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Subject Guide THE LIBRARY

Economics information sources This guide is intended for students studying Economics. 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 economics. 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. •

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

EconLit – Provides references to journal articles, books and working papers on economics, published from 1969 onwards. The single most useful database of economics literature, it also includes links to some full text articles.

Emerald Business, Management & Economics E-Book Archive – Contains over 550 volumes from over 70 book series titles and new content is added each year. It offers access to subjects such as strategy, accounting and finance, organizational studies and economics.

Emerald Management eJournals – Emerald is a collection of about 200 academic and professional journals, including many in various fields of management. Full text coverage is often from volume one onwards.

JSTOR – An archive of some of the major journals in economics; full text is from volume one onwards, although the most recent volumes are not covered. Use for older material.

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, although many Economics titles have full text articles from volume one onwards. Select Economics, Econometrics & Finance from the subject menu on the Search form. • OSIRIS – OSIRIS is a database of financial information, ratings, earnings estimates, stock data and news on global publicly listed companies, banks and insurance firms around the world. With coverage of over 140 countries, OSIRIS contains information on over 53 000 companies. OSIRIS allows you to search by any combination of criteria including: geographic location, ownership, stock data, industry code or activity description, number of employees, statement items, ratios, ratings etc.


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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.

Theses •

Dissertations & Theses (PQ) – Contains over 1.6 million entries, mainly American doctoral and Masters theses. The databases often provides 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.

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.

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. 3

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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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Economics information sources  

This guide is intended for students studying Economics. It outlines the information sources available to help you research for assignments,...

Economics information sources  

This guide is intended for students studying Economics. It outlines the information sources available to help you research for assignments,...