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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:

  • journals and databases
  • 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.

Search Engines for Business

  • British Standards  (select Institutional login, enter Athens details). A standard is an agreed way of doing something e.g.making a product, managing a process or delivering a service. Our subscription covers BS standards and BS EN ISO standards.
  • Business Source Complete  (EBSCO) With premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals, this database is an essential tool for business students. It covers all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.
  • Emerald  This resource covers a wide range of information on topics such as Business, management and strategy. You can also search for case studies within this resource. 
  • FAME – Financial Analysis Made Easy.  The definitive source of companies in the UK and Ireland. FAME is easy to use and helps you navigate company information quickly and easily. FAME helps you research individual companies, search for companies with specific profiles and do detailed analysis.
  • FT.Com (to register click this link)  Offers quality business and financial commentary and analysis.
  • IBISWorld market research reports  Key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
  • Lexis Library  Provides access to the most up-to-date UK Legislation available anywhere and the largest number of case law documents.
  • MINTEL market research reports  Market reports on a range of sectors including health & wellbeing, food, travel and leisure industries in the UK   
  • Nexis news  Industry, company, people and country news from around the world
  • Science Direct  Search for peer-reviewed journals, articles and book chapters. This resource covers a wide range of articles on business, management, accounting, economics and finance.
  • Westlaw  Westlaw UK is an ever-growing and easily searchable source of case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal matters.

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 Mendeley referencing software (free).

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.