Category Archives: E-Resources

London Low Life – new online resource


The University now has access to the London Low Life. This full-text searchable resource, contains colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London.

Take a look at the short introductory video to get a flavour of this fascinating resource

London Low Life brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the nineteenth century’s greatest city.

From salacious ‘swell’s guides’ to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London’s bustling thoroughfares offers an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the city. Children’s chapbooks, street cries, slang dictionaries and ballads were all part of a vibrant culture of street literature.

Topics covered include:

  • The underworld
  • Slang
  • Working-class culture
  • Street literature
  • Popular music
  • Urban topography
  • ‘Slumming’
  • Prostitution
  • The Temperance Movement
  • Social reform
  • Toynbee Hall
  • Police and criminality

This is also an incredible visual resource for students and scholars of London, with many full colour maps, cartoons, sketches and a full set of the essential Tallis’ Street Views of London – a unique resource for the study of London architecture and commerce.

This interactive mapping enables users to overlay Victorian cartography over a modern, searchable base map and:

  • Visualise core data about Victorian London, including the boundaries of local government, population size, density and growth, crime and poverty data
  • Locate and read about key institutions: workhouses, orphanages, asylums, prisons, religious missions, etc
  • Walk’ through London’s main streets with 3D versions of the Tallis Street Views


ESDU – New Engineering Resource

esduESDU is an engineering knowledge base which provides validated design methods, data and software tools to help solve complex engineering problems. It covers a wide range of engineering disciplines, including Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical, Structural and Process Engineering.

Note that you will need to accept the Academic Terms & Conditions each time you log in to the EDSU service.

The University of Exeter has access to the full ESDU packages which encompasses:

Online guidance is available to help you get started.


Aerial Digimap


The University now has access to Aerial Digimap a new collection from the Digimap suite of GIS services.

The aerial imagery data in the service is 25cm resolution vertical aerial imagery supplied by Getmapping PLC, and is the most detailed aerial imagery available for the whole of Great Britain.

You can access all the Digimap services available to you via the University of Exeter subscriptions through the Maps section of the Electronic library. You will need to register before using the Digimap services, by completing a short online registration form.

Aerial Digimap offers mapping and downloading facilities:

Aerial Roam offers the ability to view, annotate and print the aerial photographs as well as an overlay function to allow comparison with current Ordnance Survey mapping.

Aerial Download offers the ability to select specific locations for which to download the aerial photography for use in local desktop software

For an introduction to this service, take a look at the preview demonstration on Digimap’s YouTube channel:  Online help is also available.

Focus on Business Resources

2_goi_3_goi_searchonlineA wide range of online resources are available to support study and research across all Business School disciplines.  This blog posts highlights some of the key resources that you may wish to explore, with forthcoming assignments and dissertations in mind.  Many more resources are available!

Electronic Library

Use the subject listing to explore resources relevant to Accountancy,  Business, Economics, Finance, and Management. Each resource in the listing has a brief description of the database content and coverage and this will help you identify resources which align with your research needs. If you need some more guidance, don’t forget that you have a comprehensive ELE module covering Library & Information Skills for the Business School.  This will guide you to recommended resources for the various Business School disciplines.

Library Catalogue

And don’t forget that a huge collection of books and journals, in print and electronic format, are accessible via the library catalogue.  This includes content from the Sustainable Organization Library collection, and major business information publishers such as Springer, Emerald, Sage and Palgrave, to name just a few!  Run a title or keyword search on the library catalogue to find relevant titles.

Library Article Search

You can also use the Library Article Search function to discover articles and dissertations on business related topics and jump straight into the full text.  This is a useful starting point for research for your assignments and dissertations and will help you decide which databases and resources to explore through more focused searching.

Online Search Skills Guidance

If you need guidance on effective online search skills, take a look at the Library & Research Skills module.  There you will find in depth support on identifying, working with and evaluating relevant information resources, plus hints and tips to help you design effective online search strategies.  Taking some time to enhance your search skills and techniques will pay dividends in the long run by equipping you to search and retrieve relevant information in the most time efficient manner.

Key online resources

For news and comment

Economist – Full text access to The Economist (including illustrations) from 1991 onwards. For earlier content use the Economist Historical Archive which offers a fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist since its launch in 1843 – Full text in depth coverage from the Financial Times of UK and international business, finance, economic and political news, from 2004 onwards. Earlier content is available via the Financial Times Historical Archive

Nexis UK – Full text of news and business information from around the world. Includes UK national and regional newspapers, major newspapers and newswires  from around the world.

Factiva – A full text comprehensive news database from Dow Jones and Reuters. Major world newspapers and business magazines are included, plus TV and radio transcripts

Online Support – Using News Resources for Research

If you are new to using news resources for research, take a look at the Using News Resources for Research online guide.  This will introduce you to the full range of news content available to you at the university and provide search guidance on the key services, highlighted above.

For journal articles

Business Source Complete – a business research database that provides selected full text for over 3,300 journals and is updated daily. It also provides financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, faculty seminars (videos), and more. Subjects covered include: accounting, economics, finance, marketing and management.

ProQuest Business Package – a combined business and social sciences research collection. It offers full text and bibliographic details for thousands of journals, dissertations, conference proceedings, working papers, trade publications, industry reports and much more. Subject coverage includes; accounting,banking, business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, operations and political science.

EconLIT – the American Economic Association’s electronic database and the world’s foremost source of references to economic literature. The database contains more than 1.1 million records from 1886-present.

Emerald Insight – full text ebooks and journals covering business and management topics, published by the Emerald Group.  Use the “Only content I have access to” feature if you wish to limit your searching to full text content only.

For Company Information & Accounts

Fame – information for companies in the UK and Ireland. The database contains information on 3.8 million companies, 2.8 million of which are in detailed format. The database also contains information on 4 million inactive companies available for historical research.

Orbis – standardised global company and financial information. Orbis is a global database which has information on 171,235,666 companies. Orbis includes advanced search and analysis software so you can identify and evaluate companies around the world.

Zephyr – Zephyr is a comprehensive database for corporate finance research. It contains information on M&A (mergers and acquisitions), IPO (initial public offerings), private equity and venture capital deals and rumours – and now it’s updated hourly. It is linked to the FAME database.

PI Navigator – A financial and capital markets database providing access to over 14 million global company filings including annual reports, M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions), IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), bond prospectuses and news announcements. This is a particularly useful resource for accountancy students who might be looking at individual company accounts and want to read notes/find explanations for ‘oddities’, rather than just ‘crunching data’.

For Market Research

MarketLine Advantage – A market research database offering access to a unique mix of company, industry, financial and country business data, for every major marketplace in the world. It includes extensive global coverage of industries with 4000 industry profiles and 30,000+ companies within 215 countries.

Key Note – the leading provider of market intelligence in the UK, on the UK, to the UK and has been providing commercially relevant market insight and analysis to the business and academic world for 35 years.  However, note that reports updating ceased in May 2016 so these reports will diminish in relevance and use over time

Passport GMID –  from Euromonitor this resource has global industry data, market research and country reports. It also has detailed company profiles for the top international players in services and industry, compiled in a standardised format for cross analysis. 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. 

For Research Methodology

SAGE Research Methods – an online research methods library with over 1000 full text books, journal articles, reference works and instructional videos covering qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Need More Help?

Liaison Faces Oct 2016

If you have any questions relating to to making the best use of Business research resources, just get in touch with the Liaison Team.

We can provide support by email, phone or in person.

1:1 appointments are available if you wish to come in and discuss your business research in detail.

Just email the team to book a session.
 – the next generation!

From 15th August, you’ll see a few changes to, 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, log in via the library catalogue, and register, using your University of Exeter email address, to get full access to FT content.

Library Systems Upgrade – Tuesday 5th July 3pm

An upgrade to the library system is scheduled for Tuesday 5th July – Wednesday 6th July.

This will require us to shut down the system from 3pm on the Tuesday and it will not return until around 12.00 pm on the Wednesday.

You will be able to visit the library as normal and all our spaces will be open, you will also be able to borrow and return our physical collection during this time.

However access to our main online collection via the catalogue will not be available.  You will also be unable to renew items, pay fines or place ILLs online and we apologise for this inconvenience.

For access to electronic resources during this period, please use a search engine such as Google to find the resource.

If you do this on campus your computer network IP address should automatically recognise and authenticate you as a University of Exeter user and provide access to the relevant resource.

If you are off campus, you will need to identify yourself as a member of the University.  In most cases, simply enter your university computer username and password when requested.

  • When looking for the login link in a resource, the wording can vary from resource to resource – it could just be Login, or it might be something like Institutional login,Shibboleth login, UK Federation login, UK Access Management Federation login– or maybe some other variation

Here is a file of our major e-resources, some may need the VPN installed to work off campus.

Major E-resource links

If you need help during this time please do not hesitate to contact us:

Phone:  +44 (0) 1392 723867

Sage Research Methods – New Look!

SAGE has launched a new platform for its online SAGE Research Methods, based on customer and useSAGEr feedback.

SAGE Research Methods is the ultimate methods library with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method. The Methods Map can help those less familiar with research methods to find the best technique to use in their research.

You can learn more about the service from the online help pages or watch an introductory video.

The new platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • A unified platform for text and video content, providing users with a multimedia research experience
  • A fully responsive site that will work well with all mobile phones and tablet devices
  • Improved discoverability of content, both from within the platform and from external sources
    • We have improved the internal search, meaning better and more relevant results. The Methods Map has been improved, allowing users to explore method concepts with greater ease. The browse options have been enhanced to align with user needs – allowing browse by discipline, content type, and method topic.
    • We have cleaned and improved the metadata that feeds our MARC records and external vendor feeds, and we have made numerous improvements that should help us to appear higher in external search results
  • A focus on modern, enjoyable design for students, faculty, researchers and librarians, based upon extensive user-testing

The new site is live and can be accessed via the library catalogue or the Electronic Library.

Eurostat website – free and easy access to European statistics

Eurostat provides free access to its data. It publishes harmonised statistics on the European Union (EU) and the euro area and offers a comparable, reliable and objective portrayal of social and economic trends. Eurostat collects data from national statistical authorities according to EU-wide methodologies. Data are, therefore, genuinely comparable.

Use the compact guide, free to download online, to find out more.

Information online is updated daily.  Data are subdivided into nine themed and a set of EU policy indicators.

The homepage shows at a glance the wide range of information provided, and highlights news and themes of current interest.  You can then us the tables, databases and tools to delve more deeply in order to access the data you require.


Multilingual user support is accessible via Eurostat’s Help Tab

Migration to New Worlds

migrationMigration to New Worlds showcases unique primary source material recounting the many and varied personal experiences of 350 years of migration. Explore Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories supplemented by carefully selected secondary research aids.

This resource is provided free to all UK based universities through Jisc, in partnership with Adam Matthew.

Login to the resource from the collection website  If you are off campus, login via the Library catalogue for access.

If you use the link from the library catalogue you may get a security warning. It’s fine to proceed past this – see this blog post for details.

Adam Matthew will be presenting a ‘Migration to New Worlds’ webinar featuring Andrew Linn, Consultant Editor on Migration to New Worlds and Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster, on Tuesday 31st May, 4pm-4.45pm. If you would like to attend this webinar please register online.

See the Migration to New Worlds Online Collection brochure for an insight in to the fascinating resource or take a tour.