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Here are a few tips about sources, subject headings, and strategies that you may want to start with. Note that these tips are just a start: think broadly about the sort of information you need and about who might have that information (government/association/academic/news/etc.).

Articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers

A. Try searching in Business Source Complete using various combinations of such Subject headings as:

  • Bring your own device policies
  • Data protection
  • Data security
  • Privacy
  • Mobile communication systems
  • Electronic monitoring in the workplace
  • Portable computers
  • Business enterprises - Computer networks
  • Employees - effect of technologlical innovations on
  • Personal internet use in the workplace
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Information technology
  • Employee rules
  • Work environment
  • Computer security
  • Smartphones
  • IPAD (computer)
You might also want to try some keyword combinations such as consumerization and "information technology." Here is our initial (exploratory) search in Business Source Complete.

B. COPE (Corporate owned, personally enabled) is a related concept that you might want to explore, for example, Enterprise Mobility: COPE vs. BYOD and Beyond BYOD: Welcome to the era of COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled) devices

C. For more of a Canadian perspective, try CBCA Complete and look for articles using the same terms (as keywords rather than subjects) that you used in Business Source Complete. Also try Canadian Newsstand for Canadian newspaper articles. Remember that newspaper articles often mention organizations and reports that might have even deeper information. Follow the leads!

D. Try the following two "IT-focused" databases if the Business/News articles aren't answering all your questions: ACM Digital Library and IEEE/IEE Electronic Library.

We noticed, for instance, that the IEEE database lists a potentially relevant article in the IT Professional magazine: "BYOD: Security and Privacy Considerations." Some of our other computer science databases might be useful as well, especially Computer Source which covers some key practitioner publications. Here's an exploratory search that we ran in Computer Source.


A. Start with the SFU Library catalogue, but also try some of the local public libraries. Try a keyword search for some of the same terms you used in your Business Source Complete search, for example: Data protection and employee*. If a few useful books show up in your results, check for subject headings you might want to search, such as: Business enterprises -- Computer networks -- Security measures.

Other resources

A. We suspect that many of the magazines read by CIOs and Network Admins might touch on this topic. Most are going to be covered by the databases above, but sometimes it's good to go directly to the publication. For example...

B. Some of the topics assigned in previous BUS 360W classes were similar to this one. The research tips that we compiled for those topics may include some relevant resources for this one:

C. Latest (November) Windows update may affect firm BYOD policies

<No further suggestions yet - but keep checking. Also, don't forget that this is your wiki: you are welcome to add any tips here whenever you'd like. --- AD & MB>