Handbooks and encyclopedias often give a good overview of a subject area and provide relevant background information, as well as key terms that can be used when searching the databases.  Search for them in the library's catalogue by Keyword.  

Finding Books

In the library catalogue,  search by Keyword or Subject  to find books by a topic.   To search multiple words not as a phrase do a Keyword search and use Boolean Operations - 
         AND to find all of the words in any order
         OR to find any of the words
         AND NOT to exclude one or more words

For example
      Keyword   entrepreneurship and financ*
                        (entrepreneurship or family-owned buisness entreprises ) and management

A single * symbol will find any ending up to 5 characters. finance* will retreive finance, financial, financier, financially, etc. 

A full list of search tips is available at the Keyword Searching page.

Suggested subject headings include:


While the Library purchases very few textbooks, the following titles provide a good starting point. Students may wish to contact the University bookstore for titles not held by the Library.

E-book titles available at Carleton are in the Library Catalogue and will be retrieved by an Author, Title, Subject and Keyword search.  Or you may browse our e-book collections.

Relevant eBook Collections:

Blackwell Reference Online: Business & Management 
Cambridge University Press eBooks
Columbia International Affairs Online 
eScholarship  elibrary from the Univeristy of California Press
MyiLibrary includes ebooks from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis
Oxford Scholarship Online: Economics & Finance
Oxford Scholarship Online: Business & Management
Oxford University Press eBooks
Safari Tech Books Online
Scholars Portal Books
Springer ebooks (via SpringerLink)
Taylor & Francis
Wiley Online Library

When searching in Business Source Complete on the Advanced Search Page, scroll down to filter your results by different publication types.  
For example:  limit to academic journal will find scholarly articles in titles such as Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
                         limit to periodical to find articles in magazines such as Entrepreneur,  Business Today etc.
                         limit to trade journal to find articles in titles with a focus on a particular industry such as Computer Weekly, Franchising World etc.

Other databases include 

Business News

Tips for Newspaper Searching

The following titles are available online through the Library catalogue:


  • Canadian company capabilities [electronic resource] An online database with over 35,000 Canadian companies and 200,000 products and services. 
  • Ottawa Knowledge-based Industry Database
  • Scottsinfo.com Online Canadian business and manufacturing directory, listing manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and business services.  Includes more than 115,000 companies and 210,000 executive contacts.
  • Frasers Open access directory of Canadian suppliers, manufacturers and distributors.
  • Canadian Trade Index Annual directory published by the Canadian Manufacturers' Association.

Search NAICS 2007 to get the NAICS code for an industry.

Company Financial Data


Global (includes Canadian data)

Industry Data

  • Business Source Complete - search your topic, product, company or industry.  Under Refine your results choose Industry Overview.
  • Bloomberg  -  Access limited to a single workstation in library.  See our help guides for instructions and tips.
  • Mergent Online - when connected, select the Report Search tab from the menu.   Select industry of interest and then geographical region.  
  • Factiva - mouse over Companies/Markets from menu bar at top of page, select Industry.   Select industry from the list provided.  Published profiles are found under Analysis and Profiles from menu on left.
  • Passport - Select Industries from the menu tab and narrow by country.  Tip - choose the industry plus specific parts of industry as there is often more than one industry profile.
  • Conference Board of Canada e-Library - Browse by topic -> Industry Sector Economics for industry profiles or enter industry name in the search box.
  • Wire Report - The leading news service covering Canada's rapidly converging telecom and media sectors.
  • HighBeam Business: Industry Reports    Free industry reports from The Gale Group on US industries. 

Market Data

  • Passport - select the consumer tab for global information on population, income and expenditure, lifestyles etc.
  • Vividata - provides statistics on Canadian consumer preferences.
    1. Click on the link above to Vividata. 
    2. From the Vividata home page type in your email address in the box under Support and press submit.
    3. Mouse over Resources at the top of the page and select Educational Resources.  Click on the tab Products and Demographics.
    4. If a password is requested email trish.oflaherty@carleton.ca for help.

hatch  -  a student-led entrepreneurship program dedicated to providing its members with entrepreneurial options through social and business networking within and outside of Carleton University.

Lead to Win Carleton University based community program comprised of individuals and organizations that come together to support students in post-secondary institutions and community entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures.

Entrepreneurship @ Carleton University
            Entrepreneurship - Sprott School of Business
 Entrepreneurship (Master's) - Programs - Graduate Admissions
            Technology Innovation Management (TIM)
            Sprott Centre for Social Enterprises
            Entrepreneurship: Alumni Mentors

Ottawa Resources
             Ottawa Public Library Small Business Services - workshops and information sessions are offered on a regular basis.
             Ottawa Business Journal
             Ottawa Business Journal Book of Lists - directory of business in Ottawa
             Invest Ottawa - a non-profit organization that facilitates economic growth and job creation in the city of Ottawa.  
            Ottawa Better Business Bureau 
            Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
            Startup Ottawa


​Writing a business plan:

 Business Writing 

Search by Subject in the catalogue Business Writing

Citing Business Sources




Content last updated: February 19, 2019