Canadian Olympic Committee - national, private, not-for-profit organization responsible for all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement.
- Centre D'Estudis Olimpics - Olympic Studies Centre based at the University of Barcelona.
- Impact on Communities Coalition - dedicated to ensuring that environmental, social, transportation, housing, economic and civil rights issues associated with the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic Games are addressed from a community perspective.
- International Centre for Olympic Studies - the Centre's primary mission is to generate and disseminate academic scholarship on the socio-cultural study of the Modern Olympic Games. Established by the University of Western Ontario in 1989.
- International Olympic Committee - Official website of the Olympic movement
- Olympics Past and Present - lists web resources for the Olympics Games from 1896 - 2006.
- The Olympic Review - has been the official publication of Olympic Movement since the creation of the IOC in 1894.
- VANOC: Vancouver 2010 - (VANOC) The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games' official website.
5. Olympic Documents / Reports
- International Olympic Committee Documents - contains the major reports, studies, publications and information regarding the Olympic Movement.
- Official Olympic Reports - these reports summarize the organization, staging and results of the Olympic Games. The reports are published by the Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games.
- Olympic Charter - The official principles, rules and by-laws adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Charter governs the organization and running of the Olympic Movement and sets the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games.
- Olympic Costs and Benefits: Progressive Cost Analysis and Commentary - report produced by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
- Spirit of 2010 Tourism Strategy - British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development's strategic reports on the 2010 Olympics.
- The Road to 2010 - The Vancouver Sun Special Report and Olympic Countdown.
6. Research guides for related subjects
- 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.
- 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.