Everyone may have a favourite database to use when they embark on their research journey. What are your favourite go-to databases when you receive an assignment? FT.com? Statista? Emerald Insight? Or…Taylor & Francis? It’s not even (strictly speaking) a business database, but I use Taylor & Francis on a regular basis to check if there’s anything written about a particular topic in business; whether a research idea is viable in other words. It hasn’t failed me yet! Like this one entitled ‘Bridging corporate social responsibility and social impact assessment’ in the journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Added to that, the accessibility feature of an immersive reader (a text-to-speech tool) is the cherry on top of the cake: I can scroll over the article and play it back without even looking at the screen, saving physical tiredness (you may find reading electronic material like eBooks or electronic journal articles increases eye strain). Such an aid alleviates weariness and sustains periods of concentrated research.
It’s a long break from doing our regular drop-ins in the DCB every Wednesday, but we are restarting them in September from 10-11.30 every Wednesday. If you’re interested in support with your research, referencing or would like to know how to start an assignment then please feel free to come along – no need to book! Martin and I will be seated near the Book and Latte on the ground floor to answer all your queries and lend some support for your studies. The photo below was taken just before the lockdown (we look exactly the same!).