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Information Resources for Business, Economics and Transport

This page will help you find academic information beyond the books and eBooks which can be located through LibrarySearch. Cardiff University subscribes to a wealth of resources to help you find information for your research as well as providing access to academic journals and other publications.  Resources which are of particular use in the subject areas of Business, Economics and Transport are outlined below. A web page highlighting print resources is also available. 

All the databases below can be accessed by logging into Cardiff Portal and then clicking on Library and then Databases (A - Z and Metalib) to access the full list of databases.


Find academic publications such as journal articles and conference papers


ArticleSearch from LibrarySearch is an easy way to find some online journal articles and other high quality sources on a topic. It's important to sign in to get full access. ArticleSearch doesn't cover all of the online journals in the library collection but it is a quick and easy starting point and all results will be available in full-text. To use ArticleSearch, go to LibrarySearch and select the ArticleSearch tab. Leave QuickSearch as the setting in the menu on the right-hand side.

For a more comprehensive search, use the journal databases listed below. Databases such as EBSCO Business Source Premier, ABI Inform and Web of Science identify articles across a huge range of journal titles. Sometimes databases offer direct access to the full text if Cardiff University subscribes to the journal.  If full-text access isn't offered through the database you are using, click the Check for full text button if the database has one, or use LibrarySearch to search for the title of the journal in which the article is published to see the date ranges for which we have access in print, online or both.

Literature databases for business

Literature databases will provide a wide range of quality information, and our databases cover all business subjects. Search these with keywords to find focussed and up-to-date information for your topic. The main business databases are listed below:


Database Content
ABI Inform / Proquest Contains abstracts and full-text from over 3,040 business, management and trade journals.
EBSCO Business Source Premier Features the full text of over 3,600 publications including scholarly journals, trade publications and popular business magazines.
EconLit Contains bibliographic citations, with selected abstracts, to international literature in economics and related fields from 1969 onwards.
Emerald Provides access to electronic journals published by Emerald. Subjects covered include management, HRM and marketing.


General literature databases

The databases below do not focus specifically on business, but can still be very useful. They will allow you to survey a wider range of subjects than the business literature databases as they are multi-disciplinary.


Scopus Multi-disciplinary content including publications from the social science, scientific, medical and technical disciplines.
Web of Science (via Web of Knowledge databases) This service provides access to the Web of Science databases: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index & Science Citation Index. Web of Science is found within the Web of Knowledge set of databases.


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Find economic and financial data

Bankscope Provides detailed financial information, ratings, ownership information and news articles for over 10,000 banks worldwide. Up to 16 years of information is included for each bank.
Datastream (available only in Aberconway Library)Provides a wide range of statistical information on companies, financial markets and economics. Most of the data can be downloaded into Excel-compatible format. It is only available in Aberconway Library in the DataStream room on the upper floor of the library - sessions can be booked at the enquiry desk.
Fame (Financial Analysis Made Easy) Provides financial information about UK public and private companies. Searches can be made by company name or by criteria such as location, turnover size and number of employees. Company information includes trade description, directors' names, subsidiaries and company accounts.
Osiris A comprehensive database of listed companies, banks and insurance companies from around the world.
Thomson One Banker (compatible with Internet Explorer only)Provides access to global financial data including company accounts, scanned filings and annual reports, shareholder data, mergers and acquisitions, equities, bonds, syndicated loans and earnings estimates.
WRDS (Wharton Research Data Service)This database includes a number of separate datasets including CRPS (US stocks), Compustat (US and Global stocks, director pay), Audit Analytics (audit data for US companies), Risk metrics (corporate governance for US companies) and Eventus (a tool for creating event studies). The focus is predominantly on US data with Compustat being the only module which contains any significant non-US data.
As a research database with restrictions on use (demanded by Wharton) this database can only be accessed by postgraduate students and staff. Registration is required using Cardiff email only. Once registration has been approved you will be notified by email how to complete registration and gain access to the datasets.


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Find market and industry reports

EBSCO Business Source Premier In addition to articles from scholarly and trade journals EBSCO also provides company profiles and DataMonitor market reports.
KeyNote Provides market reports from 27 industries in the UK.
Mintel Marketing Intelligence Mintel provides access to the full text of a wide range of consumer-related UK market research reports.
Passport Provides key business intelligence on countries, markets and companies worldwide. More than 330 consumer products in 52 countries are researched to produce value market sizes and forecasts.


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Find shipping information

Shipping Intelligence Network (available on-campus only)Shipping Intelligence Network contains the full range of information collected by Clarkson Research, including downloadable versions of its periodicals, extensive lists and analyses of the fleet and orderbook and thousands of time series and graphs of key commercial shipping information.


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Find newspaper articles

Nexis UK This is a comprehensive newspaper database, updated daily, providing full text access to all UK national newspapers, plus regional newspapers, international news providers and a number of trade journals and magazines. Most titles have a twenty year archive.


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Get help

There are many ways you can contact us if you have any questions using library resources or problems with finding information. We are happy to help and can assist with finding all sorts of information, from economics data to mergers and acquisitions data.

Visit us: There are three Subject Librarians - Alice Percival, Susan Smith and Steve Ratcliffe and our office is on the first floor of the library. We operate an open-door policy and people are welcome to visit us any time. However if you are making a special trip we recommend making an appointment in advance, either via email or by phoning us on 029 2087 6010 to check we are available.

Email: The general library email address is

Telephone: If you have a general library enquiry e.g. you wish to renew your books, please call the enquiry desk on 029 2087 4770. If you have a specific enquiry about finding information or citing and referencing you can phone the Subject Librarians' office on 029 2087 6010.

Online chat: You can use our online chat service 'Ask a Librarian Live' to ask any queries - this can be accessed through the library home page and is also available from other web pages such as via LibrarySearch.

Twitter and Blog: You can follow us at @acyliby to get updates on library news. The Aberconway Library blog features citing and referencing advice, guidance on finding information, and library news.