Category: Database

New Business resources

Library Services are pleased to provide access to the following new Business resources:

Moody’s Default and Recovery Database

Moody’s is available on 2 PCs in the Central Library. It contains data on defaults, recovery from default and ratings changes for all corporate issuers of long term bonds.

RavenPack News Analytics via WRDS

RavenPack News Analytics provides real-time structured sentiment, relevance and novelty data for entities and events detected in the unstructured text published by reputable sources. More information is available from RavenPack. 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.  Titles include:

  • Risk
  • Asia Risk
  • Operational Risk
  • Insurance Risk
  • Hedge Funds Review
  • Structured Products
  • Energy Risk
  • Journal of Risk
  • Journal of Operational Risk
  • Journal of Credit Risk
  • Journal of Computational Finance
  • Journal of Energy Markets
  • Journal of Investment Strategies
  • Journal of Risk Model Validation
  • Journal of Financial Markets Infrastructure
  • Journal of Network Theory in Finance

For assistance with any of our online resources, please contact Library Services. trial

Library Services have arranged trial access to a new online resource, is an engineering website which will be particularly useful for Materials scientists – please try it and send our Materials Engineering Librarian, Eleni Zazani, your views ( Your opinions will help us decided whether to add this resource to our collections.

Thank you!

Using Passport for industry information

The Library subscribes to Passport and Passport Industrial, which provide industry analysis and market research reports. Our Business Team had a useful update meeting with Passport’s publisher Euromonitor this week and we thought it would be helpful to pass on some highlights to users.

As well as monitoring industry trends and market size, Passport also provides strategic information, with forecasts for the next five years compiled by Euromonitor analysts. It covers around 100 countries including some emerging markets, with data going back to 1977. We also subscribe to the ‘Industrial’ collection (it’s slightly hidden – access via Economies tab), for information on business to business and commercial markets; sectors covered include finance and insurance, machinery and transport.

A particular Passport feature is the Dashboard which provides interactive maps to visualise a huge range of data with options to customise, as well as links to further statistics and reports.

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While the current user interface is not always intuitive (!) a new and improved search is due to become available in early June – please do give it a go and explore some of the valuable reports and data included. For further information or help please contact the Business Team at

Passport is available to all Imperial students and staff from the Library’s Business support web pages.

Rosemary Russell, Business Librarian


Statista upgrade

Statista is a statistics portal that provides direct access to quantitative data in the fields of media, business, finance and politics. It also gives access to comprehensive industry reports on 1000 industry topics, market forecasts and infographics.

Library Services have now extended our subscription to include individualised functions for registered users. These new features include saving favourites, receiving alerts, creating own collections and exporting.

Try Statista now

As with most Library online resources, on-site access is seamless. For off-site access please use the link in the Library Search record and enter your College username and password when prompted.

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Tracking down theses is easier with ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

Library Services recently upgraded our ProQuest Dissertations & Theses subscription to include ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global).

“ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.” (ProQuest website)

All records feed into Library Search, so if you’re looking for a thesis from anywhere in the World you should be able to find it there. If you can’t, our Document Delivery Service will be happy to track it down for you.

For Imperial theses always check the Spiral repository first, as titles from 2013 onwards are available on open access. And, if you’re unable to see the title you want, you can request to see the print copy via our Store Service.

Audio Engineering Society E-Library

aes-logoIf you need information about audio engineering you could do worse than visit the Audio Engineering Society E-Library.

The E-library brings together the AES collection of convention papers, conference papers, engineering briefs, AES Journal and open access papers, with many contributions by leading professionals in the field. Content dates from the 1950s to the present.

Library Services are pleased to bring you access to the AES E-Library straight from your desktop when in College, or log in with your College username and password when working off-site.

Try the AES E-Library now

We’d love your feedback, let us know what you think at or on Twitter @imperiallibrary


This week Spotlight focuses on a Medical resource, UpToDate.

UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource to aid point-of-care decisions.

You can sign in and view the website at Alternatively Imperial College Library subscribes to UpToDate Anywhere so our academics, students and researchers can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices free of charge.

Information includes access to 10,000+ topics in over 22 specialties, medical calculators, ability to easily search more than 28,000 pictures, tables, graphs, and videos, and 1,500+ patient information topics written in plain English with the aim of being able to be shared with patients.

Library Services welcome your feedback about all our resources, please send us your comments and enquiries via ASK the Library.

Who’s Who – over 33,000 influential people from around the world

whoswhowebpanelLibrary Services are pleased to offer access to Who’s Who 2015 online, the essential directory of noteworthy and influential people from every area of public life worldwide.

This resource lists autobiographies of people who have had an impact on British life and presents them in a user friendly format. Politicians, judges, academics and artists are just a few examples of the many people you can find using this resource.

Our subscription also includes Who Was Who, an invaluable historical archive going back to 1897, which includes the entries of over 90,000 people, now deceased, who were included in previous editions of Who’s Who.

Try Who’s Who now or find it on Library Search

Statista – a million statistics at your fingertips

Statista logoThe Library has recently subscribed to Statista, a statistics portal that provides quantitative data on a multitude of categories: from agriculture to engineering, energy and environment, marketing and consumer, media and technology to demographics.

It also gathers comprehensive industry reports on 1000 industry topics and market forecasts covering 40 countries.

Statista offers interactive infographics and charts showing reliable statistical data, structured in a user friendly way. You can change the view of these graphics, download data in various formats (PDF, PPT, XLS, PNG) and use it in your academic projects, provided you cite and reference it accordingly.

Please note that if you want to use Statista away from campus you’ll need to log in using the VPN.

Earcthdoc – a new database from The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers

Imperial College London Library now subsribes to Earthdoc.

The European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers’ (EAGE) online database contains over 55,000 papers and articles going as far back as 1982. The following journals are included:

  • First Break
  • Near Surface Geophysics
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Seismic Technology
  • Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • Journal of the Balkan Geophysical Society

In addition, Earthdoc provides access to all event papers presented at EAGE’s conferences, exhibitions, workshops, etc. as well as those of other international societies.

Nicole Urquhart
Subject Librarian: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Design Engineering, Earth Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering