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Careers and Employability: Databases

Finding books and articles

DISCOVER Search is a good resource for finding general information. Use it to search through most of the College print books, e-books and magazines/journals to find resources to help you with your job search. This can be for books on Interview skills, help in writing CVs, or to find the most up-to-date information on your chosen career such as recent trends, skills and knowledge.

Kogan Page Employability e-book collection

Finding Company Information

Company Reports. These are produced by research organisations such as Marketline, and include information such as products and services, top competitors, and SWOT Analysis.  

From Business Search Interface, click on Company Profiles and type the name of your company in the box - for example Apple.   The reports include information on the products and services, top competitors, and a SWOT Analysis.​ 

For statistics, use  Companies House.  This is a government department, and all companies registered in the UK must register and deposit financial accounts with them. From here you can view their annual reports and financial statements in PDF format.  


Use newspapers to find current information on careers, businesses, and topical issues which may come up in your interview.  You can search for a company, an industry, or an issue that you would like to know more about.