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Emerging markets – database trial

EMIS (owned by Euromoney PLC) is an information platform specialising in Emerging Markets. Because EMIS have local representatives around the world their information is aggregated locally with international sources like EIU, Oxford Economics, Euromonitor etc.

Exeter has organised a trial to the database starting on Tuesday May 26th and running until June 23rd. The trial can be accessed on the Electronic Library in the Trials section. Please send any comments or feedback through the link provided.

EMIS University covers the following:

  • Companies – 1.3 million private and public emerging market company profiles with 10 year archival financial data
  • Industries – Over 225 industry profiles covering news, research statistics and forecast from EMIS and other respected sources
  • Countries – Over 149  emerging countries + some developed countries covering news, country research & forecast, and macroeconomic statistics
  • Premium reports from Euromonitor, BMI, Economist Intelligence Unit, Market line, S&P,  Oxford Economics, D&B
  • M&A – over 80,000 M&A deals along with proprietary research, valuations and forecast
  • Sources – over 9,000 local and globally renowned sources. Customised alerts, searches, reports and proprietary analytical tools to monitor, screen and analyse trends, risks, and forecast
  • News – An exclusive news service which combines over 22,000 local sources


Asian Studies ebook collections – trial access

iG Publishing has brought together collections of ebooks on different aspects of Asian studies from the following 3 publishers:

Enrich Professional Publishing (EPP) specializes in academic and reference works on the economic and financial changes taking place in China and the Asian region. Their partnerships with universities in China and Hong Kong have made them the leading publisher translating the work of Chinese economic experts into English

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.

Paths International Ltd makes available e-books written by Chinese authors from some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in the country. It offers a view of China from experts in China.

The Library has arranged a 1 month trial to these collections, until 15th June. The trial can be accessed on the Electronic Library in the Trials section. Please send any comments or feedback through the link provided.

Researching theses

New dissertations database

The Library now has access to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, the leading source of information on dissertations and theses worldwide. It is divided into two databases:

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – Global
This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world. It includes theses from 1743 to the present day and offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – UK and Ireland
Formerly known as Index to Theses of Great Britain and Ireland, this is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The index lists theses, with abstracts, accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1716.

For full information and links, please visit the Electronic Library (subject resource Theses) or search on the catalogue.



Retail analysis

IGD is a leading source of information on the food and consumer goods industry.As a charitable organisation it provides a wealth of free information through its Resource Library. This includes guides and white papers in the sections Retail insights, Supply chain analysis and Shopper Vista which can be downloaded free if you provide your contact details.

Exeter has also arranged a two-week trial to IGD’s subscription Retail Analysis service. This service provides analysis of 400+ leading food and consumer goods retailers, and 100+ major and developing markets, supplying in-depth information on retailer strategies, store developments, financial performance, retail innovations, industry trends and more.

The trial starts on May 5th and can be accessed on the Electronic Library in the Trials section. Please send us your comments through the link provided.

Marketline Advantage

Following our successful trial to Marketline Advantage, a leading provider of market research information, we have now re-subscribed (Exeter subscribed to the previous version of this database, Datamonitor 360 until 2013, when the site was reorganised).

MarketLine covers every company in every major industry in every major marketplace, worldwide

To access the service please go to: Marketline Advantage or use the link under subject resources: Business in the Electronic Library.

MarketLine’s company reports are an ideal source for building your knowledge of all major companies operating in various industry sectors and countries across the world.

  • Company reports generally include a detailed SWOT analysis, company strategy case studies and M&A Financial deals company reports. The site has over 30,000 company profiles.
  • Industry reports give a clear picture of the key dynamics in each sector, including the leading companies operating within each sector, new entrants, the key suppliers and levels of competitor rivalry. Concise and accurate, Industry reports include practical application of Porter’s Five Forces analysis. Over 4,000 industries and sub-sectors are covered globally.
  • Country Analysis Profiles source and pull together key market data to paint a top-level picture of the business landscape in over 150 countries. Profiles use the globally-recognised PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) framework.
  • Various databases are also included as part of our subscription

New look to KeyNote


Key Note is about to be re-launched. Here are just five ways you can do more, faster – and better – with Key Note.

  • You can find ALL the information relevant to your needs with a single, powerful search. You get results including markets, companies and people.
  • You can create, save and export your own, custom reports. Pick chapters from different market reports, then add company and people data.
  • Become an instant expert on any market with a compact, downloadable briefing. Get up to speed on key trends, companies and executives before that important meeting.
  • Find what you want in just two steps. We’ve vastly improved the user experience, including improved tooltips and help messaging, and more intuitive navigation.
  • Need human help? Just email or pick up the phone to speak to one of our friendly, helpful staff.

Redesigned reports with better graphics and formatting to show you trends more clearly.

Clearer signposting of links between companies and markets to speed up your research.

Improved List Builder so you can add filters when creating your contact lists.

Enhanced ‘Favourite’ tool so you can select companies and people as well as market reports.

Easier to use Benchmarking tool still has five full years of data.

My KeyNote is a new feature, which allows you to save searches and build your own customised reports To hit the ground running you can download our Quick Start Guide which walks you through using the new Key Note.

To use KeyNote use the link on the Electronic Library under Business resources.

E-books for Business and Economics

The Library provides access to over 6,000 e-books from major publishers, including Cambridge and Oxford University Press, Emerald, Palgrave Connect, Sage and Springer. We have now updated most of these collections to include titles published in 2014: new content will be available soon.

As we use a number of different suppliers, it is unfortunately not possible to produce subject lists but you can find all the available titles on our library catalogue in the same way as print books. It is easy to find e-books on a subject: just enter your keyword (e.g. accounting); from the results screen click on Modify search and select ERESOURCE from the list under Material Type

The collection include textbooks, academic studies and reference works like the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.

You can read the full text of any e-books online on any computer and many mobile devices; some also allow you to make notes for your own use. If you have problems with using any of our databases look at the Tips and tricks blog.

Don’t forget that copyright regulations and publisher’s licences apply, which mean that you can’t download complete books unless they are free publications (usually from governments, international bodies like the European Commission, or public organisations) but you should be able to download or print off a single chapter from any book or a maximum of 10% of the text.

If you use the link to the Electronic Library you can search or browse some of our collections by clicking on Business as subject and Electronic books as resource type.

The main collections from publishers are:

Cambridge Books Online browse by subject. If the title is marked P (purchased content) you can read it online

Edward Elgar Publishing  We have recently bought 163 titles in the Elgar Business Handbooks collection. Links are available from the Library catalogue. You can browse on ElgarOnline by subject; click on All accessible content to view the full text of a book.

Emerald Business, Management and Economics eBook Series Collection These are mainly annual research series. We have access to volumes published up to 2010 and will update this collection shortly.

Oxford University Press – We have all the titles in the Oxford Handbooks  Business & Management and Economics & Finance collections. You can browse all available articles and book titles by subject; the download options allow you to save or print a chapter and also provide citations in APA format. Oxford Scholarship Online  has similar options.

Palgrave Connect (1,000 titles in Business and Management; 1,200 titles in Economics and Finance ). Palgrave Macmillan is a major publisher in this subject area. Over 350 new titles from 2014 have been added to the Palgrave Economics and Finance collection and Palgrave Business and Management Collection. We also have access to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management

Sage Research Methods Online is a leading guide to research methods which uses content from the publisher’s leading collection of books, journals and encyclopedias. The website provides a useful introduction. We have also bought access to 369 titles in SAGE Knowledge: Business and Management Collection; search by title Sage Knowledge on the library catalogue to get a complete list or search by individual title.

Springer - nearly 1,500 titles from the Business & Economics collection. The SpringerLink platform includes journal articles and book chapters and allows limited previews of all titles. To limit your browsing to full access just click on Include Preview-Only content at the top left of the screen.

Sustainability Online Library  (SOL) is an online library of around 8000 book chapters, case studies and research papers drawn from nearly 600 books and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility. This collection has already proved very popular and we have now added content published in 2014.

We do not have access to all e-books published by these firms but most of the sites let you limit your search to our subscribed content.

Many individual textbooks are available on Dawsonera, MyiLibrary and VLEbooks which allow you to browse by subject using the subject tree (under Social Sciences) or search by keyword.

A number of publishers are now producing academic books on an open access basis, which means that anyone can read them online from anywhere in the world. The Directory of open access books provides a complete listing.


Marketline Advantage – trial

We have set up a trial to Marketline Advantage, a leading provider of market research information, until Friday March 13th.

Advantage is an interactive platform, giving any time access to a unique mix of company, industry, financial and country business data, for every major marketplace in the world. From Aerospace and Automotive to Media, Mining and Textiles, MarketLine covers every company in every major industry in every major marketplace, worldwide (30,000 companies, 3,500 industry profiles in 200+ countries, 110+ company focussed strategic case studies). Company news & financial deals are updated daily

Exeter subscribed to the previous version of this database, Datamonitor 360 until 2013, when the site was reorganised.

To access MarketLine please go to: or use the link under Trials in the Electronic Library.


Private company research

Although many online resources are available to research companies, it can be more difficult to find information about privately-held companies.

PrivCo is the leading provider of financial data on major privately-held companies. Exeter now has trial access until 20 March (see Trial resources in the Electronic Library for access and to leave any comments about the site).

PrivCo is the premiere source for business and financial research on non-publicly traded corporations, including family-owned, private equity-owned, venture-backed and international unlisted companies. It currently has profiles for over 700,000 firms, and information and in-house analysis are added daily. The database can be searched using a wide range of criteria, including company, investor, M&A, venture capital funding, or private equity research.

There are over 150,000 firms operating in the United States alone that bring in over $10 million in annual revenues, yet business databases focus almost exclusively on the same 15,000 publicly-traded companies. Famous names include Bloomberg, Bosch, Ikea, Levis, Samsung. As private companies are not required to file with the SEC in the USA it is often difficult to find the sort of financial information available for public companies.

PrivCo is the first and only provider of financial and business data on major privately- held companies. It has detailed financial and business data on over 470,000 major private companies – and over 50,000 private market deals – in a single searchable source. PrivCo data has been cited in thousands of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, CNN and CNBC.


Help with referencing

Did you know the Business School has some fantastic resources to help you out with those tricky referencing questions?

The Business School Guide to citing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism explains what we mean by referencing, and why it’s so important in an academic environment. It also includes examples of the main types of citation you’re likely to need during your studies, and gives information about the APA style of referencing, which is used across most of the Business School.

The APA examples guide, as its name suggests, gives detailed examples of how to reference many different types of resources. Whether you want to cite an annual report, a working paper or a podcast,  you’ll find examples of what you need to put in the body of the text, as well as in the reference list in the end of the work.

Both of these guides are available as PDF files to download from ELE (links above), and on your Intranet page under Learning Resources.