New resources for economics & business : new datasets via WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

New datasets are now available to all members of the University via the WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) platform:

Capital IQ Capital Structure
Capital IQ Key Developments
Capital IQ People Intelligence
Capital IQ Transactions
Capital IQ Transcripts
S&P Compustat Executive Compensation
S&P Compustat Global
Compustat Global – daily updates

Cambridge economists and business students can now access Capital IQ data so that it can now be cross searched on WRDS with other datasets such as Compustat.

WRDS provides the user with one location to access over 250 terabytes of data across mulitiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, finance and statistics. It provides access to Capital IQ Capital Structure, Capital IQ Key Developments, Capital IQ People Intelligence, Capital IQ Transactions, Capital IQ Transcripts, S&P Compustat Executive Compensation, S&P Compustat Global and Compustat Global daily updates.

Using a standard query structure – for example company name, dates of interest, financial parameters – students can create customised reports. These can then be stored, revisited and exported.

For access to these data please simply complete the WRDS Registration Form.

We are delighted to announce this major upgrade for data for economics and business studies for Cambridge, achieved by the joint efforts of the Marshall Library for Economics, the Judge Business School, and Cambridge University Library.

JASPER, Marshall Library mascot, the #EconomicsCat with our Bloomberg Terminal

New e-resource: Making of the Modern World Part 1: The Goldsmiths-Kress Collection 1450-1850

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the digital archive Making of the Modern World Part 1 with access to University members in perpetuity.

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.

The Making of the Modern World, Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450–1850 offers new 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). With full-text search capabilities on an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, this resource provides unparalleled access to more than 61,000 books and 466 serials — more than 12 million pages in all — many of which are the only known copy of the work in the world.

We are thrilled to make this rich archive available in Cambridge, developing the access provided by Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and offering new insights and pathways to research across the collections’ focus on history, interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, economics, women’s studies, legal and religious history, and special collections on transportation, banking, finance, and manufacturing.

Access the collection via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-Resources A-Z.

Charles Christian Nahl, Der Isthmus von Panama auf der Höhe des Chagres River. 1850 Charles Christian Nahl, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Nor is the Chagres river, for most of the distance between Cruces and the Atlantic, in any sense obnoxious to the charge of unhealthiness. It cannot be so. The stream is too rapid, the water too clear, and the bottom and banks too solid and gravelly for the admission of such an idea. The current runs at the rate of about three miles an hour, and the indications of the timber and shrubbery that line its shores, all unite in repulsing the false notion, that up to within a short distance of the town of Chagres, any alarming miasmatic malady prevails, or can prevail. This view of the subject has no sort of connexion with the notorious unhealthiness of the little, squalid, miserable looking concern at its mouth, and which it is intended by all to avoid”–Union of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, at or near the Isthmus of Panama, examined and discussed : in a series of letters addressed to the National Institute, at Washington — Bryan, John A., National Institute for the Promotion of Science — 1845 — Kress Library of Business and Economics, Harvard University — GALE|U0106522206

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

Strategy Science

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Strategy Science

From the Informs website:

Strategy Science seeks to publish outstanding research directed to the challenges of strategic management in both business and non-business organizations. The journal is eclectic with respect to methodologies, including field-based work, large-sample empirical work, and computational and analytic models. Strategy Science is open to a wide variety of underlying disciplinary approaches including economics, operations research, political science, psychology, and sociology.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2016) to present.

Access the Strategy Science via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Data for the long view – Global Financial Data brings new insights

Cambridge University now has access to Global Financial Data (GFD) for 5 simultaneous users. The Global Financial Database provides long-range financial data on stocks, bonds, bills and other instruments, covering approximately 200 countries from the medieval world to the present.

Access Global Financial Data resource here. The first time you log in GFD you will be prompted to create your own personal login – you will only need to do this once. The GFD platform is called ‘Finaeon’.

Global Financial Data comprises comprehensive financial and economic data going back centuries. GFD has transcribed and collected critical financial information from original sources, using sources from their origin to make as complete a set of data as possible.

GFD’s collections of data on multiple levels helps companies to mitigate risk and “navigate the next iteration of investment ideas”, helping inform market insights and trading strategies.

See also the Marshall Library of Economics Statistical Databases page.

Global Financial Data is available also from the Cambridge University Libraries Databases A-Z.

EPWRF India Time Series : access until 22nd May 2020

Access to the EPWRF India Times Series is available as a trial until 22nd May 2020.

Please send your feedback about this eresource via the online form.

Instructions on using the website are available.

EPWRF India Time Series is a unique online database with its comprehensive coverage of Indian economy for a fairly long time period and it comprises over 50,000 variables capsuled in 20 modules. The database tries to provide in continuous time series from 1950 depending on the availability.


Salient Features

  • Time series data
    • Comprising major sectors with various periodicities
    • Timely updation of data
  • User-friendly interactive online system
    • Ease of identifying variables
    • Versatility of data variables/series selection
    • Easy to download and export to excel file
  • Enhancing Research
    • Saves time spent on data compilation
    • Plotting of data variables/series
    • Availability of ‘Meta Data’ at a click

Text taken from the EPWRF platform.

Periodicals Archive Online (complete) : access until 31st May 2020

Complete access to Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) is available until 31st May 2020 in addition to our perpetual access of the JISC colecltions within PAO.

Please send any feedback you have about this archive via the online form.

Periodicals Archive Online is a major archive that makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.

Providing access to the full text of a growing number of digitized periodicals that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

Currently, Periodicals Archive Online contains over 700 journals comprising more than 3 million articles and 15 million article pages. Periodicals Archive Online continues to add new titles, to give undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty and libraries access to a growing collection of key journals in the humanities and social sciences.

All of the journals in Periodicals Archive Online are of significant value to scholars. Whilst the majority of titles are peer-reviewed academic journals, a number of carefully selected publications are included that were not originally scholarly in nature but now represent essential research material.

Newspapers, journals composed entirely of pictorial matter and journals that are indexes (i.e. abstracts, current contents services or bibliographies) are not considered. Monograph series may be included, however.

A round up of new eresrouces made available between 3rd to 17th April

As new eresources are made available due to COVID-19 they are being added to the Databases A-Z and promoted by the ejournals and ebooks teams on WordPress blogs (ejournals@cambridge and ebooks@cambridge) and Twitter (@ejournalscamb and @ebookscamb). When records are available in Alma for the new databases and collections they will be activated and be loaded into iDiscover.

The new databases and collections made available and promoted between 3rd and 17th April are listed below. Details about trial end dates are included in the blog posts that are linked to each title.


Artfilms, Bloomsbury ebooks, Textbooks on Cambridge Core, ProQuest Databases (including ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis Databases and ProQuest Video Online), Archive Direct, Project Muse, VitalSource Helps, JSTOR ebooks, SpringerLink textbooks, Brepols Online, Perlego

Arts & Humanities

Architects Journal and Architectural Review (new subscriptions from recommendations), Babelscores, Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection (Drama Online), Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Drama Online), Medici.TV, Littman e-library of Jewish Civilisation, Theology and Religion Online , RIPM North American and Music Periodicals, RIPM Jazz Periodicals, Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament

Humanities and Social Sciences

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals (Business, Economics, Education, Law, International Relations, SPS), Oxford Handbooks – Criminology and Criminal Justice, Encyclopedia of Early Modern History, South Asia Archive

Biological Sciences

Rockefeller University Press journals (Medicine, Life science, Physiology), Thieme Connect Medical Journals , British Small Animal Veterinary Association, SIAM Epidemiology collection, Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Physical Sciences

Oxford Handbooks – Physical Sciences, Lyell Collection (Geological Society Publications), Thieme Connect Chemistry Journals, GeoScience World ebooks collection


Oxford Handbooks – Business and Management, Harvard Business Publishing Collection on EBSCOhost

For details on sending suggestions regarding new acquisition of ebooks, ejournals or eresources (databases) please see the instructions on the recommendations page.

If a subscribed version of an article is not readily available you may find the ‘Search and Discovery Tools’ pages useful. The browser plug-ins section includes details for Lean Library (which gives access to subscribed articles by reloading publisher platform URLs via Raven as well as searching for an OA copy if a subscribed version is not available) and Open Access browser plug-ins.

We hope you find this digest of recently added ersources useful.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals : access until 24th September 2020

We have access to the Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals available on the Ingenta Connect platform until 24th September 2020.

If you would like to send feedback about these titles you can do so via the online form.

Bristol University Press strives to publish world-class scholarship that advances theory, knowledge and learning within and beyond academia.

This exciting new university press questions the status quo, disrupts current thinking and reframes ideas in a global context.

Areas of interest for Bristol University Press include:

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Economics and Society
  • Human Geography
  • Law
  • Business and Management

    “Policy Press are dedicated to publishing that counts and serves a wider purpose, producing books with care and craftsmanship. They publish on subjects where other publishers don’t go. And their books make a difference.”

    Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, author of Injustice

    Areas of interest for Policy Press include:

    • Social Policy
    • Social Work
    • Health Policy and Social Care
    • Education
    • Poverty

World Trade Organization (WTO) iLibrary: trial access

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the World Trade Organization (WTO) iLibrary via this link:

Access is enabled until 31 March 2019.   Please send us your feedback on this resource using the form online here.  Thank you.

About WTO iLibrary

Every year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) publishes around 70 new titles on various trade issues. In particular the following topics are covered:


  • Agriculture and food safety
  • Anti-dumping, subsidies, safeguards
  • Development and building trade capacity
  • Dispute settlement
  • Economic research and trade policy analysis
  • Environment
  • Government procurement
  • Information technology and e-commerce
  • Intellectual property
  • Market access
  • Regional trade agreements
  • Services​
  • Technical barriers to trade​
  • Trade facilitation and customs valuation​
  • Trade finance​
  • Trade monitoring​
  • WTO accessions​


These publications are now available online in a single research repository, the WTO iLibrary. Titles are organised alphabetically, by series and by year. You can search to discover full publications, or directly access their components: articles and chapters.

WTO iLibrary has been developed in partnership with OECD Publishing as part of the IGO Partnership Programme.