The World Wide Web can be an excellent place to conduct research, providing access to government, company, association, and organization information.
The World Wide Web contains innumerable sources that are largely unvetted, unreliable, and do not meet academic standards. It is your responsibility to evaluate sources with a critical eye.
For more information on conducting reasearch on the web, visit our Research, Writing and Citing guide's Internet page.
The Small Business Accelerator is a business research resource developed by the University of B.C., along with information service partners Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Public Library.
The SBA contains research guides for specific industries, from Alternative Energy to Web Design/Web Development and can be used to learn about research strategies and resources
The SBA also contains a guide to Business Research Basics that you can use to guide your business and marketing research.
Google can be very helpful but it is much more useful if you know how to use it effectively.
Some basic search tips:
Search website titles:
Search specific sites or domains:
Search for specific document types:
Find a definition:
Advanced search option:
TIP: local government websites often contain valuable reports that covering topics such as economic development, tourism, business growth and more. Additionally, they may also include specific webpages geared towards business and business development.
Government of B.C.
Ministry Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Government of Canada
USA.gov: official site for United States government information, resources and services
GPOAccess: maintained by the Unites States government Printing office, provides access to U.S. government informaiton products
International Monetary Fund: official site of the IMF has sections that include Research, Country Information, and Data and Statistics
World Bank: official site of the World Bank has sections that include Country information, Data & Research, and Publications
Business-related organizations and associations may have publications and information that is valuable to your research. Here are a few examples:
Chamber of Commerce or Business Improvement Associations
TIP: Search Industry Canada's Canadian Company Capabilities Directory of Business and Trade Associations/Organizations to find appropriate organizations.
Websites of specific companies can be valuable sources of information. Companies may (not always) include their annual reports, news releases, location and sales information on their websites. To find a company's website:
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