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Help Guides

Library skills for new DCU Business students (DCU login needed). Everything new business students need to know about finding and using information for your DCU course work. The tutorial consists of four sections:

  1. Begin: about the different information sources available from Library: academic journals, market research reports, e-books etc. 
  2. Find:  how to search for books, journals articles etc. 
  3. Evaluate: critically evaluating your information sources
  4. Cite: avoiding plagiarism by citing and referencing correctly

Other Help Guides



Academic journals: three options for searching

1. Search nearly all academic journals using Google Scholar
Google Scholar is the best option search for searching for and finding full-text articles from practically all academic publishers. It links to content licensed to DCU Library and freely available versions of articles. Tips for finding full-text articles with Google Scholar.

2. Search top ranking journals only
If you find that Google Scholar is giving you too much information, I recommend using one of our citation databases:
-Web of Science or

I generally recommend Scopus for business students as it has wider coverage of social science journals. These databases cover all academic disciplines, but only tracks the top ranking journals in each field. So, for example, instead of searching hundreds of human resources journals in Google Scholar, you might be better off searching a much smaller selection of the most prestigious ones in Scopus. 

3. Search subject specific databases
There aren't many abstracting databases for business subjects, but I recommend that you use them if there is one in your field. They are designed, indexed and managed in line with the needs of the subject area and will give you more relevant and focussed search results than Google Scholar or Scopus. 
-EconLit with Full Text: covers abstracts for over 400 economic journals, books, book reviews, collective volume articles, working papers and dissertations in the fields of economics, including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics and more.
-PsycArticles: full-text psychology journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organisations.



Searching business news, magazines and trade publications

Business Source Complete: full-text access to nearly 1,700 peer-reviewed journals covering accounting, economics, finance, international business and management. Also includes full-text books, company profiles, country economic reports, market research reports, trade journals and business magazines. Tutorials: Basic Searching | Advanced Search  | Create Journal Alerts | Create Search Alerts.

Nexis UK: the Lexis-Nexis platform for news and business, containing full text access to thousands of newspapers and company, financial and market research data. Tutorials.

Business Abstracts with Full Text (H.W. Wilson): full-text access to 510 business magazines and scholarly journals dating back to 1995.


Reference e-books

Online reference books are a great way to start your assignments. Use them to get short, precise introductions to ideas and expert recommendations for what sources to read next.



Economics and Finance

Datastream Advance: a financial and economic database covering financial instruments and indicators for over 140 countries and 60 markets. Available only on selected PCs in DCU - see Datastream Guide for DCU Users for details. 


Working papers

NBER Working Papers: full-text working papers produced by researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research

SSRN (Social Science Research Network): abstracts of around 150,000 scholarly working papers and free full text access to over 110,000 of these. Specialised network subsets for accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management and marketing.


Company Information

Help Guide: Finding company Information

Business Source Complete: hosts industry profiles, SWOT analyses and market research reports. 

Fame (new interface)
Fame holds company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management for the largest 2.6 million UK and Irish companies, summary information for a further 1 million smaller businesses. Fame is best viewed using Internet Explorer: some advanced features may not work with other browsers. Online Help.
The old Fame interface is still available.

Creating your personal Fame accountyou can now create a Fame account to save your searches, to create alerts and to customise lists, reports etc. To register, make a note of the login details for Fame on this page, then go to this page, enter the login details to register. To login to your accountclick hereFor help with your accountclick here.

Nexis UK provides company and director profiles, market and M&A reports and more from a wide range of sources. 

Irish Times Top 1000: profiles, contact details and summary of financials for Ireland's top companies by turnover. Info on the list's methodology.


Country Reports

Business Source Complete: hosts country reports from IHS Global Insight, Countrywatch, Marketline and Datamonitor

CIA World Factbook: information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU): Country Reports: country reports from Ireland, UK, Germany, France, Spain and Japan from 1996/1997 to present. 

Nexis UK provides reports, profiles, analysis and news classified by country or region:

  • Reports and profiles: general economic, financial and political reports on 90+ countries from Walden Country Reports, and economic and financial profiles from 70+ financial bodies from the Quest Economics Database. To search for country reports, use the Countries tab, select your country and source type, and enter your search terms. 
  • Business analysis and general news: search geographically-grouped publications. To do this, go to Browse Sources tab, select your country and click on 'Country & Regional Reports'. Select your preferred sources, click on 'OK-Continue' and enter your search terms.


OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. If there is any content you can't access on, you may get it via:

  • OECD iLibrary: full archival access to all OECD publications up to February 2015, when our subscription ended. 
  • Business Source Complete: archives of OECD Economic Surveys and OECD Economic Outlooks (6 month embargo)



Market Research

Help Guide: Finding published market research

Business Source Complete includes access to selected content from Datamonitor and MarketWatch and other sources.

  • To access company reports, click on More > Company Profiles the top of the home page. 
  • To access market, industry and country reports, run your search and use the Source Types filter option on the left of the search results screen to filter your search by publication type.


Passport (Euromonitor International) is a market research database providing extensive access to: reports on global markets, countries, industies, companies and lifestyles; statistics on countries, markets and lifestyles; company and country profiles; company market share and brand share rankings. Citing and referencing: see special instructions for Passport in our Citing and Referencing Guide under Source Types > Company Information and Financial Data.

Nexis UK will give you access to a number of market research sources, including ICC Keynote, and Worldwide Market Share. Go to Browse Sources, select Industries & Markets and then Market Research Reports, choose your sources, click on OK-Continue and then enter your search terms.


Marketing and Advertising

Warc: a marketing, advertising and media communications website which includes: case studies from major markets including North America, the UK, mainland Europe and Australia, India and China; articles, briefings and best practice guides that combine historical and future trends and practical tips on marketing strategy and implementation; market intelligence, including advertising spend forecasts, profiles of major brand owners and in-depth conference reports.


Accounting & Taxation

eIFRS - International Financial Reporting Standards International Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards and related materials as published by the IASCF.

TaxFind is a database of the Irish Taxation Institute providing access to tax publications, legislation, case law, articles and documentation. Access is provided for DCU users by KPMG. Username and password needed


Human resources

XpertHR: human resources intelligence from periodicals, news, employment law cases, case studies, analysis and surveys. Hosts archive of content from 'Employment Law Bulletin', 'Employment Review', 'European Employment Review' and 'Pay & Benefits Bulletin'. Content from IRS and LexisNexis Butterworths. Access: username/password required.


Case studies

You'll find access to a limited collection of case studies in Business Source Complete :
business source complete case studies


You can also get freely available case studies from LearningEdge (from MIT) or