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Business: Articles & key databases

Key Databases

Why use a Business database?

  • Find articles relevant to Business
  • All items have been reviewed before being included*
  • Option to filter by 'peer reviewed'
  • Available to Aberystwyth University staff and students on and off campus

Recommended Business databases

*Business Source Complete contains access to over 3,000 journals. Covers all areas of business, including finance, management, management information systems, marketing and international business.

*Emerald Insight  - database covering major management disciplines such as marketing, HR, organisational development, library & information management, quality and operations management.

IBIS World - a great resource for UK company and industry sector information. (see box below on how to access off-campus using Primo VPN).

Business Insights - "access more than 430,000 detailed company profiles with company financial data, in-depth country overviews, and comprehensive industry profiles to stay current with the ever-evolving business landscape".

Other recommended general databases

Web of Science - arts and humanities, behavioural and social sciences, natural, physical and biomedical sciences, and some engineering.  Covers material published from 1970 onwards.


Gale General Onefile

Magazine, journal and news articles on general interest topics and current events.

BOB (Box of Broadcasts)

Catch up with radio and TV news. Over 60+ TV and radio channels covered.

Times Digital Archive 

A database containing the complete digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785- 2019. Contains every complete page of every issue of the newspaper, including headlines, articles and images from all content - front pages, editorials, birth and death notices, advertisements and classified ads.

Beyond Google Scholar? Why use a database?

Resources needing Primo VPN access

The following resources will require you to login to the Primo VPN before you can access them off-campus;


  • AIP
  • APS
  • ASM
  • BBC Listener Research
  • BBIH & IMB
  • CABI
  • IBIS World
  • ICLR
  • MathSciNet


  1. Follow the Primo VPN link and sign in   
  2. Select the Primo box and additionally sign in to Primo
  3. Keep the same browser window open (multiple tabs ok) and launch the resource you require

*The full list of A-Z resources and links can be found on the A-Z of E-Resources page on Primo


When you have finished researching with Primo VPN, remember to close the browser as Primo VPN can inhibit your access to other resources 

Journal articles

Journals provide important sources of academic information.  You can search for ​journal articles using the ​Articles search ​in Primo.

Finding and using journal articles off-campus

Document Supply Service

The Document Supply Service allows registered users to request items which are not available in the University Library. We can support staff and students with research and learning by locating and supplying books, chapters, and articles held by other libraries. Information Services will cover the costs of the allocation for the different user groups in all academic departments, subject to available funds.

Click here for further information and to see how many free requests you can order.

Journal Titles

A selection of journal titles available through Primo:

  • Accounting History Review
  • British Accounting Review 
  • Economica
  • The Economist (UK version available in print only, US version available online)
  • The Economic Journal
  • European Journal of Marketing
  • Financial Markets, Institutions and Instruments
  • Fiscal Studies
  • Harvard Business Review (available online from 1922 onwards)
  • International Journal of Advertising
  • International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management
  • Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of Services Marketing
  • Kyklos
  • Management Accounting Research

Refinitiv Workspace

Access to global company financial data and economic indicators as well as news, analytics and productivity tools.

Contact Sarah Lindop for access to the database.

Refinitiv  Workspace : Student Quick Start Guide (PDF)

Refinitiv Workspace: Learn the Basics (short videos)

Primo Search

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What is meant by peer reviewed?

Peer reviewed articles have been reviewed and accepted  by specialists in their field before being published.  This ensures that the journals maintain their reputation and the research quality is upheld.

Use the filter in Primo to narrow by 'Peer Reviewed' or search Emerald Insight to find only peer reviewed articles.

Access to e-resources off-campus

FAQ - How to access e-resources off-campus

How are business journals ranked?

The Academic Journal Guide produced by Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) is a good place to start to gain a guide to a journals quality and ranking.  This guide is based upon peer review, editorial, and judgements by those specialists in the field.

Many journals also add their (CABS) ranking or impact factor on their publisher's website.

The Journal Quality List is another source of journal rankings using a collation of journal rankings from a variety of sources such as Scopus.