Library resources

Below is a list of resources relevant to Economics available via the Library. For a list of other useful resources, visit the General Resources webpage.

MarketLine contains many industry and company profiles and reports, containing among other things: business histories, SWOT analyses, details of key competitors, case studies, and financial deals. User Guide and Video tutorial.

Mergent Online. This database contains business and financial information on US and international companies. Click here to view a video tutorial

Global financial data and information on banks and the banking industry.

Access Fitch Connect

Lexis Library is a legal database that contains resources relating to banking and finance.  Browse information by selecting the relevant practice area (top left hand menu). Video tutorial.

Henry Stewart Business and Management Collection includes over 1100 specially commissioned multimedia lectures, case stories and industry insights by experts from academia and industry. View or download the Quick Start Guide [PDF]

British Standards Online (BSOL) is a database containing approximately 80,000 standards documents. It includes International (ISO) Standards, British (BSI) Standards and European (IEC) Standards. Bibliographic data only for American (ASTM) Standards. To get familiar with this database, click to view the User Guide

There has been an added tool accessing BSI. BSI’s documents will only be opened now by using the FileOpen plug in that needs to be installed on your device.

To download the plug-in follow the instructions on how to install FileOpen

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General Resources contains a list of major university wide databases and search engines, such as the Library catalogue, Discover, Credo Reference, Newsbank and Scopus. Visit the General Resources page for more information.

Free resources

Below is a list of the top 15 free online resources for Economics as chosen by your Academic Liaison Librarian.

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is an independent research institute, launched with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy.

The Royal Economic Society is an economic association promoting the study of economic science in academic life, government service, business, industry and public affairs.

The central bank of the UK, the Bank of England is a diverse organisation maintaining monetary and financial stability.

The European Central Bank is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. Statistics and publications are available online.

The World Bank provides a variety of financial products and technical assistance, as well as publishing data and reports.

A member of the World Bank Group, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working towards global monetary cooperation, financial stability, international trade, high employment, sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

The World Economic Forum is an international organisation promoting public-private co-operation.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe.

IECONOMICS contains information about 196 countries, including historical data for more than 300,000 economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices.

Quandl is a source for financial, economic, and alternative datasets, serving investment professionals.

Knoema is a collection of public data and statistics, in ready-to-use visualisations, featuring about 2.5 billion time series from thousands of sources.

Moody's Analytics are recognized for our industry-leading solutions, comprising research, data, software and professional services, assembled to deliver a seamless customer experience. provides up-to-date numbers for GDP, inflation, credit, interest rates, unemployment, and many other indicators. The data series are updated continuously based on the release dates of individual countries.

The International Monetary Fund provides free access to over 21,000 ebooks via their IMF eLibrary

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