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SA 316 Tourism and Social Policy

Research help

You can contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology () for assistance via email or via Ask a librarian.

This guide will provide assistance with finding scholarly material to support the research paper assignment. 

Do a search for your topic in the recommended databases (below) and by using SFU Library's "Catalogue Search."  An example search on "ecotourism" has been done in two databases and in Catalogue Search.

Sections on "government information" will assist with providing statistics and other reports. 

See the side tab, "Citing & Writing" to obtain guides on using APA, MLA or other styles, as well as links to using the software such as Zotero to manage your bibliographies. 

The guide, How to write an annotated bibliography may also be helpful.  

Services for Distance Education students

Consult the guide Services for Distance Education students if you are off campus.

Evaluating sources

Evaluating sources [video from Western University 2:16 mins]

Evaluating sources
Once you've found a web resource related to your topic, evaluating its reliability is the critically important final step. Make sure to ask the basic questions: Who? What? Where? When? and Why?

Find journal articles using databases

What is a scholarly journal? [guide]

Finding articles: Advanced search techniques [video 3:13 mins]

Example:  (tour* OR ecotour*)  (limited to "Subjects")

                    AND (environ* OR social OR societ*)

Limit search results to "Scholarly", "Subjects", or "Location" fields

  • Anthropology Plus — Key database for Anthropological journal articles.
  • Social Sciences Full Text  Access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language social science journals.
  • Business Source Complete Key resource for most business topics indexing thousands of business journals, industry magazines, and industry & market reports.

Example: (tour* OR ecotour*) (limited to "Subjects")

                  AND (environ* OR social OR societ*)

Limit search results to "Scholarly", "Geography"

  • Global Health  A public health database focused on international health.
  • ELDIS Gateway to Development Information Includes research & policy documents on ageing, population, climate change, corporate social responsibility, debt relief, food security, gender, globalization, health and more. Search: tourism
  • CBCA Complete Canada's reference and current events - scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.

Find books 

Catalogue search will find books, journal articles, videos, government reports and more.  After doing a search, you can limit your search results by "Resource type" of "Books." Sign-in (top right of screen) to obtain access to electronic resources.  This "sign-in" is active for about 60 minutes.

  Library Catalogue search guide

Search the SFU Library Catalogue

Find books by title

Use Browse Search (top of screen) to find books by a specific author or title.

Example topic:  

Impact of ecotourism on the environment and society

Key concepts: ecotourism, environment, society

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")

Look at the titles in the "results list" and for those books that look relevantclick on their subject headings

Government information

Government sources can provide useful reports,  statistics, and policy documents.


undata  provides selected series from 30 specialized international data sources for all available countries and areas.

Arrivals of non resident tourists/visitors, departures and tourism expenditure in the country and in other countries

The World Tourism Organization's Compendium of Tourism Statistics and Yearbook of Tourism Statistics provide comprehensive information on international tourism worldwide and offer a selection of the latest available statistics on "arrivals of non-resident tourists/visitors" and "tourism expenditure."

Last update in UNdata: data as of Jan 2016


Statistics Canada  Variety of travel and tourism statistics.

Statistics by Subject: Travel and Tourism

British Columbia

Associations and organizations

Library guides 

Writing help