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.


Extra study space at Bay Campus

We’re pleased to announce that there will be extra study space available at Bay Campus during the exam period. The space will be available from next week and details are below. These areas are for silent study only, so please respect others by being quiet.

Week Building/Room Time
16th-20th May Great Hall GH037 and GH049 9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday
23rd-27th May Great Hall GH043 9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday
31st May-3rd June Great Hall GH037, GH043 and GH049

School of Management CBE010

9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday
6th-10th June Great Hall GH049 9.00-18.00 Monday-Friday


Good luck

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Your guide to study spaces in Bay Library

Hello, my name is Rob and I am a Service Advisor down at the Bay Library. I’m going to tell you about the study space available for you here in the library.

We are open 24 hours a day, so you can come in at any time. If you are an early riser and want to study at 5.30 in the morning you can. Similarly, if you are a nocturnal creature you could come in at midnight and study until dawn. The choice is yours!

Choice is important to us here in The Bay Library – we want you to use the library in a way that suits you. We have a range of study spaces available – whether you are part of a study group or you prefer the solace of your own company, we should have a place to suit you. If the central area gets a bit too lively, we have more peaceful silent study rooms in the North Wing. We also have a bookable pod (a small enclosed space with separate lighting and air conditioning controls!) for group work. It looks a bit like it might take off and shoot into orbit. If you are an engineering student, you are welcome to try and make that happen, but only if I can have a go in your flight simulator! (Disclaimer: This is a joke! Please don’t attach rockets to anything in the library.)

We have two open access PC rooms in the library, as well as extra PCs in the central area which we installed recently to help meet demand. Screens are touchscreen enabled, and are all connected to our scanner/printers. You can also bring your own laptop or device into the library. We have lots of power sockets available round the Bay Library, so you should always be able to find a plug or a USB point when you need one!

If you are having trouble with your computer or your tablet we can help you with any basic IT enquiry. We also provide information sheets to help you connect to the internet, login to our systems and help you use our printing facilities.

You can ask us ANY question and we will do our very best to help you.

Remember, always bring your student card with you or you may not have access to all of our services!

Study space in Bay Library central area

Flexible study space at the Bay Library

Pod for group study - external view

Our space age group pod!

Silent study room

You’ll find silent study rooms in the North Wing

Customer Services team

Rob and his colleagues are always happy to help!

Do you need to borrow a book in Bath, study in Stirling or use a library in London?

Swansea University are members of UK wide borrowing and reading schemes which will allow you to use a range of other libraries.


The SCONUL Access scheme is a co-operative agreement between a number of higher education libraries. The scheme allows Swansea University academic staff, postgraduate research students, full-time postgraduates, part-time, distance learning or placement students to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries belonging to the scheme.

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Students and staff must register with SCONUL Access by applying online and have their application authorised by Swansea University before visiting any of the other participating libraries. This guide explains how you can join the scheme.

It’s important to note that not every library will grant you borrowing rights. The SCONUL website will tell you what services your chosen libraries can offer you.

Libraries Together

The Libraries Together scheme is managed by SWAMP (South West And Mid Wales Partnership) and funded by CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales).

A Libraries Together passport allows any current member of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire public library services to use anumber of local, further and higher education libraries in Wales. Participating libraries include Gower College Swansea, Neath Port Talbot College, Swansea Metropolitan – UWTSD and University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Lampeter and Carmarthen.

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If you are not currently a member of a local public library, please visit your nearest public library within Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and join the library. To register with the scheme you can download a Libraries Together Passport and take it with you to have it stamped or ask for one when joining.

Politics in hard times – a selection of free articles

Politics in Hard Times.
A turbulent year for the world economy has resulted in pressure for nations, individuals and the international system. To aid research in this field, Routledge have compiled 65 free articles under 8 themes:

• Causes of the Financial Crisis
• Financial Crisis Impact and Management
• Regional Focus on the Financial Crisis
• Learning from the Financial Crisis
• The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Capitalism
• Opportunities Emerging from the Financial Crisis
• Globalization
• Security and Defence in Hard Times

A selection of the best research on politics and the political economy can now be found in one place.
Access this for free at:

iFind Discover – our new library catalogue.

Our new library catalogue has been launched!
iFind Discover is a great new resource which can tell you what books and journals we have in the library, where they are and if they are available to borrow. Not only that it will also tell you whether the resource has an online version so you don’t even have to come to the library to use it!

Added features on the new catalogue include being able to add Tags to records where you can comment on how useful the book is, it will also recommend to you which other books could be useful for your subject and it can also search Trinity Saint David’s library, Swansea Metropolitan’s library and Swansea University’s library all at the same time!

Give iFind Discover a go, let us know what you think of it……..

iFind Research

Our new iFind Research service is now live.

iFind Research enables you to search across a wide range of information services (e.g. databases of journal articles, books etc).

You can access it at: or from the LIS home page (it’s the top item on the Digital Library menu option).

Following on from a long period of consultation with students and staff around the university we have designed a service which aims to meet your needs as follows: 

1)      A ‘find an item’ service which takes an author/title of something (e.g. journal article, conference paper, thesis etc.) and aims to find a copy that can be accessed (may be online, but could also be a print copy in the library). This service will save time and money by finding copies of items on reading lists, in bibliographies etc. 

2)      A ‘find something on a topic/subject’ service which aims to help you with an assignment e.g. essay, presentation or a research project. It can help locate relevant references on a particular topic/subject.

3)      A favourites feature which can save details of items found in searches to refer to later or to export by e-mail, or to a reference manager like Endnote. 

We’ll be working to further improve iFind Research – if you  would like to make any suggestions, please e-mail  them to