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Louise Fletcher

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Academic Librarian

This guide aims to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to the Business School.

Use the tabs above to find information about:

  • print and electronic books (ebooks)
  • journals and journal articles
  • referencing

Before you start remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact your Academic Librarian.

Electronic Books

The library stocks books in both print and electronic format which you can find on the  catalogue.  Electronic books or ebooks can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

Printed books on the same subject are given the same shelf-mark number, which is located on the spine of each book. The shelf-mark or class-mark number consists of numbers and letters for example David Jobber, Principles and practice of marketing, has the shelf-mark 658.8/JOB.  The ‘JOB’ stands for Jobber.  Books with several editions should be located together.


 Useful shelf-marks for Business studies:


 Floor Level

Accounting and financial management 658.1511 1
Information management & Business 658.4035 1
International Business 658.18 1
Retail & Marketing 658.87 1
Principles of Marketing   658.8 1

Most of the Business & Management books are located on level 1.

Level 2 stocks books between shelfmarks 001-499 and 700-999.

Level 1 stocks books with shelfmarks between 500-699. 


Tip:  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.  Alternatively select ‘Main collection’ if you only want print books.

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 also stocks trade magazines, which include exhibition reviews, news and job opportunities.

The library stocks a number of print journals (on levels 2 and 3), but the bulk are available as electronic journals or e-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
  • Latest research on new or emerging subject areas
There are 3 ways to find journal articles in the library.
  • Pick up a printed copy of a journal in the library and browse to find relevant articles.  Locate the shelfmark of the journal on the catalogue.
  • Browse through the electronic journal or e-journal to find relevant articles. Search for the title of your journal here:
  • Use a subject database which allows you to search several (sometimes hundreds) of e-journals simultaneously for articles or conference papers.  Databases are also really useful if you need to find industry standards, newspaper articles, statistics, patents or market research.


Key resources

British Standards (select Institutional login, enter Athens details)

Business Source Complete (EBSCO)


FAME – Financial analysis made easy

FT.Com (to register click this link)

IBISWorld market research reports

Lexis Library

MINTEL market research reports


Science Direct


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.

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
    • ebooks
    • blogs,
    • wikis and social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter
    • computer games or programs
    • legal cases
    • packaging
    • 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 the following type:

However, there are other types of reference management tools available such as ColWiz and Zotero.  To help you choose which one is the best for you see the Bodleian Libraries’ comparison tool.