This guide is for 
students at City of Oxford College on the Foundation Degree in Business and Enterprise and the Business and Enterprise BA (Hons) Top-up.

Finding books online

There is an electronic reading list for your course. You can follow this link to go straight to the list or you can type FDBUSINESS into the Activate Learning Library Catalogue search bar. This is a live link to the library online catalogue which allows you to see where the items are and if they are available on the shelf or when they are due back if they are on loan.

You can search the catalogue using filters, applying boolean operators and selecting preferred media types.

For example you can apply your search term to: 

  • Title, Author, Location, Keyword, Subject, Publisher, Location or All fields using the search in filter. 
  • AND, OR , AND NOT to build your search by clicking + and selecting the appropriate operator. 
  • Media Type can be selected from the drop down box.

Results from this search will include any items that have business in the title or listed as a subject. 

For more help using the catalogue you can watch this short clip from the using the libraries section on the website or ask a member of the team in the library for help.

Finding books on the shelves

You may want to browse the shelves. Books are organised by subject and given a shelfmark which consists of numbers and letters. Shelfmarks for books are displayed on the catalogue so you can locate the book, books nearby will be similar in subject so may also be useful. 

  • General books on business can be found at shelfmarks 650 - 659.9.
  • Books on accounting can be found at shelfmark 657.
  • General books on management can be found at shelfmark 658.
  • Books on HR management can be found at shelfmark 658.3.
  • Books on marketing can be found at shelfmark 658.8.
  • Books on advertising and public relations can be found at shelfmark 659.


You can also place a reservation on a book if the item you want is on loan. You can do this by asking at the library helpdesk, or by yourself using the library catalogue. You will need to log into Heritage using your student ID number and your date of birth DDMMYYY and then click the Reserve button underneath the picture of the book you want. You will then be contacted by a member of library staff when the book becomes available.
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You can also reserve items from any of the other Activate Learning Libraries in the same way. If the item you require is held at Reading or Banbury Library you can reserve it by logging into the catalogue and clicking Reserve on the detailed record for the item. The item will be transferred to the Oxford library and a member of the team will contact you when it is ready for collection. Alternatively speak to a member of the team at the issue desk and they will help you arrange for the item to to transferred.
If you only wish to view items available at the site where you attend college, you can do this using the advanced search options.

Here the results will show all items relating to business available at the City of Oxford College library.

Your Library Online account

Logging into your Heritage account allows you to view the items you have on loan and reserved. You can also renew items and view your loan history. Log in using your student ID number and your date of birth DDMMYYY

You can also view a short clip for help on how to log into your account.


eBooks are listed on the online catalogue and can be recognised by the [eBook] symbol next to the entry. To access an eBook look at the detailed entry for the item and click on the Read me… button. You can access eBooks offsite - the username and password are the same as your college network login details. Don’t forget, you can filter your search in the online catalogue to show only eBooks. Or click here to browse our eBook collection by category.

For more help, you can watch this short clip about accessing eBooks, or come and talk to one of our staff.

How to find journals and journal articles

The journals and magazines relating to Business available at City of Oxford College library are:
  • Business Review
  • Campaign
  • Economic Review
  • Economist
  • Management Today
  • Marketing Week
These can be found on the shelves with books of the same subject, and the most recent issue of each is in the periodicals section of the library.

The library offers a selection of broadsheet newspapers. We also have access to UK Newsstand which allows you to search a wide range of national and local news articles. These can be useful for looking at current developments in your field within a wider context. This resource includes the Financial Times. Articles from this will be available 30 days after the paper is published.

Google Scholar is a customised search engine and tool specifically designed to help both students and academics find scholarly research, including articles, books and university theses.

Unlike a standard search engine it aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature. You can sort your results by year to find the newest research or click Cited by or Related articles to find similar work. This means it is easier to find the most relevant and reputable articles for your subject. It will also provide you with references ready to drop straight into your own work.

Using databases
Oxford Brookes University provides a range of Business related databases which you can find here. These are:
  • Business Source Complete
  • Emerald
  • EconLit
  • Fame
  • Orbis
  • Thompson One
  • Factiva
  • Mintel
  • Passport
  • World Advertising Research Centre (WARC)
The university also provides a Moodle course called A Guide to Business and Economic Databases which will show you how and when to use these resources. You can self-enrol on this course and work through it at your own pace. You can find the course here and access it by logging in with your Oxford Brookes login details.


The following websites are recommended by your course:
You may also find the following websites useful:

Study skills and referencing

Good study skills allow you to get the most out of your time in college, work efficiently and achieve good grades on your course.

Referencing is vital to avoid plagiarism and to give credit to other author’s work and ideas you have used.

The libraries provide a reading list of books relating to study skills, which can be found either by searching for studyskills on the online catalogue or by following this link. Each library also has a dedicated study skills section where you can browse the shelves.

Oxford Brookes will provide you with access to cite them right online which provides guidance for referencing many different types of sources. You will need your Oxford Brookes log in details in order to access this.

Using other libraries

As an Activate Learning student you can use the libraries at Banbury College and Reading College if that is convenient for you.
You have access to Oxford Brookes resources, both physical and electronic. You will need your Oxford Brookes login details to access the electronic resources. There are links on our website in the Higher Education section that take you to Oxford Brookes library information, subject help and the catalogue. The Business resources at Oxford Brookes are based in the Wheatley library.
You may also find useful information at your local public libraries. They are free to join and provide online reference material, some of which can be accessed at home.
For more information visit the Oxfordshire County Libraries website.

    Where to get help

    You can contact the library team or access information using the following links:


    Telephone     01865 551961


    Twitter           @ActivateLibrary

    Or come and see us in person during our opening hours.