Category: New in the Library

Spotlight on Statista

This Spotlight is to shine a light on one of our newer databases, Statista.

“As one of the largest statistics portals worldwide, professionally gathers and compiles data from numerous institutes and sources”, providing “access to over 1 million statistics on 80,000 topics from 18,000 sources”

Statista offers the ability to download their charts in the most widely used formats: PowerPoint, Excel, PNG or PDF. Which means that you can download a chart in PPTX and then modify the contents, or download an image to easily insert into a presentation.

Statista also puts out daily infographics if you are looking for a quick visual to create a discussion point to add to your slides. For example this is today’s (Sept. 25, 2019) infographic:

impeachment process infographic

I like Statista for quick keyword searches for stats, but beyond those, Statista offers more detailed compilations of stats in different formats:


Dossiers are “compilations of the most important statistics and forecasts regarding one specific topic”. Dossiers include compiled statistics on companies, industries and topics, for example find Dossiers about TD Bank, Wine Market in Canada, Hospitals in Canada, and much more.


From Statista: “For various industries, our toplists rank the respective top 100 private and listed companies by revenue. Along with total revenue they – in the form of an Excel table – also provide information about the number of employees, annual net profit and loss, and market capitalization in a 3-year time series. Furthermore, they – in addition to other essential industry KPIs – also include each company’s contact details.” For example, check out Top 500 Companies – Telecommunications

Country Reports

“The Statista Country Reports feature statistics, forecasts, survey results, and analyses in a form that is easy to understand and adopt. They allow regional comparisons than can be used for market research, risk assessment or for the strategy development, planning, and execution of business operations.” Check out Canada and China

Outlook reports

“Our analysts and experts create reports on the individual topics, which include the most important key figures ready for direct use. Our reports provide an overview of trends, insights and important players as well as global market comparisons of the key regions of the USA, China and Europe.” Check out Alcoholic Drinks report and the Smart Home Report

Whether you trying to grab a quick statistic to back up some research, or trying to access more detailed information on a topic, Statista is a great one-stop-shop for statistics.



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



Holiday reading and de-stressing

Exams are upon us, and you’re probably already anticipating the break from school and stress, although holidays can bring on their own type of stress, with parties, gifts, visiting family and friends all becoming competing priorities. You are looking forward to winding down, but did you know: research shows that reading can be a great way to de-stress, while also improving your cognitive abilities and your understanding of other people?

This Wall Street Journal article discusses some of the known benefits of reading and suggests putting aside 30 minutes a day with a good book. We have plenty of books in the library to help you out with that. Check out my suggestions, some of which come from the Financial Times business book awards in the last couple years:

Sons of Wichita : how the Koch brothers became America’s most powerful and private dynasty by Daniel Schulman

The new new thing : a Silicon Valley story by Michael Lewis

Hatching Twitter : a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal by Nick BiltonGoogle

Your small business adventure : finding your niche and growing a successful business by James W. Halloran

Google : how Google works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

The hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers / Ben Horowitz

 Private empire : ExxonMobil and American power / Steve CollThe_Org

ScarciThe_Power_of_Habitty : why having too little means so much / Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir

The org : the underlying logic of the office / Ray Fisman andTim Sullivan

The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business / Charles Duhigg

New books

Summer reading list

Many summer reading lists come out this time of year– if you’re looking for beach reads, check out Publisher Weekly’s Best Summer Books 2014, CBC’s Ultimate Summer 2014 Reading List, or TED’s Summer Reading List (recommendLeavingMicroations from Bill and Melinda Gates and others).

For those of you looking for summer business reading, there are also lists out there for new business books worthy of perusing on a patio, beach or park:

2014 JP Morgan Reading List

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business: Top 10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders

Below are links to books that have been in previous JP Morgan summer reading lists– these books are all available at the library to borrow (just don’t drop them in the pool):

Thinking, fast and slow / Daniel Kahneman

Passion & purpose : stories from the best and brightest young business leaders

Vineyard at the end of the world : maverick winemakers and the rebirth of malbec

Taking people with you : the only way to make big things happen / David NovakBigShort

Leaving Microsoft to change the world : an entrepreneur’s odyssey to educate the world’s children / John Wood

Good to great : why some companies make the leap–and others don’t / Jim Collins

The Facebook effect : the inside story of the company that is connecting the world

Blackberry : the inside story of research in motion

The wisdom of crowds

And a few summer reads from other reading lists:

Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

How much is enough? : money and the good lifeContagious

The big short : inside the doomsday machine

Contagious : why things catch on

The crowdfunding revolution : how to raise venture capital using social media


And… in case you’re finishing with school, and moving on to the next chapter… a book to help you out with whatever is next:

The young professional : a real world survival guide for the new college graduate

Happy reading 🙂


Wine display for Wine Fest

Pop into the Kelowna library to check out the display created by Fran Drummond, in time for the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival!

The display includes books and reports about the BC wine industry (including reports by faculty members in the School of Business), books about marketing wine, wine labels and making wine– and many interesting bottles (empty– too bad) collected from around the Okanagan… check out some of the links below for books available at the library about the wine industry:

Value chain analysis and business strategy in the Okanagan wine industry : innovation in the Okanagan agricultural products cluster / Lee Cartier (also online)

Okanagan wine tourism industry economic impact report / prepared by Blair Baldwin, Stephen Mellows (also online)

Wine label language / Peter Saunders

Wine brands : success strategies for new markets, new consumers and new trends / Evelyne Resnickwine_display

Chardonnay and friends : varietal wines of British Columbia / John Schreiner

Cooking with BC wine : a guide to the wineries of British Columbia / Troy Townsin, Cheryl-Lynn Townsin

Menus from an orchard table : celebrating the food and wine of the Okanagan / Heidi Noble

Wine wars : the curse of the blue nun, the miracle of two buck chuck, and the revenge of the terroirists / Mike Veseth

Our Facebook pics of the display

Happy reading 🙂

Resource Spotlight: Conference Board of Canada

We have recently re-subscribed to the Conference Board of Canada e-library. If you are not familiar with CBoC, you might want to take a look at some of their resources if you are interested in education, economic trends, human resources, risk management and trade policy in Canada. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit applied research organization. They publish research on the previous topics mentioned, as well as industry trends, travel and tourism, socioeconomic indicators and taxation.

Recent publications include:

Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation

Learning and Development Outlook 2014: Strong Learning Organizations, Strong Leadership

Overcoming Barriers to Leadership for Young Women

Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food

The Conference Board of Canada is a great place to look for information on the federal budget. You may often find newspaper sources referring to Conference Board reports– come take a look in their e-library to find access and download reports.

New e-book collection

September is just around the corner, and to start the term we have a new e-book collection at the library. The Business Expert Press collection comprises 50 practical e-books on subjects such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Human Resources Management & Organizational Behaviour, International Business, Marketing, Management, and Supply & Operations Management.

You can find the collection here: Business Expert Press E-book Collection

Download e-books such as: China: Doing Business in the Middle Kingdom, Essential Concepts : Building of Cross-Cultural Management, Communication Strategies for Today’s Managerial Leader, and Consumer Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization.

IMPORTANT INFO ON DOWNLOADING: To download whole e-books– click on the title you wish to select > click on the InfoTools button above the title page > scroll to “Business Expert Press Options” and then “download this title”.

Front Cover

Business Expert Press trial extended

Our trial for the Business Expert Press e-book collection has been extended until March 31st! This collection of e-books covers business subjects such as marketing, strategy, leadership, international business, and managerial economics, to name a few. BEP publishes concise e-books written by business professors specifically with busy business students in mind.

Access BEP here, and follow the instructions below to download complete e-books in PDF:

  1. Click on the blue ‘View your institution’s BEP e-books‘ button
  2. Search for titles, or browse by subject; when you find a book you like, click on the book’s title [don’t click on the ‘download’ or ‘e-brary reader’ buttons– they won’t allow you to download the entire book]
  3. After you click on the title, the book will open to the cover page. Click on the ‘InfoTools’ button near the top left of the cover
  4. Scroll over Business Expert Press Option, and then click on Download this title
  5. The book should open as a separate PDF

Please have a look at a few titles– and send any feedback to Lindsay:

New Books for the (end of) Reading Week

Just in time for (the end) of mid-semester break… some new books at the Library, for your reading pleasure:

In the plex : how Google thinks, works, and shapes our lives / Steven Levy

“Steven Levy’s new account [of Google], In the Plex, is the most authoritative to date and in many ways the most entertaining.”

—James Gleick, The New York Review of Books

Your brain and business : the neuroscience of great leaders / Srinivasan S. Pillay

Insanely simple : the obsession that drives Apple’s success

Digital wars : Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the Internet / Charles Arthur

Ethical chic : the inside story of the companies we think we love / Fran Hawthorne

The hour between dog and wolf : risk-taking, gut feelings and the biology of boom and bust / John Coates

A successful Wall Street trader turned Cambridge neuroscientist reveals the biology of financial boom and bust, showing how risk-taking transforms our body chemistry, driving us to extremes of euphoria or stressed-out depression. — book description

Soap, sex, and cigarettes : a cultural history of American advertising / Juliann Sivulka

Locavesting: the revolution in local investing and how to profit from it / Amy Cortese

The Facebook effect : the inside story of the company that is connecting the world / David Kirkpatrick

“Kirkpatrick gives the reader a detailed understanding of how the company grew from a 2004 Harvard dorm-room project into the world’s second-most-visited site after Google.”

–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times