Tagged: companies

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

Passport refresh

In case you hadn’t noticed, Passport GMID underwent a “refresh” in October… the database maintains all the same functionality, with a cleaner, less cluttered look, as well as more prominent breaking news and industry updates.

Use Passport’s more user-friendly search to find in-depth market research reports on fast-moving consumer goods, industries, countries, and companies– and be sure to check out the current trial for information on Canada’s Industrial sector and a preview of the new Passport Cities, which profiles 850 cities, available for a limited period – look under Coming Soon.

Passport GMID: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BKOC/resource/11125

A new search interface for business researchers

Company, industry, product, and market information is now even more easy to find in Business Source Complete.

OC Library has transitioned Business Source Complete’s search interface to the Business Searching Interface (BSI). BSI “provides business researchers with the highly refined tools they need, in order to conduct sophisticated searches for the business content that they require.”

Now, you can more quickly identify what source types you want and can browse company and country profiles, market research reports, business videos and more with just a few clicks.

As an added feature, BSI will also search the additional collections of Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Regional Business News, and, AP NewsMonitor Collection.

Here’s a quick video on how to use BSI’s basic search.


If you prefer, you can access Business Source Complete’s native interface by clicking here and then selecting: “Click here to access the native Business Source Complete interface. ”

Let us know if you have any questions or feedback.

OCtopus & Hoover’s Company Profiles

New! Search and find Hoover’s Company Profiles in OCtopus.

Company research just got more efficient thanks to OC Library’s search engine OCtopus. Hoover’s Company Profiles are now available via OCtopus. Now, when you search for company information, your results list will include information from Hoover’s (when appropriate) and provide you a link to connect to the full text of the company profile. Here’s a quick video on how to narrow your results down to reports and Hoover’s Company Profiles.

Of course, if you chose, you can still search Hoover’s Company Profile database.


Company Views: a new way to research

You may have noticed some changes in Business Source Complete (BSC) and it’s a great way to pinpoint your research. There’s a new addition to the interface – just look in the top menu bar for “Company Information.”

Company Information will lead you to a new component of BSC called Company Views,  which provides “detailed company information for more than 1.1 million of the world’s largest public and private companies” (EBSCO). Company Views are searchable by company name, parent company name, ticker symbol, or keyword. Additionally, Company Views provides a Content in Context feature that allows you to refine your search to related information and publications including industry profiles, SWOT analyses, articles, market research reports and more.

Please note: Currently company profiles are not immediately appearing in Company Views. The database providor is working on a fix and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, be sure to still look for company profiles. One of the quickest ways is to select the ‘More’ tab in the top menu bar and select Company Profiles.

For more information on company research, visit the OC Library’s Company Research guide.

Apple working conditions audit made public

Apple made some headlines today, releasing a working conditions audit that will be valuable to those researching corporate social responsibility and Apple.

According to the Globe and Mail, the audit revealed “a number of violations, among them breaches in pay, benefits and environmental practices in plants in China” (Gupta, 2012).

A 27-page version of the audit report is available from Apple, along with the list of global suppliers, here.


Gupta, P. Apple supply chain audit finds worker conditions not up to standards. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Local Company Annual Reports

OC Library has reorganized its collection of local company annual reports.

OC Library collects print copies of select local companies’ annual reports. Generally, the Library collects available print reports of companies founded and currently operating in the college region. The Library also collects available print annual reports of local financial institutions.

Library users can now search for the location and availability of print reports in the library catalogue by company name (example: Sun-Rype). Online versions of public Canadian company annual reports are available via SEDAR.

Company rankings

The Globe and Mail/Report on Business annual ranking of Canada’s largest companies is now available. Click here to visit the Globe and Mail website and  Canada’s top 1000 public companies by profit, as well as other lists that rank the 350 biggest private companies, 100 biggest companies by revenue, the 50 biggest employers and more. There are also industry-specific lists, including retailers and technology, and media, broadcasting and cable companies.

You can also view the current issue of Report on Business via the database CBCA. Click here to connect. (Note that the July/August issue that contains the company rankings is currently  listed in the database as June).

If you would view the ranking lists and accompanying stories in print, the July/August issue of Report on Business will soon be on the shelves at OC Library’s Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon campuses.

New research from Sustainalytics

Research for some companies added to the TSX Composite Index in late 2010 is now available from Sustainalytics. Access and use company, rating, and controversy reports for:

  • Air Canada
  • Dollarama
  • Dundee Precious Metals
  • First Majestic Silver
  • Grand Cache Coal
  • Kirkland Lake Gold

Sustainalytics is an OC Library subscription databases that provides environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis on Canadian publicly traded companies that are listed in the TSX Composite Index.

Sustainalytics reports that research for other companies that were added to the TSX CI (generally small cap companies including Denison Mines, Flint Energy and Neo Material Technologies) is expected to be available in the early summer.

Board Games 2010

The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business ninth annual review of corporate governance practices in Canada is now available. Check out the Board Games 2010 portal to view, sort, and download the rankings, learn about the review’s methodology, and read stories related to the review.

The review includes:

  • Rankings for corporations
  • Rankings for income trusts with internal management
  • Rankings for income trusts with external management