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Published: Apr 19, 2011
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016
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Books To Help You Get Started

There is a good chance that someone has written a book about starting a business in your particular industry. "How-to" books are a great starting place in business research because they contain a collection of useful information in one single resource. They often provide a good introduction to business planning specific to your industry, and many contain sample business plans. Contact your local library to see what business-related books they have in their collection.

Google Books

Google Books 
Google Books is a search feature offered by Google. As of October 2019 Google estimates it enables users to search the full text of more than 40 million books that have been scanned and stored in its digital database. It also offers previews of books that are currently still in print.

Find Books In A Library Near You

A global catalogue of library collections from various libraries around the world. You can search for books on business planning, new enterprises, start-ups, or your specific industry. You can search for all the locations with copies of a specific item, and then locate the item in a nearby library. In Worldcat, you can also view research articles and other digital content directly online.

Illume Online / BC Union Catalogue
A search portal to BC's post-secondary and public library collections so you can search for books, media, and serials at one time.

Try Searching These Subject Headings

  • Automobile dealers -- Management.
  • Selling -- Automobiles.
  • Automobile dealers.
  • New business enterprises -- Management.
  • Small business -- Management.

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Library Resources

Access to the following sources may be available through your local public or academic library. For information on how to obtain a library card, and for additional information on using libraries in BC, please visit our Getting Access to Library Resources page.

netLibrary | online library resource
BC ELN's shared collection of 800+ ebook titles is a strong, broad mix of theoretical, practical, applied and general interest titles across all business subject areas: accounting, e-commerce, enterpreneurship, economics and global economy, finance and banking. The collection includes works from leading business and economic scholars and key publishers of business information. For more information, including a list of the academic libraries that have access via ELN check out this link.