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Business resources

Welcome to the subject page for Business subjects.

These pages can point you in the direct of good quality information for your coursework. This information, purchased by us to support your assignments, is not freely available via the general Web.

Using freely available information via Google can still be a good source BUT it also requires you to judge the reliability of that information - so always check out who has written it, are ideas backed up by good sound evidence, does it have commercial bias? Find out more.

Business information can be found in:

  • textbooks inc. case studies 
  • other books eg dictionaries
  • ebooks
  • journal and trade magazine articles
  • market sector reports
  • newspaper articles
  • company reports - annual reports, case studies, financial reports, SWOT analyses
  • country reports
  • statistics

These can be found:

  • by clicking on the resource sections below to find material bought by us specifically to support your studies
  • in our libraries
  • via Google

The key is to develop sound research skills. We will help you develop these skills in workshops arranged with your tutors. You can also seek these out for yourself via our Skills@cumbria pages, or try this VTS online tutorial on finding business information on the Internet.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…


Business - Books & Ebooks

See Rebus:list (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

Books on all aspects of business and management can be found at Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside libraries. Use the Reserve option on the catalogue to have books delivered from other locations or if a book is currently out on loan.

To browse for books try the shelf numbers listed below but remember to also use the catalogue search (above) to find what you need. 

Where to find business books
 Business 658     
 Economics 330 and 338
 Human resource management 658.3        
 Management / Organisations 658.4
 Marketing / Advertising 658.8
 Organisations (Sociology) 302.35 

Many titles are available as ebooks. When searching the catalogue look in the results for with the ebook indicator under the title eg

Mullins, L.J. (2013) Management and organizational behaviour

Click on Access the ebook to enter the book.

New Books

New books are purchased throughout the year. Here are some recent additions:

Eiteman, D.K. (2013) Multinational business finance

Finch, B. (2013) How to write a business plan (ebook)

Hisrich, R.D. (2014) Managing innovation and entrepreneurship

Johnson, G. (2014) Exploring strategy

McClave, J.T. (2014) Statistics for business and economics

Saunders, M. (2012) Research methods for business students

Schneider, (2013) E-business

Solomon, S.R (2013) Consumer behaviour: a European perspective (ebook)

Stevens, D. (2013) The retail revival: reimagining business for the new age of consumerism ebook

Business - Journals & Eresources

Use our electronic resources (eresources) to search for relevant journal articles, news articles and market reports. You can search across many of our eresource collections in one go using Onesearch or search specific collections individually. Key collections for your subject are identified below or check the full list of eresources.

Specific collections

ABI-Inform - Full text of 1000s of journals, reports and business news articles.

Business Source Premier - full text of 1000s of journal articles, industry, company and country reports, Swot analyses.

Emerald - full text of articles from 95 management journal titles published by Emerald. From Feb 2012 we will no longer get access to new articles this way. These can be found instead via ABI-Inform

Gartner - IT industry reports and analysis - networks, systems, supply chain, governance.

Greenleaf Online Library - an online library "of books and journals covering corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy and management, responsible business strategy and sustainable development

Keynote  - marketing and consumer reports on various market sectors eg food, brewing, toiletries. Plus financial data.

Mintel - market intelligence reports for both consumer and business markets for the UK. Plus analyst insights and news for brands and products from around the world.

Proquest Asian & European Business - journal articles

Proquest Dissertations and Theses - includes the full text of Masters dissertations and Doctoral theses.

Sage Premier Journals
includes a range of key journal titles for Business 

Wiley - full text of journal articles on many areas of business and management. From Jan 2012 we no longer have access to new articles.

Law information for Business - case law, legislation and journal articles.



Business - Websites

A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

BIZ/ED - a gateway to business information on the Web

BBC Business News

Financial Times - very little free content.

Financial Times Special Reports

RBA business resources

Do you have a flair for business? Do you want to share ideas and learn new skills with other students like yourself? Have you got plans to launch your own company after you graduate? Find out more about the Student Enterprise Society.