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BUAD 176: Professional Selling

A guide to Library research resources and strategies.

Research online

Pros:

The internet can be an excellent place to conduct research, providing access to government, company, association, and organization information.

Cons:

The internet 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.

Small Business Accelerator 

The SBA 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

Smart Google Searching

Google can be very helpful but it is much more useful if you know how to use it effectively.

Some basic search tips:

  • Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase e.g. "genetic engineering"
  • Use the I'm feeling lucky button to find the most popular website on a topic

Search website titles:

  • e.g. allintitle:climate change

Search specific sites or domains:

  • eg: site:edu            (searches .edu sites only)
  • eg: site:gc.ca         (searches the government of Canada)
  • eg: site:gov.bc.ca  (searches only BC government sites)

Search for specific document types:

  • eg: filetype:pdf          filetype:ppt               filetype:xls

Find a definition:

  • eg: define: nanotechnology

Advanced search option:

  • You can combine many of the above commands and add date restrictions, if you start your search in the Advanced Search screen

Organizations

Business-related organizations and associations may have publications and information that is valuable to your research. Here are a few examples:

TIP: Search Industry Canada's Canadian Company Capabilities Directory of Business and Trade Associations/Organizations to find appropriate organizations.

Chamber of Commerce or Business Improvement Associations:

Industry/Trade associations:

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