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Business: Books & Journals

Covers Business & Entrepreneurship; Accounting & Finance; Marketing; Economics; Human Resource Management

Why are books useful?

Scholarly books can contain comprehensive accounts of research or scholarship, historical data, overviews, experts' views on themes/topics. They are particularly useful when you require background information and related research on a topic, when you want to put your topic in context, identify key theories and key researchers in a subject area.

What books are not good at is in researching current topics as it can take years to write and publish books. So whilst they can give you a good overview of a research area it is important to bring the research up to date by consulting other sources such as journals and newspapers.

Useful shelfmarks

Listed below is a selection of shelfmarks for business related subjects: 

  • Accounting 657 
  • Advertising & public relations 659
  • Brand Management 658.82
  • Business Research 650.0072
  • Economics 330
  • General management 658 
  • Human Resource management 658.3 
  • Macroeconomics 339
  • Marketing 658.8
  • Microeconomics 338.5
  • Organisational Behaviour 658.4 

Why use journals?

Examples of business journals Harvard Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Economist

The term journal can mean either:

Peer-reviewed: articles in these journals are assessed by a panel of experts and subject specialists before the article is allowed to be published. Most research published in peer-reviewed journals is highly referenced allowing you to judge the quality of the research yourself. They are very thorough taking a long time to research, write and review; so whilst they may not mention the most current developments they will look at a subject in very specific detail.

Professional/Trade: articles are written by experts in a particular profession or trade and will cover current topics and trends within that field. Content will be catered to other professionals so will assume inside knowledge.  Articles may have a reference list. 

Popular magazines: examples include the Economist and Spectator and their articles are written by reporters for a general audience. They are published on a more regular basis so the articles will not be as well researched as articles in peer-reviewed journals but they will be more current, reporting on recent events. They are rarely referenced making a judgment on quality difficult.  

Use journals to find:

  • useful information, research and discussions

  • different viewpoints from different authors

  • relatively current information, journals are published quicker than books.

Popular magazines are a great way to develop your commercial awareness. You should be using peer-reviewed journals in your assignments to build on knowledge gathered from books