If you study accountancy then this is the guide for you.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You will find most accounting books on level 2 starting at shelf number 657. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a topic or to search for a journal by title. Watch a short video, Find a Journal by Title.

Key journals
Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases for Accounting:

If you are looking for journal articles the main databases are:

  • Emerald is a collection of academic, peer-reviewed journals. You can search across all management and business journals, or restrict your search to specific subject areas.
  • Business Source Elite indexes the full text of key business and finance journals.
  • ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database. It indexes over 19,000 individual journal titles as well as newspaper articles, dissertations and reports. Use the filters in the results screen to narrow to journal articles. If ProQuest Central is too general, use the option “change databases” to search just a part of the database, for example try ABI/Inform or ProQuest Accounting, Tax and Banking Collection.
  • Science Direct - don’t be put off by the name. This full text database covers business and finance.

If you are looking for UK company reports and financial data the main database is FAME.    

Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.

There are also specialist databases for company and industry information and market research.


Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful websites freely available, including those run by professional bodies for example the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) or government bodies such as the UK Whole of Government Accounts (WGA).

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.