Library for Middlesex University students


Textbooks are the starting point for researching new topics or subject areas.

Reading lists give an idea of relevant textbooks.

Library catalogues show what else is available:

QAHE Library catalogue

Trade publications

Trade publications are a valuable source of practitioners' experience and knowledge. They are different to scholarly publications. Some are available on open access: use Google or similar. For some paid-for publications, use the Business Source Complete database: after searching, limit the results with the Source Types filter.

Market data and research

Market research, data and statistics is often published (by governments, NGOs etc.) on open access - use Google or similar; see also Open access.

A lot of market research is behind a paywall. There is no single aggregator or tool to search for all market research. Use each electronic resource one by one depending on your objectives. Business Source Complete, IBISWorld etc are listed in the LibGuide.

Scholarly publications

Academic research is published in scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journals, conference papers and monographs. The most commonly used search tool for academic research is Google Scholar. For the academic research databases available via the university subscriptions, see the LibGuide.


For help with referencing, see Referencing.

Evaluating Resources

For help with with resource evaluation and identifying whether a source is suitable to use, see Evaluating Sources.

Online research resources

Databases - IBISWorld, Mintel, Passport

Databases - Business Source Complete