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Business Research Methods School of Journalism, UBC. Jan Wallace David Lam Library February 2006. What we’ll cover. What’s in the David Lam Library Categories of business research Sources for company and industry research. David Lam Library. Reference Questions. Undergraduates

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    1. Business Research MethodsSchool of Journalism, UBC Jan Wallace David Lam Library February 2006

    2. What we’ll cover • What’s in the David Lam Library • Categories of business research • Sources for company and industry research UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    3. David Lam Library UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    4. Reference Questions • Undergraduates • business plans, marketing plans • debates • course assignments: collective bargaining, logistics, IT, transportation, trade, etc. • MBA requests • business plans, international trade • corporate failure analysis • other critical issue assignments • internships and job searches UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    5. Categories of business information resources • Books and journals • Corporate filings • Third party research organizations • Governments and statistical agencies • NGO’s • Associations • Financial data vendors • Internet sources UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    6. Sample Question: Sources • ABI/Inform/Canadian NewsStand • Business Source Premier • Statistics Canada • Sedar.com, sec.edgar.gov • Mergent • Marketresearch.com • Euromonitor’s GMID • Government statistical agencies • World Development Indicators • Google UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    7. Sample Question • “Toyota to build new auto plant in Woodstock, Ont.,”August 2005 • “Toyota to expand auto plant under construction in southwestern Ontario,” February 2006 UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    8. Business Source Premier • Good first stop • Aggregation of business journals, magazines, trade journals • Company and industry analyses UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    9. Business Source Premier Business Source Premier includes company and industry profiles by Datamonitor UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    10. Datamonitor profile, cntd. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    11. Datamonitor profile, cntd. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    12. TableBase UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    13. Global Market Information Database (GMID) UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    14. Statistics Canada UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    15. Statistics Canada, cntd. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    16. Statistics Canada • Other publications: • New Motor Vehicle Sales • Canadian Vehicle Survey • Spending Patterns in Canada • Canadian Vehicle Survey Annual • Road motor vehicles, registrations • Monthly Survey of Manufacturing UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    17. ABI/Inform • Similar to BSP • 20% overlap • Most popular business database UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    18. ABI/Inform/Cdn NewsStand UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    19. ABI/Inform/Cdn NewsStand UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    20. Google UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    21. Google, cntd. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    22. Google, cntd. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    23. Sample Question #2 • “What are some major trends affecting Voice-over-Internet-Protocol in Canada’s telecom sector?” UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    24. A few resources • General business article sources • ABI/Inform • Business Source Premier • Lexis Nexis • Specialised business databases • Gartner • Forrester UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    25. A few resources UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    26. Another resource UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    27. Company Research • Investigating • a Company UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    28. Company information: Securities Filings • SEC EDGAR and EdgarScan • - corporate filings with the US Securities & Exchange Commission, required of companies whose shares are listed on US exchanges. 10K reports give detailed information about a company's business, markets, competitive environment • SEDAR • - Canadian equivalent of EDGAR • - aggregates filings with provincial securities commissions UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    29. Sedar.com • Website for regulatory filings by companies that sell shares on Canadian stock exchanges is www.sedar.com • US equivalent is www.sec.gov • Most informative documents are Annual Information Forms, Proxy Statements, Prospectuses, Early Warning Notices UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    30. Company information: News • News (UBC databases) • ABI/Canadian NewsStand/CBCA • Business Source Elite • LexisNexis Academic • FP Advisor (Financial Post) • Investext • News (many free sources) • biz.yahoo.com/I • google.com • businesswire.com UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    31. Investext teekay UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    32. Investext, cntd. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    33. Company information: Financial • Financial (UBC sources) • Hoovers (very basic) • FP Advisor (powerful) • Mergent (powerful) • Financial (free sources) • Biz.yahoo.com/i, etc. • Company Annual reports • Securities filings (SEC 10K, SEDAR AIF) UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    34. Private Companies • There are far more private companies than public companies: about 98% of all companies are private. • Private companies are more challenging to investigate because they often do not often issue public financial statements or annual reports. Private versus Public UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    35. Private Companies • Best sources: • - Journals and newspapers • - Directories (BIV, etc.) • - FP Advisor • - LexisNexis • - Rankings lists, eg, BC Business “Top 100 Private, Public and Crown Corporations” UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    36. Industry Associations • Google • Scott's directory of Canadian associationsKOERNER LIBRARY reference (non-circulating) (Floor 2) HS63 .S368 UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    37. Industry Associations UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

    38. Business Research UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA