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PhD and MSc in Business Administration

Data Sources

There are a large number of dataset repositories, catalogs and portals which can be used in business research. This page presents a selected list of resources, organized in broad categories by type of data:

  • Large Data Sets
  • Financial Data Time Series
  • Economics and Social Science Databases
General data sources:
Identifying alternate data sources:
Use Library Research Guides Search institutional repositories:


Conducting primary research:

Researchers also conduct primary research, collecting and managing their own original data. If this is an area that interests you, please review UBC Library's Research Data Management guide.

Data limits

Most databases only allow you to download a certain amount of data. It is crucial that students stick to those limits, otherwise there might be implications on our database licences. Information about data limits for databases are found on the resource page for each database. Here are several examples:

  • Bloomberg has 3 types of data limits which are explained in the blog post
  • Factiva only allows 100 articles to be downloaded per session. Text mining in Factiva is not allowed.

If you have questions about data limits about a particular resource that aren’t answered on its information page, please contact the library.

Large Data Sets

These sources enable you to access large sets of data, which will assist you with the assignment in which you have to analyze over 1,000 data points.

Financial Data

Economics and Social Sciences Databases

Help Finding Data

For additional help finding data:

Nature Masterclasses online modules

Nature Masterclasses offers 15 modules, covering the entire publishing process including Data Management, Data Presentation, Authorship and Authors’ Responsibilities, Peer Review, Selecting a Journal, etc., edited by Nature journal editors.

UBC graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty may register with their UBC e-mail and access the training. Access is available from any UBC computer, including UBC-Okanagan.  If accessing from home, you must first VPN in.

Basic Visualization Tools

The following tools were written for people with little or no programming experience and have an intuitive user interface. 

SPSS & NVivo Workshops and Consultations - Koerner Library

The Research Commons at Koerner Library offers workshops and one-on-one consultations on SPSS statistical analysis software  and NVivo qualitative data analysis software.