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Finding Business Resources in the Library

For further information on how to find business related books and articles in the library, please click on this power point presentation

Library Business Sources presentation

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Online Databases

Basing your assignments on good, reliable sources is critical to achieving a good mark for your work. We subscribe to a number of databases which hold full text access to a large amount of academic articles and research for you to use. It is also vital that you reference your work correctly so please see the library link to 'Cite Them Right' Referencing for more information.

The Databases A-Z lists electronic resources that contain citations, abstracts and full-text articles about business. For further information on how to access our resources on- or off-campus and how to use your Athens account, please see our Athens help page. Suggested databases:


Looking for...Recommended databases
Journal articles
Marketing info
Full-text newspapers
Company info


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General Business Sites

BizEd Informative case studies on a number of organisations. Excellent learning materials for both undergraduates and MBA. Data from Office of National Statistics (ONS)Penn World Data (PWD)and Key Economic Data
Confederation of British Industry News, business links, the confederation's own journal, and information on current business issues.
Companies House Official government site for UK companies. Contains information and advice as well as a link to the Companies Act 2006. Please see the Keynote database for financial data on all UK registered companies.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Information on its activities and resources; exports and investment; business support; regulatory guidance; science and industry; and economic competition.
Institute for Fiscal Studies Large amount of published information available on a range of business-related issues. Contains links to its research centre.
The Cherie Blair Foundation Site contains some useful resources to female entrepreneurship and women in business.
BBC Country Profiles Links to country profiles from around the world, including historical, political and economic information.
Office For National Statistics Useful site map and links to other associated organisations.
UK Trade and Investment UK Trade and Investments for information on UK business exporting abroad.
Transparency International This site can help you find corruption figures for nearly every country in the world. This is particularly useful if you are studying corporate responsibility and governance.
Quandl Quandl is a free to use repository of time-series data. It is especially relevant to anyone looking to find financial, economic, or demographic data, as well as social datasets.


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Bank of England Includes useful press releases and statistical information.
Finweb Heavily American resource. Contains links to economics magazines as well as other useful financial information.
Money Extra UK site aimed at personal finance. Information on the stock market, insurance, rates, savings, tax & currencies. Includes a daily business news service.
United States Securities and Exchange Commission For access to the EDGAR database for company information and reports on those based in the US.
UK Treasury Search economic information, news, budget news, initiatives, guidance, etc.
INFER - International Network for Economic Research A not-for-profit organisation which supports research in economics. Has extenisive list of publications and working papers to read.


See also the Economics subject page.


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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Accountants specialising in medium sized companies. This site contains recent articles on tax-related issues.
Institute of Chartered Accountants: Library Redesigned site with extensive/detailed collection of links. Also contains some full text coverage, reading lists and links to their professional library catalogue (Which includes searching for books and abstracted journal articles).
CIMA: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants  News from the sector and information for members and prospective members.
CIPFA: Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy News and events information as well as details of the training and certification offered to members.
Financial Reporting Council The role of the Council is to issue and set new standards. Inc. news, publications, research, summaries of standards.
Institute of Actuaries News, research, career information, and articles within the actuarial profession.


See also the Accounting and Finance subject pages.


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Human Resource Management

Legislation UK Search the for government legislation, e.g. Employment Rights Act 1996.
Human Resources Online Global magazine resource in coverage. HR articles from around the world, trends, analysis and the latest news.
People Management The online magazine for CIPD. News, opinions and comment from the HR sector.
Work Foundation Go to the Research tab for the latest reports.
Personnel Today News articles and comment on a variety of HR related topics. Sign up to the RSS feeds for the latest news to your desktop.
CIPD - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Professional body for managers and staff development officers. Information on membership, events and profession-related subjects such as employment law.
International Labour Organisation Lists programmes and activities, International Labour Standards, and related news.
ACAS - Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service Official website of the advice and conciliation service with links to information on disputes, contracts, equality and redundancy, amongst many others.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Information and advice on employment law, including the Equality Act 2010.



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The Grocer Magazine site reporting on the food and drink retail industry. News articles are free to view but you must subscribe to view reports and analyses.
NAM News - National Account Managers News National Account Manager's new site with articles from UK and around the world on leading retailers. Some content is subscriber only restricted.
Retail Bulletin Good collection of retail articles and analysis including details about industry events. NOTE: you must login to access content but registration is free. Sign up for their free news alerts.
British Retail Consortium Trade association for the retail industry in the UK.
National Retail Federation Trade association site for the retail industry in the United States. Contains news and industry information with an American slant.
Market Watch American site, part of the Wall Street Journal digital network. Contains news articles about major retailers from around the world along with commentary and analysis.
Retail Week UEL students and staff ONLY. Retail magazine resource - you will need to sign in with the email address and password to read the articles. For details, please click here.


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Tourism and Event Management

Website Description
UNESCO Website for UNESCO World Heritage providing information on the protection of sites of cultural and historical importance around the world.
ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites Information and newsletters from the Councils as well as PDF links to their publications.
Access All Areas A key magazine for the events industry, published 10 times a year. Free to read but you must register as a subscriber.
Event Magazine A monthly magazine for the event management professional. Includes news, articles and case studies. Free to read but you must register first.
Visit Britain Corporate version of the Visit Britain sites, with links to global and UK tourism statistics as well as the quarterly Tourism Trends newsletter.
2012 London Olympics Official site of the 2012 Olympic Games. News, blogs and photos of the London games.
Event Solutions US published magazine covering event and meeting management plus incentives.
Sport England Website for the government agency which aims to create a successful community sport system in the UK. Links to news, events and the PDF of 'Sport England Strategy' document.
UK Sport Accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this agency aims to encourage elite sporting success and is funded by the National Lottery. Go through to the Information Zone for access to their publications, including their Annual Reviews.
World Tourism Organisation Part of the United Nations, this website contains news and features related to issues in world tourism.


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Examples of Past Masters Dissertations

To view past examples of Masters Level Dissertations, which achieved a good mark, go to the UEL online repository - ROAR

If you are off-campus, you will have to log in with your UEL details.  Select Browse by School on the main menu and the Student Showcase at the bottom.  Choose the year 2013 to view 24 dissertations from last year – please note, there are presently only one year's worth of past examples.


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Printed Resources

  • Dictionaries
    • Dictionary of Finance (332.03 DIC)
    • International Dictionary of Finance (332 BAN)
    • Dictionary of Business (650.03 COL)


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Contact your Subject Librarian

The Subject Librarian for Business Studies is Kelly Travers. For further information, please contact by e-mail or call 020 8223 6461 / 4816.


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