Business & Economics New Databases : Orbis & FitchConnect

We are delighted to inform University of Cambridge members now have full online access to two of the key databases in business studies and economics, Orbis and FitchConnect. Together, Orbis and FitchConnect will enable Cambridge economists and business students and researchers to expand and deepen their access to financial data and benefit from the workflow solutions, data analysis and data visualization tools offered by these online resources.


Orbis is available on and off campus via this link. The first time you login you will be asked to authenticate via Raven.

FitchConnect is available on and off campus via this link and click on “Log in with Network” and enter your Raven credentials. Alternatively, off campus, you can click on “Single Sign-On” and type “cam” to authenticate via Shibboleth.

Please note, if you choose “Log in with Network” you will also need to contact for log in details to access the Excel Add-In functionality. For more info on the Excel Add-In see below “Help to get you started”.

If you experience any difficulties at all with accessing Orbis or FitchConnect, please get in touch using our online help form.


Orbis is Bureau van Dijk ’s global database which has information on over 450 million public and private companies including, banks, vessels, insurance, and industrial companies covering 220+ countries. It is a tool that specialises in private company data, containing active and inactive companies with up to ten years of financial data available. It is updated on a weekly basis and can be used in order to research, analyse as well as strategically build lists of companies using over 300 available search criteria.

Cambridge’s access includes also Orbis Europe, Orbis Europe is a subset of Bureau van Dijk’s global ‘Orbis’ tool. It holds information on public and private banks, insurance and industrial companies across 56 European countries, it contains over 128 million companies on the system and is updated on a weekly basis.

The financial data is standardised in a global format in order to aid the comparability of the individual country reports. Orbis Europe can be used in order to research, analyse as well as strategically build lists of companies using using a wide range of available search criteria, including any line item from the financial filings sections.


Country Risk and Industry Research (CRIR)

  • The Country Risk and Industry Research service provides market-leading economic, political and industry risk research via daily alerts, quarterly reports and proprietary data tools
  • Universities and academics who use the CRIR service gain access to consistent and comparable Country Risk and Industry Research coverage for 200 key markets (from the Caribbean to China) and 22 industries (healthcare to infrastructure) – with a focus on emerging and frontier markets
  • Fitch coverage is vast and has utility across different types of course and academic institution. Fitch offers access to timely, consistent political, economic and operational risk analysis, as well as access to 2.7 million lines of data and forecasts, and proprietary risk/reward indices
  • Academics rely on Fitch research in the knowledge that the forecast methodologies are transparent and our data and analysis is used to support strategic and commercial decision-making at the world’s leading business organisations

Fitch Fundamental Financial Data

  • Fitch Fundamental Financial Data provides financials for over 36,000 listed & unlisted banks across 200 countries and territories globally, and is used by Fitch Ratings analysts as the basis for their ratings
  • Fitch also provides fundamental financial data for 11,000 insurance firms, 3,000 corporates and 118 sovereigns
  • Access enables university students and faculty to conduct relevant cross-border peer comparisons and analysis based on standardised banking sector data sets
  • Data is sourced directly from financial institutions and regulatory bodies, and undergoes over 150 data validations to ensure quality and accuracy
  • Fitch’s market-leading coverage of banks includes in-depth financial statements with up to 550 data points, 50 pre-calculated ratios, including key regulatory ratios such as the Basel III Leverage Ratio, Liquidity Coverage Ratio and Net Stable Funding Ratio
  • Up to 30 years of historical financial data for banks
  • Annual and interim financial statements for approximately 3,200 of the world’s top banks is available within 48 hours of filing or publication

Image from the Judge Business School Information Centre website.


To get started with Orbis and Fitch Connect, try out the Help and Support pages which are shown on both sites with the Question Mark sign. Both are top right on Orbis, a white question mark on a blue background, and on Fitch Connect a blue question mark on a white background.

Orbis’ help guide can be exported in full or sections and provides full definitions of all variables. The help guide also includes a videos and a training programme which is split into “Basic”, “Intermediate” and “Advanced”.

To get started with Fitch Connect, watch the videos:

Introduction to Country Risk & Industry Research on Fitch Connect

Introduction to Bank Financial Data on Fitch Connect

You may also find these guides to Fitch Connect useful

Quick start guide – Retrieving bank financial data

Country risk and industry research user guide

You may want to take advantage of the Fitch Connect Excel Add-In that allows you to draw the information you need into the environment you’re most comfortable working in, sure in the knowledge that you only need to hit a button to update the chosen portions of your workbook with the latest figures available. See the Excel Add-In Quick start guide.

You may also be interested in exploring the Cambridge Judge Business School LibGuide and the Economics Collections LibGuide.

Orbis and FitchConnect are available also via the Cambridge Libraries E-resources A-Z.

Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

New e-resource: Novaia Gazeta Digital Archive

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the Novaia Gazeta Digital Archive and a new subscription to the paper’s new Europe edition

The text about Novaia gazeta below is provided by East View, but the description predates Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.  It therefore does not reflect the closure of the paper in Russia in March 2022 following government pressure to curb its frankness about the war nor the paper’s re-appearance in May 2022 as a separate Europe edition.

About The Collection

Novaia gazeta (Новая газета, The New Newspaper) is a popular independent Moscow newspaper known for critical investigative reporting, working to expose corruption, abuse of power and violation of laws amongst the government and main financial structures of modern Russia.

Launched in 1993, the newspaper has published under the title of Novaia ezhednevnaia gazeta (Новая ежедневная газета, The New Daily Newspaper) and Novaia gazeta ponedel’nik (Новая газета понедельник, The New Newspaper Monday). One constant, however, has been Novaia gazeta’s consistent reporting on a variety of contentious issues, including corruption and war crimes in Chechnya, human rights violations, persecution of LGBTQ+ activists, torture practices in Russian prisons, and murders of political opponents. Sometimes referred to as “Russia’s bravest media outlet,” Novaia gazeta has had several of its journalists assassinated in their line of work, including Yuri Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaia, Natalia Estemirova, Stanislav Markelov, and Anastasia Baburova.

More recently, the newspaper was recognized for its efforts to defend and promote free speech with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Novaia gazeta’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov.’

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

If you have any questions about this collection, please do get in touch with the Electronic Collection Management team (

New E-Resource – Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Archive

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Archive is now available to access for members of the University of Cambridge.

Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) was founded in 1830. The learned Society promotes the advancement of geographical science in all its aspects. The Society’s archive contains vast collections of documents, maps, photographs, expedition reports, manuscript materials and books, and span 500 years of geography, travel and exploration. The RGS holds one of the largest private map collections in the world. It includes one million sheets of maps and charts, 3000 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted on stands) and 1000 gazetteers. The earliest printed cartographic item dates back to 1485.

The Wiley Digital Archives-RGS collection also boasts over one hundred unique special collections. These include the Everest Collection; the David Livingstone Collection; the Sir Ernest Shackleton Collection; the Stanley Collection; the Younghusband Collection; the Speke Collection; and the Gertrude Bell Collection.

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Archive is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Text from the Wiley platform for the database.

Photo by Frans van Heerden:



New e-resource: American Indian Newspapers

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the digital archive American Indian Newspapers.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

Image of the database from the Adam Matthew platform

From historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, explore nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. With newspapers representing a huge variety in publisher, audience and era, discover how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities.

American Indian Newspapers aims to present a diverse and robust collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada over more than 9,000 individual editions from 1828-2016.

Representing a huge variety in style, production and audience, the newspapers include national periodicals as well as local community news and student publications. The 45 unique titles also include bi-lingual and Indigenous-language editions, such as Hawaiian, Cherokee and Navajo languages.

A link to this database is included in the A-Z Databases Libguide. Records for titles included in this database are available in iDiscover.

Text taken from the Adam Matthews platform

New E-Resource : Bungei Shunju Archives (1942-1950)

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Bungei Shunju Archives (1942-1950).

Please note our subscription currently includes only the years 1942 to 1950. These issues can provide insight into what major authors and other public figures in Japan were saying during World War II and immediately after the war.

​​From the publisher website:

Bungeishunju is a general monthly magazine founded by the author Kikuchi Kan in January 1923 (Taisho 12). As Kikuchi wrote in his Founding Message, “I’m tired of being asked to say things. I want to say what I am thinking with a sense of freedom, without having to be concerned about readers and editors,” he founded the magazine with the wish to conduct free writing activities that would not be hemmed in by the framework of literary circles. Bungeishunju became a forum for the publication of essays and creative writing by a great number of authors including, of course, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, but also Kume Masao, Kawabata Yasunari, Satomi Ton, Kobayashi Hideo and Naoki Sanjugo.

The publication of articles on current affairs also began in the early Showa period, and what especially caught the attention of the reading public were the round-table discussions. Bungeishunju was able to invite to these the most prominent personalities of the time to speak on a variety of topics.

Also available to access via iDiscover and the Databases A-Z.

This archive is part of JapanKnowledge which has a limit of 4 concurrent users, so please log out when you have finished using the resource.

New eresource – Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926

Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926 has been acquired from the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, who endowed the University Library with funds to support the study of the history of the United States in the University of Cambridge.

Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926 offers a perspective on life in the western hemisphere, encompassing the arrival of the Europeans on the shores of North America in the late fifteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century.

Covering more than 400 years and more than 65,000 volumes in North, Central, and South America and the West Indies, this easy-to-use digital collection highlights the society, politics, religious beliefs, culture, contemporary opinions, and momentous events of the time through sermons, political tracts, newspapers, books, pamphlets, maps, legislation, literature, and more.

This digital collection, drawn from Joseph Sabin’s famed bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to the Present Time, includes the following topics:

  • Discovery and exploration of the Americas — accounts from British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Danish explorers and adventurers
  • Colonization — features both American and European views and firsthand accounts of colonial life
  • Slavery — memoirs, original speeches, lectures, sermons, discourses, reports to legislatures across America, pamphlets, books, and international essays
  • Cities and states — the social and political evolution of America’s major cities and states
  • Civil War — a wide array of memoirs, political tracts, published legislative proceedings, and broadsides
  • Reconstruction — records that describe the reorganization and re-establishment of the seceded states in the Union after the Civil War
  • American women — education, civil rights, domestic life, and employment
  • Native Americans — essays, booklets, treaties, land tracts, congressional speeches, journals, and letters that document social attitudes and personal experiences
  • Immigration — pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, articles, and books
  • Constitution — pamphlets, letters, speeches, and essays provide detailed information about the early political organization of the American colonies

Image by Abhay Bharadwaj from Pixabay

New E-Resource : Repbase

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Repbase.


from the publisher website: About Repbase

“Repbase is a database of prototypic sequences representing repetitive DNA from different eukaryotic species. Repbase is being used in genome sequencing projects worldwide as a reference collection for masking and annotation of repetitive DNA (e.g. by RepeatMasker or CENSOR).

Repbase has been developed since 1990 under the direction of Jerzy Jurka (the founder).

Most prototypic sequences from Repbase are consensus sequences of large families and subfamilies of repeats. Smaller families are represented by sequence examples. Repbase describes many families of repeats unreported anywhere else. Therefore, it was referred to as an “electronic journal.” Individual contributions are documented in Repbase version released in EMBL format. Repbase is often used in a FASTA format which removes references to the original authors. To remedy the situation, effective September 1 2001 we created a separate electronic journal, Repbase Reports, which publishes all new data to be compiled in Repbase. 

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New E-Resource : Arab Digest

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Arab Digest via this direct link.

​​From the publisher website:

Events in the Middle East and North Africa are highly complex and fast-moving. Arab Digest  provides high quality information, a discerning news filter and expert analysis suitable for business leaders, diplomatic strategy, academia and journalism.

Arab Digest is centered on a core membership many of whom contribute their regional experience or expertise for circulation. They include decision-makers in business and politics, people in the British FCDO and other foreign ministries, plus a number retired from those sectors or from diplomacy, MI6 or the CIA. Business members who depend on Arab Digest for regional analysis include blue-chip names such as Barclays, HSBC, BP, Chevron and BAE. Arab Digest is read by numerous members of the British House of Lords and House of Commons, as well as European, US, Arab and Turkish leaders, OPEC, the IEA and IFC. Other recipients include individuals serving in the military and a number of European, American and Arab embassies. Mainstream media recipients include the BBC, Economist, Associated Press, Washington Post and others, as well as a number of more specialised magazines, freelance journalists, filmmakers and authors. In academia Arab Digest goes to senior figures at many leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Princeton, Rice, KCL, Berkeley, Harvard, SOAS and AUB. Think tanks include Chatham House, IFRI in Paris, the Council on Foreign Relations and others in Washington, New York, Europe and the Gulf.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New e-resources: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University now have access to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology via this direct link.

Authored by the experts, Oxford Research Encylcopedia articles deliver in-depth thinking and analysis of a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, and on emerging themes in the sciences.

Hunter-Gatherer, Farmer interactions in Uganda

Hunter-Gatherer, Farmer Interactions in Uganda“The coexistence of the Kansyore-Later Stone Age (LSA) hunter-gatherer and the Early Iron Age (EIA)-Urewe-farmer cultural materials in the same cultural deposits and environmental space can no longer be dismissed as accidental admixture. At Kansyore Island in western Uganda, it is clear that the Kansyore hunter-gatherer and Urewe-farmers are two cultural periods presumed to be widely separated in time and space but that coexist together in the same stratigraphic contexts suggesting interaction and coexistence. …” – By Elizabeth Kyazike

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

New E-Resource : Making of the Modern World, Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450–1850

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Making of the Modern World, Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450–1850 via this direct link.

Please note we have only Part 1 of multiple parts.

The Making of the Modern World is an extraordinary series which covers the history of Western trade, encompassing the coal, iron, and steel industries, the railway industry, the cotton industry, banking and finance, and the emergence of the modern corporation. It is also strong in the rise of the modern labor movement, the evolving status of slavery, the condition and making of the working class, colonization, the Atlantic world, Latin American/Caribbean studies, social history, gender, and the economic theories that championed and challenged capitalism in the nineteenth century. In addition, the archive offers resources on the role of finance and taxation and the growth of the early modern monarchy. It features essential texts covering the function of financial institutions, the crisis of the French monarchy and the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century, and the connection between the democratic goals of revolutionaries and their legal aspirations.

Part I

The Making of the Modern World: Part I, The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 offers ways of understanding the expansion of world trade, the Industrial Revolution, and the development of modern capitalism, supporting research in variety of disciplines. This collection follows the development of the modern western world through the lens of trade and wealth – the driving force behind many of the major historical events during the period (1450-1850). Users have access to an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, many of which are the only known copy of the work.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

Access to this archive is enabled initially up to 31 December 2022 only.