From 15th August, you’ll see a few changes to FT.com, the Financial Times online interface, as they move to their new NextFT site. If you already use FT through the university’s subscription, you won’t need to re-register, and you can easily switch back to the old interface if you need to. You can try out the new look site by logging in and clicking on the “try our new website” banner near the top of the screen.
The new site allows you to customise your view, follow topics or individual journalists, save articles, and share lists with colleagues or peers. You’ll find a quick overview in video below.
If you’re not already registered to use FT.com, log in via the library catalogue, and register, using your University of Exeter email address, to get full access to FT content.
If you want to see how to get the best out of FT.com, the online version of the Financial Times, two of the FT’s academic trainers are visiting Exeter on Wednesday December 9th and will be giving a presentation in Forum Exploration Lab 1 from 12.30 – 1.30pm. There is no need to book – just turn up. Following this they will be available at a stand outside the Library until 3.00 pm to answer any of your queries and questions – drop by and say hello.
FT.com is available to all members of Exeter University via the Electronic Library – listed under resource type Newspapers as Financial Times (FT.com) or via the library catalogue. You don’t need a separate login – just sign in with your Exeter username and password and set up a free account using your Exeter email address and your own password. If you have problems getting into the online version use either of the links above to get back into contact. You can also read it on most mobile devices.
Trainers from Passport will be coming to Exeter on Tuesday December 8th and will be giving a demonstration of the database in the Bateman Lecture Theatre in Building: One (Business School). Again, there is no need to book.
If you need market research information for your research, Passport from Euromonitor is an incredibly valuable resource. The database has global industry data, market research and country reports. It supports a wide range of courses, including international business and marketing, economics, social sciences, humanities, international relations, travel and tourism, hospitality management and food marketing. Over 205 countries are researched, both developed and emerging markets. It also has detailed profiles of the top international companies, compiled in a standardised format for cross analysis.
Anyone doing research needs to find the best range of sources of information. We all get used to using the main journals, databases and resources for our own subject. Increasingly, though, we choose projects which cross over into other subject areas – cosmetic surgery marketing might combine sociology, health and marketing topics, while children’s attitudes to money could include psychology, education and economics. Programmes such as Grand challenges can take you even further into interdisciplinary areas, as you work with colleagues from across the University to address real-life issues.
So where can you look for additional sources? Google will help you find useful information, but you may discover that we don’t have access to the full text. To save time you could explore what’s available via Exeter’s subscriptions on the Electronic Library.
As an example, let’s look at Business resources – these often overlap with other subject areas including Geography, Psychology, Politics and Law. Two of the best general databases are Business Source Complete and ProQuest Business. Both have the full text of over 3,000 journals covering subjects relevant to Business Studies, along with news releases and reports. They are easy to use and anyone can log on via the Electronic Library – just select Business as the subject area and click on Find resources.
Other more specialist databases cover company information, finance and market research. If you need help in finding out which databases to use have a look at the pages on Researching Business Online on our subject guide. This has details of all the main databases and includes links to online tutorials if you need help.
Through the Electronic Library you have access to all of the Library’s resources – not just those aimed at your own courses. Why not explore, and see what else you can discover?