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Subject Guide THE LIBRARY

Business & Management information sources This guide is intended for students studying Business & Management. It outlines the information sources available to help you research for assignments, essays and dissertations.

Books & Journals To find both paper and electronic books and journals you need to search using the SOLAR Library Search icon on the desktop of any networked computer or via the Student Channel at Each site has dedicated Quick Search PCs located on each floor, where you can search using SOLAR. You can perform various kinds of searches to find the items you need. See our SOLAR User Guide for details.

Databases If you want to search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a database. We also have databases which give you access to abstracts of articles, company financials, marketing information and full text newspaper articles. To access the databases within SOLAR •

Select the Sign in tab in the top right and you will be prompted to enter your network username and password.

Click on the Find Databases heading (top right of screen). You can also search by subject. Click the Subject tab and choose your subject from the Subject menu. The relevant subject databases will then be listed.

If you know the name of the database you can search using the A-Z lists.

The list will also tell you if your Athens password is needed for off campus access.

Click the title link to go directly to the database.


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If accessing from home: Once in your chosen database, you need to find a login link and log in using your Athens username and password, or enter your Athens username and password when prompted.

There are help pages on most databases that you can access for more information. You can also ask at the Enquiry Desk in the library for help.

Which one do I choose? Key subject databases for business & management These are some of the databases which have been chosen by your academics and specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web and contain access to quality, peer-reviewed material.

Journals •

Asian Business – This database focuses on business and financial news from the eastern hemisphere. It covers Asian business and financial information from key international publications.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO) – Provides full text articles from over 1,100 peer reviewed journals. It covers all aspects of Business including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics. Full text for some titles is available from 1886 and the database is updated daily.

Emerald Management eJournals – Emerald is a collection of over 200 peer reviewed journal titles from the management discipline and it covers subjects including strategy; leadership; marketing and human resource management. Full text is available from 1898 onwards for selected titles.

Science Direct – Science Direct provides access to over 1,500 peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of subject areas, most of which have full text articles from 1995 onwards

XpertHR – XpertHR is a comprehensive resource for people studying human resource management, employment law and management. It includes employment law news, legislation, advice, case studies, statistics and surveys, model policies, procedures and letters, pay data, pay benchmarking, HR strategy and practice, case law and line manager training tools. It includes full-text access to the journals Personnel Today, IRS Employment Review, European Employment Review and Pay and Benefits Bulletin.

Please note that not everything you find will be available in electronic format. For these items you will need to check SOLAR to see if we have a print copy available. You can also click on the Find it tab to do this and to see if it is available elsewhere.

Newspapers •

Nexis Business and News – this database contains full text articles from national and international newspapers – there is a twenty year archive but individual publications do vary. Includes full text articles from the Financial Times.


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Company information •

FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy) – FAME provides ten years of financial information for approximately 2.8 million public and private companies in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The information includes balance sheets, profit and loss accounts, trading addresses, SIC codes, etc.

Hoovers Online – Hoover’s includes coverage of more than 65,000 companies worldwide. The company capsules include company descriptions, company histories, key competitor information, as well as financials on more than 16,000 public, private and international companies.

• OSIRIS – OSIRIS provides 8 years of financial information for approximately 55,000 publicly listed companies worldwide.

Market information •

Key Note – Contains market, product and company information for many UK consumer and industrial markets. It contains a full retrospective set of all Key Note reports, and is updated annually.

Mintel – A collection of market research reports, news and other databases providing market, product and company information.

Global Market Information Database (GMID) – Provides key business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers. It is an integrated online information system covering over 350 markets and 207 countries.

Theses •

Dissertations & Theses (PQ) – Contains over 1.6 million entries, mainly American doctoral and Masters theses. The databases often provide a preview of the dissertation but it doesn’t contain any full text.

Index to Theses – Covers theses accepted for higher degrees by the universities of Great Britain and Ireland. Available online from 1716 to date, with abstracts from 1970 and some links to full text. • EThOS – Provides access to UK doctoral theses with some links to full text.

Statistics A great deal of statistical information is now available online and can be accessed via the government's National Statistics Online website at:

Finding books in other libraries As a member of the University of Salford you have access to a number of local and national libraries. •

NoWAL (North West Academic Libraries) – allows access to all NoWAL members’ University library catalogues.


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British Library Catalogue – lists over 13 million items in the British Library collection

COPAC – provides access to the online catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Off campus access You can gain access to many databases off campus (outside the University) by using your Athens username and password. This can be found on your F: drive in the password.txt file. Visit a Library Enquiry Desk or email if you have problems. To access some resources you may need to set your web browser to authenticate you as a Salford user: see the Library Guide Web Authentication – access to restricted web pages from off campus for details:

Document delivery The Library may not hold all the material you require for a specific subject, but we can often obtain items for you from another library through Document Delivery. Details are available at Please remember to allow enough time for The Library to fulfil your request. This takes an average of two weeks, but can take much longer if the material you require is not available in this country.

Further help and assistance Documentation on individual services provided throughout The Library is available at Library Enquiry Desks. If you are having problems tracing information, please ask for help.

Your Academic Support Librarian – Sue Barker-Mathews Web address


0161 295 3301


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Please note: Information contained in this Subject Guide was correct at the time of publication. A more recent version may be available at 4

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