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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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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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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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Friday Focus on … Routledge International Handbooks in Economics

The James A. Gibson Library has recently acquired the “e-book” editions of two titles in the Routledge International Handbooks series which are relevant for economic researchers. Both are now available on Ebscohost’s EBook collection. There is a 1 concurrent user limit on each book.

Cover of Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History

Book Cover

The Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History

This handbook spans the period from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. It is organized into four parts. Part one covers the era just prior to and including World War I  and includes chapters on the establishment of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, the great merger wave, the classical gold standard, and various financial panics. Part two covers the interwar era and World War II and features chapters on the 1929 stock market crash, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. Part three covers the post World War II era from 1945 to the 1990s and includes chapters on the Marshall Plan, oil shocks, disinflation, the rise of China and India, and the fall of the Soviet Union. Part four of the handbook covers the contemporary era and includes chapters on world hyperinflations, recent financial panics, and government bailouts.

Cover of Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History

Book cover

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History

According to the publisher, “The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History aims to introduce readers to important approaches and findings of economic historians who study the modern world. Its short chapters reflect the most up-to-date research and are written by well-known economic historians who are authorities on their subjects”.

The handbook is organized into four parts: 1) the methods of modern economic history; 2) influences on growth and stagnation; 3) individual economic sectors (agriculture, transportation, healthcare, banking, entertainment and sports; 4) the work force and human outcomes (labor markets, labor unions, education, immigration, slavery, urbanization, the changing role of women, African Americans).

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Friday Focus on … Updated Industry Encyclopedias

Industry research can be complicated. There are so many resources available, each with its own geographic or sectoral focus. Here are three core research sources, published by Gale Cengage, that have recently been purchased for the Brock Library Collection in e-book format, so that they can be accessed online, 24X7, on or off campus via the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) database. You can access each encyclopedia directly, or seach across them all in using the GVRL search engine. You can easily generate APA style citations of encyclopedia entries, or export citations to Refworks, using the Citation Tools menu.

eaindustries2011  Encyclopedia of American Industries, 2011

This resource is comprehensive, covering nearly 1000 different U.S. industries. The entries are organized numerically by U.S. SIC code  (e.g., SIC 2067: Chewing Gum).  It is divided into three volumes, but is fully searchable and contains a conversion guide from SIC to NAICS, and an index. Each industry essay contains an industry snapshot, a description of how the industry’s organization and structure, background, development, current conditions, and workforce. Each entry includes a bibliography and cross-links to other relevant articles in the same encyclopedia.


Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries, 2011

This source contains over 100 different essays on growth industries and emerging types of businesses, such as alternative energy,  mobile apps, or prosthetics and orthothics. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title (e.g., Agile Software). There is an industry index, a general index,  and all the entries are fully searchable.



Encyclopedia of Global Industries, 2011

This source provides essays on industry sectors at the global level of
analysis, and covers 125 different sectors from agriculture to
utilities. Each essay provides an industry snapshot, a review of current
conditions, profiles of industry leaders, and a bibliography of

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Friday Focus on … Water

There are some interesting new titles related to water in April’s New Books list.

The big thirst: the secret life and turbulent future of water / by Charles Fishman. New York: Free Press, 2012. Call No: HD 1691 F55 2012 (9th floor)

“As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this surprising and mind-changing narrative, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, yet we take it completely for granted. But the era of easy water is over …. As Charles Fishman writes, “Many civilizations have been crippled or destroyed by an inability to understand water or manage it. We have a huge advantage over the generations of people who have come before us, because we can understand water and we can use it smartly.” The Big Thirst will forever change the way we think about water, about our essential relationship to it, and about the creativity we can bring to ensuring that we’ll always have plenty of it.”

[ Description from publisher’s web site]

Book cover of The Future of WaterThe future of water: a startling look ahead / by Steve Maxwell with Scott Yates. Denver, CO: American Water Works Association, 2011. Call No: HD 1691 M38 2011 (9th floor)

This book  examines the future of water use at home, in agriculture, in industrial settings. It looks at future sources of water, the future of water storage, the future of water utilities, the future of water business, and the future role of water.

Learn more about this book by visiting the publisher’s web site.

Book cover of Water Resource ConflictsWater resource conflicts and international security: a global perspective / edited by Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. Call No: HD 1691 W38 2012.

This is an edited collection of ten case studies ” which analyzes the increasing global demand for water in economic and social development, and the dire need to efficiently manage this vital natural resource, particularly in water-scarce countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”

Learn more about this title by visiting the publisher’s web site.

Waterlife: five Great Lakes, one last change

I recently attended a demonstration of the new National Film Board of Canada educational video site ( and learned that there is an interactive version of the NFB video Waterlife.

You can find a DVD copy of the original video in the DVD collection on the 5th floor of the James A. Gibson Library. The Call Number is TD 223.3 W38 2009.

You can watch the trailer for this documentary to learn more about it.

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Friday Focus on … Ethics

This week’s Friday Focus looks at some key reference sources on the topic of Ethics.

Oxford Handbooks Online

We have online access to some excellent handbooks published by Oxford University Press related to Ethics. These titles are part of the Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy collection.

Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics coverOxford Handbook of Business Ethics. This title was originally published in print in 2009 and was edited by Tom L. Beauchamp. It contains 24 chapters on a variety of topics such as:

  • The place of ethical theory in business ethics
  • Executive compensation:  unjust or just right?
  • Relativism, multiculturalism, and universal norms: their role in business ethics.
  • The moral problem of insider trading.Corruption and bribery.

Oxford Handbook of Practical EthicsOxford Handbook of Practical Ethics. This title was originally published in print in 2005 and was edited by Hugh LaFollette. It contains 28 chapters that span a variety of practical ethical issues related to our personal lives, moral status, equality, the just society, justice and international relations, and life and death. Some of the chapters that look relevant from a business perspective discuss topics such as: economic justice, privacy, corporate responsibility, and whistleblowing.


I encourage you to explore the entire Oxford Handbooks Online collection for additional relevant titles. You can search across all the collection that Brock University subscribes to, or browse within specific subject areas (Business & Management; Political Science; Philosophy; & Religion).

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New marketing and business plan research ebooks

ebrary logo

The following ebooks are now available online to all Brock University Library users via the ebrary platform, which offers readers the ability to print a reasonable number of pages using the InfoTools menu.  If you set up your own ebrary account, you can also download book chapters or a range of pages as image PDFs.  Learn more by looking at their quick start guide.

Marketing Research

  • The entrepreneur’s guide to market research/ Anne M. Wenzel. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.
    • This book guides small business owners & entrepreneurs through the market research and analysis required to write a formal business plan. Topics covered include developing a demographic profile, researching market trends, spending patterns, and estimating the size and growth of the market, analysing direct competitors, and more. It includes a business plan template and a sample market analysis for the yoga market.
  • If you build it, will they come? Three steps to test and validate any market opportunity/ Rob Adams. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2010.
    • Adam’s market validation process is broken down into three phases: ready (could this idea fly?), aim (what do your customers think?) and fire (blasting into the market). The book includes checklists for each phase of the process. There is detailed coverage of market lifecyles and trend analysis, competitive analysis and conducting primary research.

Business Plans

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