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Business databases and online resources

Online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card. Not a member? Join online

Business Source Premier

The valuable resource, Ebsco's Business Source Premier, provides you with remote access from home or work to a huge range of scholarly business, management and economics journals, including full text to the Harvard Business Review, New Zealand Management, Forbes, California Management Review, and New Zealand Business. In addition to the fulltext for more than 2,100 journals, another 1,800 journals are indexed. In addition, access to non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.Content is updated daily and is particularly strong in marketing, management, MIS and economics.

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Gale Small Business Builder

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Our new resource Gale Small Business Builder provides a gradual, step-by-step introduction to business concepts and tools. It addresses questions from "Is entrepreneurship the right decision for me?" to "When will my company break even and begin to show a profit?" It covers multiple stages of the business development lifecycle. The intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

The programme will help you to:

  • Vet a business idea by applying a rich variety of recognized frameworks
  • Develop a business plan you can submit to lenders
  • Create a pitch deck for investor presentations
  • Manage day-to-day operations through the tracking of capital expenditures, debt, sales, inventory, staff, and more

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Gale Small Business Resource Centre

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Another new Gale resource is the Small Business Resource Centre which is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. An an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages: plan, fund, start, and manage, all designed to fit your research needs at any point in your business's development. A particularly useful feature is the Business Plans Handbook series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs. New plans are added monthly.

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This ProQuest database, ABI-Inform, is one of the few sources you can access the The Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition) fulltext for free. Abi/Inform Global is very strong in coverage of management techniques and theory, corporate strategy and tactics. It includes, in addition, to a very strong line-up of journals, material from theses, and is nicely balanced with material from both the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.

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Katalyst has comprehensive profiles on 15,800 New Zealand business to business (B2B) companies including details on their activities, brands, people, products and services searchable by 30 different criteria including location, Number of employees, turnover, products (by ANZSIC code) , job category or job title.

You can use Katalyst Business to:

  • Find new suppliers of products and services
  • Research companies, markets and industries
  • Identify and target key areas
  • Produce lists for direct mail campaigns
  • Find sales leads & make new contacts
  • Put your products in front of B2B purchasers

Access is via the public internet computers in our libraries, remote access is not available

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Lynda.com is an online tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on computer software, creative and business skills. The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features, allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved. Lynda.com can be accessed both within the library, or from outside.

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This gives same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days. It comes with a number of options including a customisable home feed, searching, instant translation, and social options such as sharing, commenting and following other users. You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Publications can also be downloaded for offline reading on the app.

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Academic Search Elite

This Ebsco database is a rich resource spanning a broad stretch of academic subjects with thousands of full-text journals and abstracted and indexed journals. Nearly 1,600 active full-text journals and magazines, more than 1300 of these are peer-reviewed.

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ProQuest Research Library

From business and political science to literature and psychology, this database provides access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. Sources include scholarly journals and trade publications, as well as highly respected magazines and newspapers.

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Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (formerly ProQuest ANZ Newsstand)

This database offers full text, searchable access to national and provincial newspapers in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand titles available on Australia & New Zealand Newsstream include The Dominion Post, The New Zealand Herald, The Press (Christchurch), Sunday Star-Times, Truth, and past issues of The Evening Post and The Dominion. Australian newspapers include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), The Australian and ABC news sources. Many titles can be searched going back several years.

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RBdigital eMagazines

RBdigital (previously known as Zinio) has a range of magazines which can be read on computers and mobile devices, such as strategy+business, The Economist, Fast Company and NZ Business.

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Other useful sites and resources

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

Index New Zealand

Although only providing some fulltext material, INNZ indexes valuable NZ material which is not indexed elsewhere, and which the library holds eg Her magazine, Human Resources, Istart, and Employment Today.

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WCL Business Pages

Be kept up to date with business information via the @wcl_Marilyn Twitter feed and Business Blog.

To view our guides for small business, finding company information, doing business overseas and career change, as well as access to both in-house and external business resources, check out our Business pages.