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MGCR 352 Principles of Marketing

Book and Background Information

Finding books and Background Information

  • WorldCat: The McGill Library's catalogue. Use the facets on the left to limit results to books or ebooks.

Management and Business Dictionaries, Handbooks and Encyclopedias


Industry Research

Finding Industry Research and Reports

You can search our industry research databases for reports on industries, markets, and product segments.

The following databases contain reports on wide range of industries:

  • IBISWorld: Broad range of industries. (Canada & US)
  • Mintel: Focus on consumer products and services. (Canada & US)
  • Passport: Focus on consumer products and services. (International)
  • Marketline: Broad range of industries. (International)
  • eMarketer: Reports related to e-business and digital aspects of 12 broad industries.


  • Use reports from multiple databases to get a complete picture of an industry.
  • If you can't find a report for the Canadian market, look for a US report and determine if the information there could be applied to the Canadian context.

See also: Industry Research guide

Company Research

Finding Company Research and Reports

Use the databases below to find company information such as:

  • financial information,
  • executive information,
  • competitor information, etc. 

Consumer Research

Finding Consumer Demographic Information

Similar to industry reports, these reports are based on a combination of primary and secondary source data.

  • Mintel: Reports include a databook spreadsheet containing details on consumer behaviour and preferences.
  • Passport: Reports on consumer lifestyles (click Consumers at the top of the page) provide details on trends in different areas: digital consumer, households, income & expenditures, lifestyles, population.
  • Vividata Target Snapshot : Psychographic and demographic data on Canadian consumers.
  • SimplyAnalytics: Create maps and reports using Canadian demographic data.
    You must create an account if you want to save your work. Limited to 5 users at a time.

See also: Consumer Research guide

Country Research

Finding Country Research, Information and Reports

Consult the databases below for information regarding country stability, current economic information, economic outlook information, government structure and more. 

Statistics & Data

Finding Additional Statistics and Data


  • Statista: Brings together statistics from a wide range of sources.
  • eMarketer: Statistics related to e-business.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada provides data and statistics on a wide range of subjects.

CANSIM: Main database for accessing StatsCan data. Tables can be customized to change scope, time coverage, etc.

You can browse for data:

Quebec, Montreal

* Quebec and Montreal are listed here as examples. Most provinces, states, and major cities will have statistics portals similar to these.

See also: Data guide

Using Google

Using Google Like a Professional

You can often find reports on companies, industries, and products online using Google.

For example, to find reports on the coffee industry, you can search for:

coffee industry market report filetype:pdf

Reports of this type are often published online as PDF files, so including filetype:pdf in your search limits helps to focus your search. You can always leave this out if you want to retrieve content in any format.

Can't Find Something?

What to do when you cannot find a report or statistic

In cases where the specific reports, statistics, or data are not available, you will need to carry out your own research, bringing together articles or news items that provide you with information on the industry you are interested in.

A few approaches you can try:

  • Look for reports for a more general industry or market and extrapolate the information there to your particular case. For example, if you can't find a report on men's running shoes, look for a report on men's sportsware and/or men's footware.
  • Look for reports for related industries or markets. Think creatively about your topic and see if there are other industries that could apply to your case. For example, if you can't find a report on smartwatches, you might look at reports for watches, smartphones, even fitness trackers.
  • Look for reports for a related or broader geographic area. If you can't find a information on the Quebec market, see if you can find data for Canada, the US, or North America.
  • Search for individual articles or news stories on your topic for insights and statistics. Sometimes those articles will mention specific reports or data sources that you can track down for more information.

Citing Business Resources

You can use the following sources to help you build your citations for your report.

Business Citation Guides:

Other Resources

  • Purdue OWL 
  • Zotero: Reference manager you can use to track your sources and build your bibliography in Word.

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