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List of library resources

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


Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) is a databate containing the financial information of about 11 million companies in the UK. All listed companies are covered, as well as many small companies, medium companies, and companies that are no longer active. You can download financial reports for individual companies, and you can run complex searches and comparisons between companies within certain industries. FAME is maintained by Bureau van Dijk.


OSIRIS is a databate containing the financial information of about 80,000 listed, and major unlisted/delisted, companies worldwide. You can download financial reports for individual companies, and you can run complex searches and comparisons between companies within certain industries. OSIRIS is maintained by Bureau van Dijk. Video tutorial.


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. Video tutorial.

Lexis Library

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.

General Resources

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

List of free resources

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

Download the full list here.


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is an international professional accountancy body, which offers accountancy qualifications.

Bank of England

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

European Central Bank

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

The World Bank

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


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 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.

IFRS Foundation

The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation is a not-for-profit international organisation responsible for developing high-quality, global accounting standards.

IAS plus

Deloitte's IAS Plus features news and resources about International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and international accounting and auditing developments.


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


Principal Global Indicators (PGI) is a dataset providing internationally comparable data for the Group of 20 economies (G-20) and those who are have important financial sectors outside of the G-20.

The Global Economy 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.


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


AccountingWEB is an independent online community for accounting and finance professionals in the UK.


The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) regulates auditors, accountants and actuaries and sets the UK’s Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes.


Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) aims to make financial markets work well so that consumers get a fair deal.

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