British Library - Business and IP Centre - Market Research Support

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Business & IP Centre

Market Research Resources

Industry Reports, Business Information Databases, Directories, Market Research Reports, etc.


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Business databases and publications -

Intellectual property databases and publications -

How to get to the Library and opening hours -

Workshops and events calendar –

One-to-one advice sessions -

Online business information databases

Some 30 high-value subscription databases (which we make available for free) giving up-to-the minute company, business and industry information and financial news, such as Amadeus, Economist Intelligence Unit Viewswire, Euromonitor, Factiva, Fame, Financial Times, OneSource and the Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA).

Online intellectual property databases

Searchable databases listing patents, trade marks and registered designs, such as Derwent Innovations Index, Esp@cenet and Optics.

Market research reports

Hundreds of market research reports in hard copy and/or electronic format, such as Mintel, Datamonitor and Frost & Sullivan.


For company news, competitor information and industry trends.


UK and overseas directories giving company information on suppliers.

If you cannot come into the Library itself, consider using our Research Service: you can pay one of our experts to search for you. Or you can use British Library Direct. Search and order from a database of over 9 million articles.

Industry Guides

Consult over 30 guides, compiled by our information specialists, detailing printed and internet sources. Use them to quickly find sources of market and company information on your chosen industry sector.


Trade Literature

Find out more about our contemporary and historical collection of house journals and product literature.