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.

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Journal of Management Education

Swansea University staff and  students have access to a new online peer-reviewed journal for 2013.

The Journal of Management Education is published bi-monthly by Sage and is available on and off-campus via the library catalogue here.

You can also listen to JME podcasts on the Sage website.

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Business & Management Free Online Trial

Enjoy free online access for 30 days to over 100 journals from Wiley-Blackwell.

Registration for the online trial only takes moments. After, you can browse, search, and download thousands of full-text articles from Wiley-Blackwell’s premiere Business and Management journals – absolutely free. Follow this link for full details


Have a look at Biz/ed – it is a free online service for students, teachers and lecturers of business, economics, accounting, leisure and recreation and travel and tourism.

The site reflects the ever-changing business world with a high degree of topicality and currency. These include current affairs articles written to directly support the curriculum, weekly newsletters, case studies and features looking at the economics and business arguments behind various news stories. These materials underpin economic and business theory in ways that are practical, informative and iterative.