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Business: Databases

Guide to GMIT Library for students of Business

What are Databases?

Library databases are searchable electronic catalogues purchased by libraries, containing information about published items to enhance the libraries collection on a particular topic.

Databases contain a rich array of articles from quality journals, magazines, and newspapers articles as well as other academic information resources.

GMIT subscribes to several databases, and your choice will depend entirely on your information needs. This LibGuide is designed to focus on those databases we have for the Business discipline, but again you may at times need to look at a database that may focus on other areas of research for a particular assignment.

The Library's discovery system and default search, MultiSearch, will include much material from our subscribed databases, so searching here is always a good place to start. You must bear in mind however that MultiSearch does not cover every single database, so it is important to have a look at each database individually and to become familiar with how to search them.

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Key Business Databases

 

 

 

  • Business Source Complete                                                                                                         

Provided by EBSCOhost, this is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full-text content, containing over 3,800 full text journals, nearly 2,000 of which are peer-reviewed, as well as many market research reports for the larger companies and industries.

From the publishers of the Sunday Business Post newspaper, businesspost.ie is an authoritative source of daily Irish business news, including current industry and stock market information. You will need a username and password from the Library to access this resource.‚Äč

TaxFind is a comprehensive electronic database of the primary sources of Irish taxation law, commentary and practice assembled in one easy to use system. Documentation covered includes legislation, journal publications and many articles which together form a complete library of taxation information, analysis and experience in one location. Users may search by keyword across the entire resource or select a content category to search. It is possible to filter by year, tax topic or author. Information may also be saved to personal accounts.
The resource includes:   Irish tax commentary books   -   Revenue Publications   -  Tax Judgements - Student Manuals - Irish Tax Review journal and much more.
 

Other databases with Business Studies content:

 

 

Library Database Trials

During the academic year the library usually provides trials of databases that may be new or offering their content on a time limited basis. Check our Facebook, Blog or Twitter accounts for information on database trials as they come up. Their content may be invaluable to your own studies or research!

Searching Databases

Database searching works on the same principle as searching MultiSearch, or the library catalogue. Certain databases may offer advanced features such as a browsing a subject index or thesaurus, or compiling multiple search strategies; while others such as the IrishTimes will just have a single search box for you to fill in your search words.

Almost all databases have a link to a help page, although when you get to grips with searching any one resource you will notice many similarities between them all.

Once you perform a search you will get a list of results and it is usually very easy to narrow your results by date, content type (e.g. full text article, newspaper article etc.) subject area, publisher, and even by journal title and author when the list is not very large or general.

It is important when searching databases that you are as specific as possible with your search terms. Broad or generic terms such as 'business' 'management' etc. will yield way too many results and possibly lead to confusion. You need to be able to decide what the most effective keywords for the topic that you are researching are, to have successful database results.  Please note that keying in your assignment or essay title into the search box will not bring up the results you require. You are looking to find articles or news stories related to the topic you are researching where you will broaden your knowledge of the subject matter and possibly lead to further successful database search sessions. This is how new knowledge builds on old and is a primal part of the research process.

For further information on searching databases please refer to our LibGuides on Databases or the Advanced Database Searching tutorial on our Library YouTube channel.

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