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Corporate Information Sources
SEDAR (the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval): This database allows users to access public company and investment fund information in the public domain for Canadian publicly traded companies.
EDGAR (the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System): This database provides access to corporate information of American publicly traded companies. By law, these companies are required to submit financial information
Government of Canada Business Resources
Industry Canada: This Government of Canada-run website is a useful tool for basic rules and regulations of conducting business in Canada. It offers concise information on how to start your own business, do business overseas, protect intellectual property, find financing and research/development opportunities, and many other relevant topics.
Industry Canada Benchmarking Tool: Using this tool allows you to evaluate the potential profitability of an small to medium size industry or market in Canada. The benchmarking tool uses statistical data to estimate the operating costs for your new business and view financial performance averages in your industry. It also allows you to generate reports on various industries, with a thorough instruction manual.
Choosing and Defining Your Research Interests
o Select a topic that interests you and get a brief overview starting with general reference resources (encyclopedias, bibliographies, and dictionaries)
o Get a general understanding of special terminology, major concepts, prominent figures, and experts associated with your topic
o Select key words, concepts, and themes that frequently appear in your area of study
o From these selections, begin to form a thesis statement or research question
o For each of your keywords and concepts, try to think of synonyms that you could use to start searching the catalogue and databases
o Remember that online searching is often trial and error and may take some time to refine
Encyclopedias for Business Administration
Encyclopedia of Career Development: This resource compiles short articles on aspects of psychological, sociological, educational, counseling, organizational behavior, and human resource management perspectives in relation to career development. It Incorporates global, cultural, and international dimensions of careers and examines the social context of careers such as the contemporary work environment, emerging values in society, gender and ethnicity, social class, and work-family interface. It also explores the evolution of careers, including career stages, patterns, and transitions, as well as variations in the meaning of career success
The Encyclopedia of Management: Includes essays on 350 topics in management theories and applications, written by academics and business professionals who have first hand knowledge of the particular topic or essay they are contributing, and reviewed and edited by Dr. Marilyn M. Helms. Topics include aggregate planning, benchmarking, logistics, diversification strategy, non-traditional work arrangements, performance measurement, productivity measures, and supply chain management, among many others.
The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Accounting: This resource acts as a collection of both definitions and explanations of the key concepts in accounting. It offers shorter definition entries and more complex writings on the most important issues in modern accounting.
Encyclopedia of Leadership: This award-winning encyclopedia covers all key aspects of leadership in business. Major themes include: Biographies, case studies, followers and followership, gender issues, leadership in different disciplines, leadership in different domains, leadership styles, personality characteristics, situational factors, and theories and concepts
Our Library Catalogue is the essential tool for finding Laurentian's books or e-books. You can also use the catalogue to search for journals and government publications.
You can search the catalogue by:
- Journal Title
- Call number
Note: Not all e-books are catalogued in our catalogue. We encourage you to search the sources below to access more e-books in the collection
Why Use Books?
- Books are extremely valuable resources when doing in-depth research on a topic! Authors have hundreds of pages to give detailed explanations and background information surrounding the various facets of your research interest.
- Using this kind of in-depth information will make it easier to form a research question or thesis statement (or even spark your inspiration)
- The bibliographies found in books are extensive, and will point you to other resources to add to your own resource list.
- Remember: scholars write journal articles under the assumption that you already have a relatively thorough understanding of the topic – this means that you will likely not find the foundational information needed for your topic in the beginning stages of your research process. In this sense, books become indispensable
Improving Your Writing
Learning to write in academia for business is extremely important as you advance through your university career. The online resources below will assist you in developing your ideas, structuring your essay, writing critically, and improving your writing style.
Properly citing your sources is an extremely valuable and necessary skill when completing your research. Below are a few resources to help you correctly format your bibliography in MLA style.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab remains a standard for students in completing bibliographies
Managing citations with Zotero
- Directly import references from article databases, the library catalogue, e-book collections, etc.
- Manage and organize your references.
- Create a bibliography.
- Share your references with others
- Add in-text citation and a bibliography directly into your assignment
To enable Zotero's Library Lookup service to find full-text documents licensed by Laurentian University, set Edit->Preferences->Advanced->General->Resolver to
Getting started with Zotero:
- Follow this Guide for Laurentian Users (Feb. 2021)
- Contact the librarian supporting your faculty.
- Sign up for library workshops when available.
- View Quick Start Guide (video) or Tutorials (videos)
- Consult one of Zotero's own User Guides, McMaster University's Quick Start Guide, or the Zotero Guide by Ontario Tech University