Kent Business School subject guide



Finding journal articles and business information

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Databases for KBS

Database Description
Business Source Ultimate from EBSCO (formerly Business Source Complete) The most important journal for Economics students within EBSCO Business Source Ultimate is the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL, also known as Econlit): EBSCO provides access to full text for JEL from 1969-2004; serves as an index only for JEL content from 2005 to the present.

EBSCO also retrieves results from other journals.
Croner-i Accounting information; includes: GAAP 2004; all UK accounting standards in full text, all UK auditing standards in full text
EconLit with Full Text Authoritative index and full text for key economics journals and books, provided by the American Economic Association
FDI Intelligence Database specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion. Register to get 5 free article views every month.
FDI Markets Comprehensive database of crossborder greenfield investments, covering all countries and sectors worldwide. Includes real-time monitoring of investment projects, capital investment and job creation.

Only 5 people can use this resource at once.
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) This indexes about 3,300 journals and 6,000 multi-author books per year. Coverage starts in 1951 and has a UK and European bias lacking in many US based sources. The core disciplines indexed are anthropology, economics, politics and sociology.
Informs PubsOnline Access to 16 key journals on operations research and management science
InfoTrac General Business File 1980 Analyses company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and directory listings with full text and images available. Over 1000 titles full-text.
Moody's Analytics Bank Focus (formerly Orbis) Database of banks worldwide. The information is sourced by Bureau van Dijk from a combination of annual reports, information providers and regulatory sources. Contains detailed information on 42,000 institutions with financials (30,000 US and 12,000 Non-US), including 5 years’ history for listed banks and 3 years’ for unlisted.
ProQuest Business Premium Collection Comprehensive collection of literature for business, economics, management, finance and related subjects. Includes thousands of full-text journals and papers. Covers from 1971 to the present.
Statista Pulls together statistics and data sets from many fields and sources, including statistics, forecasts, studies, dossiers and industry reports, infographics, or by topic, and makes them available as charts or tables

Useful general databases

Database Description
Scopus A multidisciplinary database indexing content from over 20,000 titles.
Periodicals Archive Online (from ProQuest)


Access to the full runs of over 700 journals across key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences; the archive spans more than two centuries of content and multiple languages.
Web of Science Despite its name, this indexes over 8,000 journals from all subjects published from 1970 onwards. It also gives citation data.
Google Scholar (Kent link) Academic version of Google. Search results are restricted to academic content, As well as content from journals, Google Scholar indexes reports, grey literature and working papers.
Zetoc Mainly a current awareness service from data provided by the British Library. It includes searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.

Personal current awareness services based on table of contents information from individually selected journal titles or selected keywords are also available from Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.

Business intelligence sources


  • Cross-National Times-Series Data Archive: comprehensive listing of country data facts ranging from 1815 to the present and covering over 200 countries, including data on economic, social and political indicators
  • full text of the Financial Times (FT) plus in depth information and reports issued by the FT. In addition there is a search service for other worldwide business information from a range of sources. The first time you use this, you'll need to create an account.
  • Nexis: large service containing the full text of business and industry related journals plus many newspapers from around the world. It contains three databases of titles (listed below). You need to select the the appropriate database before conducting a subject and/or title search. The default database is FT & Global Newswire (FTGN). (Alternative access via Federation.)
    • FT & Global Newswire (FTGN): a mix of business/industry related titles plus many UK and world-wide newspapers. Some titles only have selected articles. Some articles only available as abstracts.
    • IAC/Gale Group Sources (IAC/GGS): mainly business/industry related publications
    • IAC(SM) Newsletter Database (IAC/SM): mainly business/industry related publications

Company information:

  • FAME: company reports and information service
  • Morningstar Company Intelligence (formerly Hemscott Company Guru Academic): financial data for the worlds to 300,000 companies. Includes detailed data on all directors of UK listed companies. Kive Regulatory and AFX News Feeds. Share Prices, Trades and Charts
  • Osiris: database of information on listed, and major unlisted/delisted, companies around the world. The information is very detailed and includes a lot more than financial reports.

Market information

  • Euromonitor Passport (formerly GMID): business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers. An integrated online information system covering over 350 markets and 207 countries
  • IBISWorld: features Industry Research Reports that provide an instant understanding of hundreds of UK industries, plus increasing numbers of global Industry Reports covering world industry analysis. Includes Brexit impact statements by industry sector.
  • MarketLine Advantage: accurate, up-to-date reports of company, industry, financial and country data for every major marketplace in the world. To sign in, click Shibboleth, choose 'Marketing Advantage' from the drop-down list, and click University of Kent.
  • Mintel: Consumer market studies and primary and secondary data analysis (primarily for European and US countries) for topics including food, drink, clothing, beauty, retail, and travel

Other information sources

These are some additional sources, see the Economics subject guide for more specialised suggestions regarding statistical and data sources.

  • Business & Management Collection (Henry Stewart Talks): seminar style audiovisual talks presented by world leading scientists to keep researchers up to date. Click Browse Series for an alphabetical list of topics covered
  • Emerald Insight: collection of over 200 titles from MCB University Press. We have full text access to all titles. Most of our journals can be accessed direct from the publisher (e.g. Elsevier, Oxford, Springer, etc.) site - see All e-journal collections. However, it is recommended that in most cases, you commence your literature search with one of the databases suggested above: that way you will be able see relevant articles spanning all the journals and publishers
  • Henry Stewart Business and Management Journals Collection: includes ca 5,000 case studies and articles from 20 journals in marketing, management, business and finance.
  • OECD iLibrary: OECD's Online Library for books, papers and statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data; does not include access to the IEA statistical series
  • World Competitiveness Yearbook Online: comprehensive database on the competitiveness of nations; world competitiveness is a field of economic theory, which analyses the policies and factors that contribute towards the successful and sustainable prosperity of nations and enterprises
  • XpertHR: collection of Human Resources related resources. Mainly a full text resource for Human Resources workers with a few journals included in the collection. To access click Log in (top right), click Shibboleth and choose 'University of Kent' from the drop-down list



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Last Updated: 03/07/2019