Business & Economics Databases Demonstration this Thursday Morning

bureau van dijk

Victoria Adams of the company information specialists and database providers Bureau Van Dijk will be visiting the Library this Thursday morning (26th June) to give a demonstration of two of our most popular economics databases, Bankscope and Zephyr.

Bankscope provides details on 11,000 World Banks including up to 8 years of detailed financial information on the top 6,500 European banks, the top 1,400 North American banks, all the 200 Japanese commercial and sogo banks, more than 2,900 other major banks, and the leading 38 supranational banking and financial organisations.

Zephyr is an information solution containing M&A, IPO and venture capital deals with links to detailed financial company information. ZEPHYR now contains information on over half a million transactions (August 2007). Up to 100,000 new deals are added per year. The database is also expanding to cover more historical American and Asian transactions. Zephyr has five years of global coverage and includes deals involving European or American companies going back to 1997.

This session should prove to be of immense interest and value to Business and Economics staff and students. It takes place in Library Seminar Room 1 at 10am. No booking is necessary – just turn up.

Learn Online for Free this April with a Massive Open Online Course


Loughborough University is offering two courses as part of FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Both courses are free and can be taken by anyone from around the world.

‘Innovation and enterprise‘ will give you the opportuntity to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality. The course is led by our internationally renowned School of Business and Enterprise and runs for six weeks, starting on 14 April 2014.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism‘ will teach aspiring engineers and scientists to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. The three-week course is run by our award-winning Mathematics Education Centre and begins on 28 April 2014.

For further information, visit this link:

Databases on Trial this Month

Pilkington library after refurbishment

We have three databases on trial this month that may interest English, History and Social Sciences staff and students alike.

Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale’s premier literary databases in a new digital environment that allows researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. No other publisher offers this unmatched combination of uniquely rich literary content, dependable metadata, and intuitive subject indexing – all enriched by features and design that breathes new life into the study of literature.

To begin searching please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference. The Institute’s analysis and research, as well as debates and speeches it has hosted, can be found in this online archive, subject-indexed and fully searchable.

To begin searching please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The Financial Times Historical Archive delivers the complete searchable run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every item ever printed in the paper, from 1888-2010, can be searched and browsed article by article and page by page. The archive is an essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the public affairs and financial history of the last 120 years.

To begin searching please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

All three trials end on 5th April. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on these trials, so please contact Steve Corn with your comments.

Open Access to the World Bank

The World Bank has recently announced that it will be starting a new Open Access policy this summer, starting with the launch of an Open Knowledge Repository.

From July 1st, anybody will be able to access the World Bank’s publications and research online through the repository, which will provide a new home for all of the World Bank’s research outputs and knowledge products. The repository currently contains works from 2009-2012, including more than 2,100 books and papers – including the seminal World Development Report – covering a wide range of topics across all the regions of the world, and is likely to provide a wealth of data for economics and business students.

The repository will be updated regularly with new publications and research products, as well as with content published prior to 2009.

You can also supplement your knowledge through such databases as Bankscope and Business Source Complete, available through Library Catalogue Plus.

To access the Repository, visit the World Bank site here;

Longitudinal Studies: Lessons for Research and Policy

The British Library is hosting a workshop on Tuesday 10th May on the subject of  Longitudinal studies: Lessons for Research and Policy.

The day will focus on longitudinal data sources. This event is organised in conjunction with the UK Data Archive and Longview, and will give you an opportunity to hear talks about major studies, research projects, and their application to policy.

 This event will give you an overview of the issues involved in analysing and using data from large-scale studies which track populations over time. The day will focus on how findings from longitudinal studies can contribute to policy development, with contributions from research and policy perspectives. The event will include talks about longitudinal studies from England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

To find out more about the course and make a booking online, visit the ESDS site here.

New collection on Japan now available!

Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion in Kyoto Japan by mharrsch taken from Flickr and used under cc licence

The Library is delighted to make available a new collection of books on Japan and the Japanese. Nearly ninety books have been very kindly donated by the Nippon Foundation, Tokyo, as part of its Book Donation Scheme: 100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan.

The Nippon Foundation is keen to support study and research but also hopes to encourage understanding  between Japan and the UK. This is particularly timely in view of the University’s forthcoming role as host to the Japanese Olympic team in 2012 when interest in the Japanese nation and its culture is likely to increase significantly. The University also runs a number of modules relating directly to the study of Japan from a historical, political, business and cultural perspective and these books offer a valuable enhancement of our current holdings of Japan-related texts.

The collection includes books from all of the following fields: Politics, Government, International Relations, Economics, Business, Society, Culture, Literature, the Arts and History.

Simply type in “Nippon Foundation” into the Library Catalogue to view the full list of books in this exciting new  collection.

Database in Focus: FAME

The Library will be hosting its first Database in Focus for the Semester on Thursday 28th October in Training Room 1 from 10AM to 11.30AM. The database under the microscope on this occasion will be FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy).

FAME provides financial details for over 3.4 million companies in the UK and Republic of Ireland. FAME includes company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management data for the largest 2.4 million UK and Irish companies with summary information for a further 950,000 smaller businesses.

This session will outline how to:

– Access the database.

– Search the database effectively.

– Save bibliographic references.

– Keep up-to-date.

You are also given the opportunity to search the database yourself.

To book yourself on this course:

Staff – either book through Staff Development’s booking system or turn up on the day.

Students – No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Festival of British Archaeology

Saturday 17th July to Sunday 1st August, 2010

‘Events held during this special fortnight present an excellent opportunity for organisations and societies involved with archaeology and heritage to engage with their local communities and help everyone to engage with archaeology and the historic environment around them.

2010’s event promises to be the biggest UK-wide celebration of archaeology yet and the Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary’. Council for British Archaeology]

Click here to learn more about the Festival of British Archaeology

Festival blog 

What’s on near you

You may also be interested in the archaeology journals available online from Loughborough University Library, such as Antiquity, European journal of archaeology and Journal of maritime archaeology, using your Athens username and password. 

A full list of titles for e-journals on archaeology and history are available via MetaLib and the online catalogue.  

Landmap 'spatial discovery'


Landmap is now available at Loughborough University for you to use.

‘ The Landmap Service provides UK academia with a high quality spatial data download service which is enhanced and supported by a range of learning materials.’

Landmap offers a number of datasets – the ‘Optical Collection’, ‘Radar Collection’, ‘Elevation Collection’, and ‘Feature Collection ‘[Building Heights and Building Class data].

Landmap contains publications of project papers, web articles and presentations.  Landmap also has  online courses and demonstrations for lecturers,  students and researchers on such subjects as image processing, elevation data courses,  courses on how to use mapping software to help, and much more.

Landmap can be accessed via MetaLib.

You can search for Landmap using MetaLib’s ‘Find Database’ option, or via the Geography section of MetaLib.

You will need to register the first time you access the Landmap service.  Once you have registered you will be sent an confirmation email containing a URL which you must click to confirm your registration.

Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series Videos

You may already be familiar with Business Source Complete.

Business Source Complete is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing the ultimate collection of bibliographic and full text content.

It now includes a business video collection from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.  

There are 55 videos available for you to watch online, covering  a whole raft of topics such as business ethics, innovation management, portfolio management and much more.

Most of the lectures also provide a transcript in PDF format.

To access the videos, click on the link to MetaLib and type in Business Source Complete, in the ‘Find Database’ search field. 

Business Source Complete is hosted  through EBSCO. Click on the ‘More’ button in the top tool bar [next to Author Profiles] .  Click on Business Images/Videos from the drop-down menu.  You can now search  and see if there is a video avialble from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series on the topic of your choice..