Business Library re-opening 16th November

We are pleased to announce that the Business Library at Bunhill Row will re-open on Monday, 16th November from 09:00 – 21:00. Monday to Friday. Bookable study spaces, PCs and specialist financial terminals will be available in addition to a click and collect service for requested books.

Please ensure you book a study space or PC in advance.  Track and trace will be in operation via QR code check-in for bookable spaces  and, in accordance with University guidelines,  all Library users are required to wear a face covering when using Library spaces unless exempt from doing so.

Library users are advised to check the Library website for current information about service availability.

Introducing World-Check Country Risk Ranking

The database World-Check Country Risk Ranking from Thomson Reuters is now available for use inside the library.

What does it do?

World-Check Country Risk Ranking provides a current ranking of countries based on political, economic and criminal factors from hundreds of independent sources and international organisations, including the World Bank, Financial Action Task Force, OECD and World Economic Forum.

World-Check Country Risk Ranking screenshot
World-Check Country Risk Ranking screenshot

Risk factors include:
• Type of governance
• Political stability
• Armed conflict
• Human Rights
• Debt
• Credit Sovereign Ratings
• Fraud
• Human trafficking
• Corruption

World-Check Country Ranking risk factors breakdown
World-Check Country Ranking risk factors breakdown

Ranking is updated when new source material is published. Ratings are transparent and linked directly to their sources.

World-Check Country Risk Ranking risk factors
Political factors


How can we get access it?

World-Check Country Risk Ranking can be accessed on networked computers at Northampton Square Library or Cass Learning Resource Centre. Users should ask at the helpdesk to get access. Please note only one user at a time can access it at each site.
Questions about World-Check Country Risk Ranking can be directed to Samantha Halford ( or Catie Tuttle (

Library Staff Love #13: Research methods for business students

As it’s the last Library Staff Love feature for 2016, this time we mean business. Well, by ‘we’ I mean Samantha, our Research Librarian for Cass PG & Business; and by ‘business’ I mean specifically:

Saunders, M.N.K., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2016) Research methods for business students (7th ed.) Harlow: Pearson.

Research methods for business students

Here’s why Samantha chose this title:

“[It’s an] excellent book for anyone approaching a dissertation, business mastery project or other major research project in a Cass subject, covering everything from formulating your research question in the first place to writing up at the end- including a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and how to pick one.”

As well as print copies at both Northampton Square and Cass Libraries, we also have this title available as an e-book: so if you’re new to using e-books, why not have a look at our helpful guide on our website.

Of course, it won’t just be business researchers and students working hard over the festive break: we know students from all disciplines will have assignments to complete and deadlines to meet; so if anyone needs any assistance using Library resources, we’re here until 3pm this Friday to answer your questions and to help if we can.

Season’s greetings!

Library Staff Love #7: Bloomberg

By Rubenstein [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
No, not former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I mean, it’s not that we don’t like him, he’s probably lovely: we’re just not acquainted.

No, we’re talking about Bloomberg: the business and financial resource. Which is exciting, as to use it you need to access special machines with all kinds of buttons and two screens (and there’s this really cool feature involving little ships).

Bloomberg is the latest selection for our Library Staff Love feature and was chosen by Catie our Subject Librarian for Undergraduate Business courses. Here’s Catie on Bloomberg:

“Do you ever wonder how Apple’s share price compared with the sales of the iPhone in the last year? We do too!

Bloomberg lets you get this information quickly and easily. It’s highly compatible with Microsoft Excel, and will give you the most up to date share prices available from any resource.

But wait, there’s more!

Get economic, industry, and historic currency and exchange rate data. With Bloomberg you can find career, salary and net worth information about key individuals and financials of publicly traded companies without having to read through hundreds of pages of financial statements. Bloomberg even lets you make restaurant reservations, shop for luxury goods, and find and connect with professionals in your chosen field.

To use it, just sign up on a Bloomberg terminal near you. Use Bloomberg in the Financial Resources Suite at Northampton Square Library or at Cass in the Bloomberg Dealing Room or the Financial Resources Zone. Book a database terminal now!”

If you would like more information on using Bloomberg, Catie has information on her Library Guides, as well as her contact details if you’ve got any more questions.

Thanks for the suggestion Catie!