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Pacific Business: Key resources

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Search strategy

  • Analyse your research question. Identify the important concepts within the topic.
  • Choose keywords that describe the concepts and/or terms.
  • Determine whether there are synonyms and related terms that should be included in your search.
  • Search using various combinations of the keywords/concepts, synonyms and related terms

Subject headings

These are standard terms for particular topics or subject matter you can use to search the Catalogue.
To locate items tagged with a subject heading:

  1. Try a keyword search and look at the Details of a relevant item. To view other items with similar subject matter, click on any terms listed as Subjects.
  2. If you know a specific subject heading for a topic, use an Advanced Search for the exact phrase in the subject field.

Subject headings relevant to Pacific business research:

  • Oceania economic conditions; Oceania commerce; Pacific small business; Pacific entrepreneurship; Pacific Islanders Commerce New Zealand
  • Oceania Social Life and Customs; Pacific Area; Pacific Islanders New Zealand Social Life and Customs
  • Polynesia; Melanesia; Micronesia
  • Samoa; Tonga; Cook Islands; New Caledonia; Papua New Guinea


  • Use Islands of the Pacific rather than Pacific Islands. Also try searching for Islands of the Pacific commerce.
  • Use Oceania for an overview of the region, or try Oceania economic conditions.



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