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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.


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