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Public Relations

This is UCLan's Public Relations library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarian: Jane Bruney


Use the Library Search to locate any print or ebooks available in the Library.

Alternatively, use Reading Lists Online to locate items on your module reading lists.

We have a growing collection of full-text electronic books, covering a wide range of subject areas

Journals and Articles

Databases for searching journal articles (full text)

Abstracting and indexing databases

For a more thorough search try the following abstract and indexing databases.

Use the Inter-Library Loan/Document Supply Service for items beyond our subscriptions.

eResources and Databases

Other electronic resources, such as market intelligence, trends, forecasts and case studies:  

  • BRAD – advertising intelligence including actual costs for advertising on the television, radio, web/digital media, out-of-home (transport/roadside/venues), in newspapers and magazines. 
  • Campaign - the world’s leading business media brand serving the marketing, advertising and media communities, provides real-time media news and analysis.
  • Lexis Library – legal information sources including UK cases and legislation, journals and magazines (e.g. Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law) and manuals (e.g. HMRC manuals)
  • World Advertising Research Center (WARC) – marketing and advertising intelligence, includes publications like ADMAP and the International Journal of Market Research.

It may also be worth exploring the following resource in some instances:  

  • Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) – detailed financial and ownership information for 2.5 million UK companies
  • IBIS World -  the UK's most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings.
  • Mintel – consumer market research reports covering a vast array of products and services.
  • OSIRIS - the international version of the FAME database containing listed company accounts from around the world.
  • Passport - global market information database and analysis tool containing comprehensive data and reports across all industries, countries and consumers
  • WestLaw – provides access to UK cases and legislation and many journals (e.g. Journal of Business Law and Journal of Competition Law & Economics)
  • Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) – news and information from the fashion and style industries. includes trend forecasts, analysis of retail sales, company profiles and reports on issues such as visual merchandising.

News Sources

Newspaper and trade publication articles can be brilliant sources of current and relevant information. Why not try:

  • Nexis UK – archive of over 29,000 news titles from around the world, including UK national broadsheets (and tabloids). The archive is updated daily so you can expect to find articles published only a day ago.
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive - more than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper can be viewed in full digital facsimile format, with advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society.
  • Economist Historical Archive – digitised archive of The Economist from 1843 – 2008.
  • Guardian & Observer Historical Archive – digitised archive of the Observer newspaper from 1791-2003 and the Guardian from 1821-2003.
  • Illustrated London News – digitised archive of the World’s first illustrated weekly newspaper from 1842-2003.
  • New York Times Archive - digitised archive of The New York Times (1851-2008).
  • Picture Post - provides a fascinating snapshot of British life from the 1930s to the 1950s, with thousands of photos of ordinary people doing ordinary things.
  • Times Digital Archive – every article from The Times newspaper from 1785-2011.

Reference Management

For a better way to gather, organise and store references, for example books, journal articles and reports, and if you would like to insert in-text citations and create a reference list with ease, then take a look at RefWorks.

Jane Bruney

Associate Faculty Librarian for Business, Law and Applied Social Studies
01772 892303