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Defining main concepts and terms in your university work

  • Along with introductory academic books about topics, use dictionaries and encyclopaedias help you understand the key terms and concepts, giving definitions as a starting point. This is part of the initial planning stage, when you are analysing the assignment brief, considering keywords and building a search strategy. It may also be necessary to define some of the key terms in your work.
  • When writing your work, consider citing definitions from the academic books and articles which will make a better impression. You will also gain understanding of key terms and concepts from your lectures and seminars. Your lecturers will recommend sources in lectures and seminars; make sure you check the unit reading list and lecture notes for direction to the best sources.


  • Do not cite and reference Wikipedia in your university work. Instead, try using a database BU Library subscribes to called CREDOReference.
  • CREDOreference includes a wide range of credible and reliable encyclopaedic information. Search for a theory or enter a term / keywords for a key concept (e.g. ecotourism; agency costs; consumer behaviour) to get results from valuable sources.

Where can I find online company accounts?

Where can I find Beta Values

Print sources:

Online sources:

Where can I find Import and Export information?

Online sources UK:

Online sources EU:

Where can I find information on Dorset companies?


  • FAME using Regional Sales Leads reports

Where can I find the purchasing power of the GB Pound or US Dollar?

Where can I find Exchange rates?

Where can I find the Retail Price Index (RPI) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

Where can I find industry averages for profitability?

Print sources:

Online sources (All available here):

  • UK - FAME using 'Peer Analysis' option
  • Europe - AMADEUS, using 'Peer Analysis' option
  • International / worldwide: Thomson One

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Where can I find Share Prices?


Where can I find information on doing business in different countries?

Online sources:

Print sources:

Where can I find market size/market share?

Company and financial statistical data - free online tools


  • BU Library does not subscribe to websites listed below
  • With some of these sources, use with caution and check with an academic who set your assignment or who is supervising your dissertation/final project before using Google Finance as evidence in your academic work. They will have individual views and advice about this source.
  • Ensure you consider the validity of the content you find on these sites; you will have limited access to free information which may be useful, to compare with data provided by credible sources that BU Library subscribes to.
  • BU Library subscribes to authoritative, reputable company and industry information sources. Faculty of Management academics will expect you to engage with these sources as well, not just use free online tools you find on Google.
  • You will also find valuable information in newspapers (not tabloids) e.g. Financial Times (FT), The Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist etc. Access BU's online collection of newspapers here and use BU's integrated search engine mySearch.