Meet Elgaronline


What is it?

It is the online content platform for Edward Elgar Publishing.

What content does Brock University have access to?

We have full text access to over 400 titles published in the following collections:

  • Business 2015, 2016, & 2017
  • Economics 2015, 2016, & 2017
  • Social & Political Science 2015, 2016, 2017

What types of publications are included in these collections?

The collections include: monograph books, handbooks, research reviews, and general reference sources (encyclopedias, statistical yearbooks, and companions). Please note that we do not have access to the Journals on Elgaronline, and we did not purchase the Law collections. All content accessible to us (if you access it via the link from our Databases list), is indicated with a green dot, while non accessible content is indicated with a red circle, as indicated in the screenshot below.


How does Elgaronline know where I am?

Our access to Elgaronline is via IP-Address Authentication, so if you are off-campus, that is why you need to sign in with your Brock ID and Password to authenticate your identity. Once inside Elgaronline, you can scroll down to the footer at the bottom of the screen, and look for this message:


How often are new titles added to Elgaronline?

New titles are added monthly. However, it does take a while for the Library to get catalogue records for these new titles, so the best way to spot new titles is to go right into Elgaronline via the link our our Databases A-Z listing and then:

  • Browse by Title, then Refine by Access to All accessible content, and then sort the results by date from recent to old, which should look like this:


What subjects are included in these collections?

The Refine by Subject filter in Elgaronline lists the following subjects:

  • Asian Studies
  • Business and Management
  • Development Studies
  • Economics and Finance
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Law – Academic
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Studies

What else should I know?

Elgaronline ebooks are:

  • DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on downloading or printing
  • Licensed for unlimited perpetual access (no limits on the number of simultaneous users)
  • Can be used in course materials, so you can assign readings which we can link to via our ARES eReserves system at the book title or chapter title levels.

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Pitch Perfect: Guides for Elevator Speeches

BioLinc’s Entrepreneurship Week is April 3-7, 2017 and features several events where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas.  Here are just a few of the guides available in the Brock University Library to help you perfect your pitch or elevator speech.



The art of the pitch : persuasion and presentation skills that win business / Peter Coughter. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Call # HF 5718.22 C68 2012

Learn more about the author and his tips on presentations.





Pitch anything : an innovative method for presenting, persuading, and winning the deal / Oren Klaff. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2011. Call #: HF 5438.8 P74 K53 2011

Learn more by watching the book reel.




Small message, big impact : the elevator speech effect / Terri L. Sjodin. New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2012. Call # HF 5718.22 S586 2012

Learn more by watching the book trailer.



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New Books in JSTOR

Did you know that you can now read books in JSTOR?

The JSTOR Books collection includes Open Access titles, as well as titles purchased by the Brock University Library. All titles are available in a DRM-free, unlimited-user model.  DRM-free means there are no page limits, and all book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.

JSTOR has a handy feature called Cite This Item, which will generate a formatted citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago Style at the book or book chapter level.

Open Access eBooks

More than 500 titles are now available as open access eBooks, including titles published by ANU Press and other University Presses, spanning a wide variety of disciplines including Business, Economics, History, & Political Science.

Recently Purchased eBooks of Interest to Business & Economics Historians

princeton-companion-atl-histThe Princeton Companion to Atlantic History

Book Description: “This book, the first encyclopedic reference work on Atlantic history, takes an integrated, multicontinental approach that emphasizes the dynamics of change and the perspectives and motivations of the peoples who made it happen. The entries-all specially commissioned for this volume from an international team of leading scholars-synthesize the latest scholarship on central themes, including economics, migration, politics, war, technologies and science, the physical environment, and culture”.



China’s Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination

Book Description: “Many have viewed the tribute system as China’s tool for projecting its power and influence in East Asia, treating other actors as passive recipients of Chinese domination.China’s Hegemony sheds new light on this system and shows that the international order of Asia’s past was not as Sinocentric as conventional wisdom suggests. Instead, throughout the early modern period, Chinese hegemony was accepted, defied, and challenged by its East Asian neighbors at different times, depending on these leaders’ strategies for legitimacy among their populations”.

business-slaveryThe Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860.

Book Description: “Calvin Schermerhorn’s provocative study views the development of modern American capitalism through the window of the nineteenth-century interstate slave trade. This eye-opening history follows money and ships as well as enslaved human beings to demonstrate how slavery was a national business supported by far-flung monetary and credit systems reaching across the Atlantic Ocean”.



power-single-numberPower of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP.

Book Description: “Widely used since the mid-twentieth century, GDP (gross domestic product) has become the world’s most powerful statistical indicator of national development and progress. Practically all governments adhere to the idea that GDP growth is a primary economic target, and while criticism of this measure has grown, neither its champions nor its detractors deny its central importance in our political culture. In The Power of a Single Number, Philipp Lepenies recounts the lively history of GDP’s political acceptance-and eventual dominance”.

brief-history-entreA brief history of entrepreneurship: the pioneers, profiteers, and racketeers who shaped our world.

Book Description:” A Brief History of Entrepreneurshipcharts how the pursuit of profit by private individuals has been a prime mover in revolutionizing civilization. Entrepreneurs often butt up against processes, technologies, social conventions, and even laws. So they circumvent, innovate, and violate to obtain what they want. This creative destruction has brought about overland and overseas trade, colonization, and a host of revolutionary technologies-from caffeinated beverages to the personal computer-that have transformed society”.

investment-historyInvestment: a history

Book Description: “Investing-the commitment of resources to achieve a return-affects individuals, families, companies, and nations, and has done so throughout history. Yet until the sixteenth century, investing was a privilege of only the elite classes. The story behind the democratization of investing is bound up with some of history’s most epic events. It is also a tale rich with lessons for professional and everyday investors who hope to make wiser choices”.

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Catching up on what you missed!

Dear BI Nexus followers – my apologies (again) for the lack of posts this past academic year. What can I say – I joined the Twitterverse in July 2015 (follow me @LindaDLowry1 ) and I have been using it to tweet about new books, database trials, and the like.

Recent Database Trials:


Our trial of the eMarketer Pro database ran from February 1-20, 2017, which allowed faculty, students, and Library staff a great opportunity to explore their content, which focuses on digital marketing and ecommerce topics such as mobile ad spending, digital shopping, & mobile device usage. It included in-depth reports, interviews with key Marketing executives, data & statistics, and much more, with global coverage of a wide variety of industries and sectors. If you missed the trial, you can see some examples by taking their “product tour” online at:


Our trial of the MarketLine Advantage database ran from March 7-17, 2017. This is an international company, industry, and country research database that features company, industry, and company profiles as well as search tools for generating lists of companies based on various criteria. The interactive databases included in the trial contained news & information on financial deals (mergers & acqusitions, private equity, IPOs) and market data analytics (statistical data covering the food, drinks, & personal care markets in 200+ countries). If you missed this trial, you can learn more about this product at:

No decisions have been reached regarding either product. I continue to keep my eyes on the business information landscape for other products that may be of interest.

More updates to follow in the next few days or weeks.

Regards, Linda Lowry






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Crisis Communications

Here are some sources that may guide an organization through the process of communicating during and after a public relations crisis.

hndbkcrisiscommThe Handbook of Crisis Communication . Edited by W. Timothy Coombs and Sherry J. Hollady. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Library Call No: HD 49 H35 2012.

Publisher’s Description: “Written as a tool for both researchers and communication managers, the Handbook of Crisis Communication is a comprehensive examination of the latest research, methods, and critical issues in crisis communication”.

reputationmgmtReputation management: the key to successful public relations and corporate communication by John Doorley and Helio Fred Garcia. (Routledge, 2011). Library Call No: HD 59 d66 2011.

Publisher’s Description: “This book is a how-to guide for professionals and students in public relations and corporate communication, as well as for CEOs and other leaders. It rests on the premise that reputation can be measured, monitored, and managed. Organized by corporate communication units (media relations, employee communication, government relations, and investor relations, for example), the book provides a field-tested guide to corporate reputation problems such as leaked memos, unfair treatment by the press, and negative rumors – and it is this rare book that focuses on practical solutions”.

effective-apology-lEffective apology: mending fences, building bridges, and restoring trust by John Kador. (Berrett-Koehler, 2009).  Library Call No: HD 59.2 K34 2009.

Publisher’s Description: “Effective Apology challenges you to think about the fundamental value and importance of apology as it delivers detailed advice for making an apology that truly heals and renews….Identifies the five building blocks of effective apology as well as concrete steps for accepting or rejecting apologies, ten apology do’s and don’ts, and a quiz to test your Apology Quotient”.


See also the resources cited on a previous post Friday Focus on… The Corporate Apology. 


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New Product Development

Here are some great resources from the Product Development and Management Association for anyone interested in developing new products or services!

1118971809Design Thinking: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA. Edited by Michael G. Luchs, K. Scott Swan, and Abbie Griffin. New York: Wiley, 2015. Available via the Wiley Online Library.

Summary: “Design Thinking is the Product Development and Management Association’s (PDMA) guide to better problem solving and decision-making in product development and beyond. The second in the New Product Development Essentials series, this book shows you how to bridge the gap between the strategic importance of design and the tactical approach of design thinking. You’ll learn how to approach new product development from a fresh perspective, with a focus on systematic, targeted thinking that results in a repeatable, human-centered problem-solving process. Integrating high-level discussion with practical, actionable strategy, this book helps you re-tool your thought processes in a way that translates well beyond product development, giving you a new way to approach business strategy and more” (Publisher’s website).

9781118770771.pdfOpen Innovation: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA. Edited by Charles H. Noble, Serdar S. Durmusoglu, Abbie Griffin. New York: Wiley, 2014. Available via the Wiley Online Library. 

Summary: “Open Innovation: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA is a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of the Open Innovation method. Written by experts from the Product Development and Management Association, the book packages a collection of Open Innovation tools in a digestible and actionable format. Real-world case studies drawn from the authors’ own successes and failures illustrate the concepts presented, providing accurate representation of the opportunities and challenges of Open Innovation implementation. Key tools are presented with a focus on immediate applications for business, allowing NPD professionals to easily discern where this cutting edge development method can push innovation forward.” (Publisher’s website).

9780470648209_cover.indd Edited by Kenneth B. Kahn, Sally Evans Kay, Rebecca J. Slotegraaf, and Steve Uban. New York: Wiley, 2013. Available via the Wiley Online Library.

Summary: New Product Development is one of the most important challenges facing organizations today. The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) Handbook of New Product Development 3rd Edition provides an exceptional review of cutting edge topics for both new and experienced product development leaders. It offers a comprehensive and updated guide to the practices, processes and tools critical to achieving and sustaining new product/service development success in today’s world, delivering valuable information about the fundamentals as well as emerging practices such as venturing, virtual product development and the use of social media in NPD”. (Publisher’s website).



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Friday Focus on … Bitcoin

I am the first to admit that I do not know much about bitcoin (the mysterious digital currency) recently in the news as the method of payment by a California hospital to hackers after a malware attack (see this story on CNN Money). I saw my first Bitcoin ATM while on a trip to Portland Oregon last year in the Pioneer Place Mall.

How can you learn more about bitcoin, and other digital currencies? Here are some new books that may be of interest:

Dust jacket for Digital GoldDigital Gold: Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money by  Nathaniel Popper.  New York: Harper, 2015. Call No: HG 1710 P68 2015.  

“A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age” [publisher’s website].


Dust Jacket for Digital Currency book.Handbook of Digital Currency: Bitcoin, Innovation, Financial Instruments, and Data edited by D. Lee Kuo Chen. Academic Press, 2015. Ebook available on the ScienceDirect platform.

” •Discusses all major strategies and tactics associated with digital currencies, their uses, and their regulations
•Presents future scenarios for the growth of digital currencies
•Written for regulators, crime prevention units, tax authorities, entrepreneurs, micro-financiers, micro-payment businesses, cryptography experts, software developers, venture capitalists, hedge fund managers, hardware manufacturers, credit card providers, money changers, remittance service providers, exchanges, and academics” [publisher’s website].


Dust jacket for understanding bitcoinUnderstanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, Engineering, and Economics by Pedro Franco. New York: Wiley, 2014. Available online via the Wiley Online Library platform.

Part one explores the foundations, technology, and economics of bitcoin and provides examples of how bitcoin is used in business applications. Part two explores bitcoin technology including public key cryptography, transactions, the blockchain, wallets, and mining. Part three explores the cryptocurrencies landscape.







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Management Encyclopedias


I am pleased to announce that Brock University Library has acquired the online edition of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd Edition via the Wiley Online Library platform.   This image from the publisher’s site shows you what it looks like in print format.

Each “volume” focuses on one of the following subjects: accounting, business ethics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, international management, management information systems, managerial economics, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior, strategic management, and technology & innovation.

There are several ways to navigate within the online edition.

Each entry in the encyclopedia is available in HTML and PDF formats, and includes a recommended citation. The HTML versions of each entry feature cross references to other entries and bibliographies with active links to articles in Wiley journals.Citations can be exported to a variety of reference manager software products such as EndNote.

Finally, online books on the Wiley Online Library platform (including Major Reference Works) are sold with perpetual access, have no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on downloads or printing, and allow for unlimited, concurrent user access. They may be used for course packs or in your course management system (with links that work on or off campus).

Curious about other encyclopedias on the Wiley Online Library platform? Check out these other titles which Brock University Library has purchased in the past few years:

  • Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, Fourth Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Financial Models
  • Encyclopedia of Political Thought
  • Encyclopedia of Quantitative Finance
  • Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science
  • The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication
  • The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society
  • The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
  • Wiley International Encyclopedia of Marketing





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News & Notes for January 2016

Hello! It is time to “reboot” this blog and add some new content. I have just compiled the January 2016 issue of my News & Notes Liaison Newsletter which highlights new resources and content in our Library collection:  Wiley Journals are Back; Oxford Handbooks Online; Best Business Books of 2015; CFA Investment Institute books; Business Plans Handbooks; Kanopy Streaming Video; Copyright Update;The Librarians TV Series

The August 2015 issue included: highlights of 2014/2015 Changes; My Sabbatical Leave Research Projects; Library support for course readings; Improving extended loans for books; Famous Librarians.


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Why are there so many business databases?

I highly recommend reading the following post from the University of Manchester Library’s blog. I get asked this question as well.

Browse The University of Manchester Library website and you will find a large number of business databases. Researchers have to chose which of these is best for their research and this can be influenced by various factors. To guide this decision it is important to remember the factors that lead to academic libraries having many business databases.

Commercial products

Business databases roundabout There are many specialist financial and business databases available to researchers at The University of Manchester

The best known business databases are commercial products: for example, Bloomberg Professional, Datastream (Thomson Reuters), and Capital IQ (Standard & Poor’s) .  They are available to universities for non-commercial use but their main market is finance professionals. These systems are similar but not equivalent. The companies developing these systems are constantly trying to improve them to maintain or increase their market share, and often this includes providing data that is not available from competitors.


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