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Business and Management: Support

Specialist Library Support

The Library provides expert support to students, staff and researchers in the specialist areas of business data, copyright, maths and statistics, referencing support, advanced searching and systematic reviews. This includes:

If you’ve tried our online resources and workshops and need more help, you can get expert help via our online help pages, attending a drop-in session, giving us a call or arranging a consultation.

Business data workshops

The Business Data Service runs a series of open training sessions throughout the year on various databases, financial datasets and specific research topics.

The training provided will help improve your knowledge of Business and Management resources and develop your research skills for individual assignments, group projects and/or dissertation/theses research.

  • Bloomberg Introduction
  • Datastream 
  • Researching Mergers & Acquisitions Deals in Thomson ONE

Sessions resumed in October 2019 and can be booked via Specialist library support. (Sessions appear on the calendar six weeks before they are due to run.)

Drop-in sessions for business data

Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, Eddie Davies Library

  • Extra session: Monday, 1 July 2019, 3pm to 4pm

Do you have a burning question about business data or how to use business resources?
Something like:

  • How do I use business databases?
  • Where can I find information for my assignment?
  • How can I learn how to use specialist databases such as Bloomberg or Datastream?

The Business Data drop-in gives you the opportunity to ask that question and find a solution. If we can’t answer your question, we’ll find someone who can. These are quick informal sessions, there’s no need to book. They can get busy though (especially at the beginning of semester) so you may have to wait a little while, but we’ll answer your question as soon as possible.

We aim to answer as many queries as we can in the allocated hour. If you have a complex question that we can’t answer quickly, we’ll get back to you after the session with a comprehensive response or refer you to a research consultation.
Please contact us for more details.


Bookable appointments

You may also request an appointment at another time by contacting us.
Examples of research consultation questions

  • How do I get historical ownership relationship models for European private companies? (from Alliance Manchester Business School)
  • Where can I find all University of Manchester alumni who are company board directors and their total wealth? (from Development and Alumni Relations office)
  • What drug testing is currently in the pipeline for a specific pharmaceutical company? (from Research and Business Engagement Support office)

Business Data Service: Virtual Consultation (beta)

Search some of our previous research consultation enquiries and detailed answers. They cover a selection of financial, economic and business data sources.

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Online resources

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The business data online resources are written to help students and researchers to make effective and accurate use of the specialist financial and business databases available at The University of Manchester. They are designed to help you to help yourselves, where possible. Some of our workshop handouts are here too.

If you find that these guides are not enough, you may wish to search Library Help for previous asked questions, the Virtual Consultation for previous research enquiries, or our blog Business Research Plus for older posts that go into much more detail.

How are the guides organised?

Visit the list on the Library website for an index of all the guides. They are organised into the following topics.

My Learning Essentials

My learning essentials workshopsMy learning essentials online resources

Business Research Plus blog

Business Research Plus is a research blog with two main goals.

Firstly, it is a research tool designed to provide students and staff at the Manchester Business School and the University of Manchester with specialist advice and support.  It provides advice and guidance on the comprehensive range of business and management resources available to them.  It also intends to maximise their use of these resources through the provision of expert informed comment and research assistance from library staff.  The library team supports the research and teaching needs of one of the world’s leading business schools and is part of the University of Manchester Library, one of the UK’s great research libraries.  The team is therefore uniquely placed to add real value to student and faculty research needs.  This blog is one of our growing range of services.

Secondly, it is acts as both a resource tool and forum for business researchers and business information professionals across the globe.  It encourages debate, generating ideas and discussion on the full range of business information provision and the support of business research.

Creative Commons Licence This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.

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