Commodity Reports in Proquest Business Collection

Proquest Business Collection has a series of commodity reports, useful for forecasting prices, future consumption and supply of raw materials and foodstuffs. Find them via the “Browse” link:

Screenshot of Proquest showing Browse link and Commodity Reports link

If you find a useful report, here is an example of how to reference it using APA 6th:

Economist Intelligence Unit. (2013). World Commodity forecasts: food, feedstuffs and beverages, March 2013. Retrieved from Proquest Business Collection http://search.proquest.com

  • The author is a corporate author as no individual was named on the report
  • The title includes the exact month of the report
  • The URL is the home page of the database NOT the URL for that specific report
  • The reference should be double-spaced with an indent to be strictly correct but WordPress’ blog editor wouldn’t oblige!
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Need a reliable, up-to-date industry profile?

These can be found on EBSCO Business Source Complete.

Try a search on Forecasting AND “plumbing industry” OR “construction industry” as follows:  put “Forecasting” in one box and group “plumbing industry” OR “construction industry” in a separate box.  You could add multiple OR options if you wish. The quotes around the words will instruct to search for that exact phrase.

Screenshot showing "Forecasting" in one search box and the OR terms in a separate box

You can then use the following filters to narrow down results:

  • Date
  • Full Text available
  • Set “Source Type” to Industry Profiles

Screenshot of EBSCO filter options showing "Source Type"

If you still have too many results, add in a country e.g. “Great Britain”.

You can sort the results by “Date Newest” to find the most recent information.

MarketLine industry profiles are particularly detailed, reliable and highly reputable industry overviews.

Tip: to check you are using the best search terms, try using the “Thesaurus” e.g. if you search there for “Car industry” it will tell you the better term to use is “Automobile Industry”. You can then click on that term to expand it where you may find a better, more specific term to add to your search:

Screenshot showing "Automobile Industry - Forecasting" added to search using the thesaurus

If you can’t find what you need let us know (buslib@swansea.ac.uk) and we will do our best to help!

 

Finding quality company profiles and reports

If you are searching for information on specific large companies our subscription resources include two valuable sources of company profiles. Most information on the web comes from company websites – which can be biased – these reports have been produced by professional analysts and can be relied on as authoritative summaries. Key report sources are MarketLine and Hoovers which charge for access to this company information via the open web. Click on the headings below to access the databases:

EBSCO Business Source Complete

Most reports are by MarketLine – they include sections on the history of the company, overview, SWOT analysis, revenue analysis, key personnel etc.

  • Ignore the “Company Information” link and click on “More” -> “Company Profiles”
  • Search by name and use “Match any words” to maximize results.

Screenshot from EBSCO showing "More" / "Company Profiles" option

 

Reports include a history of the company, overview, key personnel, SWOT analysis, key competitors, revenue analysis and more.

Proquest Business Collection

Click on “Browse” within the database

Proquest screenshot showing Browse

Hoovers Company Reports (the better option for UK companies) give access to a company record which includes an overview, history, key people, competitors, financials and more. Once you have located the company, you need to click on “Link to full text” (on the right) to see the full report:

Showing where to click full text link

(Proquest Annual Reports collection can be searched by company name, date or industry. It covers mostly US companies. More recent reports may be found on the web.)

Referencing a set of results / dataset

We recently had a query about how to cite historical currency exchange rates from this website:

http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/ 

The answer is to use a similar format to the example given in our full APA guide for a dataset from FAME (shown on p.23):

OANDA. (2014). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/Australian Dollar Jan 2009 to Dec 2013. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

If you were going to use more than one set of figures, you would need to reference each set: in which case you can use a,b,c to distinguish them, as follows:

OANDA. (2014a). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/Australian Dollar Jan 2013 to Dec 2013. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

OANDA. (2014b). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/Australian Dollar Jan 2014 to Feb 2014. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

OANDA. (2014c). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/sterling Jan 2009 to Dec 2013. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

Then in the text of your assignment you would cite OANDA 2014a or OANDA 2014b etc.

Need journal articles for an assignment?

Quotes about using journal articles

Lots of assignment briefs expect you to find and use academic journal articles. Our handy 2-page guide gives you:

  • 4 quick & easy places to find journal articles (plus the pros and cons of each)
  • What to do if you can’t access the full text of an article
  • Some tips on how to approach a journal article
  • How to reference journal articles, both print and online
  • Where to get help (from us! buslib@swansea.ac.uk)

Find the guide here!

Short cuts to finding quality journal articles

Our two biggest business databases (EBSCO Business Source Complete and Proquest Business Collection) are excellent places to look for journal articles for an assignment. Given that many assignment briefs specifically ask for students to find “academic journals”, “quality journal articles” or “academic literature” it is particularly useful that both our databases allow you to filter results to academic journals. However, they both do this slightly differently…

EBSCO Business Source Complete has the option both before and after searching to limit your results to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”. You can also use their “Source Type” filter to select “Academic Journals”:

Screenshot of EBSCO search result filters showing "Academic Journals" option

 

EBSCO defines these as “Peer-reviewed journals are publications that include only those articles that have been reviewed and/or qualified by a selected panel of acknowledged experts in the field of study covered by the journal.” They also have further information on how they classify journals in their knowledge base which states that “Academic Journals” are ” journals that publish articles which carry footnotes and bibliographies, and whose intended audience is comprised of some kind of research community”.

Proquest Business Collection has two separate options:

Screenshot from Proquest showing the "peer reviewed" and "scholarly journals" options

“Peer reviewed” = defined as “a publication in which articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author’s peers (people who are experts in the same subject area). Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed. Some trade publications are peer reviewed. ProQuest uses Ulrichsweb as the primary reference source to categorize peer reviewed publications.”

“Scholarly Journals” = defined as “a scholarly journal is a publication that is authored by academics for a target audience that is mainly academic. The scholarly journal printed format isn’t usually a glossy magazine, and it is published by a recognized society with academic goals and missions. The ProQuest criteria states the publication must be academic in focus with the intent to report on or support research needs as well as advance one’s knowledge on a topic or theory. The publication will be targeted for professional or academic researchers and have in-depth analysis typically focusing on one discipline or academic field. The publication will likely be peer reviewed or refereed by external reviewers. The publisher should be a professional association or an academic press.”

The distinctions being made in the databases reflect the fact that:

  • Peer review is a quality assurance process which may be used by some non-academic journals too (e.g. trade publications)
  • “Academic” and/or “Scholarly” are used to designate that the journal is intended for an academic audience (or for researchers) and that articles will have footnotes and references in academic style.
  • Not all “academic” journals will be peer-reviewed – and for some “peer-reviewed” journals not ALL their content may be peer-reviewed (e.g. editorials, book reviews).

Whilst Google Scholar may state that it indexes “scholarly information” (precise definition not supplied), it is quick and easy to use our two databases with these filter options applied to make sure you are focussing on top quality material for assignments.