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Finding sources

During your studies you will be required to find, read and use sources to support your work, both in class and in assignments. As a Warwick student you will have access to a huge amount of information and resources.

This section of the tutorial will guide you through the Library content and show you how to locate different types of information.

Find material on your reading list

Reading lists provide information about the required and recommended reading for your modules. Some of your reading lists may provide you with direct links to the full text.

However, it will be necessary for you to conduct your own searches for material, particularly when researching for assignments, as it is important to go beyond your reading list.

 FindUse Library Search

Library Search- This is the Library search tool or catalogue which can be used to find books and journals in both print and electronic format, as well as access to the Library’s databases.

You can use Library Search to:

  • search for items on your reading list
  • search for print and ebooks
  • search for journal articles
  • to check if the Library subscribes to a particular journal
  • or as a starting point for further reading or researching around a topic


Include the words “edited by” in your Library Search search to show results for edited books.

Print & E-books

The Library grants you access to thousands of e-books in addition to the huge number of print books. Use Library Search to look for both print and E-books. Simply enter the title and author of a book to return relevant results.

Once you have you results you can then refine your results to show ebooks only. On the left hand side of the results screen there is a ‘Refine by:’ panel. Select E-books from the Format menu.

You can also browse and search within the e-book platforms the Library has access to.

Academic Journal Articles

What is a journal article?

Articles within academic journals generally:
• Contain up to date academic research
• Tend to be more specialist and have a more specific focus than books
• Contain in-text citations and a reference list at the end of the article

Journals publish articles on a frequent basis (e.g. monthly, quarterly).

Locating journal articles

Academic journal articles can be found through the Library in a number of different ways.

  • If you are looking for a specific article, perhaps your lecturer had recommended it, you can use the Articles tab in Library Search. Simply search for the name of the article to locate the full text.
  • Alternatively, you can search for the name of the journal using the Catalogue tab. The results will indicate if the Library subscribes to the journal.

  • If you want to search for a range of articles on a particular topic to help you complete an assignment, for example, then it is recommended that you search within one of the databases.

Using any of the above methods follow the links and log in with your IT username and password.

Searching within the Library compared with a quick web search will ensure your results are more likely to be of a higher academic quality.

 Find Search Library databases

  • The Library subscribes to a number of databases containing different types of information. You should think of a database as a mini search-engine or online platform containing lots of information you have access to as a Warwick student.
  • Databases will allow you to carry out more in-depth searches than Library Search. You can search across thousands of records from academic journal articles, newspaper articles, market reports and statistics to find information on your chosen topic.
  • All of the databases should be accessed from the Library website.
File Academic Literature

If you want to conduct an in-depth literature search then academic journal articles are best located using the Library’s journal databases.


The following databases will provide you with access to peer-reviewed academic journal articles.

Peer-review is a process academic journal articles go through before publication. The article will have been evaluated and critiqued by independent academic researchers in the same field.

  • ABI/Inform Global - This database provides access to full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals and trade publications. Includes The Economist
  • Business Source Complete - Full-text access to many business and management journals. Includes Harvard Business Review
  • Emerald Insight - Emerald provides access to business, management and economics journals and e-book collections
  • Scopus - the largest abstract database of peer-reviewed literature across a range of disciplines
  • Web of Science - multidisciplinary platform enabling searching across a range of content

During your studies you may also be expected to consult reports. A report is a formally structured, accurate and timely document. The Library has access to company reports, country reports and market research reports on a particular industry.

Business environment

Some databases include information on the economic performance of a country. This can be used to evaluate the country's business environment.


  • Business Source Complete - In addition to providing full-text access to many business and management journal articles, this database gives access to economic country reports from key publishers including the Economist Intelligence Unit and Datamonitor
  • Passport - This database provided by Euromonitor includes Country Factfiles and economic data for countries around the world
  • OECD iLibrary - The OECD publishes a number of reports on the economic performance of its member countries. These reports include economic forecasts. Both the OECD Economic Outlook and OECD Factbook can be accessed through OECD iLibrary
  • World Economic Outlook online - The International Monetary Fund publishes this biannual report analysing global economic developments. Chapters give an overview of the world economy and address topics of pressing current interest.
Markets and marketing

The following databases provide industry level analysis. This information can be used to evaluate the structure and competitiveness of an industry.


  • ABI/Inform Global - In addition to providing full-text access to many business and management journal articles, this database gives access to industry reports from Business Monitor International
  • Marketline - This database provides both global and regional industry profiles as well as in depth market research reports on issues and developments in specfic industries.
  • Mintel Oxygen - This database provides information on UK markets including consumer goods, financial services, leisure and retail. The reports include sections on strengths and weaknesses, the competitive context and market size
Company strategy

In addition to company financials, the following databases also provide analysis, comment and case studies on companies.


  • Amadeus - This database provides detailed financial information for companies in Europe.
  • Fame - This database provides detailed financial information for companies in the UK and Ireland
  • Marketline - This database provides analysis of strategy in the form of company profiles
  • Passport - In addition to consumer statistics and economic data, this database provides in-depth company profiles

Quick links

  • Use this database guide to explore the business databases and find suitable databases by material type and topic
  • What is the difference between Library Search and a database?



If you can’t see a PDF or full text link click on the Webbridge icon to search for Warwick access.

Should I use Google Scholar?

Google Scholar broadly searches the web for scholarly literature across disciplines and source type. Content includes journal articles, book chapters and material from institutional repositories

Google Scholar does not contain everything in the Library’s databases so it should be used to supplement rather than replace the Library resources

If you are using Google Scholar, make sure you set it up to show access via the University of Warwick. This will allow you to read the full text of articles through Google Scholar which are also included in the Library’s subscription. Go to Settings; Library Links and search for University of Warwick 

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Test your knowledge

To complete this section of the tutorial you must submit your answers to a series of multiple choice questions. This must be completed by Week 3 - Friday 20th October 12pm.