The Library is currently trialling a new international database, Statista, for the next 4 weeks and we would welcome any feedback on its potential usefulness for teaching or research purposes. Statista is one of the largest statistics platform of its kind, with access to over 1.5 million data sets (adding up to 500 extra per day) on over 400 industries. It provides access to many thousands of downloadable reports, studies and dossiers. Statista’s industry reports are well structured and present not only data on areas such as trends in turnover and revenue but also on industry strengths and weaknesses.
It will be of particular use to all marketing and economics students or those completing a business strategy module.
The database is very straightforward to search – a short video is available to introduce you to running a search on Statista.
Access is available both on and off-campus.
Any queries should be directed to your business subject librarian.
Are you having difficulty with your referencing or creating a bibliography? RefWorks can help you store and organise your references and then produce bibliographies and is particularly useful for those completing undergraduate dissertations and postgraduate coursework and theses. The Library holds regular classes on all campuses. During semester, evening sessions are also available for part-time students. The next series of RefWorks classes for February may be booked by clicking here.
If you are having difficulty applying the Harvard Referencing Style then we are also running separate classes on using Harvard. You can book a place on one of these from here.
Our subscription to the Emerald Management database has some new full-text business journals added to its collection. These include the following academic titles:
- Critical Perspectives on International Business
- Handbook of Business Strategy
- International Journal of Managerial Finance
- International Journal of Wine Business Research
- International Journal of Wine Marketing
- Journal of Behavioral Strategy
- Review of Accounting and Finance
All of these journals may be searched within the Emerald database from the databases link on the Library page.
Jayne Dunlop, Sarah Smyth and Michaela Campbell have recently joined the team of Subject Librarians for the Ulster University Business School. Jayne is based in the Coleraine campus library, Sarah is now working part-time initially in Jordanstown library and Michaela is based in Magee library. Jayne is also splitting her time in supporting the new AHSS faculty and, until the end of December, Sarah will continue to support the Faculty of Life & Health Sciences in Coleraine.
Jayne, Sarah and Michaela’s role within the Library’s subject team includes teaching information literacy skills and one-to-one student support as well as providing research support and ordering new material to support teaching and research. Although all three are new to business information, while Michaela is new to subject librarianship both Jayne and Sarah have very extensive experience of providing library support in other subject areas.
Did you know that Ulster University Library provides access to UK and ISO (international) standards from the British Standards Institution (BSI) via the database BS Online (BSOL)? There are standards which are of interest to our business students covering Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Business Continuity, Customer Service, Risk, Security, and Environmental Management. For instance, you might consider how organisations use health and safety standards to help reduce accidents in the workplace, or look at a quality management standard to boost efficiency and reduce product failure. Standards cover a range of organisational activities, including product manufacture, managing a process, service delivery, materials supply and others. Within the UK, all standards are published by the BSI. The BSI standards can be expensive to buy (sometimes £100s!), so the best way to access them is via the Ulster University subscription to BS Online. We’ve already paid for this, so you won’t have to pay again! There’s some more information and a guide available on the Library database webpage.
The IBISWorld database provides the latest content on 400 UK industries. Each report consists of 30 to 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.
IBISWorld is increasing the length of industry reports in its UK collection, by adding seven new sections. You will now have access to additional analysis on Demand Determinants, Basis of Competition, Industry Globalisation, Technology & Systems, Revenue Volatility, Regulation & Policy and Industry Assistance.
The WARC marketing and advertising database has had a facelift. It’s the biggest site update for over six years and has been designed to help users navigate to the information need more quickly.
The following changes have been made:
- A new navigation bar at the top, taking users to the best WARC content quickly;
- A better, less cluttered search experience;
- A reworked home page, with signposts to key areas of WARC;
- A fully responsive site, making it easier to use WARC on the go;
- Plus a new colour palette, new branding and a fresh look and feel across the site.
These cosmetic changes are only the beginning – over the coming months the WARC team will be rolling out new features to make the site even more useful.
If you want a demonstration of the WARC database please contact a member of the Business Library Team.
The Library continues to build its collection of ebooks as we move away from print to provide the best possible access to learning resources. Below is a sampled list of some recently added ebooks in the business and management area. All ebooks may be accessed directly from the Library Catalogue using your university email and network password.
The Library’s main database for finding consumer data on market sectors in Northern Ireland is Mintel. You can download a range of data from spreadsheets and convert them into graphs for adding to your assignments, as well as creating impressive reports.
Below is a list of recently added Mintel market reports covering Ireland, North and South.
As well as Irish market intelligence, Mintel also contains reports on the UK Food & Drink sector and international travel and tourism reports.
If you need any help in using Mintel then please contact your campus business librarian.
For those of you who are writing a dissertation or doing a research project this summer, this short guide from Emerald Publishing explains the stages of a literature review in an easy to read format.
For more detailed guidance, we have lots of books online and in the library which can help. Search for them on the Catalogue using keywords such as ‘research’, ‘business’ and ‘dissertation’. Your subject librarians are also available all summer for advice – just email us at: