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.











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.


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

You can access the encyclopedia off campus by searching 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.


(From the Washington Post) “The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads”

The World Bank recently published a report analysing how their numerous reports and publications are used. This article by Christopher Ingraham from the Washington Post pulls out the highlights including the depressing fact that roughly one third of their reports have never been downloaded at all. The report has given rise to various debates (see the comments on the Washington Post article) ranging from how little impact research has on policy to the issues with publishing via PDF (“Is the PDF hurting democracy?”).

It’s worth highlighting what the World Bank website has to offer for academic students: it’s particularly handy for finding information by country or region:

  • The World Bank is an authoritative source for information for assignments: their reports and analysis will have been commissioned from experts in the field.  Open Knowledge Repository is their gateway to papers and can be browsed by country or region.
  • We have already blogged about World Bank Data is also a great source for reliable country data.
  • World Bank Blogs” also has expert bloggers posting reports – a good source of current awareness on global issues.


Finding Open Access resources for Economics (and more)

Our Swansea University library Document Supply office maintains an excellent Netvibes page which collects places to find open access (freely available) academic resources:

It has recently been updated to include RePEc “Research Papers in Economics”, a worldwide collaboration to disseminate research in Economics and related disciplines. Visit the website to read more about this project and its contents.

Open Access resources are particularly useful for any students or staff who are leaving the university this term and will no longer have access to an Athens account for paid subscriptions.

Welcome to the library!

Welcome to all our new business and economics students!

Here are our top 5 Library related tips for your first week here at Swansea University:

If you need any help please contact Michele, Marie, Elen or Sam (your library team) on:

phone: 01792 295027/513389

OpenCorporates: open access database of the corporate world

OpenCorporates: open access database of the corporate world.

Site launched  in order to increase accountability and access to data about companies. It provides listing of companies links to their websites and to public government information about them. This includes Vat registration, financial statements, UK health and safety notices, records in the UK gazette and notices of awards of government contracts. Currently data is held on over 3 million companies (mainly from the UK) but more is being added daily. Information on sources and methodology is available on the website.