Purpose of this guide

This guide is designed to help provide you with subject support identifying the most useful resources for Business.

Getting Started using the Library

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch.

Researching for Assignments

For assignments you will need to go beyond your reading list and do your own independent research. The Library subscribes to a number of subject databases helping you to find academic books and journal articles on your chosen topic.

General databases such as Scopus, IBSS and Web of Science are also useful places to search as well as Google Scholar.

Business Resources

As well as the traditional academic sources the Library subscribes to a number of specialist database providing more detailed information about companies and markets.

Company Information

Fitch Bank Fundamentals 30 years of history on over 36,000 banks 12,300 insurers, brokers and syndicates, 115 sovereigns and 3,000 corporates.

Moody’s Analytics Bank Focus (formerly Orbis) database of banks worldwide

BoardEx detailed files of 1.7 million organisation and 1.2 million individuals who lead them

Fame Company reports and information service

Osiris database of listed and major unlisted/delisted companies around the world

Finance Information

FDI Intelligence database specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion.

FDI Markets database of cross border greenfield investments (only 5 people can use this resource at once).

F.T.com full text of Financial Times

Bloomberg is available at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses.

The Bloomberg terminals are located in Sibson PC2, and in the Medway Bloomberg suite. The rooms are often timetabled for regular teaching, but outside of those times, the terminals are first-come, first-served. The exception is when they may be reserved (e.g. 2 hours on Wednesday afternoons) for KBS research postgraduates, when they have priority.

There is also (limited) online access to a subset of the terminalsKBS students can follow the instructions on the Moodle page referenced below to request access.


Market Research

Statista statistics and data set from many fields and sources including industry reports

World of Advertising Research Centre case studies, research reports and more

Euromonitor Passport business intelligence on countries, companies, markets and consumers

IBIS World Industry Research reports

MarketLine Advantage up to date reports of company, industry, financial and country data

Mintel Consumer market studies


General Business Information

Business & Management Collection collection of audio visual talks

Cross National Times Series Data Archive country data from 1815 to present covering over 200 countries including economic, political and social data

Economist Magazine (Online)

Henry Stewart Business and Management Journal Collection includes around 5,000 case studies and articles from 20 journals in marketing, management, business and finance

OECD iLibrary books, papers and statistics

World Competitiveness Yearbook Online database on the competitiveness of nations

XpertHR resource for human resources workers includes employment law advice, HR good practice and toolkit  Click Log in(top right), click UK Federation (Shibboleth), choose ‘University of Kent’ from the drop-down list and click Select.


You may also want to include other types of information such as newspaper account or data in your assignment our research skill module will help you identify different types of information, when these might be useful and where to search.

Online Resources

As well as the resources that the library subscribes to there is a lot of useful freely available information available on the internet. To help navigate this the library has created a reading list with links to some useful websites