Library resources vs. “fake news”

Given the current trend of “fake news” stories, David Lam Library wanted to shed light on its library resources which offer access to trustworthy sources of information.  The library subscribes to over 50 online business databases which pool quality information from a variety of reputable sources. You can find information ranging from current news (eg. Factiva database), company reports (eg. Mergent database), consumer trends (eg. Passport GMID database), industry reports (eg. IBIS World database), and countless scholarly and peer-reviewed articles (eg. Business Source Complete database), in addition to many other types of business information. Instead of worrying about whether something you find on the Internet comes from a reputable source, why not check out some of the databases listed above? If you are not sure where to start or how to search these databases, be sure to drop by the research help desk, Monday to Friday, 1-4 pm to obtain help from a reference librarian.

If you are not sure whether something you read online falls under the category of “fake news”, here is a possible checklist to follow:

1. Do you know who the source is, or was it created by a common or well-known source? Example National Geographic, Discovery, etc.
2. How does it compare to what you already know?
3. Does the information make sense? Do you understand the information?
4. Can you verify that the information agrees with three or more other sources that are also reliable?
5. Have experts in the field been connected to it or authored the information?
6. How current is the information?
7. Does it have a copyright?

Happy searching!

Opening Reception and Symposium at Belkin Art Gallery

Do you need a bit of a study break? Why not check out the To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A Opening Reception and Symposium at Belkin Art Gallery.  This exhibition investigates belief and prediction in economic models, precarious labour and illicit and marginalized markets. Speculative and experimental, this work of various artists tests models, forecasts futures and examines histories of exchange and the limits of productivity. In the context of knowledge-based economies, student debt and the outsourcing of intellectual labour, the exhibition aims to draw forth dialogues about how we imagine individual and collective futures in the “new normal.”

The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, January 12, 6-9 pm. The Symposium takes place on Friday, January 13 from 3 to 9 pm at the UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and will include artists Melanie Gilligan, Gabrielle Hill, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Marianne Nicolson and international curator and author Maria Lind. The Symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required:

To find out more, take a look at



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I wanted to send a thank you note to let you know how amazing [the staff member at the front desk] was this morning at the CLC…. I know the staff at the CLC face many students and are asked to help across the board, but I wanted to reach out and let you know just how much I appreciated [her] going above and beyond this morning to help.”
-UBC Sauder School of Business Student, November 29, 2016

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“Thank you for the informative workshop on Business Resources. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about and be reminded of these useful tools!”
-Staff member, November 2016

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“Thank you for your session. My class definitely needed the help and were appreciative of your time and help.  Thank you so much!”
-Sauder Faculty member, November 2016

Celebrating Thrive Week

It is that time of year again. UBC is celebrating Thrive this week (the 8th year in a row)!  This is a week focused on building positive mental health for everyone on campus. Be sure to also check out one of many campus events aimed at promoting positive mental health during Thrive Week, from October 31 to November 4, 2016. Events range from fitness classes, to tips for dealing with stress, campus tours, and more. We also invite you to Attend the Thrive Kick-Off Celebration:  Drop by the square outside the bookstore on October 31 from 8:30am-11:30am for free drinks, stress balls, snacks, live music and more.

To celebrate Thrive Week, David Lam Library is putting on a display of books about surviving and thriving in a campus setting, dealing with stress, and improving your productivity.

Drop by this week and join us for Sauder Tea Time. Find out more at the CLC front desk.

Title Author Year Call Number
The best four years : how to survive and thrive in college (and life) Adam Shepard 2011 LB2343.32 .S54 2011
Extreme productivity : boost your results, reduce your hours Robert C. Pozen 2012 HD69.T54 P678 2012
Sleeping with your smartphone : how to break the 24/7 habit and change the way you work Leslie A. Perlow 2012 HD5106 .P424 2012
Off balance : getting beyond the work-life balance myth to personal and professional satisfaction Matthew Kelly 2011 HF5549.5.J63 K44 2011
What to do when there’s too much to do : reduce tasks, increase results, and save 90 minutes a day Laura Stack 2012 HD69.T54 S7284 2012
Emotional labor in the 21st century : diverse perspectives on the psychology of emotion regulation at work Alicia A. Grandey 2013 HF5549.5.N64 E46 2013
HBR guide to managing stress at work HBR 2014 HF5548.85 .H42 2014
Strategic stress management : an organizational approach Valerie J. Sutherland 2000 HF5548.85 .S874 2000
Loss, grief and trauma in the workplace Neil Thompson 2009 HF5548.8 .T487 2009
The work/life dichotomy : prospects for reintegrating people and jobs Martin Morf 1989 HF5549 .M625 1989
Smart choices : a practical guide to making better decisions John S. Hammond 1999 BF448 .H35 1999
The seven habits of highly effective people : restoring the character ethic Stephen R. Covey 1990 BF637.S8 C68 1990


“Open Access Week” October 24-30, 2016!

Did you know that  “Open Access Week” at UBC is happening October 24-30, 2016? Open Access is a movement encouraging the removal of barriers to scholarly research so that scholarly work is accessible to people everywhere. Access is available to everyone: students, policy makers, health care workers, professionals, educators, scholars in the developing world, and the public.

This year’s theme is “Open in Action”. You can find out more at  We encourage you to RSVP for events to learn more about what Open Access means for researchers, students, and faculty at UBC.  You will learn more about topics such as open textbooks, author rights, DOIs and cIRcle Deposit, Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, and Engaging with Open Scholarly Practice.  We also invite you to explore UBC’s Open Textbooks where you can also find some online business open textbooks. UBC Library also has an Open Collections portal which includes digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more.  These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond. If you are looking for UBC theses specifically, please take a look at our institutional repository, cIRcle (

Did you know that peer reviewed journals can also be Open Access?  Take a look at Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed business librarianship journal.  One of our librarians, Irena Trebic, has published a conference report about the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Orlando she attended in the latest issue of Ticker.  The article is available to read at

Here are some additional Open Access Resources:


Small Business Week October 17-21, 2016

UBC’s Small Business Accelerator Program is celebrating Small Business Week during October 17-21, 2016.  Check out their blog for more details.

David Lam Library has put together a book display about entrepreneurship and small business. We also have a temporary collection of small business books in the back of the library. Come check out one of the titles or ask the staff at the services desk to point you towards the small business collection.

From titles exploring local BC business practices to those discussing social entrepreneurship, one of these recommendations is sure to fit your niche.

1. Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective

This book is focused on the wider contexts of management innovation, entrepreneurship, and human resource management practices, from a global perspective.

2. Uncertainty in Entrepreneurial Decision Making: The Competitive Advantages of Strategic Creativity

This book fills an existing gap in understanding three key concepts of business management: entrepreneurship, uncertainty, and strategy.

3. The Entrepreneurial Arch: A Strategic Framework for Discovering, Developing and Renewing Firms

Illustrated with various real-world examples, this structured and concise book will appeal to students, as well as to practitioners looking to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

4. Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

The authors set out a framework for understanding how successful social entrepreneurs go about producing transformative change. They discuss four key stages: understanding the world; envisioning a new future; building a model for change; and scaling the solution.

5. Base of the Pyramid 3.0: Sustainable Development Through Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The authors of this book propose new objectives and ways of working to formulate more sustainable solutions through innovation.

6. Strategy Formulation in Entrepreneurial Firms

Using a sample covering a wide range of entrepreneurial firms in the UK, the author addresses the lack of strategic thinking in the management of small firms and provides recommendations for formulating and implementing effective strategic management processes.

7. Confessions of an Entrepreneur: How to Survive the Highs and Lows of Starting Up

This is a book about the emotional issues on the journey every single entrepreneur has to take – the sacrifices you make, the struggle to choose and work with the “right” partner(s), the strain of uncertainty and potential failure, the dizzying and addictive highs of success, the challenge of building and motivating a team – “everything “that you will experience when you start a new business.

8. Sustainable Venturing: Entrepreneurial Opportunity in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Sustainable Venturing attempts to show how harnessing the innovative power of entrepreneurship can be used to solve global social and environmental challenges.

9. British Columbia’s New North: How to Build your Business, Respect Communities–and Prosper

If you have ever wanted to explore Northern BC this book is for you. It looks at business practices in BC’s northern communities as well as challenges and opportunities.

10. Entrepreneurship: A Very Short Introduction

The authors look at how the actions of entrepreneurs are shaped by the external environment and availability of resources, consider the types of organizations in which entrepreneurs can be found, and look at the diversity in their backgrounds, experience, and how they think and learn.

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“The reference help is an amazing resource. I didn’t even know about it until now!”
– COMM 465 student, October 2016

English and business communication resources

As part of the Plan For Success campaign, David Lam Library has put on a display of books aimed at helping you deepen your understanding of English and learn more about business communication. To find out more about this campaign, check out the  Plan For Success website. You can find more information about Communication Development Programs on the myBcom website. Here you will find links on how to improve your grades, get support from the Communication Coaches or learn how to obtain information about academic integrity.  As always, David Lam librarians are here to help you out with your research!

Check out the book list below and come borrow one of these great resources from the CLC to help you succeed in English communication.

Title Author Year Call Number
Contemporary business English Scot Ober 2005 PE1112 .O123 2005
Business English : a complete guide to developing an effective business writing style Andrea Geffner 2004 PE1479.B87 G4 2004
Essentials of business communication for English language learners Mary Ellen Guffey 2009 HF5718.3 .G848 2009
Booher’s rules of business grammar : 101 fast and easy ways to correct the most common errors Dianna Daniels Booher 2009 PE1115 .B626 2009
Five-minute activities for business English Paul Emmerson 2005 PE1115 .E46 2005
Dictionary of business terms Jae K. Shim 2006 HF1001 .S5247 2006
Guide to Canadian English usage Margery Fee 2007 PE3235 .F44 2007
Power verbs for presenters : hundreds of verbs and phrases to pump up your speeches and presentations Michael Lawrence Faulkner 2013 HF5718.22 .F38 2013
Make an impact with your written English : how to use word power to impress in presentations, reports, PR and meetings Fiona Talbot 2009  PE1479.B87 T355 2009
The language of business meetings Michael Handford 2010 HF5734.5 .H36 2010
Guide for internationals : culture, communication, and ESL (English as a second language) Sana Reynolds 2006 HD8081.A5 R495 2006
Writing & speaking at work : a practical guide for business communication Edward P. Bailey 2008 HF5718 .B343 2008
AMA Handbook of business letters Jeffrey Seglin 2002 HF5726 .S42 2002

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