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Financial Times online

Do you read the Financial Times?

Even if you’re not studying Business you will find a lot to interest you and support your studies in the online version, FT.com. This 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.

FT.com has all the articles and other information published in the print version since 2004, but it also has a lot more content which can be found on the toolbar under the Financial Times header. Videos are produced daily on news topics in business and politics; Special reports include other topics like the recent report on Combating rare diseases; the In depth section is a useful way of tracking recent subjects of major interest, like the refugee crisis in Europe.

You can read the FT online via your PC, laptop and most mobile devices. For more details see the section on FT.com in our ELE Business module.

Coming soon: improved electronic document delivery from the British Library

The British Library have recently launched a new improved service for delivering journal articles and book chapters electronically. We’ll be adopting it from 1st September 2015.

We’re already used to fulfilling your Document Supply (inter-library loan) requests electronically as much as possible. Electronic supply allows for much faster delivery, which we know is important when it comes to getting you the materials you need for your research. Currently, in order to download inter-library loans you need to install the File Open plugin on your computer. This software ensures all requests are compliant with copyright law and locks the article so it can only be viewed on one machine.  Although it serves its purpose, the process of installing this software can be fiddly, especially on shared machines, so – like many other institutions -we’ve been asking for an easier and less restrictive option for some time. And now The British Library have unveiled one.

From 1st September 2015 we’ll be delivering article and chapter requests to you via The British Library’s Open On Demand service, DRM-lite.

Benefits of DRM-Lite:

  • No need to install plugins or special software, access documents on any device with Adobe Reader
  • PC, laptop, tablet: open your document as many times and on as many different devices as you need to
  • Saving is permitted and each document can also be printed twice
  • The same speedy delivery as the old service
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Create a British Library On Demand Account now for quick and easy electronic delivery

How do I get articles via Open On Demand?

  • The process of requesting an inter-library loan is exactly the same as before. Requests cost £13.50 or one token and should be made via our online order form.
  • Before you can view your article you will need to have registered for an On Demand account with The British Library. Registering is free, just takes a few minutes and will only need to be done the first time. Once your account is set up you can use your username and password to access all the articles that have been supplied to you.
  • If you are likely to be making use of our Document Supply service in the coming months why not register now so that you are all set up ready to start receiving documents?  Please note you will need to create an On Demand account even if you already hold a British Library Reader pass.  Click here to register now.

We’ll send full instructions for to register and download your items when we send your documents.

Article requests fulfilled before 1st September will continue to use the File Open system but we’re looking forward to saying so long to plugins and hello to this new, simplified, copyright compliant service.

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford University Press publishes a wide range of dictionaries and other reference resources, many of which can be accessed via the library catalogue and the Electronic Library.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED Online) is the major source of scholarship on words and sources in the English language.

Oxford Dictionaries is a new service which brings together the prestigious language dictionaries published by Oxford University Press. We subscribe to a number of bilingual dictionaries: French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. You can search language dictionaries via the search bar at the top of every page, or discover quizzes, blog posts, and grammar help for each language by using the selector in the top right hand side of the page. Create a free account and receive a Word of the Day and newsletter.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the online version of the major reference work for information about people from British history and culture.

To find out what resources are available for other subjects look at Oxford Reference.


Financial Times online

The Financial Times is a major source of information, not only for business students but also for a wide range of other subject areas.

All Exeter University staff and students have access to the online version, FT.com. The FT publishes 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. If you want to research earlier years, 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 FT.com 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 FT.com 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 FT.com. If you use the link from the Electronic Library or the library catalogue you will have direct access. You can set up shortcuts but if these stop working try clearing cookies.

Searching and browsing
You can search for articles by using the box in the top right of the home page or browse the latest news in UK and international business from the different categories displayed on the banners at the top of the screen. 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 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 FT.com 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.

Tools Go to the Tools menu to set up clippings lists or to register for briefings or alerts

Videos The FT also produces a wide range of videos to bring the news to life. These are also available on the Financial Times YouTube channel.

Mobile Access to FT.com
You can access FT news and analysis on your mobile phone or tablet device. Get the FT app for the iPad and iPhone  via your browser rather than from an app store.

Help and Guidance Guides and videos are available to help you make the most of FT.com, including:

or you can contact the FT.com direct via their email:

Henry Stewart Talks

Henry Stewart Talks

Henry Stewart Talks publish audio visual presentations by leading world experts – advanced content in a user friendly format. Subjects covered include biomedicine, life sciences, management, marketing, finance, advertising and many more topics.

The Business & Management Collection  includes over 850 talks from recognised experts around the world. New lectures and business case studies are constantly updated. The latest additions include a range of studies on consultancy.

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection currently contains more than 1,500 talks.

All University of Exeter members have full access to both collections and will have automatic access on-campus. For off-campus access you should check the details on the Electronic Library (resource type Audio-visual resources) and enter the username and password given.

Access Past Exam Papers Online

A great way to prepare for your exams is to have a look at some of the past exam papers for each of your modules. These can give you a flavour of the tone of the questions and the sort of topics you are likely to encounter. Did you know past papers are readily accessible online? There are currently over 9,000 past papers available for you to view in the University of Exeter Past Exam Paper Archive: click here to access it (you will need to authenticate with your usual university username and password).

Once you’ve logged in, you can search the archive by college, module code or title keyword. Papers can then be viewed as PDFs.

A screenshot of the archive search screen

A screenshot of the archive search screen

Even more resources! Thinking beyond your subject.

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?

Tips for new students

Welcome to all our new students! We hope you’ve been enjoying Freshers’ week.

LIBRARY sign hanging

Here are a few tips to help you on your way as you start getting to grips with your reading lists and with our extensive range of Library resources.

Start using e-books and journals!

  • The Library is so much more than the print resources you’ll find on our shelves. We also have a wide range of online books and journals and the beauty of these is that you can access from anywhere you have an internet connection.
    • The Library Catalogue is the best route through which to access our e-resources.
    • Search results will show whenever a title is available electronically:

Example search results

    • From the above view you just need to click on the title of the resource to view the full record and then click on the appropriate link to access the resource.
    • Login with usual Exeter username and password and now you’re ready to read!


Get to grips with our self-service systems

We understand that you need to study in a flexible way, and we’re here to support that. This is why the Forum Library is accessible 24 hours a day: Library staff are available 08.00 – 20.00 on weekdays and 10.00 – 18.00 at the weekend but outside of these hours registered staff and students can still swipe in using your Unicards (see our website for full details plus the opening hours of other Library sites). To get the most out of our 24/7 facilities you’ll need to be familiar with our self-service borrow and return facilities. They’re easy to use and all located near the main Library entrance on Forum Level 0 – do check them out and then you can start checking out books, whenever you need them!


Borrowing machine in the Forum Library

Manage your borrowing online 

Did you know you can always keep track of which titles you have checked out and when they are due back by simply logging in to your Library record online, either through the Library Catalogue or via the Library tab on MyExeter. You can also make renewals this way:

    • Once you’ve logged in you’ll see a list of the items you have on loan, together with the date they’re due for return. You can choose to sort by due date, to see which items need to be returned or renewed soonest.
    • To renew all of your items, click Renew All.
    • If you only want to renew some of them, tick the boxes by the titles you want to renew and click Renew Selected.
    • You’ll be asked to confirm you wish to renew these items. Click Yes to complete the process.
    • The Status column should now clearly state ‘renewed’ and show the new due date. If any items cannot be renewed, a message will appear to warn you of this and the status column will show the reason why.
    • Please note that you can’t renew your items online if they are more than 7 days overdue (7 hours for Express Collections items), or if you have unpaid fines of over £10. In these situations you’ll need to contact the Library in order to renew.

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We wish you all fruitful reading and researching!


Each year we scrutinise the feedback from the NSS survey and use that information to direct our annual Library Resourcing Campaign. We want to make sure that we are providing even more of the resources that you need. During 2013/14 we are directing £298k to boost access to core materials: this is in addition to the millions spent on library resources across the Colleges.

Packages provided include SAGE Research Methods Online, Literature Online and Ethnography Video Online. This funding has also provided access to over 9000 e-books this year.

We are committed to student-led spending, so do talk to your Library Champions to request books, as well as using the general IWOOT request scheme. For up to date information on new resources and current highlights, see:


Graduating? Check out our Library Resources for Exeter Alumni


Hearty congratulations from all of us in the Library to everyone who is graduating this week! We hope you enjoy your ceremony and well-deserved celebrations.

But did you know that as a graduates of Exeter University can still be a Library member and even access some key collections from extensive e-resources? Here’s how… 

Access to library resources for Exeter Alumni

Electronic resources via ExOnline:

We are currently able to offer access to the following e-resources for Exeter Alumni:


JSTOR journal archives – access to 1,700 journals in a variety of academic subjects




Business Source Alumni  – access to hundreds of full-text journals and reports in the Business subject areas




Access to all University subscribed Sage Journals (in a variety of subjects), along with Sage Research Methods Online and Sage Knowledge Business & Management e-book collection.


To access our alumni e-resources you will first need to register with the Alumni Office. Find out more on their alumni benefit webpages.

Electronic Resources via our Walk-in Access machine:

If you live locally you can also access many of the Library’s electronic resources via our walk-in PC facilities in the Forum Library and St Luke’s Library. Find more information here.

Alumni Library Membership and print collection borrowing:

As an Alumni you are also entitled to join the Library and borrow up to four items at a time from our print collections. A one-off registration fee of £35 applies for this service (except for PhD alumni who are entitled to join for free). To apply for alumni membership, or for more information on this scheme, please visit our website.


So graduation is only the start of your lifelong learning journey, and we look forward to welcoming many of you back to The Forum Library, Research Commons and St Luke’s as alumni Library members!