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1 Library Workshop for Preparation of Honours Project Information Research Strategies May 2008 In Business Research Identify types of information needed Locate information sources using library tools Use effective search techniques Identify Library’s Subscribed Business Databases Compile a Bibliography Access to Resources Beyond HKBU Library

2 I use Google. Everyday. Confessions of a Librarian

3 SCOPE of RESEARCH Specific aspect of a broad area Currency / time frame Geographical area Language of publication Single or Multidisciplinary approach, e.g. the application of IT in accounting INFORMATION RESOURCES Books (facts, not necessary updated) Journal articles Newspapers Films, videos and broadcasts Conference papers Surveys/Research reports (primary data) Theses Statistics Standards Patents Directories Dictionaries/Encyclopedias Law/Ordinances Companies’ annual reports and accounts Financial/Security/Investment Data Industry/Market Info. Identify types of information resources Define your scope of study (a focused topic, currency, region, etc.) Your Topic and Possible Information Resources Colonel Harland Sanders; parent company KFC; Tricon Global; stocks; competitior activity; tech impacts; suppliers; government policy; consumers; financial records; human resources; business direction; social trends; consumer behaviour; marketing; public opinion; H5N1 chicken disease; genetically modified foods ………..

4 CATALOGUE FOR: Books, eBooks Journals/Magazine Titles Newspaper Titles Multimedia DATABASES FOR: Journal/Magazine Articles Newspaper Articles Theses, Conference Papers, etc. Locate Information Sources using Library Tools

5 I find Google faster and easier than Library Resources Confessions of a Librarian II

6 Use Effective Search Strategies Library catalogue / Databases search mechanism BUT similar intitle: ≠ SEARCH TECHNIQUES EXAMPLE employee AND motivation Credit analysis OR risk assessment corporate governance [no quote!] risk assessment AND NOT financial sharehold* | organi?ation marketing within # models field search, e.g. t: (in title); s: (in subject); a: (in author) “Chinese economic development” CANNOT find titles with “China’s economic and political development”, “Economic development in China”, etc.

7 1.Define your search topic Be specific; try to write it in the form of a question. What are the latest strategies for retaining staff? 2.Identify the main concepts Ignore “soft” words or connectors e.g. effect, improve retention, staff, (strategies) 3.Create a list of possible search terms retention, retain, retaining, retain* staff, employee*, worker* 4.Combine your search terms appropriately (retention or retain*) and (staff or employee* or worker*) * - variant endings of a word AND – narrows search, use between concepts OR – broadens search, use between synonyms ( ) – orders search, use to keep your synonyms together Formulate your Search – a Sample

8 Field Search (Keyword=XXX) Field Search (Keyword=XXX) To search the keyword in a particular field To avoid retrieving irrelevant records Something New! 1 Keyword search: compensation Subject in Brazilians, Alien labor, Japan Irrelevant to “compensation” in management context 2 Keyword search: Subject in Employee fringe benefits, compensation management S: compensation Relevant to “compensation” in management context

9 Applications Small Businesses E.g. s: small business* AND E.g. s: small business* AND (governance OR manag*) Case Studies E.g. s:(case stud??? OR 案例 OR 個案研究 ) AND Finding Topics in Management Finding Topics in Management E.g. s: corporate governance E.g. s: directors of corporations E.g. s: board of directors Corporate Governance Publications of the Institute for Enterprise Development & Management Research (formerly Business Research Centre) E.g. (a:business research centre OR institute for enterprise development and management research)

10 Finding Company Information Finding Company Information E.g. s: E.g. s: coca cola Applications Competitors Information General Company Directories E.g. s:(corporation* OR compan* OR business enterprise*) AND s:( director???) E.g. Fortune 500 at: E.g. a: Dun AND s: directories (Finding Dun’s & Bradstreet Directories E.g. a: Standard AND s: directories (Finding Standard and Poor’s Directories) Irasia.com Access up-to-date information on companies listed in South East Asia, e.g. annual and interim reports, company profiles, stock quotes and charts, news, etc. Allows searching by company name, stock ticker symbol, industry sector. Main board listed companies: annual/interim reports Main board listed companies: corporate documents Compiled by HK Exchange and Clearing Company Annual Report Company Information Securities (disclosure of interests) daily summaries. Ownership data of HK companies ( up to 31 March 2003) (after April )

11 Applications Industry Background E.g. s:(industr???) AND s: E.g. s:(industr???) AND s:(automobile* OR motor vehicle*) Brand Names/ Product Info. E.g. s:(brand* OR trademark* OR 商標 OR 商品 ) Market Research/ Industry Survey/ Market Share/Consumer Behavior/ Consumption E.g. subject = market surveys E.g. Title: Market Report on… (Report published by the TDC) E.g. Title: Doing Business in… E.g. Title: Business Profile series (Report published by the HSBC Group) E.g. Title: World Bank Country Study E.g. s:(market OR consum*) AND (survey* OR research* OR forecast* OR statistic* OR 市場調查 ) AND E.g. s:industr??? AND s:(survey* OR statistic*) Finding Topics in Marketing Research Finding Topics in Marketing Research Profiles of HK Major Service Industries (TDC) Profiles of HK Major Manufacturing Industries (TDC) TradePort: Market Research Find country and market reports from the "Buy USA database" and country, business and finance surveys from the Economist.com. Country Profile/ Country Report E.g. a:Economist Intelligence Unit AND t:(country report OR country profile)) Economic Indicators E.g. a:Economist Intelligence Unit AND t:(country report OR country profile)) E.g. a:(World Economic Forum OR IMD) AND competitiveness

12 OFFICIAL STATISTICS Hong Kong Annual Digest of Statistics ( 香港統計年刊 ) Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics ( 香港統計月刊 ) and its “featured articles 專題文章 ” Hong Kong Social and Economic Trends ( 香港社會及經濟趨勢 ) Census & Statistics Dept. Hong Kong Statistics (Online) at: (Under “Statistics by Subject” & “Social Topics Studies”) Business Statistics Online (Trade Development Council) at: _cid=7&w_idt= (including trade statistics, trade in services, employment statistics, GDP, foreign companies in HK, etc.) Departmental Annual Report. Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Statistics. ( “Economic & financial data for HK”, “Monthly statistical bulletin” which contains financial statistics including the “Residential mortgage survey”) Property Market Statistics (Rating and Valuation Dept.) at: UNOFFICIAL STATISTICS Non-profit organizations and political parties E.g. AND AND s:statistic* E.g. 中國 AND ( 農村 OR 鄉鎮 ) AND s: 統計 Statistical publications Finding Statistical Information Finding Statistical Information Applications

13 Finding Stock Market Information Finding Stock Market Information Applications Trading Records 1. SEHK monthly bulletin (formerly The Securities Journal. Trading Record ) Contains trading records from Web site: HKEX: Data & Statistics: Securities Market (current volumes) at: 2. Cash market, traded options, growth enterprise market…quotations ( ) Contains data of all sales records, daily and weekly quotations Web site: HKEX: Data & Statistics: Securities Market: Market Data: Daily quotations & Weekly quotations 3. Hang Seng Index Data Contains daily closing of all ordinaries index, trading value and volume of deals, market capitalization, etc. from 1986 onwards Web site: HKEX: Data & Statistics: Securities Market: Statistics: Statistics Archive 1. BigCharts Access to interactive charts, quotes, reports and indicators on over 50,000 stocks, mutual funds and market indexes. Users can search by symbol, industry, fund name and access historical quotes. Online charting offers a wide range of user defined options, e.g. choice of time frame, various price statistics, comparison charts, various data analysis features. 2. Taiwan Securities and Futures Information Centre Look up financial and other stock information of listed companies in Taiwan

14 I may look exhausted. But I’m just getting started!!! Confessions of a Librarian III

15 Major Electronic Resources in Accountancy & Business Finding journal articles, reports ABI/INFORM Global (ProQuest) Accounting & Tax with Standards (ProQuest) Banking Information Source (ProQuest) ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, etc. Economic Intelligence Unit: Country Profile/ Country Report in EBSCOhost – Military & Government Coll. Emerald Fulltext EconLit NBER Working Paper Series PAIS International Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) World Economic Outlook Reports China Journal Net 中國期刊網 - 經濟政治與法律專輯 Current Events WiseNews Lexis-Nexis Academic HK TV Programs Db. Speech/Interview Articles Academic Research Library Academic Search Elite E-Books NetLibrary Ebrary Apabi e-books 方正數字圖書館 Safari Tech Books Online E-Reference Tools 中國人物庫 (1991-) 中國統計數據庫 (1995- ) 中國上市公司文獻庫 in China InfoBank (GB) 中國法律法規庫 in China InfoBank (GB) iSinoLaw (coming soon)

16 1.Define your search topic Be specific; try to write it in the form of a question. How can we improve performance through motivating employees? 2.Identify the main concepts Ignore “soft” words or connectors e.g. effect, improve performance, motivating, employees 3.Create a list of possible search terms performance, productivity motivating, motivate, motivation, motivat* employees, staff 4.Combine your search terms appropriately (performance or productivity) and motivat* and (staff or employee*) * - variant endings of a word AND – narrows search, use between concepts OR – broadens search, use between synonyms ( ) – orders search, use to keep your synonyms together Formulate your Search – Your Turn!

17 ABI/INFORM GLOBAL (part of ProQuest)

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20 Apply for a Reader's Card to access other Hong Kong University Libraries HK$50 per application valid for one academic year (Aug-July) Application form and one photo required – ask at Reference Desk Request books that our Library does not hold or that have been checked out, but that are held by other libraries with the status "AVAILABLE" through Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) Online Interlibrary Loan Request First 20 articles per academic year free of charge Web-based HKBU ILL System First-time user registration Keep track of the status of requests online Retrieve electronic articles on desktop HK$5 charge for each additional article filled by local libraries. Access to Resources Beyond HKBU Library –Final-Year

21 Compile your Bibliography Citation Management Software Functions: Import references directly from major databases or enter manually Create bibliographies and in-text citations Access your references from any location via the Web Unit 2.2: Citing Information Tutorials Register for a personal RefWorks account at: (one working day is required to process your request)

22 Ask a Librarian … or I’ll be forced to spend my day on FaceBook! Confessions of a Librarian IV


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