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.











Database of the month – Mintel Oxygen: Market Research Reports


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.

Content includes:-

  • Market research reports on food, drink, leisure, technology and e-commerce
  • Trends
  • Brands reports
  • 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:

  • Trends
  • Categories (sector, theme or demographic)
  • What’s new

Check out Mintel’s guides and tutorials to find out what else you can do.

Find more information at If you are accessing Mintel from off campus, please see our earlier blog post. If you have any questions, please contact

Database of the month – Zephyr: M&A deals and rumours with integrated company financials

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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!

We’ve made a short screencast to show you how you can search Zephyr.

Accessing Zephyr

You can access FAME in two ways:-

  • Go to iFind and search for Zephyr
  • Follow links from the online Library Guides, where you’ll also find guides to using Zephyr

Getting help

If you need any help using Zephyr please email us on or come to see us in the library.

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Database of the month – FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)


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:-

  • Financials
  • Adverse filings
  • Directors and Managers
  • Financial strength metrics such as credit scores and CCJs
  • M&A deals and rumours
  • Industry descriptions, SIC codes and research
  • News
  • Accounts and Documents as filed at Companies House and Companies Registration Office in Ireland

Accessing FAME

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

Getting help

If you need any help using FAME please email us on or come to see us in person.



New database trials – tell us what you think

This is a reminder of the three database trials which we have running at the moment:-

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


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Trial access to Marketline Advantage this week only

Swansea University has trial access to Marketline Advantage for four days only from Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th February.

You may recognise Marketline as an important publisher of business information. Marketline Advantage offers access to:-

  • global industry profiles
  • company profiles
  • country reports
  • case studies
  • news
  • financial deals

from the UK and major marketplaces around the world.

You can access Marketline Advantage by going to from a campus PC (the trial is not available off campus).

Please take some time to explore Marketline Advantage, but be quick as the trial ends on Friday! We’d love to hear your feedback at

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