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
Market research reports
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.
Are you looking for market research, market analysis or product intelligence? You need Mintel Oxygen! Mintel Oxygen is a leading market intelligence database which gives you access to top quality data and expert analysis.
Market research reports on food, drink, leisure, technology and e-commerce
Lifestyle reports (UK) and Attitudes & Trends (China)
Mintel Oxygen is easy to use. You can search for a company or industry that you’re interested in (remember you will only find market research reports on the industries listed above, but you will find other reports and analysis in other areas too) or you can browse the areas:
This month we are highlighting an excellent database which focuses on mergers and acquisitions – Zephyr. It contains information on M&A, IPO, private equity and venture capital deals & rumours. It’s updated hourly, so you’ll always get the latest information!
This month we are highlighting an excellent database of company information – FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy). Use FAME to find financial data on UK and Irish companies with a turnover of £1.5 million or more. This includes information about:-
Directors and Managers
Financial strength metrics such as credit scores and CCJs
M&A deals and rumours
Industry descriptions, SIC codes and research
Accounts and Documents as filed at Companies House and Companies Registration Office in Ireland
You can access FAME in two ways:-
Go to iFind and search for Financial Analysis Made Easy
Follow links from the online Library Guides, where you’ll also find guides to using FAME
All three trials are available on campus only. You can find out more about each database and how to access it by clicking on the title above. Please take some time to explore these resources – you may find some useful material for your assignments!
If you’d like to offer your thoughts on these databases, please complete our short online survey. As a thank you, we have USB memory sticks to give away to 10 students via a raffle on the 6th March. Just include your student number on the survey to be entered int he draw. Your opinions count and will help us to make a decision on whether or not we will take up a subscription. We are also happy to hear your thoughts via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com.