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Useful websites for Business Management
UK Government Departments
The UK government’s economic and finance ministry, maintaining control over public spending and setting the direction of the UK’s economic policy.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Government department with responsibility for business, industrial strategy, science, research and innovation, energy and clean growth and climate change.
Other Business-related organisations
CIA World Factbook (US Governent)
Overview of all the countries in the world by the US Government, providing brief descriptions of many aspects including people, government, economy and transport.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Information
Reports and and economic data about over 180 countries worldwide compiled by the IMF, an organisation made up of 189 countries to work together to promote monetary and financial stability, trade and economic growth.
World Bank Countries and Regions Information
The World Bank is an international institution that provides loans and financial assistance to developing countries to promote growth and poverty reduction.
World Bank Open Knowledge Repository
Free access to resources, including books, reports, research and data, produced by the World Bank.
A source for financial, economic and alternative datasets. Newman Library does not subscribe to this database, but there are many datasets available for free.
Statistics are used by academics to support and develop arguments and theories. Use statistics in assignments or research to add weight to your arguments.
UK Official Statistics from the Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the most important source for UK official statistics. It collects, analyses and publishes statistics about the UK’s economy, society and population.
ONS statistics cover a range of different topics and subjects. As a Business Management student, you may wish to explore the following sections:
ONS Business, Industry and Trade
Activities of businesses and industry in the UK, including data on the production and trade of goods and services, sales by retailers, characteristics of businesses, the construction and manufacturing sectors, and international trade.
UK economic activity covering production, distribution, consumption and trade of goods and services. Individuals, businesses, organisations and governments all affect the development of the economy.
ONS Employment and Labour Market
People in and out of work covering employment, unemployment, types of work, earnings, working patterns and workplace disputes.
ONS Local labour market statistics and trends
Links to datasets other services that allow you to design your own analyses of labour market statistics.
Statistics from government departments
Government departments also release statistics related to their functions and the policies that they implement.
UK Government Research and Statistics
You can use this page to search for government departments. As a starting point, you may wish to search for "Business" and "Treasury" using the "Organisation" menu on the left-hand side.
Other useful statistical sources
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Statistical data related to UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals, containing global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science, technology, culture and communication.
UK Business news
Business news, up-to-date market data and information on the economy, companies and e-commerce from the BBC.
Guidance on using Internet resources
With millions of resources available on the internet, it can be difficult to find relevant and appropriate material even if you have good search skills.
The following tips will help you to develop your website evaluation skills for your reading, assignments and research. They're also handy for assessing any information you come across, online or offline, in your studies or in your life outside of university.
- Use the CRAAP Test developed by the Meriam Library in California. CRAAP stands for ‘Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose’.
- Ask your Academic Service Librarian for help with improving your information evaluation skills. They offer one-to-one support tutorials and workshops throughout the year.
- Use Virtual Training Suite which provides free online tutorials on using the internet for many subjects. It covers general skills and more specific, subject-relevant topics.
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TV and Radio programmes
Box of Broadcasts is an online streaming and archive service for TV and radio programmes for universities.
You can view and record over 2 million TV and radio programmes including off-air recordings from the BBC going back to 2007. You can also record programmes up to 30 days after broadcast from over 60 TV and radio channels.
Box of Broadcasts also allows you to create clips from programmes and share these with other users. You can keep your recorded programmes and clips for as long as you need them. You can also search other users’ content.