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Free books on iTunes

Many organisations around the world are making research guides freely available to iPad users via iTunes. In some cases the books are also available to read online.

Latham & Watkins’ Book of Jargon® series of online glossaries covers slang and official terminology in areas including European and US corporate and bank finance. The 7 titles can be read online or downloaded as apps via iTunes. The site also includes guides to anti-bribery and corruption legislation in 13 major economies in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US and to merger regimes in 80 countries.

Research Methods for Business Students, Managers and Entrepreneurs is the first media-rich, Multi-Touch iBooks Textbook on this subject in the world.

Published by the University of South Wales, Research Methods provides a foundation for research, both for academic study and for practical application in a business environment. It is distributed free on Apple’s iBooks Store to 51 countries worldwide as a contribution to our ongoing commitment to open education resources.

In Research Methods, you’ll find that video, audio and image gallery illustrations bring key concepts and examples to life, while a detailed case study runs through the book, following the experiences of a (fictional) student through the stages of her research project. At selected points in the main text, a reflective activity is introduced to encourage you to consider or explore the aspect under discussion.

This book is equivalent to a full module of study at Masters’ level, and is the result of collaboration between a wide range of academic and professional staff of the University of South Wales.

Technical note: iBooks Textbooks can be downloaded and read on an iPad or an Apple desktop/laptop computer running OS Mavericks/Yosemite.

Download your FREE copy of Research Methods for Business Students, Managers and Entrepreneurs 

Requires iTunes to be downloaded

Library champions

Library Champions are students on taught courses who represent their fellow students to the library and have a budget to spend on library materials.

A team of Library Champions has been set up for you to contact if you would like to ask for extra copies of a book, e-book or DVD or request a new title which you think may benefit your course in the Business School. The team has a budget of £5,000 to place orders on your behalf. Please note this excludes subscription resources e.g. newspapers / magazines / journals / databases

Feel free to contact any of the team direct. This year the Business School has five library champions and their details are given below.

Two of the champions are undergraduates: Meimei Wang (Business and Management) and Mengyan Wang (Accounting and Finance)

And three are taught postgraduates: Michael Sun (MSc Finance and Investment), Usman Yusuf Garba (MSc Economics) Xiran Zhu (MSc International Management)

Travel bursaries of up to £200 are available for students who wish to visit other libraries and/or archives in order to further their studies

Inter-library loans  – if we don’t have a book or article you need for your studies you can request it online. This service is normally only available to final year undergraduates doing dissertations or postgraduates. Ask in the Business School to find out how to get a voucher to pay for the loan

The I Want One of These form allows undergraduates and taught postgraduates to request items for the library. You need to tell us which module the items will support.

Open access

HEFCE has just release a new policy on open access. Although it covers articles published after 1st April 2016, this may include articles which have already been submitted. Authors need to be prepared, particularly by keeping their accepted version of any article that is published so that this can be deposited in ORE, our research repository.

The most important stage is to ensure that details of all your publications are listed in Symplectic. This system harvests publication details from online collections like Scopus, Repec, Crossref and Web of Science and is updated regularly. If your publications are very recent or have not yet been published they may appear in the Pending section of your Symplectic file; if they don’t appear automatically it may be necessary to add the details manually.  If you have any published research which is not yet included in ORE, we will be happy to advise.

We are in the process of upgrading to the new version of Symplectic. This should be complete by January 2015 and should fill in the gaps in some researchers’ profiles.

An author’s accepted version of a research paper is the version that has been submitted to the publisher, peer reviewed, and subsequently amended by the author in line with recommendations. The author’s accepted version is usually identical to the version that will appear in the journal but without the publisher’s layout and formatting (over which the publisher retains copyright).  It is important that you keep this version after publication as the published version cannot normally be used.  

Journal publishers do not normally allow the final published version to be archived in repositories but many allow the accepted draft to be used, although an embargo for a set period is often required. A listing of the policies of most academic journals is available at SHERPA-ROMEO.

Publishers do not normally ask for drafts of articles which have been published as working papers by universities or subject collections to be taken down after final publication.  Remember, however, that if they appear in the accepted papers sections of SSRN or RepEc they will no longer be accessible to readers who do not have a subscription for the official published version. If the working paper is not substantially different from the final published version it may be archived as an accepted version in ORE.

If you have any further questions please contact us or come to the presentation on January 13th.

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

New content is always being added: if you want to receive the monthly newsletter, please sign up here.

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.