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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.


New Year – new resources!

The Library now provides access to journal collections from three major publishers: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Although these new packages do not cover all titles, they include many journals which have been requested by lecturers and researchers.

To find out which titles are available go to the Electronic Library and search under resource type Electronic Journals. Links will shortly be available for each title from Journal title search on the library catalogue.

Cambridge University Press Online Journals (CUP) Includes all journals for which the university has a print or electronic subscription. You can also read tables of contents and abstracts of articles in journals to which we do not subscribe. To Login: Select Federation= ‘UK Federation’ and Institution= ‘University of Exeter’. Then login with your username & password.

Oxford University Press Online Journals (OUP) Access to the electronic journals for which the University holds a subscription. We also have a subscription to the Oxford Journal Archive, which has the full text of about 142 journals for periods from 1849-1995.

Taylor & Francis Online (Journals) Taylor and Francis Online allows you to search all journals published by Routledge and other imprints of Taylor and Francis . Full-text access is indicated by a green box when you browse journal archives or search for articles.

Business already subscribes to subject collections from Elsevier (Science Direct), Emerald (Management collection only), Sage (Management & Organization Studies) and Wiley (including Blackwell)

Routledge handbooks

We also have trial access to Routledge handbooks online until 12 March. The collection is made up of 15,000 chapters across 300+ Routledge handbooks organised into 18 subject packages.

Go to the Trial resources section of the Electronic Library to search or browse.

And don’t forget, the online version of the Financial Times – see the previous blog for details.

We are pleased to announce that Exeter staff and students now have access to, the online version of the Financial Times newspaper and databases. provides in depth coverage of UK and international business, finance, economic and political news. It also contains comment and analysis from leading journalists and insight into management trends and new developments. It contains the full content of all information published in the Financial Times since 2004. For access to earlier content, use The Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2007, a complete searchable facsimile of the printed edition.

Getting started

Go to the Electronic Library and select Law or Business under subject or Newspapers under resource type and find in the A-Z listing. Log in with your University of Exeter username and password

The first time you use FT.Com you will need to Register.

  • Click on Sign up
  • Enter your University email address and select the option “No, I am a new user. “
  • Click on Continue.

Fill in the form on the next screen and tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions, then click on Continue.

  • You will get a confirmation that you have successfully registered.
  • Click on Browse to go back to the search screen


You will need to sign in with your email address and the password you have just created whenever you use If you use the link from the Electronic Library or the library catalogue you will have direct access.

Basic Search

Once you have logged in to the simplest way to search is by using the box in the top right

The results are categorised at the top of the screen as All of FT, Articles, Blogs and Multimedia. Click on any of the headings to limit your search or use any of the other filters below (Date, Companies, Section, Region, etc.)


The latest news in UK and international business is broken down into different areas along the banner. This includes financial, economic and political news, comment and analysis.

Run your mouse over a heading to browse different sectors, geographies and companies. Some of the most important sections are listed below:


Coverage includes performance of individual companies, their management teams, shareholders and financial plans.


The FT provides global news coverage of the financial markets covering equities (by region), currencies, capital markets and commodities. Commentary and analysis is delivered throughout the day.


Lex is a premium daily commentary service from the Financial Times. It includes blogs and videos.

Special Reports

The Financial Times produces over 20 special reports each month, reporting on the issues, trends and events affecting different countries and industries.

FT epaper

The FT ePaper is an exact digital replica of the printed newspaper – available from 6am London time in 5 separate editions: UK, Europe, USA, Asia and Middle East. You can also use the archive versions to search across previous editions.


Keep track of the performance of your investments, or companies you’re interested in, by using the portfolio tool. It’s a good way of graphically showing relevant news stories and how they relate to the companies or investments you’re monitoring. You can also chart portfolio holdings against different benchmarks and create alerts. 

Press cuttings

Subscribers often want to be informed about news articles when they appear in the FT newspaper. With FT Press Cuttings, you can search and view pdfs of news articles as they appeared in the FT newspaper. You can also set up alerts and send links or full text articles to colleagues or clients. To find articles from the print edition go to Search print editions and select Advanced search to find a specific article.


Go to the Tools and Services menu to view other products which complement and find video tutorials or FAQs to help you get started.

  • FT Clippings You can set up a clippings list to save, store or share article links and web pages.
  • Email Briefings Customise your account to get relevant news articles sent to your email address.
  • Alerts You can receive instant or daily notifications as soon as articles on a specified topic are published.

Help and Guidance

A range of different support materials are available to help you make the most of We recommend the following resources for you to explore

YouTube channel “Getting the most out of” videos Support & Training section

Financial Times Education User Guides

Guide to the Corporate edition

or you can contact the direct via their email:

Mobile Access to

You can access FT news and analysis on your mobile phone or tablet device. Detailed help and advice is available online.

The FT Mobile website is available to all users. Simply visit on your mobile browser.

The FT app for Android is a news application optimised for the latest generation of Android devices. The app provides quick and easy access to’s news, markets data and portfolios.

A faster, more complete app for the iPad and iPhoneis available via your browser rather than from an app store.


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.