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Business Guide: Articles

Full-text and reference databases

In order to make sure that you do not miss any essential articles on your research topic, you should retrieve information from multiple e-journal collections that cover business and economics.

Full-text databases contain full-text versions of the required materials (e.g. electronic journals).

Reference databases point towards the required information, but you will still have to retrieve the information from the original document.

Citation databases

Web of Science and Scopus are multidisciplinary reference databases that offer information about articles as well as their connections by way of citations and references. Web of Science and Scopus databases allow you to search for the most cited articles on a topic, and citations of a specific article. You can check the availability of full-text versions of the articles via library linking (ViewIt@Aalto).

Also Google Scholar  - Google's search engine specialised in searching for scholarly information - contains citation information.

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly articles are published in scholarly journals (academic journals). Scholarly articles are written by experts in a particular academic discipline and intended for an academic audience.

The quality of articles in the majority of scholarly journals is guaranteed by peer review. The submitted articles are reviewed by other scholars in the field, and they also decide on their publication.

Many databases allow you to limit your search to academic, scolarly or peer-reviewed articles.

Business news

In addition to academic journals the Aalto University Learning Centre offers access to various business-related newspapers and news services.

Aalto user, report a problem with e-resources to the Learning Centre

Article Search (Aalto-Primo)

Search articles from Aalto-Primo portal.

Full-text article databases via large subscription management agents


Full-text article databases from publishers


Other article databases


Reference databases


From ViewIt@Aalto link to the full text

By clicking the ViewIt@Aalto button you can move to the full text of an article or a book if it is available. If the electronic full text is not available, you can check the availability of the printed journal or book in Aalto-Primo portal. If the article is not available in our Learning Centre, you can order a copy of it using Inter-library loan service.

Google Scholar and library linking at Aalto University

The library linking service is also linked with Google Scholar, a search engine specialised in the retrieval of scientific information.

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RefWorks reference management tool

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from online databases and other sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. Read more: Citation guide RefWorks


It is best when you create your account that you are on-site at Aalto University campus on an IP-authenticated computer.  You will receive an email confirmation containing Aalto University group code, which is needed for off-campus use. If you forget the group code, contact the Learning Centre (   

Making a bibliography

Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes (YouTube)


The Guide to Information Retrieval leads you through the phases of academic information retrieval.

Guide to Information-seeking