On this page
Use this guide to find to research material on the history, economic, political, social & environmental aspects of the Olympics, with special attention to material about the 2010 Olympics held in Vancouver & Whistler.
If you don't find what you need, Ask a Librarian.
Search term tips
- Use synonyms or related terms for your searches, e.g., Olympic games, Olympics, Winter Olympics.
- To capture records with either Olympics or Olympic, use Olympic* as your search term.
- Using a phrase Olympic bid requires that the words be in this exact order in resulting records which can help focus results. If you want to broaden your search, try olympic and bid which will find both words in the record but not necessarily as a phrase.
- To limit by specific bids, use geographic locations: Olympics and Vancouver (or Beijing, Sydney, Toronto, etc.)
- To limit to records dealing with specific aspects of impacts (e.g. social, economic, environmental), add terms that describe potential impacts: e.g., Olympics and...[any of the following] tourism, housing, funding, infrastructure, facilities, transportation, etc.
- Other relevant keywords used to describe large sports events (e.g. the World Cup) are mega-events or mega events and hallmark events.
- Search for "anti-olympics", "olympics and protest*", "olympics and activism or activist" and the like to find sites regarding opposition to the Olympics.
Use the library catalogue to find books.
- Use the subject heading Olympics to find books but also check out books under subheadings like economic aspects and social aspects.
- Consider other related subject headings such as
- You may also find books with chapters on the Olympics if you do a keyword search for Olympic, Olympics, etc. When you find a relevant title, check out the subject headings to find other titles focused on that subject.
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.
- Canadian Newsstream - Full text of many major Canadian newspapers
- CBCA Complete - Canadian periodicals, especially good for details about the Vancouver bid.
- Canadian Electronic Library - Full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.
- Local publications such as the Georgia Straight, the Vancouver Sun and the Vancouver Province
LA84 Foundation Digital Archive - Search
- Digitized (and searchable) copies of many key Olympics/sports publications, many of which are usually only available in print.
- Note that if you don't select any specific publications on the search page, your search will cover all documents available.
- Academic Search Premier - Good for cross-disciplinary searching, mix of popular & scholarly articles, very current.
- Humanities and Social Sciences Index - Cross-disciplinary, social aspects, housing, planning, environment, economic. etc.
- Project Muse - Fulltext journal articles in humanities & social sciences.
- Art Index - City planning, arts & architecture literature
- Business Source Complete - The "business" perspective
- Communications & Mass Media Complete - Covers hundreds of communications journals, with fulltext of over 400 titles
- Econlit - Economic analyses
- Geobase - Environmental, social, economic & political impacts
- Environment Complete - Environmental and social impacts
- Sociological Abstracts - Social aspects, business, community development, environment, urban studies
- Sport Discus - Sports science and social aspects of sport
- Alternative Press Index - Alternative and radical press coverage of events
- LexisNexis - Fulltext newspapers from around the world
- CBC Archives - Olympics
- Around the Rings
Canadian Government sources
Each Olympic bid city seems to develop a web site, often with useful information on the qualities of the city as a host site, costs, economic benefits, etc. Try searching Google for "olympic bid" +[name of city], e.g. "olympic bid" +toronto.
- Canadian Research Index - Canadian federal government reports, as well as BC provincial government publications and some BC municipal government documents. Search for "olympic" to capture records specifically about the games but also those discussing impacts on communities. Warning: This database also contains records for Canadian theses and dissertations which, unless they were completed at SFU, can be time consuming to find. If there's an m# in the record, or if it's a Statistics Canada report, we have it at SFU.
- Spirit of 2010 Tourism Strategy - British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development's strategic reports on the 2010 Olympics
- 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.
- City of Vancouver - Start with this quick search at their site: Olympics
- Whistler's official website, including links to information about Whistler's role in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Resort Municipality of Whistler
Note: Several of the following resources link to archived versions via the Internet Archive because they have otherwise disappeared in the years since they were first published.
Bid process for Vancouver 2010 games
- Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Corporation
- Official website of the Olympic movement (International Olympic Committee site)
Olympic games sites and research centres
- Official website of the Olympic Games movement
- Official website of the Paralympic Games
- Athens 2004 Check out the official Olympics page
- Torino 2006 Check out the official Olympics page
- Bejing 2008
- Vancouver 2010
- Canadian Olympic Committee
- International Centre for Olympic Studies (University of Western Ontario)
- Centre d'Estudis Olímpics i de l'Esport, Barcelona
- Australian Centre for Olympic Studies (see their online bibliography)
- The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles
- Centre for Sport and Sustainability (UBC) - Olympic Games Impact (OGI) Study Reports for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- International Olympic Committee
- London-Rio Olympic Cities: Analyzing the Social Legacies of Mega-Events
- The Impact on Community Coalition (IOCC): "[A]n independent, non-partisan and community-based coalition that is dedicated to maximizing the positive impacts of the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games for the host city and surrounding regions, while minimizing the negative impacts."
- BC Ministry of Finance Produced this initial estimate of the "Economic Impact of the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games" (See also this news release and Backgrounder on the report.)
- The impact of the Olympics on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in a video by Democracy Now: “In the Shadow of the Olympic Flame: A Report from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the Poorest Neighborhood in Canada”
- GamesBids.com - A very content rich site with focused news coverage of Olympic bids around the world. "[P]rivately published, researched, developed and programmed", this is "an information and news service and provides the audience information that is freely available in the public domain."
- eLegacies: Learning Resource for the 2010 Games
- 2010-2012 Games Online Resource Centre by the Tourism Online Research Centre -- where you'll find "research links, reports, statistics, trends, news and current issues related to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
- Intellectual muscle: University dialogues for Vancouver 2010 Podcasts of lectures by Canadian university scholars on a wide range of Olympic related topics. Many of these dialogues are also in UBC's institutional repository: cIRcle.
- TravelSmart 2010 - “Everything you need to know to travel during the 2010 Winter Games”. Features include a trip planner, bus schedules, venue transportation, and ferry and airport arrivals/departures listings.
- Olympic Games Museum - is focused on the Summer games.
- Olympics YouTube channel
- You may also want to check out related research guides to find discipline-specific information: