Tagged: consumers

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.

Open and free access to Canadian statistics

Statistics Canada recently opened up their CANSIM data to public, making it freely available, under the Statistics Canada Open License Agreement. OC Library is transitioning from its subscription version of CANSIM to the publicly available database. You’ll notice that all CANSIM links in Library resources now point to the publicly available database.

Visit OC Library’s Data & Statistics guide to see how CANSIM data can support your business-related research.

In other Canadian statistical news, Statistics Canada will cancel E-STAT effective June 30, 2012. It will remain accessible until June 30, 2013.

New Data & Statistics guide

OC Library has just published a new Data & Statistics guide that will help you conduct statistical research. While the guide is multi-disciplinary, there are many topics of special interest to business researchers, including:

  • People;
  • Consumer;
  • Industry/Product;
  • Economics & Trade;
  • Tourism;
  • and more.

The new guide has been integrated into Business research guides. If you have a resource to suggest for inclusion in the guide, please contact Business Liaison Librarian, Leanna Jantzi.

Consumer confidence lagging

The Conference Board of Canada has released its latest Index of Consumer Confidence.

“Consumers have taken notice of the slowing pace of economic recovery. In September, the Index of Consumer Confidence continued its downward trend, falling 1.2 points to 78.1.” – Conference Board of Canada

You can read the full report via OC Library’s subscription to the Conference Board of Canada’s e-brary. Connect here and search “index consumer confidence september 2010.”

You can also read the Globe and Mail’s take on the report here.

Consumer Research guide

For anyone conducting research on consumer behaviour and market segementation, OC Library has a new subject guide that can kick-start your research. Visit the Consumer Research guide to learn about some databases and statistical resources that can help you build a profile of your target consumer.
This guide can be used for the BUAD 345 Consumer Behaviour course, or anyother market research course.

Latest consumer price index

StatsCan has released the consumer price index for August, 2010.

Consumer prices rose 1.7% in the 12 months to August, following a 1.8% increase in July. – Statistics Canada

A reminder that you can get the full report via OC Library. In the Library catalogue, just search the title “consumer price index” and follow the links.