Business databases and online resources

Alpha Vantage
Free stock API. Access to UK and other global financial and economic datasets, including historical equity and ETF time series data, company financials, and realtime/historical foreign exchange rates as well as digital/crypto currency prices.

Scientific repository of open access e-prints. Includes an economics and quantitative finance section.

Bloomberg contains current and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures.
Business reference source for global business news and analysis of the markets, business strategy, tech, and politics. Provides business intelligence and serves a business audience with data-based journalism. In comparison to the Bloomberg terminal, is designed more for accessing news content, rather than quantitative data-gathering. NOTE: First time users of need to register via 

BoardEx Data
BoardEx Data contains global board and relationship intelligence collected and curated over 20 years. Covers UK, North America and European datasets from 1999 to the present.

Business Expert Press e-books collection
The Business Expert Press collection provides over 1000 e-books focussed on applied business topics covering fields including big data, corporate risk management, economics and public policy, human resources and organisational behaviour, quantitative approaches to decision management, finance, accounting, portfolio and project management, public relations, and marketing strategy.

Business Green
News and in-depth analysis of green business and environmental issues including industry-leading analysis, interviews with green business leaders and politicians, policy and technology briefings and white papers.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) (SharePoint space requiring College username and password)
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) climate change corporate response dataset contains comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data from companies publicly disclosing their environmental information to CDP. It includes over 100 questions covering topics such as climate risks, low-carbon opportunities, emissions management, and governance and strategy around climate change. The dataset also includes sector-specific modules, full alignment with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and improved alignment with other reporting frameworks, and an emphasis on forward-looking metrics. Further information on the CDP data.

COMPUSTAT Global provides data on publicly traded companies in more than 80 countries. COMPUSTAT North America contains Standard and Poor's data on more that 24,000 public companies. COMPUSTAT Execucomp provides executive compensation data with time series data available since 1992.

The Council of European Social Science Data Archives
Social science data archives across Europe.

CRSP is the Center for Research in Security Prices, including security price, return and volume data for the NYSE, AMEX and Nasdaq stock markets. It contains CRSP daily and monthly stocks, CRSP 1925 US indices and CRSP/COMPUSTAT merged. All of these datasets are quarterly updated.

DealScan contains information on the global commercial loan market. It provides access to Loan Pricing Corporation's (LPC's) database of detailed terms and conditions on over 131,000 loan, high-yield bond and private placement transactions.

EBSCOhost Business Source Ultimate

  • Academic journal articles: major source
  • Company Profiles: International Datamonitor Profiles from the world’s largest companies
  • Country Reports: Including economic competitiveness reports, political risk yearbooks and emerging markets monitor
  • Market Research Reports: market research handbooks and Datamonitor Marketwatch reports
  • Industry Profiles: Country and geographic areas analyses, including market forecast data and reports from the EIU covering key industries
  • SWOT analyses from Gartner Inc, working papers, case studies and analyst and executive interviews

EBSCO Mobile
For using EBSCO on a smart phone, if you are using an iPad use the above link as normal.


Economic academic literature database with full text access, including country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, labour economics and monetary theory.

Economics, Econometrics and Finance e-journal and e-book collection
71 titles, the oldest title going back to 1967. There are also 78 e-books.

The Economist

Economist Intelligence Unit reports
The Economist Intelligence Unit is the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis, such as monthly country reports, five-year country economic forecasts, country risk service reports, and industry reports. Imperial College London subscribes to EIU reports on the following countries: China; France; Germany; Italy; India; Malaysia; Singapore; Spain; the United Kingdom; and the United States of America.

EconPapers (RePEc)
EconPapers provides access to RePEc, the world's largest collection of online Economics working papers, journal articles and software.

Securities and Exchange Commission filings for U.S. private companies. Includes registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms.

Elsevier Business, Management and Accounting journals collection (ScienceDirect)This online collection provides access to older journal content for 72 titles between 1958-1994. All journals are also available by individual journal title through Library Search.

Abstracts from over 3,500 international biomedical and pharmaceutical journals, covering medicine, health policy and management, pharmacology and psychiatry.

Information from the European Social Survey including 30 countries covering social variables. Users are required to register.

Provides access to 3,500 newspapers, 4,200 journals and magazines, up to 700 updated newswires (Dow Jones, Reuters, etc.), 25 million company profiles, industry profiles, quotes and charting for stocks, funds, markets, indices and currencies and the EUR-Lex Database. Library subscription does not include access to the Factiva app.

Business and Management videos from leading academic figures. Covering Organisational Behaviour, Strategy , Leadership, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Economics and Accounting.

Financial data on over 3 million UK and Irish companies, with 2.6m records in detail.
FT news and comment, FT reports & analyses and five year archive. Includes Lex column on business and finance and markets and funds data. For an archive from 1981 onwards (excluding graphics) go to Factiva (see above). Sign up to the Financial Times annotation tool MBA Newslines here.

Gartner IT Strategy Resources
It provides expert analysis across the IT landscape. You can search for reports by categories such as Foundational, Technology and Applications, Information and IT services, Industries and Domain, Geographic and Innovation Insights.

Global Financial Data
Global Financial Data is the most complete collection of historical and current financial and economic data available in the world.  It provides data from 1265 to the present and spanning more than 200 global markets.  In addition to providing current market data, GFD specializes in transcribing historical data sources into research-quality databases of information.  Data is compiled from original source documents such as academic journals, news periodicals, books and numerous other archival sources. IMPORTANT NOTE: First time users must register here using their full email address. 

Global Forecasting Service (Economist Intelligence Unit)
The EIU global forecasting service provides an in-depth five-year macroeconomic outlook and economic forecast for the world’s economy. It is provided as part of the Economist Intelligence Unit reports service. Note that the Data Tool provides 5-year and longer-term forecast data for the 10 listed countries subscribed to by Imperial College London.

Henry Stewart Talks – Business and Management Collection

Online lectures and case studies by experts from commerce, industry and academia covering finance, accounting and economics, global business management, management, leadership and organization, strategy.

Offers advanced searching and browsing capabilities in Business Administration (+26,000 articles), Types of Management (+3,000 articles), Organisational Studies (+96,000 articles) and Social Psychology (+270,000 articles).

HMIC: Health Management Information Consortium
Articles, official publications and grey literature on health and social care management.

IBISWorld is a comprehensive collection of European industry market research and industry risk ratings.  It includes statistics, analysis, forecasts and Brexit Impact Reports.

JSTOR Business Collection
Archive of major academic business journal articles, covering economics, finance, accounting, marketing, risk assessment and management. Search as part of complete JSTOR collection or choose Advanced Search to narrow to business only; alternatively browse by sub-topic within Business and Economics.

MarketLine Advantage
MarketLine Advantage is a leading source of market research information. It contains company, country and industry intelligence, with research and data extending across every major marketplace in the world.

Produced by the US National Library of Medicine, Medline covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences as they relate to medicine, health care, and the health care system.
Medline contains over 18 million citations and abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals, dating from 1950.
Use Medline via OvidSP to be guided through selections for a precise search based on Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), subheadings, and limits, and to build a search strategy in steps and by trying multiple combinations.

Mergent Online
Mergent Online (MOL) is a fully searchable database with financial details on over 95% of the global market capitalisation universe.  Additional details include executive profiles, family tree and annual reports.  The library subscription includes Mergent Basic and the Investext Broker Research add-on module.  Investext Broker Research covers embargoed research of over 18 million reports, with history back to 1982.  Around 4,000 new reports are added daily, and there is no download cap. IMPORTANT NOTE: For broker research reports, select the Investext tab from the Mergent Online homepage.

NBER Working Papers
National Bureau for Economic Research contains economic research for public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.

OECD iLibrary 
Publications from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Please use Firefox or Chrome to download tables and charts.

Option Metrics (Ivy DB US)
Historical price and implied volatility data from US equity and index option markets.

Orbis Europe
Orbis Europe is a subset of Bureau van Dijk’s global ‘Orbis’ tool.  It holds information on public and private banks, insurance firms, and industrial companies across 56 European countries.  It contains over 105 million companies on its system, which is updated on a weekly basis.

Orbis M&A
Mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital deals, with five years of global coverage.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
Language and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including economics and business dictionaries.

Passport and Passport Industrial (Euromonitor)
Euromonitor International intelligence and analysis on industries, countries, and consumers. Contains 3 million economic and demographic statistics, 1 million consumer lifestyle statistics and 17,000 market, company and country reports. The Passport: Industrial section also provides analysis of the industrial makeup of the world’s 18 largest economies. Each economy is split into 177 industries with cross-country and cross-industry comparable statistics.

Patents and intellectual property information
Advice on searching, browsing, filing and obtaining patent and intellectual peoperty information.

PitchBook delivers data, research, and technology covering private capital markets, including global venture capital, private equity, and M&A transactions.  When logging on for the first time, you need to supply your College email (ending in and then log in with your College username and password when prompted.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Your personal PitchBook account allows for 10 DAILY and 25 MONTHLY rows of data downloads.  (One tabled search result of company, deal, fund or person entities exported into Excel, regardless of columns, represents one download.)  Please do not attempt to bypass these download limits.

Practical Law
Practical Law is a database of legal know-how. Content includes practice notes, standard documents and clauses, legal checklists, toolkits, updates, and state-specific legal guidance.

Preqin provides information on private equity and venture capital companies, funds and deals. Imperial College Library’s Preqin subscription includes access to the following six modules: 1) Private Equity, 2) Real Estate, 3) Private Debt, 4) Natural Resources, 5) Venture Capital, and 6) Cashflow.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Doctoral dissertations and masters theses from around the world. Includes over 2.4 million citations and abstracts. Publishes more than 65,000 new theses and dissertations annually.

Full text articles covering all subject areas relevant to psychological science including psychology and social and behavioural sciences related to business.

An abstract and indexing database of peer-reviewed literature in psychology, including related disciplines such as medicine, law, social work, neuroscience, business, nursing, forensics and engineering.

Abstracts from worldwide biomedical literature, including research, clinical practice, administration and policy issues. Includes economic and cost data limiters in the Health Services Research section of PubMed Tools. Provides access to the Medline database as well as other useful biomedical databases.

Regional Business News
US business journals, newspapers and newswires.

RePEc: Research Papers in Economics
Working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components in Economics and related Sciences.

Responsible Investor
Includes the latest thinking on sustainable finance for investors globally across all asset classes. Delivers news, market analysis, and data examining ESG and sustainability across financial markets. Provides readers with an understanding of how investors are incorporating ESG into their investment policies and processes. is an online portal dedicated to risk management, derivatives and complex financial products. Content includes full access to Risk journals plus industry news and analysis.

S&P Capital IQ
Provides data on public and private companies, investment firms, capital transactions, and people. Offers sophisticated retrieval and personalization tools to create bespoke reports.

S&P Capital IQ Pro
A global financial database providing news, macroeconomic data and financials and analytics of banks and insurance companies.

Database of 2,500 journals and thousands of books published primarily by Elsevier.  Use this in conjunction with resources that cover citations from a wide range of publishers such as Web of Science or Scopus.

Science Business
This innovation, intelligence and networking platform is an independent news service that specialises in research, industry and policy making within the EU. With both an academic and entrepreneurial approach it covers the most up to date topics, with insights into sector-specific innovation policies (e.g. ICT, energy, healthcare, transport) and horizontal initiatives (e.g. EU-funded programmes, unitary patent, transatlantic co-operations).

Multidisciplinary navigational tool that contains records going back to the mid-1960s that covers business, management and economics. You can limit your search to those subjects if you choose to do so. You can also to look at the special features which allow you to set up alerts, download and e-mail and often link directly to the full text of the source.

Social Sciences Citation Index
Index to social science journal literature including business and management, industrial relations, political science and public health. Search as part of Web of Science Core Collection.

Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) e-library
Working papers in economics, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance and management. This service provides access to free full-text papers through various subject specific networks, including Accounting and Economics Research Networks. It also contains a search option to search across all subject areas. Not all content is freely available.

A statistics portal that provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics; offers comprehensive industry reports on 1000 industry topics, market forecasts and infographics. Registered users have access to individualised functions including saving favourites, receiving alerts, creating own collections and exporting.

Sustainalytics Global Access
Sustainalytics Global Access provides ESG data on the sustainability of listed companies based on their environmental, social and corporate governance performance. It covers 4,500 companies and all major global indices. 

UK Data Service
A comprehensive resource for social and economic data. It provides a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macro data, business micro data, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011.

Wall Street Journal
News and analysis for the US and around the world. Includes politics, economics, markets, life and arts.

WARC is a leading provider of evidence-based strategic marketing information.  It provides updated research from across the marketing industry, case studies, expert guidance on best practice, industry data, benchmarks and rankings, and assorted guidance to help marketers.

Web of Science
A multidisciplinary database which indexes international scholarly literature. It Includes the Science citation index, Social Science Citation index, Arts and Humanities citation index and Conference Proceedings Citation indexes.

Delivers seamless integrated access to 698 publications in Business & Management including 177 Journals and 521 Books.

A source of financial, accounting, economic, management, marketing, banking, and insurance data.