Getting the best out of Emerald Insight.

In our second guide to Emerald we look at some of ways that you can get the best out of the database for students and your own research.

Emerald Insight can be a slightly intimidating database for new users.  It doesn’t look like Google.  There is a lot of information on there.  It covers a lot of subjects but can be seen as quite specialist.  It looks like it’s aimed at HE but it does have a few journals suitable for FE students wanting to do more research around their subject.

So, how to get the students using Emerald?  One thing is to harness the power of Moodle.  If you can find one or two really relevant journal articles, add active links (rather than links to PDFs) into the relevant section of your course.  This will help bring students in to the actual database to look around.  They can then take advantage of some of the extra features of Emerald such as active links to references within the article, most popular articles within that journal, clicking on related keywords, viewing the current issue of that journal.  Your librarian can help you identify articles and add them to your Moodle page.

Do you have a favourite journal in Emerald?  Or – ask your librarian to recommend the best journals for your modules. If you can identify a really relevant journal that you would like your students to scan through from time to time, add a link to the journal homepage in your Moodle course.  This can encourage students to browse different issues and have a look at the most recent issue.  The journal homepage looks like this (below) and includes links to all the volumes and issues.  The home page also shows special editions which may be relevant to students or staff.

Journal homepage within Emerald

For staff or students undertaking research, Emerald has a great cross-referencing tool enabling you to search forward.  Find a key article and use it to locate more recent articles which have included your reference in their bibliographies.  If a journal article which has cited your article is also available in Emerald, you can click on a direct link to access it.  This also goes for references which your article has cited.  In essence you can move back and forwards from an article as an alternative way to simple keyword searching.

Use the Cited By options to find related articles.
Use the Cited By options to find related articles.

Emerald also has current awareness tools to help you keep up-to-date with the latest published research in your area.  You can easily set up an alert so you can be emailed when an article on your topic is published.

Finally – enter our Emerald quiz – the first 10 entries will win a prize!

Subjects covered by Emerald include: Business, Management, Accounting & Finance, Economics, Education, Engineering, Health & Social Care, HR, Marketing, Public Policy, Sociology, and Tourism & Hospitality.

For more information contact us on [email protected] or contact your librarian.

Have you ever been to Emerald World?

Emerald Insight is our Business and Management-related database which also covers Accounting & Finance, Economics, Education, Engineering, Health & Social Care, HR, Marketing, Public Policy, Sociology, and Tourism & Hospitality.  You may have used it already if you use Discover which includes Emerald in its searches.  You may also have found articles from Emerald in Google Scholar – although you will only be able to access the abstract there.
However, it’s worth taking a look at Emerald as a standalone database.  It includes lots of useful features including a powerful Advanced Search allowing you to choose where to search for your terms (we recommend the Abstract option).


However, sometimes it can be better to run a wide search and then use Emerald’s filters to narrow down.   Emerald displays a list of publication titles, subjects, type of publication or keywords which you can click on to refine your results. Type can be very useful – you can restrict your findings to sources such as Research paper, Case Study, Viewpoint or Literature Review.


Once you open an article there are even more features that aren’t available in Discover or Google Scholar.


You can obviously view the article in PDF or HTML.  You can also view a list of the references with links where the article is available in Emerald. Perhaps even more useful is the Cited By link which will give a list of articles where the author has used the article in their own research. This can help you find more recent research on your topic.  There is also an option to see the most popular articles in the journal, the most cited articles, and also a quick search for related articles.

The library is promoting Emerald Insight during November 2016:

  • Come to the Library to find out more about Emerald
  • Pick up our guide on Emerald to learn how to improve your searches, set up an account, set up alerts and save in folders.
  • Ask your librarian for a demo or to come to talk to your class
  • Find out about putting links to key journals in your Moodle site
  • Enter our Emerald quiz – the first 20 entries will win a prize!

Contact us on [email protected]

Bradford College Big Read – Winners

Students and staff at Bradford College have been doing a lot of extra reading over the past 6 months. 158 took part in the Bradford College Big Read.

Quite a number confessed they didn’t like reading but then got hooked. One student commented:

“If there wasn’t a Challenge I wouldn’t have read as much.”

Library staff helped run a number of reading groups which were really enjoyed by the students, who
liked the chance to chat about books and all asked for them to continue next year. One favourite
was ‘Marley and Me’ by John Grogan. We held a Prize Draw and there were 13 Prize Winners. Prizes
were donated by Blackwell’s Bookshop, Wordery online bookstore and the College. Reading has
never been so rewarding!

For further information contact: Julie Lonsdale
Academic Liaison Librarian
Tel: 01274 533112
Email: [email protected]