Category Archives: FAQ

How to access analyst reports

Analyst reports on companies and industries are available through Thomson One Banker. The video below shows you how to log in to Thomson One Banker and search for analyst reports for a specific company:

You can also search for analyst reports by industry. To do this follow the link under Research in the Company Analysis menu to Conduct Research Report Search. You can then add criteria to your search including the industry, region and type of report:

Industry Search - selecting search criteria

Industry Search - selecting search criteria

Industry Search - adding search criteria

Industry Search - adding search criteria

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Finding journal articles that Warwick does not subscribe to

My colleague Jenny Delasalle has written a very useful post on finding the full-text of journal articles that you cannot access through the Library’s subscriptions. Her top tips are:

  • if you know the article title and author then try Google – there may just be a free copy available somewhere
  • try searching for an open access version using BASE to cross-search institutional repositories
  • submit a Document Supply request (for this you will need the support and signature of a supervisor)

You can read Jenny’s full post on the Library Research Support blog.

Business case studies

I often get asked for help finding case studies on various topics. Here are a few tips for searching for case studies:

  • A lot of books available in the Library contain case studies. To find these try adding “case studies” to a keyword search on the Library Catalogue.
  • You can search for journal articles containing case studies in a similar way. Add “case studies” to your search on e-journals databases like Business Source Premier or ABI/Inform Global. Alternatively look for an option to limit your search by selecting “case study” as the Document Type.

There are also a lot of case studies available for free online. They are often written by teaching staff in business schools or researcher centre staff. We’ve grouped together some useful links under the case-studies tag on the warwickbuslib Delicious account.

Finding data on inactive companies using Datastream

Datastream provides data on both active and inactive companies worldwide. The default search however is only for active companies and so it may seem at first that the information is not available.

You can include inactive companies in your search using the Advanced Search in the Datastream Navigator. Enter your search criteria, for example the company’s name, into the appropriate field. Scroll down and you will see a section called Status, you will see that the Active option is ticked. Change this to All to include inactive companies in your search.

Status - All

Once you have selected your company you can then choose datatypes to find historical financial data for that company.

Getting help with referencing

Help with referencing is something that we get asked about throughout the year. The library provides a guide on Bibliographic Citation and Referencing. This covers issues of why you need to include references in your assignments, the terminology used and examples of in-text citations and reference lists using the Harvard and Vancouver referencing styles. There are also useful links to referencing guides produced by other universities at the bottom of the page.

If you are looking for help with specific referencing examples, such as how to reference conference papers, for this I would recommend a book called Cite Them Right. There are two copies in the library which can be found in the Floor 3 extension at classmark Z 253.P3.

There are also a number of related blog posts specifically relating to enquiries I receive regularly from business students:

How to reference a market research report

Using the Harvard Style a reference for a printed market research report should follow the format of:

Author (Year of publication) Report Title. Place of publication: Publisher

Reference list example: Mintel (2009) Food Retailing – UK. London: Mintel

In-text example: (Mintel 2009)

Using the Harvard Style a reference for an electronic market research report should follow the format of:

Author (Year of publication) Report Title [online]. Available from: URL [Accessed: date the report was accessed]

Reference list example: Mintel (2009) Food Retailing – UK [online]. Available from: http://academic.mintel.com [Accessed: 13/05/2011]

In-text example: (Mintel 2009)

How to reference financial data

Using the Harvard Style a reference for financial data taken from an electronic resource should follow the format of:

Author (Year of publication or the current year for data that is frequently updated) Descriptive title of the data [online]. Available from: URL or name of database [Accessed: date the data was accessed]

Reference list example: Thomson Reuters (2010) FTSE100 daily price index 2005-2010. Available from: Datastream. [Accessed: 13/05/2011]

In-text example: (Thomson Reuters 2010)