Try out the Declassified Documents Reference System

By Victoria Bird|July 17, 2015|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, History, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

We are currently trialling the Declassified Documents Reference System. The database covers govenment documents from the United States and coverage ranges from the years immediately following World War II, when declassified documents were first made widely available, through the 1970s. Nearly every major foreign and domestic event of these years is covered: the Cold War, Vietnam, foreign policy shifts, the civil rights movement, and many others. DDRS enables users to

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New ABS Journal Rankings Out!

By Victoria Bird|February 25, 2015|Financial and Management Studies, Unknown|0 comments

Today marks the launch of the new Association of Business Schools Journal Ranking (2015) edition. Everywhere, business journal publishers have been awaiting this with bated breath- it’s like their Oscars, but without the nice dresses. Following my own Oscar-worthy performance at the DeFims Research Away Day (see what I did there?!), I felt it would be interesting to blog about this event, and perhaps compare some titles against the previous

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Webinar: Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service

By Victoria Bird|February 20, 2015|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

10 March 2015, online at 3 pm This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about finding data from the UK Data Service. Participants will be given a practical overview, focusing on the Service’s search-and-browse portal – Discover – which allows users to find datasets, variables, qualitative extracts, support guides, case studies, ESRC outputs, and more. Hints and tips on how to get the best out of

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UK Data Service Webinars: all sorts of data from all over…

By Victoria Bird|January 5, 2015|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

From January, the UK Data Service will be rolling out a programme of 26 regular webinars throughout the year. These will cover a collection of 14 core topics. A flyer listing the topics and dates is available at Webinars are online seminars which are free and easy to join without the expense and trouble of travel any further than to your own computer. To book or to find out

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Try out Palgrave Connect: trial extended to 16th November

By Victoria Bird|October 9, 2014|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

The Library is currently holding a free trial of Palgrave Connect until 16th November. We can now access 602 of Palgrave’s most recently published titles in Economics, Finance, Business and Management, including the Palgrave Pivot imprint. The  acclaimed Economics & Finance Collections feature titles written by some of history’s foremost economists and modern day Nobel Prize winners, spanning some of the earliest ideas of economics and finance to how we tackle

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Opening up your research: a guide to self-archiving

By David Pearson|September 1, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Financial and Management Studies, Gender, History, Information Literacy, Japan, Korea, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia, Unknown|0 comments

Making your research available on open access services increases citation and helps ensure greater impact, argues Deborah Lupton. In this post she has advice for sociologists in particular on different ways to self-archive, formatting and how to overcome barriers such as complex copyright legislation. Read the full article here. Deborah Lupton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. She blogs at This Sociological Life and tweets @DALupton and is currently writing

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Trial: The Sustainable Organisation Library

By Victoria Bird|July 29, 2014|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Unknown|0 comments

The Sustainable Organisation Library is an online library of around 8000 book chapters, case studies and research papers drawn from nearly 600 books and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility, featuring leading thinkers in sustainability and social responsibility. The SOL collection covers sustainability in its broadest sense, addressing the social, environmental and economic aspects. Topics include: CSR Environment Social Enterprise Management Education Investment Accountability Poverty Reporting Strategy Stakeholders Diversity

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China, Russia and US: whose corporations are most transparent?

By Victoria Bird|July 28, 2014|Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

In an interesting report, Arachnys claim that China and Russia both have greater transparency and accountability than the United States. In a potential upset, Greenland (an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark- usually seen as a very democratic, open and fair society), also scores poorly. In a news article examining the Arachnys data on the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Margot Williams highlights the complexities of tracking

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Free journal articles on management (for a limited time)

By Victoria Bird|July 25, 2014|Financial and Management Studies, Unknown|0 comments

The below articles, some featuring well known global brands as case studies, are free to access from Emerald for one month: Motivation and job satisfaction Management Decision Mark A. Tietjen, Robert M. Myers Google Scholar: the pros and cons Online Information Review Péter Jacsó Customer loyalty and customer loyalty programs Journal of Consumer Marketing Mark D. Uncles, Grahame R. Dowling, Kathy Hammond The naked truth of celebrity endorsement British Food

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Commodity Prices in Ancient Babylon 385 – 61 BC

By Victoria Bird|July 24, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, History, Unknown|0 comments

Yesterday morning I was shown an interesting piece on the International Institute of Social History website about commodity pricing in late Achaemenid and Hellenistic Babylon, by R.J. van der Spek from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The prices were recorded alongside other data by astronomers in the employ of the king. There are six key commodities in the listing: these are barley, dates, mustard, cress, sesame and wool. The earliest commodity price in

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