Business and management

Business and management

If you are studying business, management, project management, supply chain or operations management then this guide is 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 business and management books on level 2 starting at shelf number 658. 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

Your lecturer may recommend specific journals. The key ones include:

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 business and management:

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 specific subject areas.
  • Business Source Elite indexes the full text of key business and management journals.  It is American, so use the built in thesaurus at the top of the screen to find the most appropriate search terms. This is the only place you will find Harvard Business Review.
  • 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.
  • Science Direct - don’t be put off by the name. This full text database covers business and management and is home to key titles including the International Business Review.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. For help using databases see our guides.

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

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


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 Chartered Management Institute (CIM), public or government bodies like Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), research centres like Warwick Institute for Employment Research and blogs like the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge.

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