Course resource help for Hospitality and Tourism
Core databases for Hospitality and Tourism
These are the core databases for Hospitality & Tourism courses. Each provides different kinds of information - some have mostly journal articles, while others provide market research data, analysis of industry trends and information about countries and cities worldwide. You will be expected to use a mixture of these sources to research your assignments.
Hospitality and Tourism Complete
Articles from academic journals and trade magazines relating specifically to the Hospitality and Tourism sectors. Most articles are available in full text.
Business Source Complete
A huge database of academic journal articles, magazine articles, trade journals, reports, country profiles, industry profiles, and company profiles on all aspects of business including management.
MarketLine provides accurate and up-to-date research reports on companies, industries and countries for every major marketplace in the world. There are country and city profiles, as well as Company SWOT analysis, Industry Five Forces Analysis and Country PESTLE analysis.
Passport has international reports on industries including Travel and Food service, alongside information about consumer preferences (lifestyles) and major world economies.
Mintel contains market research reports on the UK consumer with information on consumer lifestyles as well as industry, leisure, retail, travel and tourism reports.
We currently have access to a free trial of IBISWorld, a database with market information for a wide range of industries. Access will be available for one year from January 2021. IBISWorld is particularly strong on: heavier industries (mining, agriculture, construction) manufacturing service and entertainment sectors (including tourism and the arts), education and healthcare. We would love to hear what you think of it via the short feedback form - see the link in box.
This database contains academic and theoretical articles on management and business, including business strategy and the environment and aspects of quality control. The database provides abstracts from 1969 onwards and the full text of many journal articles is available from 1989.
More databases: company accounts and news
In addition to the databases above, we also have some that are particularly useful for researching companies.
Factiva is a large database of international news sources, where you can search for companies, industries and other topics. It includes news sources that might normally be behind a paywall.
Don't forget that Marketline also has company profiles.
There is guidance available on using the company information, news and finance databases.
Books and e-books
Books and e-books can be found through LibrarySearch. To find a book, just type the author, title or subject that you are interested into LibrarySearch.
You might see one or both:
- the campus and shelf reference where a print book can be found
- a green button to view the e-book if we have it in this format
By clicking on a title, you can see more details about the book. You can also place a 'hold' (reservation) for print books if you would prefer to collect it later or have it sent to a more convenient campus.
Dissertations and theses
Postgraduate dissertations and doctoral theses from recent cohorts of Brookes students can be found on RADAR. Select 'Student research' and then choose eDissertations or eTheses.
Browsing by programme is usually a good way to find relevant pieces of work. Alternatively, you can use the search function and search within the eDissertations or eTheses collections for particular keywords.
For dissertations, you will need to log in using your Brookes credentials and then you will be able to download a PDF. Doctoral theses are open access.
The British Library's EThOS service has a much wider selection of doctoral theses available open access.
Useful websites for Hospitality and Tourism
Beyond the library resources, there are lots of useful websites with news and information about the Hospitality and Tourism industries. Here are a few of the best that we have selected.
Need help? Contact your librarian
Please get in touch if you have any queries about:
- finding information and resources for assignments
- finding online resources
- referencing your sources
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