Database of the month: Business Source Complete

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This month we’re featuring Business Source Complete, as our database of the month. It’s a key database for students in the School of Management because it covers a broad range of subject areas, related to business and economics.

As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.

Business Source Complete includes the following:

  • Academic journal articles
  • Trade publications
  • News
  • Market research reports
  • Company information
  • Industry profiles
  • Country profiles

You can access Business Source Complete via iFind or the Management library guide. The library guide also provides advice on finding different types of information and guides to using our databases including Business Source Complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Library Detox: 2018

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Happy New Year and Happy New Semester and welcome to the Library Detox.  This is a series of blog posts to promote good information literacy.

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Each day for two weeks, starting from the 15th January, there will be a new blog with a simple tip to help you improve your information literacy and make managing your information cleaner and easier for your studies and research in 2018 and beyond.

Over the last few months, Swansea University Information, Services and Systems have been working towards creating an Information Literacy framework. The framework is built on seven skillsets: Identify, Scope, Plan, Gather, Evaluate, Synthesise and Present and it is these skills that the Library Detox will address. Further information on the framework can be found here.

Further information is available from your subject specialist support.

Business Library Team: buslib@swansea.ac.uk
The Bay Library
Swansea University
T +44 (0)1792 505500
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RefME becoming Cite This For Me

We have important news for users of the popular free referencing tool RefMe. It has been announced today that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the RefMe website.

If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use.

There are a number of reference management tools on the market and Swansea University’s supported solution is EndNote. This comes in a free online version and the full desktop software, which is available on open access PCs in the library. As well as storing all your bibliographic references, EndNote can find and store PDFs plus it integrates neatly with Word to insert and format references. If you’d like to find out more about EndNote please look at our EndNote Library Guide.

 

The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management

We’d like to introduce you to one of our newer resources – The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. This online encyclopaedia brings together over 700 individually commissioned entries and a further 85 signposts, written by leading academics and practitioners. The entries define and explain theories and concepts in the field of strategic management, including general management, leadership and organizational behaviour.

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You can use the encyclopedia to create a list of topics for your revision and you’re able to bookmark any articles that might be of interest.

There are a number of ways to navigate around the encyclopaedia:

  • Search by keyword, title or author
  • Browse an A-Z list of entries
  • Browse by themes

You can access the encyclopedia on campus by navigating to http://www.palgraveconnect.com/esm

You can access the encyclopedia off campus by searching iFind.swan.ac.uk and log in, when prompted, with your Swansea University username and password.

If you’d like more information you can access a guide to using the encyclopaedia here.

 

Making Subject Headings work for you – targeting your search using the Thesaurus in ProQuest and Ebsco

Are you having trouble finding relevant articles in your database search results? Are you struggling to identify the right keywords to define your topic? The Thesaurus could help!

It might sound like something out of Jurassic World, but a database thesaurus is actually a searchable list of the ‘controlled’ subject headings used by that database. These standardised headings are used ‘tag’ articles to help you find what you want. Since terminology can change from country to country and over time, these standardised subject headings can pick up articles which you might miss when you think of your own keywords. The Thesaurus will also show you broader, narrower and related terms which can help to guide your search.

So, for example, if you look up ‘Strategic Management’ in the ProQuest Thesaurus, you’ll find ‘Corporate management’ as a broader term and ‘Balanced scorecard’ as a narrower term. You’ll also find related terms such as ‘Enterprise risk management’, ‘Market strategy’ and ‘Strategic planning’. You could add some or all of those terms to your search to find articles you need.

ProQuest has made a short video to help you find and use the Thesaurus. It’s well worth a look!

The Thesaurus in Ebsco’s Business Source Complete works in a similar way. There’s a guide available with more help and information.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

Vlearn – curated video content for business and management students

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Following on from the videos with business leaders we blogged about last week, there is another great collection of videos on the Vlearn website. They are curating web content and state their purpose as:

We consolidate the best content on the web and develop our own original content to help inspire tomorrows leaders and entrepreneurs to take the baton and help deliver a cleaner, fairer, more efficient global economy for all

They have categories for Marketing, Finance, Economics, Entrepreneurship and many more. Videos include Christine Lagarde, Paul Krugman, Bill Gates and many more big names. You can also use the search box (top right) to search by keyword or name. 

Trial access to IBIS World industry reports database

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We currently have trial access to IBIS World until 31st May. It includes about 2000 in-depth reports covering all industries from UK, USA, China, Australia and some global reports.

For details on how to access this resource please email buslib@swansea.ac.uk for the username and password.