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Library for enterprise

The specialist information sources available via the library can help you to prepare for job interviews and business meetings as well as helping you with your academic course.

The library has careers, entrepreneurship and learning skills books along with group work rooms, study spaces and a presentation corner in the 0C area just off the main foyer, so you can develop team working and presentation skills here as well as research and information handling skills.

Library resources and eresources can help you to:

  • Identify companies you would like to work for.
  • Prepare for an interview.
  • Research a company.
  • Research a market sector.
  • Explore options for starting your own business.

Identify companies 

FAME and Key Note can generate lists of companies in a particular industry sector, in a geographical area, with a certain number of employees, or meeting a range of other criteria.

Prepare for an interview

The careers collection on 0C has books on preparing for interviews, writing a CV, psychometric tests and more. For more information see the careers subject guide.

Research a company

There are many resources to help you - this is just a selection.

  • The International Directory of Company Histories at 658.016 INT on Floor 1A is good for general background information
  • For up-to-the-minute company news, European Newsstream and ABI Inform are excellent
  • For company financial information try FAME and Key Note (for UK companies) and Osiris (for international companies)
  • The Top Employer's website from the Top Employers Instititute can be a useful guide to a company’s reputation as an employer
  • WARC includes a range of company profiles for major companies.

Research a market sector

There are a number of market research eResources. KeyNote and Mintel have in-depth research on UK market sectors with some international content. COBRA UK Market Synopses are more concise guides to UK markets. ProQuest Business and WARC include US and international market research.

Explore options for starting your own business

COBRA is dedicated entirely to providing information useful to people who are planning to start up a business, and the 0C area of the library has books on starting up a business.

See also Mintel's 5 steps to perfecting your business plan.

Further help available

This page lists the most generally useful information sources. If you would like to discuss something more specific please contact:

Hannah Porter: Information Librarian - School of Business, Law and Communications
Room: ML102 Ext: 3687. Tel: 023 8201 3687
E-mail: hannah.porter@solent.ac.uk


For in-depth information about careers, employability and enterprise see the employability portal pages.

Page last updated on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 3.34pm.

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