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New! Wiley International Encylopedia of Marketing Online

Wiley International Encyclopedia of Marketing – a multi-volume collection of over 300 articles dedicated to international marketing concepts and applications – is now available online! Designed to encompass the scope of modern marketing the volumes cover a range of disciplines including:

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Research
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Advertising and Integrated Communication
  • Product Innovation and Management
  • International Marketing

Edited by Jagdish Sheth and Naresh Malhotra with contributions from leading experts in the field, including Richard Bagozzie, Mickey & George Belch, Dawn Iacobucci and Valerie Zeithaml, this is an excellent resource for understanding current marketing developments, challenges and opportunities.

This publication is available to view via the A-Z electronic journals, note your university username and password is required for off-campus access.
Tip: when accessing off-campus Institutional Login, Select UK Login. After logging in select Publications, Journals

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How Business News can enhance your Research

23 June 2011 7 comments

Business news can be very useful for gaining a detailed international, national and even regional perspective on current and/or historical company/industry  events.  Search across international news sources, eg: newspapers, news feeds, magazines and industry trade publications, to find up-to-date information and to place events and issues in a social or political context.

 How can Business News Help Me?
Use Business News to complement and enhance your company / industry research, many sources may not have the most up to date information for company / industry events. Business news can help you understand what is happening right now and monitor events as they unfold.

  • Gain a detailed perspective on current/historical political issues and events
  • Keep up to date with company/industry events as they unfold
  • Examine political, economic and market trends
  • Track company announcements/results
  • Examine historic / current mergers, acquisitions, deals
  • Research key political, economic or company personnel
  • Gain a competitive advantage for job applications/interviews

Our primary source for business news is Factiva, providing international news (in many languages) from global, national and regional sources including newspapers, news websites, newsfeeds, stock exchange feeds, and business/industry specific magazines.

Factiva will provide news dating back to the early 1980’s. For further historical research you can also consult our Financial Times and Economist archives which provide a full text archive of every issue of the Financial Times and the Economist from the mid 1800’s including market listings, photos, adverts and indicator tables.  These are great resources for understanding the impact of historical events on company/market/economic developments.

For further information see our “How to Research: Business News” and our guide to searching “Factiva” available from the Helping You section of the MBS Library website:

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New look to the University’s secure login pages

16 June 2011 1 comment

From Monday 20 June, you will see a new screen whenever you are asked to login to a secure University web page via CAS (central authentication system). You will come across this screen when accessing many of the library’s online databases either on or off-campus.

secure log-in screen

The new login screen is designed to be more user friendly and to work better with mobile devices such as smartphones and portal hand held devices.

Don’t worry none of your login details need to change and, as always, IT Services recommends that you follow some simple rules to stay secure:

  • Always check the address of any web page that asks for your University username and password.
  •  Never respond to an email that asks for your University username and password.

Retail Analysis: A New Look

Retail Analysis is an international retail market information database providing in-depth company, sector and country reports for the retailing industry and an excellent starting point for researching international retailing intellingence particularly the global food retailing sector.

Regular users will notice there have been a few changes to the database recently as it now boasts a new and even easier to use  interface providing quick and seamless access to company profiles, country overviews, latest news, market shares, in-store layouts (inc photo’s!) and analysis by retailing theme. In addition to tailored reports/presentations the Retail Datacentre and Country Macro Datacentre provide the opportunity to customise comparable data and export and analyse in an xls spreadsheet.

To access Retail Analysis, see “Markets & Sectors” via the library databases on the MBS Library website:

Further help on accessing and using Retail Analysis see our Helping You – Research Guides section via our website.

2011 David Ogilvy Awards available via WARC

The annual ARF (Advertising Research Foundation) David Ogilvy Awards celebrate the extraordinary use of research to create powerful, profitable campaigns. Details of all the 2011 award winners and associated case studies are now available via WARC (World Advertising Research Centre). Examples of available winning case studies include:

• Domino’s Pizza – Pizza Turnaround (the Grand Ogilvy winner)
• Powerade – Keep playing (Gold Winner)
• Wheat Thins – Coming alive with real crunch (Gold Winner)
• Cadbury Caramilk – Key to the secret (Gold Winner)

WARC (World Advertising Research Centre),  is an excellent online database containing over 25,000 articles, case studies, research reports, forecasts and statistics for a wide range of marketing, advertising and media communications topics. Data is drawn from more than 30 leading content sources worldwide including Admap, International Journal of Advertising, ESOMAR and Journal of Advertising Research.

To access WARC see  “Markets & Sectors”  via the library databases on the MBS Library website:

Search Tip: enter David Ogilvy 2011 in the search box to find details of the awards and case studies

For further information on how to access and search WARC see the database guides  via our “How to Research Guides” .

A New Look for GMID

18 April 2011 1 comment

GMID, Global Market Information Database, provides access to International market analysis and socio-economic/demographic data. It is an excellent resource for researching country intelligence, international markets and international consumer lifestyles.

As of this week there have been a few changes including a new interface, improved usability and a slightly new name, Passport GMID. For those who regularly use GMID don’t worry although it may look a little different the core functionality and content remain the same. In essence the new features include:

  • A new look: a new simplified search interface including quick access to key industries/consumer data and analyses
  • Predictive text searching: to help you make more targeted free text searches
  • Better organised results: relevance driven and with filters to help you refine searches
  • Faster navigation: seamlessly move between results page, content and related content
  • Improved downloads for stats: to help you leverage data more easily

On accessing Passport GMID there is a short introductory video to familiarise you with the new interface and help you make the most of the new functionality.

To access Passport GMID, see “Markets & Sectors” or “Countries & Regions” via the library databases on the MBS Library website:

Further help on accessing and using GMID see our Helping You – Research Guides section via our website.

Researching Regional Intelligence: European/International Regional Data

We recently posted on how to find UK Regional data, see  Researching Regional Intelligence:  UK Regional Data (31/03/2011),  and have subsequently been asked how to find similar data for European and International regions.

Europe: Eurostat
Eurostat, the European Union’s official statistical agency produces an annual publication “Eurostat Regional Yearbook” (available in pdf) plus  a wide range of regional datasets available to search, view and download free of charge.

Search Tip: To access the publication and the datasets  select the “Statistics Tab”, then “Regions and Cities”. There are options to view the Regional Yearbook plus access to the main data tables and more detailed datasets for regions and cities. See our quick video for “Finding European Regional Datasets“.

North America: FedStats
The US Statistical agency Fedstats produces a wealth of detailed regional data, see the sections for “MapStats” and various datasets by theme via the “Statistics by Geography”.

International: Official Government Statistical Agencies
To find regional statistics for other international countries try the official Government Statistical Agency for the specific country. Data will vary from country to country but you will often find a great deal of data published online and/or contact the agency for further information. You can locate official statistical agencies using a simple search within any search engine eg: “Australia and Official Statistics” or alternatively you can use directories collated by the United Nations or US Bureau of Statistics:

Researching Regional Intelligence: UK Regional Data

31 March 2011 2 comments

The John Rylands Univesity Library  subscribes to a range of data sources providing national economic and socio-demographic data. Databases such as GMID (Global Market Information Database), ESDS International, Global Insights and Global Financial data provide a wealth of datasets providing a valuable insight into economic and social trends from a country perspective. Regional data can, however, be a little trickier to find but there are many freely available sources you can use to research UK regional data.

Regional Trends: Office of National Statistics
Regional Trends in a comprehensive annual publication collated by the Office of National Statistics (the UK Government Statistical Office) and is the most authoritative publication for regional data. It provides detailed demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics for the sub-regions of the UK (economy, education, environment, health, housing, labour, lifestyles, population, transport and crime).   Selecting either the latest online or pdf report provides interactive access to related analysis and datasets. Navigating the data can be confusing, see the following videos demonstrate three key ways to finding data:

ONS Neighbourhood Statistics
You can drill even further for local data using the Office of National Statistics Neighbourhood statistics site. This site provides an ever increasing range of small area data allowing you to paint a picture of life in local communities. It is possible to locate detailed data using the “Area search” (enter an area name or a postcode) or a snapshot using the “Neighbourhood Summary” search. Don’t know the postcode or area name? use the “Topic Search” to find predefined interactive datasets by theme.  As local data is more difficult to research and obtain much of the data is sourced from the UK Census (taken every 10 years) although recent data is available depending on the dataset.  Note: using this website does require some knowledge of local authority/ward area names or postcode areas and you may need to do a little preparatory work to identify your area before searching.

Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)
RDAs are regional government bodies established to encourage regional growth and investment. They generally have research units, (eg North West Development Agency’s North West Regional Intelligence Unit),  collating facts and figures for the region which are published on their websites, (where on the website will vary but look for links to publications, economic statistics, research and statistics, economic strategy under various headings). It may take a little time to find but can be worth the effort!

UK City Councils: Economic Development Units
Finally another way of finding local regional data is to try the local City or Borough Council. Most councils will produce an economic strategy or have an Economic Development Unit collating local area statistics, (an example is Manchester City Council’s Corporate Research & Intelligence Unit). Note: This can be a more time consuming route as you need to consult each individual website, the layout of which will vary from council to council and it is not always guaranteed data will be published online. Details of UK councils can be found online from the UK Government website.

Knowing where to start to find high quality data from external websites can be a daunting task, why not try our Delicious page providing details of useful web sites evaluated by our expert staff. You can access the site via the MBS Library Website or directly via  Alternatively contact us and speak to a member of our expert team who can help and advise you find relevant resources for your research:

Telephone: 0161 275 6507