Category: General

Welcome tips for the new school year!

Welcome, and welcome back!

Here we go again… September. Start of term. Some things to get you off on the right foot…

The Library launched a new website. We think it is much easier to navigate, and it works well on all sorts of different devices. We hope you feel the same!

Library services

Come visit the library to print, scan, borrow laptops, book study rooms, use our computers, or just say hi!

Starting your research?

OCtopus is the search box that you see on the main page. It searches many places at once, for books, articles, and media, and is a great place to start your research.

The Research & Subject Guides tab has many librarian-created guides to help you find authoritative sources for your research, as well as tips on how to evaluate sources and avoid plagiarism!

Our citation guides can help you figure out the complexities of citing your sources in different formats: APA, MLA, Chicago and more…

Some books about about how to be a successful student:

Get sorted! : how to make the most of your student experience / Jeff Gill and Will MeddGetSorted

Becoming a master student / Dave Ellis, Doug Toft, contributing editor, Debra Dawson

Make it stick : the science of successful learning / Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

Study skills connected : using technology to support your studies / Stella Cottrell and Neil Morris



Start your research

As classes and assignments get underway, it’s time to start your research.

The Library is your source for authoritative, credible, and current information that you can use for your projects, assignments, and papers.

Don’t know where to start? Try out the Library’s Business subject and course guides and learn about some recommended resources for industry, company, consumer research and more.

Most important, if you have any questions about research, just ask!

Summer reading

Sustainalytics down Apr. 21 & 22

Just a quick not that Sustainalytics will be working on its platform this weekend and won’t be available April 21 and 22.

As of Monday 23rd of April all platform services will resume as normal.

Researching government policy

The impact of government policy on employers and employees is a common area of interest and OC Library has numerous resources that support this research, including government and public policy documents, books, journals, and more.

For example, there’s lots of talk in the news about the Canadian government’s plans for pension reform, including the introduction of Pooled Retirement Pension Plans. A PRPP is  “a pension scheme aimed at self-employed Canadians and especially at those at smaller workplaces where no company pension plan is in place” (CBC, 2011)

A simple search using keywords pension AND Canada AND ( reform OR change ) in the Library search engine, OCtopus, reveal numerous books and documentspeer-reviewed journal articles, and more that address the research area of pension reform in Canada.

I could even add additional databases such as AB/Inform, CBCA, and Canadian Newstand to my search in OCtopus, sort my results by date and look at the most current newspaper and magazine articles that discuss pensions reform in Canada. In OCtopus, use the “Add Aditional Databases” panel on the right side of the results page to include results from additional sources.

Questions? Just ask! Contact BUAD Liaison Librarian, Leanna Jantzi.

Welcome to Winter 2012!

Welcome to new and returning Okanagan School of Business students and faculty members. As the Winter 2012 semester begins, here’s a few pointers on OC Library resources and services to help you have a successful semester:

Subject and Research Guides: the Library has a number of Business-related subject and research guides that can help you kick-start your research.

Library Search Engine: the Library recently introduced a new search engine that allows users to simultaneously search for books, audio-visual materials, journal articles, journals, and other resources contained in many of the Library’s databases. Results are returned in a single, relevancy ranked list of resources. Learn more about the new search engine here.

Student Library Services: learn about how to borrow, return, and renew library materials, borrow a laptop, or book a student study room here.

Library hours: when is your campus library open? Check out the hours here.

Contact: have a question? Come visit us in the library, or contact us by phone or email.

Keep in touch: Subscribe or bookmark the Business Administration Library News blog and the OC Library News blog to learn the latest Library and research news.

Celebrate BDC’s Small Business Week

Celebrate BDC‘s Small Business Week at a no-charge, entrepreneurship-themed event on October 19 in Kelowna, hosted by the Small Business Accelerator.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. October 19, followed by networking reception.
: Arts Atrium (ART186), University of British Columbia, Kelowna.
REGISTRATION INFO: No cost and open to the public – but make sure to reserve a space! RSVP your attendance by Monday, October 17.

Learn more about the event and speakers.

The Small Business Accelerator is an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

Service update: Sustainalytics

The database Sustainalytics is now available on campus only. Off campus access is currently not available.

The database provider is aware of the access problem and is currently working on a solution. If you have any questions, please contact Leanna Jantzi at

Thank you for your patience.

Sustainalytics provides environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis on Canadian publically traded companies listed in the TSX Composite Index.

Service update: Sustainalytics

Library users may experience some problems accessing the database Sustainalytics. The database provider is aware of the access problem and is currently working on a solution. If you are in immediate need of a Sustainalytics report, please contact Leanna Jantzi, at

Thank you for your patience.

Sustainalytics provides environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis on Canadian publically traded companies listed in the TSX Composite Index.

Local business news

Looking to stay on top of local business news? Check out the content curation portal Kelowna Business Buzz. Published by Welcome to Kelowna, the site uses the curation service and is a good source of aggregated Kelowna news.