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British Standards

The University now subscribes to British Standards Online (BSOL), a bibliographic, citation and full-text database of more than 50,000 British and adopted European and international standards which is updated daily.

Access is via the Electronic Library; search under Business or Engineering as subject. Look at the list of modules to which we subscribe (‘My Subscriptions,’ to the left of the home page) to see whether we have what you need. Documents include ISO 9000:2000 – Quality Management Systems Fundamentals and Vocabulary.

For more information on using British Standards have a look at BSI Education

Keeping up to date with journals

If you want to keep up to date with new research it is easy to set up alerts to new issues of any journals you are interested in. The tables of contents (TOCs) will be sent direct to your mailbox. Two of the best services are Journaltocs, from Heriot-Watt University, and ZETOC Alert, managed by the University of Manchester and the British Library. You can find links to both services on the Library’s Current awareness page.

Signing up is straightforward:  you can register free on JournalsTOCs to set up a list; on ZETOC sign up via institutional access as University of Exeter, then set up your own email alert. Both services allow you to browse through journals available in a particular subject area or to search by title. You can check your account to see which titles you have selected and amend the list. Your email alert will list the Tables of contents and should link directly to our online resources.

You can also use JournalTOCs to browse the current issue of any journal. Where we subscribe to the online version you should be able to read the abstract and click through to the full text.  If not, just cut and paste the journal title into our catalogue to see whether it is available at Exeter. Where we don’t have a subscription you can ask for a copy via inter-library loans


New trial resources

World Market Intelligence is a live business information platform exclusively designed to support and enhance research projects conducted by academia. With a combination of unique content and a student friendly interface, WMI is an invaluable tool for students, researchers and academic departments worldwide.

The database covers various industries including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, financial services, construction, IT etc. The unique content WMI provides is sourced from some of the world’s most respected business information and media brands: Timetric, Canadean, Kable, Strategic Defence Intelligence and GlobalData. This means that through WMI, you can get direct access to the same high quality proprietary data that companies such as Coca Cola or JP Morgan use to drive their business.

The trial ends on Sunday 12 October

BBC Monitoring Library shows how countries view and report international business, political, defense, and economic affairs, translating “as reported” news into English without analysis or editorial comment to ensure impartiality and authority.  News is archived back to August 2006 and is gathered from 3,000 media sources (radio, TV, press, news agencies, web sites), covering over 150 countries, as translated from 100 languages into English.

Cambridge Journals
The University now has full access to all 336 Cambridge Journals over 47 subject areas until  1st December 2014.

For full information and links, please visit the trials section on the Electronic Library.

McGraw-Hill has just launched its eBook Library, which will include approximately 1,050 titles available in collections, covering the subjects of Business, Engineering and Computing and Medicine.

The trial ends on 1 November 2014

Frost & Sullivan is a global growth consulting firm which provides market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting, and corporate training services across multiple industries including automotive, healthcare, internet and communication technology, and more.

We have a trial to their website until 31st October

All of these resources are available via the Electronic Library through the Trial resources section. Please send us your comments via the link on the Trials page.

New additions to Henry Stewart Talks

The Marketing and Management Collection from Henry Stewart Talks includes over 850 specially prepared audio-visual lectures,  delivered by experts from the business world and leading academics. The collection consists of 69 series, each of which comprises 8-15 talks of 15-60 minute duration. Click here for access

Selecting and ‘attending’ on-line lectures encourages students to be self-motivated learners – over 1,100 have been viewed at Exeter since January this year. Each title is included on the Library catalogue and the talks are also designed to be linked to teaching modules. If anyone already uses the talks or is interested to find out how please contact Patrick Overy or Rachel Oakes

The Electronic Library provides access to the talks. To see the full version, rather than the preview, login using the Institutional Login option at the top right of the screen.

Among recent additions to The Marketing and Management Collection are a new series of talks on Corporate Restructuring and Downsizing. Other lectures recently added include

  • Why people buy fashion
  • Decision making
  • Getting real about China: myths about China debunked
  • International trade from a Russian perspective – and
  • Fictional leaders: heroes, villains and absent friends by Professor Jonathan Gosling, University of Exeter

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Where to publish – Journal metrics

Elsevier has just released the 2013 edition of Journal Metrics based on data from Scopus. Scopus is the largest citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize research output. The metrics provide alternative, transparent and accurate views of the citation impact a journal makes, and are all available for free download.

Thomson Reuters have just published the 2014 release of their Journal Citation Reports, which includes citations up to 2013. The service is part of ISI Web of Science, which is available on the Electronic Library (select resource type Databases and scroll down) or use the catalogue link. Click on Journal Citation Reports at the top of the screen and select JCR Social Sciences Edition. To find journals in a particular discipline, for instance Economics or Business and Finance, select it from the drop-down list.

We have put together a list of Journal rankings in Business in the Information for postgraduates section on our ELE tutorial. This includes details of the 45 journals used by the Financial Times in compiling the Business School research rank with links to the home pages and details of access at Exeter.


Companies House digital data – free from April 2015

All limited companies based in the UK are required to register with Companies House. At the moment, you can see basic details about registered companies via their WebCHeck service or mobile app, while charges are made to see company accounts, annual returns and other documents. In a recent press statement, Companies House have announced that all of their digital data will be made available free of charge from the second quarter of 2015.

Companies House, along with Land Registry, Met Office and Ordnance Survey, are part of the Public Data Group, a group of public sector bodies working to improve public access to data. Their open data statement sets out further commitments over the next year.

In the meantime, University of Exeter staff and students can, of course, download accounts and annual returns for UK companies via the Key Note or Fame databases on the Electronic Library. See our researching companies webpages for more information.

FAME – new features and extra information

The FAME database (available via the electronic library) contains detailed information on UK and Irish Companies – it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for facts and figures (turnover, number of employees), accounts information (profit and loss, balance sheets etc) or who’s who in a company (directors, shareholders etc).

Eagle-eyed regular users will notice some changes this week.

  • The shareholders from annual return section gives more detail breaking the company’s capital structure, breaking it down by share capital, nominal value, number of shares and total value.
  • In the directors reports, you can now see how directors are linked – which companies they have in common – with a choice of list or diagram views.
  • The evolution of stock market values graph now allows you more flexibility to customise your graph – whether you want daily or annual stock prices, or to work with different indices. Helpfully, you can also now see and export the table of the data which underlies your graph. 
  • Additional alerts are now available to show you when a company’s status changes to ‘in administration’, or a shareholder becomes or ceases to be a manager. If you need any more help or information, check our company information webpages, or contact your subject librarian.

Update to e-books

The Library has just bought collections of 2014 publications from several publishers, bringing the total of e-books available on Business-related subjects to over 6,000. If you are logged into the Exeter network you can see lists of titles and get direct access to full content from the links below.

As there are so many different publisher platforms the best way to find which titles are available as e-books is by using Library catalogue, as links are provided for each individual title. To browse you can enter a keyword, e.g.  accounting;  click on Modify search and select ERESOURCE from the list of material types.

You can also get full access to any of these collections via the Electronic Library; select Business as subject area and Electronic books as resource type.

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

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

Edward Elgar Publishing  We have recently bought 163 titles in the Elgar Business Handbooks collection. Links will be added to the catalogue shortly.

The Library has a subscription to Oxford Scholarship Online covering monographs in all subject areas relevant to Exeter’s teaching and research. More than 30 new titles relevant to Business have now been added.

Oxford Handbooks continue to publish valuable research works in all subjects; the Library has bought all handbooks in the Business and Management and Economics and Finance collections.

Palgrave Macmillan is a major publisher in this subject area. Over 350 new titles from 2014 have been  added to these collections on Palgrave Connect :

We also have access to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management

Sage Knowledge  We have bought 349 titles in the Management & Organization Studies collection. Click on Refine by Availability/Available to me to find out which titles are included in our access. We also have access to Sage Research Methods Online

SpringerLink  We have access to 1,500 titles in 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.

EU and financial regulation

After the financial crisis of 2008 the European Union has been working hard to reform the financial sector and overhaul regulation. Most of the reforms have now been adopted and as the European Commission will shortly end its five-year term, it has published the first comprehensive review of the financial regulation agenda.

Full details are available on the Europa website, including a Communication (A reformed financial sector for Europe; COM(2014) 279) and the accompanying staff working document (Economic Review of the Financial Regulation Agenda; 345 pages; SWD(2014) 158)

Brief summaries of both documents are provides in these press releases IP/14/564  & MEMO/14/352

Looking for a job? The Library can help…

Have you just started looking for a job or are you preparing for a job interview?

Then have a look at our business databases to help you find out more about the companies you apply for. All of them are free for you to use while you are studying at Exeter – just use the Electronic Library link and choose Business as your subject.

You may have used some of these databases for your essays but most of them have far more in them than just academic articles. Whether you need market research to find out about your target companies’ competitors or news archives to see how they have been reported in the press you will find the information here.

Start off with Business Source Complete. If you click on Company information you can find out the business and financial details of any company worldwide and also get other information, like SWOT analyses, market research reports and news items.

Next, try ProQuest Business. If you type in the name of a company you will find news wires, reports, etc. by clicking on the Source Type box on the right of the screen.

If you need the latest news on a company use Factiva, which has major news and trade publications from around the world, or NexisUK, which has all the English-language press around the world.

You can also get market research reports which will show you the leading companies in your chosen field – try Key Note, which covers the UK market and also has detailed company information,  or Passport,  Euromonitor’s global market database.

If you want to find out more about a company’s finances use FAME or Perfect Information (PI Navigator)

Don’t forget that you may also have access to specialist databases like Bloomberg, which can only be used in the Business School. Go to our Business subject pages to find out more about Researching companies and using our databases for Researching Business online .

If you are finishing your studies at Exeter this summer you will no longer be able to use the electronic resources after June 13 because of our licence agreements so get in quickly!