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Publishing Subject Guide: Online library support

Help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

Welcome to the Publishing Subject Guide

Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

New to the University?  Explore the Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 

NEW! Nielsen BookScan for MA Publishing

Use Nielsen BookScan to access sales statistics for the UK consumer book market.

There are several guides on how to use the system which can be accessed from the home screen once logged in. See Access BookScan “How to” documents on the bottom right hand of the screen.

All students on the MA Publshing programme should have been provided with a login for this resource. Please contact with any questions.

The University of Exeter has online access to the current issues and digital archive of The Bookseller (2013-date).

You must register with your Exeter email address to activate access. See this help guide for more details.

Reading for leisure

Take a break from your recommended academic reading and explore e-books and audiobooks on the Libby app.


More information can be found on the Libby guide.


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Library Search


Search the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals + lots more

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Key Databases

These databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports etc. These databases are multidisciplinary, covering many subjects, but will contain scholarly content relating to the field of publishing and creative industries.

For help with searching these databases, see this online guide.

There are a wide range of online resources that will help you find business related information, industry reports, market research, and more, to support your study and research.  

You have access to further resources via the Business subject list area in the A-Z Databases list.

For help using the resources, see the database support videos on the Business subject guide.

Business research databases

Industry reports

Use the following sources to look for industry reports, for example book publishing industry reports or publishing trends.

Market research

Use the following resources to find market research. See the Market Research guide for further help with using these resources.

Use the A-Z Database List to access the full list of databases the library subscribes to.  

You can browse by subject e.g. Publishing or by type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resources.


Explore research materials available elsewhere using the resources below.




  • Library Hub Discover - Search the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish national, academic and specialist libraries to find books, journals and other materials

  • WorldCAT - Search the collections of over 10,000 worldwide libraries  

  • The European Library - Access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

  • The Library of Congress -  Catalogue records of the print and digital resources held in the Library of Congress collections (USA)

  • LibWeb - Find online library catalogues worldwide

  • CORE - Search the world's largest collection of open access research papers

I am looking for...


You have online access to hundreds of online books that cover publishing, business and the creative industries.

Use Library Search to search by topic to discover relevant content.  

Book Series

These are collections of several books, in these subject areas:

New Directions in Book History

Publishing and Book Culture



Use Library Search to find journal titles and articles that relate to your research/study area. Most of our journal articles are available in digital format.

For targeted searching, select a research database and explore the published literature in your field. Key databases are flagged in the Research Databases tab above.

The Bookseller

The University of Exeter has access to the current issues and digital archive (2013 - date) via the You must register with your Exeter email address to activate access - see the Bookseller help guide for more information.

Riptide literary journal

Volumes of this journal are available in print from the Forum Library. See more details on Library Search.

Squires, C. and Ray Murray, P. (2013). ‘The digital publishing communications circuit’. Book 2.0, Volume 3, Number 1, 1 June 2013, pp. 3-23(21). 

Start by searching Library Search to see if you can access the literary work you need. We have many titles available online as e-books. 

Additionally, you can use these databases to find literary works including poetry, drama and prose.

Most of our film resources are available in digital format. These collections contain interviews, documentaries and film. 

You have access to further resources via the Film Studies subject list area in the A-Z Databases list

  •                             News sources can be invaluable research resources. 
  • They provide contemporaneous accounts of events as they emerge and unfold, affording a snapshot of developments at a point in time.
  • You can engage in historical research by tracing commentary on issues over time, to identify and track changing political, economic and social trends. 
  • The availability of news resources online allows for very effective and comprehensive searching, in a way that was impossible with print or microfilm / microfiche editions of the newspapers 

Find out more on the News LibGuide 

The following news sources may be useful:


Use the following sources to look for industry reports, for example book publishing industry reports or publishing trends.


Use the following sources to find market research relating to publishing.



Visit this guide for help in locating market research.

The University has access to an extensive range of online primary source materials. These contain digitised copies of documents, letters, books, photographs and other primary sources. 

The Primary Sources Libguide will help you identify the best databases for your research. 

For example we have:


Atwood Tate 

Inspired Selection Limited 

Professional training

The Publishing Training Centre 

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

For more guidance take a look at:

Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of study skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Study Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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