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Business Resources and Reading Lists - Workshop

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University of Portsmouth Library (Room 0.25)

Cambridge Road



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The University Library has a wide range of business resources that are useful to all students across subject groups (

These are expensive subscriptions and are the envy of employers and their employees. We want to make sure you have all the support you need to make the most of these resources.


The session will cover:

  • Guidance on how to make the best use of our existing resources.

  • Advice on how to promote the use and access to these resources by students (through reading lists and Moodle).

  • An update on issues such as ebook licences and copyright so that you can use resources with confidence.

Full agenda to follow.

Summary of Resources Available

Getting Started with a topic:

Credo Reference:

Fed up with your students heading to Wikipedia and unreliable online dictionaries? Suggest Credo instead! It contains a wide variety of reference works, including dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and is great for definitions. There are topic pages, suggested keywords in “mind map” format and help with referencing your chosen source in APA 6th ed. Also appears on the right hand side of Discovery during a search.

Basic Industry information: COBRA:

The Complete Business Reference Adviser: everything you need to set up a business in the UK! Includes basic industry “business opportunity profiles” which detail key market issues and trends as well as sector guides.


Excellent industry market research across the UK, US and China with highly specific reports.
For the UK, also includes industry Brexit impact statements, and iExpert summaries – these summaries lift the key information out of the detailed reports and provide a visual display of market share, key statistics and industry issues. Full industry reports list major companies and competitors, and industry performance and outlook, as well as operating conditions.

Exploring Companies, Consumers, Markets, Statistics and more…

We have amazing resources for students to use for company information, consumer preferences and statistics. Depending on the topic, the following can be invaluable and provide a wealth of information:


Case studies and information on major companies as well as industries and countries worldwide


Market and socio-demographic data worldwide with country dashboards, industry analysis and stats.


The World Advertising Research Centre but includes so much more! Case studies, top marketing campaigns and industry awards as well as marketing strategies and guidance. Easy to search/use.


Market research reports on food, drink, leisure, media and more which include brand awareness, consumer data, key market drivers and forecasts as well as access to Mintel Trends.


Statistics on almost everything from countries, industries and consumers. Reports, dossiers, infographic and charts ready to download, as well as links to source data and APA referencing help.

S&P Capital IQ:

Detailed information on global companies including key financials and peer comparisons.

Best for business journal articles:

Business Source Complete:

Many students find Discovery overwhelming. Business Source Complete is in the same interface with the same filters but just searches business publications. It also has controlled vocabulary “subject terms” which can be really helpful when narrowing a search – find these via the Thesaurus at the top of the database. Also contains company and industry profiles and trade publications.

Stay up to date:

FT – Financial Times:

Access our Financial Times subscription and sign up for an account. Great app available to check morning headlines as well as email alerts tailored to your subject interests. Definitely more than just financial figures.


Available on campus (or off campus using VPN only), our subscription gives unlimited access to all areas including the Economist Intelligence Unit. Sign up for daily or weekly email alerts on topic areas or headlines.


May look intimidating but contains articles from an astonishing range of international newspapers, magazines, news wires and trade press. Limit your search to “major mentions” and resources by country.

Who’s citing who?

Found a great academic article and want to know who has cited it and what it has cited? Scopus and Web of Science can do this quickly – just paste in the article title and look for a match. You can also do a general search and define it to a specific discipline and then see who are the highly cited authors in that field and which articles have been referred to the most and within which publications. There are also options to create an account to set up citation alerts. Different academic journal and book coverage so try both:

Web of Science:


Want interesting and copyright cleared videos?


Access TV recordings from many years across all major freeview channels (not Sky). Create playlists, clips and more to include in your Moodle units. The recordings are copyright cleared for education.


Online training, videos, tutorials and more for business skills and learning new software/approaches.

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