Academic and Learning Resources Librarian
This guide aims to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development.
Use the tabs above to find information about:
- print and electronic books (ebooks)
- journals and journal articles
- databases and websites
Before you start, remember to download or log into the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, ejournals, databases, email and print credits etc.
If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact your Academic and Learning Resources Librarian.
The library stocks books in both print and electronic format, which you can find on the catalogue.
Printed books on the same subject are given the same shelfmark number, which is located on the spine of each book. The shelfmark number consists of numbers and letters. For example The postgraduate research handbook has the shelf-mark 001.4 WIS. The ‘WIS’ stands for Wisker (the author). Books with several editions should be located together.
Useful shelfmarks for Entrepreneurship:
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You can find the Library's electronic books (ebooks) on the catalogue. If you only want to search for ebooks on the catalogue then refine your search by selecting 'Electronic book' located on the left hand side of the catalogue.
Electronic books or ebooks can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus. You may be required to log in with your Athens username and password. More information about passwords can be found on our website.
Finding Journals & Journal Articles
Academic journals are simply academic magazines which are sometimes referred to as periodicals or serials. Journals are written by and for experts in their chosen field. Journal articles help scholars and researchers to share their research with the academic community and are published on a regular basis, for example monthly or quarterly. Only articles which have been reviewed by other experts or peers (peer reviewed) make it into academic journals, unlike articles published in popular magazines or newspapers.
The library stocks some print magazines, but most journals are available online as electronic journals.
Why use journals:
- They provide useful information, research and discussions
- Give different viewpoints from several authors
- Information is current as journals are published quicker than books
- They show the latest research on new or emerging subject areas
Key databases to find journal articles
You can find ejournal articles by searching the Library catalogue Plus. Subject databases also allow you to search several (sometimes hundreds) of ejournals simultaneously for articles or conference papers. Some useful ones for entrepreneurship include:
Business Source Complete (EBSCO)
Tip: Some of the abstract only databases will provide SFX links. When you see the SFX symbol click on it and then select the icon to access the full text where available.
E-journals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus. Just remember to download the VPN for off campus access.
Databases are really useful if you need to find industry standards, newspaper articles, statistics, patents or market research.
FAME – Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) provides financial details for over 3.4 million companies in the UK and Republic of Ireland. FAME includes company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management data for the largest 2.4 million UK and Irish companies with summary information for a further 950,000 smaller businesses.
Nexis- Database covering UK, European and US newspapers plus company and market research data.
Mintel- a major source of consumer-related marketing intelligence information in the UK. Loughborough University subscribes to three sections of the Mintel database - the Leisure Intelligence Series, the Market Intelligence Series and Mintel Industrial Reports.
IBISWorld: A comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings
Global Data (sign up first on campus with your Loughborough email address) - provides a range of retail reports across a wide range of industry sectors. Includes consumer goods, energy, finance, healthcare, commerce and technology.
FT.com (sign up first on campus with your Loughborough email address) - full access to the Financial Times newspaper
Companies House- The Companies House website provides access to company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation. Their WebCHeck service offers a searchable Company Names and Address Index free of charge which enables you to search for information on more than 2 million companies. In addition to the free company details, you can also use WebCHeck to view a company's filing history and purchase copies of document images, as well as a selection of company reports, all online.
Corporate Information - Corporate Information provides links to company information from around the world. This website is free, but you will have to register to access the data.
UK Data Services - The UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data resources
Referencing & Citation
When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc, you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it. This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person. You can reference the work in two ways:
- Citation, also called an in-text citation. This accompanies the quote, extract, paraphrasing or illustration that you have used and provides the name of the author/creator, date and page numbers if relevant. For example:
‘Recent research (Baker and Gale, 2015, pp. 201-203) challenges previous theories…..’
- Bibliography, provides the details of all the sources which you have consulted during your research. If you are referencing a printed book you will need to include the following details: author/editor; publication year; title; edition if not the first; place of publication; series and volume number where relevant. For example:
Baker, G.H., and Gale, F. (2015) Cloud computing. 2nd edn. London: Routledge.
An advice sheet on citing and referencing using the Harvard style can be found at this link.
An excellent guide to referencing which mainly includes Harvard examples is called ‘Cite them Right: the essential referencing guide’ , this is available online and also in book form in the library, shelf mark 808.027/PEA. It gives you examples of how to reference various resources such as:
- web pages with no authors or titles, etc
- wikis and social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter
- computer games or programs
- legal cases
- podcasts, phonecasts, screencasts or vodcasts/vidcasts.
Reference management software
Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The library provides guidance on Mendeley.