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Key databases for Business

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Business. You can also see a complete list of databases for Business available from the Library.

ABI Complete (ABI Global)

In-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory and practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Search around 3,000 worldwide business periodicals.

Guide to using ABI Complete (ABI Global)


Provides detailed financial information, ratings and ownership information for 28,000 banks worldwide. The first screen is the quick search, where you search for a bank by name. Expert search allows you to combine several criteria to search for a group of banks. Data can be exported as Word or Excel files.

Guide to using Bankscope

Business Source Premier

Subjects include business, management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and marketing.Search for journal articles, trade publications, country reports, industry information, company news and conference proceedings. Use the advanced search to narrow down the results, for example to academic journals.

Guide to using Business Source Premier


Good for economics and related subjects such as accounting, consumer economics, monetary policy, labour economics, marketing, economic theory and planning. It includes essays, research papers, books, dissertations, book reviews and working papers, and it is easy to search by keyword. There are no full text articles on EconLit so you will need to search the Library Catalogue for the journal title to see if we have it.

EMIS Professional

EMIS provides news, research and analytical data, peer comparisons and more for over 125 emerging markets. You can access a range of data and news on private and public companies, industry reports, forecasts and statistics, including macroeconomic statistics.


A financial database of major public and private British companies, with financial analysis software.

Guide to using FAME

Global Insight

Global Insight provides analysis and data for countries across the world. It includes in-depth special reports and an up-to-date analysis of political and economic risks. There is also specific coverage of the automotive industry across 180 countries.


IBISWorld provides UK industry reports from across a wide range of sectors. It also includes historic industry reports and Brexit impact analysis.


An excellent source of news information, including international newspapers, trade publications and company information. All articles are available in full text. It is easy to use but remember to narrow down your search by limiting the dates or by choosing a specific set of newspapers. For example you can choose to search across all English language newspapers, or just UK national newspapers. Updated daily.

Guide to using Nexis


Financial information on all live companies registered at the UK's Companies House, and information on over two million UK unincorporated businesses. PDF documents registered at Companies House are also available, including company annual reports. Search by company name, director, or by using the advanced search using criteria such as turnover, profit, ratios and many more. Updated daily.


Data and market research reports on consumer markets worldwide.It includes market analysis and statistics, forecasts, information on the top brands and companies in a country or sector, and overviews of the major market factors. Search either by keyword, or by using the headings at the top of the screen to choose the type of information. Updated monthly.

Thomson ONE

A financial database, including companies in over 55 countries, covering more than 98% of the world's stock-market value dating back to 1982. Contains share-price information, full financial accounts, stock-exchange indices, exchange rates and information on mergers and acquisitions. Updated daily. Thomson ONE is only available on-campus or via Desktop Anywhere due to technical restrictions.

UK Data Service

A statistical database providing numerous datasets of information. It is made up of datasets from organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN), World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). You must register with this service to access the statistics.

Guide to using UK Data Service

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science

World Advertising Research Center (WARC)

Intelligence on all areas of marketing communications. It includes over 45,000 papers, case studies, research reports, and news items covering all areas of marketing, advertising, communications, brand strategy and consumer behaviour. It is searchable by keyword. You may have to register your own details before you can search the full database.

Guide to using World Advertising Research Center (WARC)