Information Services


Useful resources for finding academic literature for Business.


Business Source Complete is a key resource

Business Source Complete

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: The world’s largest full text business database, Business Source Complete provides full text for nearly 3,300 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1000 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals. Updated daily.
Coverage: 1922-present.


Capital IQ (S&P)

Access information:

Access on and off campus

Self-registration required. To register, click on "New User?",  enter your University email address and follow the instructions to complete registration. 

Registration and access to this resource require users to be on the University network.


Capital IQ is widely used in industry and combines deep global company information, credit ratings and research and market research with tools for risk assessments. It provides access to both real-time and historical information and:

• Global Company Data: financials, fixed income, estimates and ownership

• Qualitative Data: key developments, transactions, profiles, people, relationships, private equity

• Macroeconomic and commodity data


Datastream Advance

Access Information:

Access to Datastream is available from Refinitiv Eikon.  Eikon is limited to selected computers in the Business School.  An alternative source of company and financial data is Capital IQ (S&P).     To request access to Datastream, email the Business School Library (


Datastream provides key data sets from both developed and emerging markets - equities, market indices, company accounts, macroeconomics, bonds, foreign exchange, interest rates, commodities and derivatives.

Coverage: 1965 - present (varies).


Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Business sub-section of the full-text database of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from more than 500 North American and worldwide institutions.
Coverage: From 1861 to date.



Access Information: Access on and off campus. Access via username and password - please see Electronic resources: usernames page for details.
Description: Ecoinvent - an association supported by the Swiss Federal Offices is the world’s leading supplier of consistent and transparent life cycle inventory (LCI) datasets. Ecoinvent database offers science-based, industrial, international life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle management (LCM) data and services.
Note:  v3.3 includes a first part of the World Food LCA Database.



Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The database version of Journal of Economic Literature and Index of Economic Articles indexing international literature in the field of economics. Abstracts are included.
Coverage: From 1886 to date.


Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description: Full text of the weekly publication which covers international politics and business news and opinion.
Coverage: July 19 1997 to the present.

Economist Historical Archive: 1843 until 2015.

Additional Information: - The Publisher recommends using the Internet Explorer or Chrome browsers when using this resource.

The Library's subscription to the Economist does not include the option to use the Economist app.



Emerald is a key resource

Emerald Insight

Access information: Access on and off-campus.

Access to over 120 journals. The journals cover general management, human resource management, information management, library & information services, marketing, operations, production & economics, property, quality, training and education and engineering & material science.




Access on and off campus. 

Click on "Client log in" in the top right corner of the homepage.

  • Over 9000 publications available in the database containing company (Financials, company news, M&A Deals/ Rumours, analytical tools), country (Forecasts, reports,..etc) and industry data (Global industry reports, news, competition and market info) .
  • Leading aggregator with top sources such as BMI, Global Data, Dun & Bradstreet, Allied Research, Buddecom, Grandview as well as data sourced locally in each emerging market.
  • Unlimited access remote and campus wide.
  • 3.5m company profiles and financials in hard to get locations.
  • Access to local content (research reports, news,.. etc) in emerging markets.
  • 540,000 research reports published every year.
Additional Notes: Please note user access is limited to 10 concurrent users at any one time.


Factiva is a key resource


Access information:

Access on and off campus. 

Cookies must be enabled on your browser.

Description: Provides business news and information together with Reuters Fundamentals and D&B company profiles. It contains more than 35,000 authoritative sources including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires. Also includes most world press including UK national and regional press and trade magazines. Content by freelance writers, some features and supplements may not be available.
Coverage: Click on the info icon next to each publication for coverage information and update schedules.  The oldest article is from 1944 (Le Monde).
Additional Information:

User Guide



FAME is a key resource


Access information: Access on and off-campus.  Choose University of Edinburgh from list then click Select button.

Detailed financial information of all UK and Irish companies updated monthly with up to 10 years of data.

FAME allows you to search by any combination of over 300 criteria including: geographic location, SIC code or activity description, number of employees, statement items, ratios, credit score/rating, legal form, year of incorporation, holding company/subsidiary.

Company comparisons can be achieved using the Peer Analysis option whilst the Statistical Analysis option allows you to produce market sector reports.

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Business and Management Collection.  The collection contains over 900 specially prepared, animated, online, audio-visual lectures and case studies by leading experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia. All lectures and case studies are suitable for inclusion in courses and as additional learning material including in blended learning and flipped classroom programmes, and may be included in Moodle, Blackboard and other Online Learning Environments.


D&B Hoovers

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D&B Hoovers provides access to extensive company and contact intelligence via Dun & Bradstreet’s database of more than 140 million business records from 30,000 sources in 190 countries.



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IBISWorld is an online industry intelligence solution.  Each of its industry reports provides the most detailed performance data and analysis on the market; supply chain information; forecasts; risk scores; operating strengths and weaknesses; analysis of external drivers; major player market strategies; and industry profit and costs benchmarks. Reports are updated 1-4 times per year depending on how fast moving the industry is ensuring the most up to date research possible.  In addition to coursework/assignments, these reports would be of use to students researching industries for placements, future careers (including start up research) and interview preparation.  A user guide can be downloaded here.

Coverage: Covering over 400 UK industries at SIC L5, over 700 US industries at NAICS L5 and over 400 UK Brexit Imact Statement reports.



IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Science) Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.

Produced by the British Library of Political and Economic Science, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) is an essential online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research focusing on the four core social science subjects of anthropology, economics, politics, and sociology. IBSS includes over 2.5 million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 book and chapter records are included each year. Abstracts are provided for around 80% of all current journal articles and users can link to the full text of articles in journals subscribed to by the University of Edinburgh.



Access Information: Freely available
Description: Access to RePEc's (Research Papers in Economics) collection of about 1.2 million on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software from 75 countries. Freely available full-text download for many.

Access information:

Access on and off campus - for off campus access please use the University VPN - Click here for Access to the University network via the VPN.


A comprehensive research tool for international trade and investment law.  It includes decisions and awards for investment-treaty claims cases, arbitration rules, and investment and trade treaties and agreements.  Through its research tools, including article, jurisprudence and publication citators, ISLG has mapped the world of investment treaty law by capturing the relationships between treaties, arbitral rules, cases and other key materials.


JSTOR is a key resource

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive. Each title is listed in DiscoverEd. About 4-5% of Artstor images migrated into Jstor are not accessible outside the United States.

The collections currently available are:

  • Arts & Sciences 1-15;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Health & General Sciences;
  • Ireland;
  • Lives of Literature;
  • Life Sciences;

The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.  Userguides to the various collections can be found at



Access information: Access on and off campus. If off campus, select Federated Log In and University of Edinburgh, you will be prompted for your University Login.

Mintel Reports provides market research reports on a range of UK consumer and industrial products and services.

Coverage: Reports on Beauty and Personal Care; Drink; Food; Leisure; Retail Overview; Technology    Report sections can be printed or downloaded, but it is not possible to print or download entire reports. 

Mintel Trends provides reports on shifts in consumer behaviour by industry, demographic, theme and region. 


Access information: Access on and off campus. If off campus, select Federated Log In and University of Edinburgh, you will be prompted for your University Login.
Description: Mintel Market Sizes containing global data on market size, market share and forecast data for thousands of consumer goods categories worldwide. 


Access information: On and off campus.
Description: Access to over 23,000 UK and international news and business sources, financial and market reports, biographical data and thousands of legal and regulatory services. Includes Company Dossier which delivers company information on 100 million international companies and executives.


Nikkei Telecom

Access information: 2 concurrent users.  Access on and off campus.
Description: Nikkei Telecom is an essential resource for various kinds of studies such as economics, politics, sociology and Japanese language. It gives access to a great number of Nikkei newspaper articles from 1975 to the present. Full newspaper images of Nihon Keizai Shimbun from the first issue in 1876 to issues published in 1974 are also available. The database also contains hundreds of daily news articles in English published by Nikkei Inc. and Dow Jones & Company Inc. An English Archive Search is available for Nikkei Asian Review and major Nikkei newspaper articles. In addition to news articles, Nikkei Telecom offers various aspects of business information related to Japanese economy, such as profile information of major Japanese companies, personnel information of executives, Nikkei's survey data, macroeconomic statistics, etc.
Coverage: 1876 to the present



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Description: Orbis is an umbrella product that incorporates data held on Fame, Amadeus, Zephyr. Orbis contains comprehensive information on companies worldwide, with an emphasis on private company information. Use it to research individual companies, search for companies by profile, analyse companies. Orbis contains information on both listed and unlisted companies.
Coverage: The University subscription for Orbis is limited to information for companies in the category 'Very large company' that have operating revenue >= $130 million US, total assets >= $260 million US, employees >= 1000



Osiris is a key resource


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Provides financial information on 55,000 listed and major unlisted/delisted companies worldwide (43,000 are non-US companies). The information includes: standardised and "as reported" financials (including restated reports), SEC filings, detailed earnings estimates including recommendations, ownership, stock data, news and ratings.


Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Complete text of scholarly books published by Oxford University Press in the subject areas below.
Coverage: Archaeology, Biology, Business & Management, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Clinical Medicine and Allied Health, Computer and Information Science, Earth Sciences and Geography, Economics and Finance, Education, Environmental Science, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Palliative Care, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion, Social Work and Sociology. We have access to over 17,600 e-books.


Passport (Euromonitor International) is a key resource

Passport (Euromonitor International)

Access information:

Note:  Access on and off campus.

Description: Provides online access to business intelligence on countries, consumers and industries. It offers integrated access to statistics, market reports, company profiles and information sources, with breadth and depth of international coverage. It is especially useful for studying entry into new country markets, the launch of new products and services targeted to new consumer market segments, benchmarking companies against competitors or investigating the growth potential of specific industry sectors. Complete reports can be generated.
  Previously known as Passport GMID.
Coverage: 205 countries are researched, with extended coverage of 52.
Note: First time users will be asked to register



Access information:

Access on and off campus.

All currently enrolled students, faculty, or staff members are now able to open an account with Pitchbook using their University UNN and this link.

Just input your University credentials in the following format: and hit login. You will be re-directed to a standard UoE login page, which will then take you through to PitchBook.

Please note users signing up will be asked to read and agree to Pitchbook’s terms and conditions. These include agreeing that you will not share your account details and will only use the site for academic, educational, and scholarly use.


Pitchbook is a financial database platform covering private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A activity. It provides insight on deals, investors, venture backed companies and general technology trends.

Access has been funded by the Data Driven Entrepreneurship Beacon Programme and delivered by Edinburgh Innovations.

Interested in commercialising your research or idea?

Please visit the websites of EI and the DDI and get in touch to see how we can help.
Coverage: 2021-2022

Pitchbook have a Help Centre available to all users of Pitchbook (authentication required), here you can find videos and tutorials to help with getting started on the platform as well as advanced navigations, our methodology and data information and popular articles.

You will also find additional videos on the Pitchbook Youtube channel: Online training materials
Note: PitchBook can be used as a research tool at the company/investor level and can also be used to identify wider market trends and statistics via use of the charting and pivot table functionality found in the advanced search result page. Please note however that PitchBook cannot be used for bulk downloads of raw data as individual student download limits do not allow this.


Project Syndicate

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Access on and off campus. 


Project Syndicate provides commentaries by distinguished economists and policymakers. Sections include Economics, Politics, Development, Sustainability, Culture, and Innovation. Includes archive of past articles, including in-depth thematic coverage via ‘Big Picture’


ProQuest Business Package is a key resource

Access information. Access on and off campus.
Description. Based on ABI/INFORM Complete, this database has speciality business subject resources for accounting / tax, public finance, investment/financial management, banking, compliance / governance, enterprise / innovation, economics and Asian business.


PsycINFO - Ovid interface

[PsycINFO via APA PsycNET]

Access information:

Access on and off-campus.


American Psychological Association produced with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 29 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1806 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network
Note [28th Aug20]: May move from Ovid to APA website


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Online collection of approximately 8000 papers drawn from around 600 books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management.
Coverage: All content published to end of 2018.



Access information:

Access on and off campus


TradeLawGuide provides comprehensive research tools that facilitate methodical research of international trade law, including WTO law and regional trade agreements (RTAs).

Its primary document collection consists of the WTO agreements and instruments, jurisprudence, dispute settlement procedural documents, negotiating history and the agreements and codes from the pre-WTO GATT regime. A suite of citators provides comprehensive substantive jurisprudence references to WTO, pre-WTO and Vienna Convention provisions as well as cross-references within the jurisprudence. Researchers can quickly pinpoint the most recent developments for a provision or research its complete jurisprudential and negotiating history. Additional resources, such as the Annotated Agreements, Treaty Interpretation, Terms & Phrases, Subject Navigator, and Dispute Settlement Body Minutes (for policy issues arising in jurisprudence) provide value-added content to facilitate dynamic and thorough research.

In addition, TradeLawGuide provides a fully searchable database of regional trade agreements (RTAs), providing researchers with ready access to the texts of bilateral and plurilateral agreements currently in force throughout the world. Researchers have one-click access to the full legal text of agreements as well as shortcuts to the key sections, such as the rules of origin, tariff elimination schedules, market access commitments, reservations (non-conforming measures), and side instruments. A comparison tool for selecting and reviewing the text in two or more agreements at the same time allows researchers to efficiently assess similarities and differences between RTAs.


Access information: Available on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with UK Data Service
Description: The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data. The UK Data Service provides access to over 7,000 digital data collections for research and teaching purposes covering an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, and spanning many disciplines and themes. Key data in our collection: UK surveys, Cross-national surveys, Longitudinal studies, Census data, International macrodata, Business microdata.
Coverage: 1971 - present

Additional information:

Please refer to the Research Data Service for more information on statistics and data.


WARC - World Advertising Research Center 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Services provide intelligence from more than 50 international sources including Admap, Advertising Association, IPA, Account Planning Group, Effie Worldwide, ESOMAR, Euromonitor and Futures Company/Yankelovic. In all areas of marketing communications the service has over 25,000 articles, case studies, research reports and summaries, best practice papers, practical guides, daily news and more.
Note: Userguide located at


Web of Science is a key resource

Web of Science Core Collection

Alternative login - Please do not use this link as it is currently generating an error message. This is being investigated. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please use the link above. 03/09/2021.

VPN service

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Not working? Try clearing your cookies. Or, use Alternative login (with the VPN service if off campus).


Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Cited reference searching, Impact Factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.


Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (both 1900 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards).

Also: Book Citation Indexes in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Change "Search in:" to use: BIOSIS Citation Index (1926 onwards), Data Citation Index (1990 onwards), KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards),  Russian Science Citation Index (2005 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (2002 onwards), Zoological Record (1864 onwards).

More Web of Science information (University of Edinburgh)


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports (JCR): 

Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)

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