Business for Walk-in Access - Basic guidance for searching & using e-resources

The University of Portsmouth Library subscribes to a range of online resources, some of which contain particular types of information, such as images, and data, some cover all subject areas, such as Credo and MyiLibrary, whilst others cover specific subjects such as Business Source Complete and Engineering Village for example. You can view a list of e-resources by type or by subject.

Online or e-resources are databases, or searchable collections of electronic or online information. Below are some tips for searching effectively:

  • Unlike search engines such as Google, databases cannot normally deal with long phrases, so split sentences into keywords and combine them using AND, OR, or NOT.
  • Think carefully about the keywords you are going to use. Use alternatives, and consider US and UK spelling variants. For example, CAR or VEHICLE, CHILD or CHILDREN, COLOUR or COLOR, ORGANISATION or ORGANIZATION.
  • Use the Advanced search screens, which will enable you to combine keywords, and help you to refine your search. You do not have to be ‘advanced’ searcher to use them!
  • When you find useful information, search again using the keywords or descriptors used by the database to describe the information. This will enable you to find more like this one.
  • Look at the help screen or watch the tutorials for useful tips which will save you time.

You will be able to access full-text articles etc. that the Library subscribes to. Look for the link to PDF or Download PDF or the link Full text from publisher. You may also have to click on the Locate Full Text link where the full text version is accessible from the publisher’s site.

Managing Downloads

Please Note: any items (e.g. article PDF files) that you download during your session will be deleted from the PC as soon as you logoff (or leave the PC unattended for more than 25 minutes). Once deleted, downloads cannot be recovered. So it is essential that you send/save any items you want to keep:

If you can login to an online email account such as Outlook or Google, you can download PDF documents and email them to yourself.

  • When you click on the PDF link to open the document, it will be saved automatically to the Downloads folder.
  • You'll find the downloaded document under Libraries -> Documents ->Downloads ->Chrome Downloads
  • Attach the document to an email using your own email address

If you have brought a portable USB device with you, you can download the document and save it to your device.  

  • Plug your device into the PC
  • When you click on the PDF link to open the document, it will be saved automatically to the Downloads folder.
  • You'll find the downloaded document under Libraries -> Documents ->Downloads ->Chrome Downloads
  • Save PDF documents to ‘Removable disk’ on the E: drive
  • Remember to remove your device from the PC when you have finished, by clicking on the arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of the PC screen, and selecting the USB ‘Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media’ icon.

Book Locations

You may want to look at books relating to this subject area. You are free to consult these in the Library, but walk-in visitors may not borrow books unless they have an External Reader membership. The list below will help you find where subjects of interest are held in the Library - click on the location to view a map.

accounting - 657
advertising & public relations - 659
banking - 332.1
company law - 346.41066
economics - 330
finance - 332
general management - 658
home & family management - 640
international commerce (foreign trade) - 382
international economics - 337
investment - 332.6
taxation - 336.2

 

 

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