Accounting - Recommended Sources

Listed below are some specialist e-resources that are bought by the University that you may wish to explore. 

There is also a list of useful websites.

Do remember to look at other subject pages such as Economics and Finance and Banking.

Specialist e-resources

• Bloomberg  (in Library only) 

As well as the Bloomberg Suite in the Richmond building, there are 3 terminals on the first floor of the Library, which are available during our extended opening hours.
NOTE: These machines cannot be booked.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

Contains electronic versions of the Dictionary of Accounting (2007), Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms (2006) and Dictionary of Financial Engineering (2000).

• Datastream  (in Library only) 

For masters or dissertation students, this is a very powerful database with financial and economic data from around the world.
It is available through AppsAnywhere (on campus).
Use is limited to two simultaneous connections at any one time. Try again after 15 minutes if unsuccessful at first.

Market Intelligence, part of S&P services and previously known as SNL (Savings and Loans), is a global financial database providing news, financial data, and analytics of banks and insurance companies. Bought by the Business School to replace Bankscope, it is available on campus only. First time users need to register using a University email address. 

Up-to-date information on 30,000+ worldwide companies, 3,500 industry reports and over 110 country profiles. Explore the individual databases on offer including Company Prospector (to help build lists of potential business partners and clients) and Investment & Advisory Prospector (which identifies advisory and investment firms operating in specific industries and allows you to gain insight into the investment and inorganic strategy of companies).

• S&P Capital IQ not in Discovery 

S&P Capital IQ offers deep global company information, credit ratings and market research with tools for risk assessments. It provides access to both real-time and historical information on companies, markets, transactions and people worldwide. Some investment reports on Companies available. Similar to Bloomberg but web-based and available off-campus.


Aimed at accountancy professionals, this is a useful site for keeping up-to-date with news and resources. Registration is free.

Explore in particular the Students and Professional insights areas of this website.

Financial Fraud Action UK provides a cohesive industry voice about financial fraud. It provides information for consumers and members including publicity campaigns, financial industry fraud statistics and useful links to other fraud sites.

The FRC is the UK’s independent regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment.  Find accountancy, auditing and assurance and corporate governance standards and codes on this site.

Keep up-to-date with UK’s tax authority.

Independent organisation offering research on public finances, tax and welfare policy, tax law, education, inequality and poverty, pensions, productivity and innovation, consumer behaviour and the evaluation of policies designed to promote development in poorer countries. Useful fiscal facts section.

A major UK accountancy body with a useful student section. Some reports are freely available although most limited to members.
Also consider the ICAEW Library subject gateways covering over 20 subjects from accounting through to corporate governance and tax.

Your Subject Team

Hannah Porter

Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3238

Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3452

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