Resource of the Week: Business Source Premier

Owned by EBSCO, Business Source Premier is an academic research database dedicated to business information. The database provides full text for around 2,300 journals, including 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, as well as company and industry reports.

Searching the database is straight forward, with basic and advanced search options available. For both searches you can also open ‘Search Options’ to get a range of tools to limit your search results – such as to searching only for peer-reviewed publications, full text and/or to search only specific types of publications, including journals, trade publications, industry reports and more.

As with most databases, there is an option to create a free account and save your search history. You can then create alerts so that you’re emailed periodically about new publications that have been added that match your search criteria. You can save or export individual results directly to EndNote, or add them to your folder to save them all at once.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List.

Did you know: Business Source Premier also has a thesaurus to help you expand your vocabulary and extend your search strategies.

Guides and More Information

For specific guidance on how to use and get the most from searching Business Source Premier, see their Help pages. There are also some video tutorials on the EBSCO support website. Please note that although some features may appear differently, the videos are still accurate enough to be helpful.

Basic Searching Tutorial

Advanced Searching Tutorial

If you need any help using Business Source Premier, you can also ask your Librarians for help.

Want more?

Emerald is an academic database which provides access to 217 business and management journals. It is searched by Discovery, and you can access it through the A-Z Database List.

For more help and resources to search for business information, check our Subject Guides.


Resource of the Week: Oxford Dictionaries Online

Through Oxford Dictionaries Online you can access Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German and Spanish dictionaries electronically from anywhere. It’s very straightforward and simple to use, and the dictionaries have a built in thesaurus. This means you can search the dictionaries for words in English or your chosen language to find synonyms as well as direct translations. For example, searching for ‘green’ will bring you results for colour, young/unripe and environmentally friendly.

Each dictionary also has sections on grammar, writing and improving your skills in the language for extra help and support while learning.

Did you know: The Oxford Dictionaries Blog ‘Oxford Words’ publishes useful articles on a range of language topics, including help with improving your English.

Access the resource through the A-Z Database list

Guides and More Information:

If you would like any help using Oxford Dictionaries Online, you can contact your Library.

Want More?

Oxford Dictionaries also provide access to an online English dictionary and thesaurus, which can be useful for improving your skills with English and when building your search strategies.


Resource of the Week: Nexis

Through Nexis you can access newspapers and trade press from the UK and across the world – including full-text access to The Financial Times (for articles older than 30 days).. As well as news sources in 26 languages, you can access:
  • Company and industry information from Extel Cards, Hoover’s profiles, ICC Financial Analysis Reports and Worldscope.
  • Company Dossier
  • Economic and political profiles for countries.
  • Biographical information including Debrett’s People of Today and Who’s Wh company and industry information, Company Dossier and economic and political profiles for countries

This makes Nexis an excellent resource for researching news and companies ahead of job applications and interviews as well as for academic research.

Did you know: Search results can be saved to  Documents folder to make it easier to manage and download useful information.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page. You can search specific titles available through Nexis by finding them through our Journals A-Z List.

Guides and More Information

Guides on Searching Nexis and Searching Nexis (Specific Titles) are available from the Information Services website

For help searching Nexis, you can also view their Help pages

Want More?

We have a range of other databases that can be used for researching companies and identifying key companies in a particular sector. These include:

  • Bankscope
  • Boardex
  • Osiris

For more information on these resources, see the Company Data and Financial Datavases Subject Guide.

Resource of the Week: ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is a multidisciplinary database of  journals and some e-Books published by Elsevier. Despite it’s name, you will be able to access a wide range of peer-reviewed, academic publications on science and non-science subjects – including Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences,  Health Sciences and the Social Sciences and Humanities.

It is one of the many databases searched by Discovery. We always recommend Discovery as the best place to start your research, but for a comprehensive list of search results its always best to follow this up by going to the individual databases.

Another benefit of using the database directly you can create a free account which lets you save your searches. You can also create email alerts which can periodically let you know if any new publications matching your search terms have been added.

Whilst we provide access to a large range of content on ScienceDirect, we don’t provide access to everything on the site. Look for the green or orange grid symbols next to the search results to show you what you can access. If you find something you need but can’t access, you might be able to request it through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Did you know:  You can search just for images to include in your presentations and assignments by using the Advanced Search feature. Make sure you still remember to cite and reference them correctly.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page.

Guides and More Information 

The ScienceDirect Help pages give lots of information on how to use the site effectively.

There are also a range of videos on the official ScienceDirect YouTube channel.

For more help using ScienceDirect or any of our other databases, you can contact your Library.

Want More?

For a full list of the other databases searched by Discovery, go to the guide on our ‘Finding Resources‘ page. Each database has similar functionality, but cover a different range of publications. They include databases by publishers such as

  • Wiley
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Springer

All the databases can be accessed through our Database A-Z List

Our Literature Searching Power Hours can help you identify the best databases to use and how to use them. Visit our website to book, or look at the materials under the ‘My Organisations’ section on Vision.

RefMe to start charging – switch to EndNote for free instead

If you use RefMe, you might have seen that it has recently been acquired by another company, and will become part of their product Cite This For Me from 28 February 2017. After this date, creating an account and saving projects will become paid features.

If you already have a free account with RefMe, you will need to upgrade your account from 1 June 2017.

For more information, please see the RefMe website

If you are currently using RefMe, you can easily export your references to EndNote.

Information Services have always recommended that you use EndNote Online, a tool similar to RefMe that has a range of extra features. As well as storing references, you can use the Cite While You Write plug-in for Microsoft Word to insert citations and references directly into your work.

As a Heriot-Watt student or staff member, EndNote Online is free for you to access. Your account will be active with all the features for one year after you graduate, before reverting to a basic account.*

For training and guidance with EndNote, we have guides on the IS website and also run regular Power Hours. The materials from the Power Hours are available on Vision under the ‘My Organisations’ section. You can also contact your library for help.

To export your references from RefMe into EndNote, you need to follow these steps:

In RefMe:

  1. Display the project you want to be moved to EndNote and select ‘Export’
  2. Select the ‘EndNote’ option. The file should be downloaded to your ‘Downloads’ folder automatically

In EndNote Online

  1. Go to ‘Collect’ – ‘Import References’
  2. Click ‘Choose File’ and locate the file you just downloaded from RefMe. Click ‘Open’
  3. Under ‘Import Option’ select ‘RefMan RIS’
  4. Choose whether you want to save to a group or ‘unfiled’ and click ‘Import’

All your references from your RefMe project should now be in your EndNote Online Library.

*One year after you last log in through the Information Services web pages, your account will change from a Premium to a Basic account. For more information on the differences between the accounts, see here.

Resource of the Week: Subject Guides

Information Services have put together a range of guides to help you find the most useful information for your course. The guides include information on:

  • Subject specific resources – including books, journals, databases and websites you will find useful
  • Study skills
  • Citing and Referencing
  • Useful contact informationsubject-guides











Access the Guides through the IS Guides page on the Information Services website.

Guides and More Information 

Distance learning and UK campus based students can contact your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian at For Malaysia and Dubai, visit the Contact Us page on the Information Services website.

Want More?

We also have a range of other useful guides available from the IS Guides page on our website, including help with EndNote and other software on our Software Guides and Tutorials page.


Resource of the Week: Cite Them Right

Cite them right online is a useful guide for citing and referencing.. There are instructions on how to construct citations and lots of examples of a range of sources to help you format your reference lists.

There is a toolbar at the top of the screen for you to browse, or you can search for what you need using the search box.

Remember to always check with your school if they have a preferred referencing style. If not, we suggest using the Harvard style set out in the guide.

Did you know: The ‘Harvard HWU Cite Them Right’ style in EndNote is based on the instructions and examples given by this guide. If you’ve not been told to use another style, we recommend you use this one.

Access the site through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page.

Guides and More Information 

There are a couple of videos about Cite Them Right on the Palgrave Macmillan YouTube Channel

The guide is based on the book ‘Cite them right‘, which is available from the Library (Edinburgh campus also has copies of the 10th edition, published in 2016).

Each campus runs Power Hours on citing and referencing – for more information, go to the Information Services website. All the materials from these sessions are also available under the My Organisations section of Vision.

You can also always ask a Librarian at

Want More?

EndNote is a bibliographic management software that makes citing and referencing simple. You can use it to store references and insert citations and bibliographies straight into Microsoft Word. We run Power Hours on EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online, and have guides on the IS Guides page of the website. You can also contact your Liaison Librarian at for help and training on how to use it.

Resource of the Week: Web of Science and Scopus

Web of Science and Scopus are two bibliographic databases that index abstracts and citations from a range of academic publications. They’re excellent for helping you to find the most up to date and relevant publications and articles in your research area. They both cover slightly different content, though they have very similar features. With both you can:

  • Create your own free acount to save your searches and create alerts when new material is added
  • Easily track which papers have cited each other
  • Save references to your bibliographic management software, such as EndNote

Researchers can also use them to track who is citing their publications and to calculate their H-Index.

Did you know: Web of Science and EndNote are owned by the same company. This means that your EndNote Online and Web of Science account are the same. You can save references straight to EndNote Online, and anything you’ve saved to your EndNote Online account already will be highlighted in your Web of Science search results.

Access these resources through the Database A-Z List or through the Discovery home page.

Guides and More Information

For Web of Science, go to the Clarivate Analytics website

For Scopus, go to the Elsevier website

You can also contact your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian at if you have any questions.

Want more?

For more help with using alerts and calculating H-Indexes, we run Power Hours on ‘Keeping up to date’ and ‘Measuring Impact’. Notes from the workshops are available under the ‘My Organisations’ section of Vision.


Blackwell’s Offer One Week Free Access to the ‘SPSS Survival Manual’

Are you a student looking for a little extra help with SPSS?

Blackwell’s Edinburgh are giving away one week’s access to a free digital copy of Julie Pallant’s SPSS Survival Manual this week.

To receive a unique code for this book, please go into the Edinburgh store or e-mail

Please note that Blackwell’s have a limited numbers of codes and will give to students on a first come, first served basis. 

They are offering a week’s free access to the book from the time the code for the book is redeemed, and after that they are offering a heavily discounted purchase.  

This e-book offer is part of Academic Book Week, and a few more titles may be offered over the next month or so. 

Resource of the Week: UNdata

UNdata provides access to a range of statistical data provided by the United Nations. It’s free to use, you just need to make sure you cite it as your source.

You can find official statistics produced by countries and compiled by the United Nations data system, as well as estimates and projections. It covers themes such as agriculture, crime, education, energy, industry, labour, national accounts, population and tourism. You can also find other useful features, such as Country Profiles.

Did you know: You can search all the databases listed in UNdata with the basic search, or use the Advanced Search option to narrow down your choice of databases and countries. There is also a Glossary to help you.

Access the resource through the A-Z Database list or at

Guides and More Information

For detailed guidance on using UN Data, visit their FAQ guide.

For tips on using the data, see this blog post.

Want more?

If you’re looking for more data and statistics, Zanran provide a useful search engine.

Most governments provide statistical data free of charge online. For more examples, see the Statistics tab of the Business Management Subject Guide.


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