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This guide outlines books, article databases, and other sources to guide students and faculty researching a topic within the field of tourism.


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Books to Get You Started

Books to Get You Started

Here are some awesome books to get you started on your research topic.  Please note: E-Books are restricted to current TRU students, staff and faculty.

Article Databases

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Related Associations & Societies

Related Associations & Societies



Citation Guides

Common Citation Styles

TMGT 1110

Research Help

Other TRU Library research guides to check out:

Evaluating Information

Library Catalogue and Article Database Search Strategies

Browsing the Stacks:  General subject boundaries for tourism

If you want to browse the shelves in the Library for books on tourism-related topics, you will need to know which call number ranges to look for.  

Tourism: G154.9-155.8

  • Culture and tourism: G156.5.H47
  • Ecotourism: G156.5.E26
  • Food and wine tourism: G155.A1-C3
  • Heritage tourism: G156.5.H47
  • Hospitality industry: TX901-946
  • Sex tourism: HQ444-445
  • Sports and tourism: G156.5.S66
  • Sustainabile tourism: G156.5.S87
  • Tourism marketing: G155.A1
  • Tourism - social aspects: G155.A1
  • Wine industry: HD9370.5


Government Documents & Other 

British Columbia provincial government publications on tourism: BCTO (Government Documents)

Annotated Bibliographies



A bibliography (sometimes called a List of Works Cited or Reference List) is a list of publications (books, journal articles, websites, reports etc.) on a particular topic.


An annotated bibliography includes an annotation (summary/evaluation) of each of item.

Depending on the instructions for your particular assignment, your annotations may be required to:


  • Summarize
  • Evaluate
  • Reflect

Find More Help

TMGT 4120 - Carter

How to write a business plan

Library sources for market research

You can control how databases and search engines treat your words to get more relevant results using Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT

Finding Statistics

Finding statistics is not easy.  There are generally two approaches, which are often used in combination with each other.

Publisher Strategy: identify an organization that would produce and publish such a statistic. Knowledge of government structure, areas of jurisdication and context is key.

Data Strategy: identify a data source from which the statistics were derived.

image credit: Chuck Humphrey, Data Library Coordinator, University of Alberta


Official Statistics: produced by government bodies (such as Statistics Canada) and some international or inter-governmental agencies (such as the U.N.)

Non-Offical Statistics: produced by other bodies, including trade associations, professional organizations, banks, consultants, marketing companies, academic institutions, etc

Types of Statistics

Statistical Types
Surveys Administrative Records
  • Census
  • Labour Force Survey
  • General Social Survey
  • National Household Survey
  • Aboriginal Peoples Survey
  • etc....
  • Vital Statistics
  • Hospital Morbidity
  • Crime Reports
  • Court Reports
  • Income Statistics
  • etc...


Surveys: deliberately requested information.

Administrative Records: statistics generated by doing regular business

Market Research Resources

Statistical Sources for Business Plans

Trade and Industry associations

These are often great sources for finding administrative stats (see stats definitions to the left).  Google your industry or trade and see if there is a related association.  Explore their website to find out if they have a "research" section or "publications" section or "statistics" section on their website.