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Product Design: News

Why use news sources?

 
 
 
 
 

News sources can be right up to date, written yesterday, or even earlier today.  They help give an understanding of the mood of public feeling on an issue, rather than just the academic view.

Bear in mind that some newspapers are considered to be more reliable than others.  In addition all newspapers have a viewpoint which they will want to promote.  If you find information, think about whether or not it is unbiased.  You may have good reason to use a sensational article, or one which is biased, but you will need to comment on why you have used it, and justify your inclusion.

If you are using news film or sound in your assignment, it should still be referenced, in the same way as a written source.

News sources

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is a web based database of hundreds of regional, British, European and International newspapers.  View the extensive library of Nexis UK tutorials for help with news searches, company profiles and personalisation features

   Access FT.com - If you are a first time user, sign up via the link with your University email address and then log in with your University username and password.  You will then be asked to register

Once registered, users can log in with your University username and password.

Aston University's subscription includes:

  • Unlimited access to FT.com articles and tools
  • Daily email briefings on topics and sectors
  • Independent research and analysis on industries and countries
  • 8 year archive of FT news and analysis
  • The Lex Column
  • Access to videos, blogs, market data, interactive charts
  • Access to case studies, in depth reports and special reports
  • Commenting and sharing - the FT's annotation tool to add depth to classroom discussions
  • FT web app - instant access to FT.com on your smartphone or tablet

The FT have a web app, mobile website and Android app. For more information see FT Apps & Mobile. Comment and sharing of articles does not work using the iPad web app.

Print Copies of the Financial Times

Current issues of the Financial Times are available in print in the Library.  We receive the Financial Times every day except Sunday.  Each day, the latest issue is situated on the Ground Floor, on the window shelves by the cafe.  Every day this is transferred to the journals collection on the 1st floor.  We keep one month of the Financial Times in print in red boxes on the journal shelves.

 The Library provides online access to the Financial Times via two research databases:

Nexis UK  -
*Please note* There is a one month embargo on the latest issues

  • Choose the  tab
  • Choose
  • Type in Financial Times
  • Choose
  • Click the name of the newspaper you want from the list (e.g. Financial Times [London])
  • Choose the OK - Continue button

The Financial Times is now listed in your source box and you can search across the back file of newspaper. 

Proquest (ABI Inform Complete)
*Please note* there is a one month embargo on the latest issue

  • Choose Publications on the top toolbar
  • Type in The Financial Times
  • Click the title in the results list
  • You can now search within the publication

     

 

The Library provides access to The Economist direct from the publisher.

Economist articles can also be searched via Business Source Complete but there is a one month embargo on current issues

Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.  This is accessible via our subscription to Business Source Complete

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