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Business Administration

A starting point for BUAD-specific research guides, course guides, and resources.

Research on the Web


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.

Small Business Accelerator

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.

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            (searchs .edu sites only)
  • eg:         (searches the government of Canada)
  • eg:  (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



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

Industry/Trade 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:

Government Websites


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




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