This guide is to provide research resources and strategies for Master of Management students at UBCO. I've provided the top sources to get you started in various areas, but if you have questions about how to research your specific topic, please get in touch and I'm happy to meet with you on Zoom or to consult via email.
As general starting points, UBC Library's Summon Search an Google Scholar are both excellent tools for locating a wide range of sources. Beyond these general search tools, this guide highlights some specific places to search.
This guide is meant to help you with search tools and strategies for conducting your literature review. Please review the materials provided by Malida first. They will help you understand the process for the literature review as well as expectations.
I also strongly encourage you to arrange a time to meet with me so we can review your topic and narrow down your search terms and select the best tools for your individual project. This will save you time!
Google, database, or Google Scholar? With all these tools available it can be difficult to decide where to begin.
Generally, the more specific the tool, the more specific your results will be - this also means fewer results.
Here's a brief rundown of the different options:
Google: Searches all of the Internet. Millions of results! Lots of evaluating for you to verify credibility of the sources.
Google Scholar: Searches all of the Internet for scholarly sources. Still lots of results, and you might not get full-text. Connect Google Scholar to UBC Library for better luck.
Summon: Searches all Library sources. Fewer results! But can still be a lot, and you still need to evaluate.
Subject database: Searches publications specific to Business and Management. Examples are Business Source and ABI/INFORM, or Web of Science. Even fewer results! But you still need to evaluate.
Sub-topic database: Specific to certain types of materials, e.g. company profiles, industry profiles or market research. Examples include IBISWorld and Mergent. Guess what? You still need to evaluate the source.
The Library Access browser extension simplifies your access to UBC library materials when you are searching online. You’ll have access whether you’re studying abroad, in a coffee shop, or at home.
After downloading, the extension will notify you when you’re on a website that your library has a subscription for. Then, it’s just a single click to open the site through the library’s systems and get access to all licensed material on that site. The browser extension works with most common browsers and is computer based. A mobile version is not currently available.
Step 1: Download and install the extension: leanlibrary.com/download
Step 2: Select University of British Columbia
Step 3: Start searching! When off-campus, Library Access will let you know when you are on a website that the library has access to.
Step 4: Login with your UBC CWL (campus wide login)