Database Guides

Business Source Complete

This database offers a range of peer reviewed and professional journals in the fields of business and management, accounting and finance, human resources management, marketing, economics, construction, engineering, health, social studies and some business law.

It also includes some other types of material such as market research reports, country economic reports and some company information.

RGU has access to the full-text of many, although not all, of the journal articles indexed within the database.

Finding Journal Articles

Start by thinking about what you want to search for and coming up with some keywords and phrases to describe it.

Enter these in the boxes provided and click on Search.

You can use various search techniques to add in extra terms, narrow results down and get more useful results:

  • phrase searching i.e. including the terms in quotation marks to ensure they appear together rather than being split up and
  • boolean search
    • AND – narrows down the results. All connected terms must be included in the results
    • OR – broadens out the results. Either connected term can be included in the results
    • NOT – narrows down the results. The second term must be excluded from the results

If you would like to look for a phrase make sure to include it in "quotation marks" as this will ensure the terms appear together rather than being split up. For example:

The Select a field drop down menu has several options. The default i.e. Select a Field (optional) covers all the main record fields and is the best option to pick but if you want to you can use options like title and artist.

   Top Tip!

If your search results are disappointing, try to think of different ways of expressing your topic (e.g. for leadership, try management).

If you add the wildcard symbol * to the root of a word you can find all words beginning with the letters in front of it (e.g. manag* would find management and managerial at the same time).

Click on the title of a particularly relevant article to view the summary and see what subject terms have been used to describe that article. You can then search on those terms.

To find out more about planning a search, creating search strategies and using different search techniques, explore our search techniques guide.

Once you have done your initial search, notice there are several filter options on the left of the screen which you can use to refine and narrow down your search.

You can slide the Publication Date bar to limit your results to those from a particular time period, as well as selecting a specific subject.

Please note that a limit once applied stays in place until you click to remove it.

Getting the Full Text

After performing a search you are taken to the results page, where you should see details including:

  • article title,
  • authors,
  • journal name,
  • date,
  • volume and issue,
  • page numbers,
  • start of an abstract (description of the article), and
  • subjects

To find out more about any article, click on the title to go to a more detailed record.

When you find an article that looks useful, check for a full text link such as a PDF full text link or an HTML full text link.

If available, click to open the article. Once you have clicked on PDF Full Text to open the full-text of the document, you will see icons allowing you to Download, Print or Email the full text, or add details of an article to a Folder by clicking on the relevant icon. You can then email the details of all articles added to your folder or transfer those details to RefWorks.

Full Text at RGU

If a PDF download is unavailable, it means we don't have the full text on this database. But, we may have it on a different service. Click on Full Text @ RGU / Check LibrarySearch for full text options to check.

If we have the full text article as part of another subscription, then you will be redirected to it. If we do not have the article, you will be told Full Text Not Available.

You may still be able to get the article, by requesting an Inter-Library Loan (ILLs). Remember to sign in to LibrarySearch to see this option. You can find out more about ILLs at our inter-library loans page.

Finding Company Information

Business Source Complete offers information on companies quoted on stock exchanges around the world. Please note that the level of information may vary from company to company. To search, click on Company Information, type in the company name and click on Search.

Finding Market Research Reports

This database offers some market research reports outlining the market sizes for products and services in various countries. There are two ways to search, each of which may find different but relevant results.

Type in the name of your product or service in the first search box. Then, type in industry profile in the second box and use the drop down menu to select TI Title.

Now scroll down and select Full Text so that you only find reports available in their complete form. Also set some publication date limits (try the last two years to begin with), then click on Search.

Alternatively, type in the name of your product or service in the first search box. Then, scroll down and select the option for Full Text, set some publication date limits (try the last two years to begin with), select Industry Profile from Publication Type and click on Search.

Finding Country Reports

You can also find reports on the economic position of a range of countries.

Type in the name of your country and use the drop down menu in the next box to select GE Geographic Terms, so that you search for items on this country. Then click on Search.