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 OMNI.

Finding Books

Search the library's main search box (OMNI) to find books (and journal articles) by topic. To search multiple words not as a phrase do a search using 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 business enterprises ) AND management

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


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 can also be found in OMNI. You may also browse our e-book collections.

Relevant eBook Collections

Cambridge University Press eBooks

Columbia International Affairs Online 

eScholarship - eLibrary from the University of California Press

Ebook Central


Oxford Scholarship Online: Economics & Finance

Oxford Scholarship Online: Business & Management

Oxford Scholarship Online

Scholars Portal Books

Springer e​books (via SpringerLink)

Taylor & Francis

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 OMNI:


  • Canadian company capabilities An online database with over 35,000 Canadian companies and 200,000 products and services. 
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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 the menu bar at top of the page and select Industry. Select the industry from the list provided. Published profiles are found under Analysis and Profiles from the menu on left.
  • Passport - Select Industries from the menu tab and narrow by country.  Tip - choose the industry plus specific parts of the industry as there is often more than one industry profile.
  • Conference Board of Canada e-Library - Under Browse by, select Topic. Then select Industry Sector Economics for industry profiles or enter the industry name in the search box.
  • Wire Report - The leading news service covering Canada's rapidly converging telecom and media sectors.

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 matthew.gertler@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

Ottawa Resources

​Writing a business plan

Business Writing 

Search in OMNI for Business Writing

Citing Business Sources

Content last updated: June 15, 2021