Get the right info : create your own news feed on your mobile device

You can now avoid trawling through articles that hold no personal interest, by personalising your news feed on your mobile device.

There are many apps available for Apple, Android and Windows devices that can help you do this; for example Feedly, Flipboard, Zite, YouMag and Google Currents, to name but a few

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Let’s take Feedly as an example

Feedly is an application designed to “deliver all your favorite content in one place” by making contecnt from news sites, magazines, feeds, tumblr blogs, YouTube, Vimeo etc available all in one place.

First, download it from the app store for free


When setting up your content, you can select by subject area, and by language by sliding the search menu out from the right hand side of the screen


You can equally search for a specific publication, or content from the web

To add content to your feed, select the publication, and then touch the ‘ + ‘ to the right of the publication


You can organise your content as you add it, into subject area categories

Equally, you can flag articles to read later, or further explore the publication by following the corresponding sections in the menu available from the left hand side of the screen.


When you launch the app, your home page news feed will now contain articles from publications you have subscribed to.
Tap an article to read it in full, or sort your news feed by sector using the left hand menu.

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For more information and step by step procedures to help set up these applications, consult this guide!

Datamonitor Reports

How to find Datamonitor reports ?

Through the HEC Library’s databases, you can gain access to Datamonitor reports on specific companies.

Datamonitor reports (also known as Marketline reports) offer market intelligence and data analysis reports on over 6000 of the world’s leading corporations, so that strategic and operational decisions to be made informatively.

These reports contain information on companies, industries and countries with international coverage of the public and private domain. As well as:

  • SWOT analysis  (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Market research
  • Country profiles
  • News, rumors and financial transactions
  • Lists of companies by industry as well as stock index
  • Analysis and comparison of macroeconomic, socio-economic and demographic data from different countries.
  • Historical and forecast data in a format available for export.

To access these reports, connect first to ‘Business Source Complete’ or ‘MarketLine’ via the Library website

Click on “Electronic Resources” -> “Databases A-Z” -> and Find “Business Source Complete

Enter the name of the company in the ‘search’ field – Take ‘Adidas‘ for example

In the ‘publication type’ drop down menu, select ‘SWOT analysis’

Launch your search


From the results page,  select the Datamonitor report on your required company


To access the full text, click ‘PDF Full text’ to initiate the download, and view the report as below


A similar procedure is applicable via Marketline

Type the name of your company in the ‘Search’ bar (Let’s continue with the Adidas example) and select ‘Companies’ in the drop down menu to the right hand side.


Select your required company from the list of results that appears


Click ‘Download Full Report‘ to view the full report in PDF format


For more assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Library 🙂

EbscoHost Alerts

Get email alerts for new publications on specific subjects!

Did you know that using the EbscoHost platform, such as through Business Source Complete, you can create search alerts for new publications on a particular subject?

For example, you can set up alerts for:

– Key word(s) searches
– Specific themes
– A prior saved search
– Articles by a specific author
– Articles from a specific journal
– Industry, company profiles and country reports
– Dissertations, books and working papers

Alerts are available on the following platforms:

Setting up email alerts 

Simply access the database on the HEC Library website and set up your search, as below.

In this case, let’s search for ‘Luxury Strategy

Then Click  the “Create Alert” button to the right of the search button.


You will be presented with this screen, with options to refine your search terms, and define the frequency of alert, publication date of articles and presentation of results.


To create the alert, simply click  the “Save Alert’’ yellow button

Or, equally, copy and paste the RSS feed into a Feed provider.


You have to sign into EbscoHost to set up alerts. Do so using your HEC email address.

Finding the right title


Professor Patrick Dunleavy of LSE highlights the importance of choosing a good title for your work, in his recent article ‘’Why do academics choose useless titles for articles and chapters? Four steps to getting a better title’’

Dunleavy highlights the importance of an informative title, in order to maximize both readership and impact of your article

He  questions the ‘professional obligation’ of academics to be ‘deliberately and carefully obscure,’ and the perceived ‘reckless’ nature of including arguments and findings within the article title itself.

In a tongue in cheek fashion, he ironically explains a six point plan ‘how to design a completely uninformative title,’ satiring the stereotypical approach of choosing a title that echoes every other article, obscurities, and vague interrogation amongst others, before providing four steps to creating better titles. Critically comparing alternatives, ensuring key words are present and picked up in a sub-title or sub-heading, and proposing a full narrative title are just a few suggestions.

Why is this relevant?

Keywords in the article title, which are recognized within search algorithms on platforms such as Google Scholar, will allow greater visibility of works as they appear higher up in relevant search results.

Furthermore, a catchy title will not only inspire fellow researchers to delve further into your work, but will also resonate with a certain amount of memory recall;  be it to come back to the article to read later, or to cite in their own papers.

Increasing readership and prominence of work not only validates its credibility, but also furthers research in the same area.

Dunleavy, Patrick. Why do academics choose useless titles for articles and chapters? Four steps to getting a better title. Impact of Social Sciences (Blog), February 5, 2014.

SSRN’s hidden resources

SSRN holds a few research tools you may not currently be aware of, but which may be of interest

– SSRN Top Downloads


SSRN counts the number of times a paper has been downloaded, and ranks each paper within different categories.

These rankings include the Top Ten downloaded papers for all time and for papers distributed in a SSRN email journal in the previous 60 days for each category.

 – TOP 10 Papers for Management Research Network


A similar ranking as SSRN’s top downloads, but specific to the  “Management Research Network” which HEC Paris is a part of.

This ranking can be viewed here.

 -Search the database from a JEL code

If you want to search for new papers on a specific topic using just the JEL code (Journal of Economic Literature code), use THIS page and click on the corresponding code.


The results list displays the most recent deposits first. The search can be bookmarked, and rerun at a later date.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Library.

The “Multi-source Searcher”

Have you tried it yet? 


The “Multi-source Searcher” allows you to search for articles in all of our literature available databases, and to limit searches according to several criteria


For example :

Search for  “earnings management


Refine your search results

We can then apply the following filters, for example, using the toolbar on the left hand side.

If we apply the filters :

– Library collection
– Articles published since 2006
– Academic articles
– Additional subject : “financial statements”

Our search has been refined to show less than 100 results, from a starting point of nearly 300,000!


A Research Assistant is always available at the library to help you build and save relevant searches on this useful tool

Ask for help by phone, chat or email !

Download the SSRN app on your iPad


SSRN, the online repository for academic research articles,
also has its application, called iSSRN.

To download it, simply go to the app store, search SSRN, and touch the icon to begin the free download


Once downloaded, the app functions in a similar fashion to the SSRN site

You can conduct a search using the search bar, and your results will appear according to number of downloads.

Simply touch “view PDF” to see the article in full, or on one of the authors names to get a more complete profile.





Changes to Google Scholar advanced search

Changes to Google Scholar advanced search


To access Google Scholar’s advanced search feature, you now simply slick the drop down arrow at the end of the search bar, as shown.

This then provides options to further your search parameters


From this menu, you can:

  • Search for exact words or phrases
  • Search by author
  • Search by publication date

You can also filter more precisely your search results. Results are normally filtered by relevance, not by date.


You can use the toolbar to the LEFT of the page, to refine your results; by year, by date or in a specific time frame.
You can also create email alerts for new articles added relating to your search delivered periodically directly to your inbox.

To access full article texts,

  • Click a text title
  • Click a link labelled [PDF] to the right of the search result
  • Click a library link, e.g., “FindIt@Harvard”, to the right of the search result
  • Click “All versions” under the search result and check out the alternative sources
  • Click “Related articles” or “Cited by” under the search result to explore similar articles.

For more Google Scholar search hints, try this link