Three ways to use WRDS

WRDSDid you know? WRDS offers 3 ways of accessing data: On the website using form-based queries, through a UNIX terminal session, or using PC-SAS on your desktop computer. Each method has its own benefits and strengths.

WRDS provides a common interface to a variety of databases in order to make the process of extracting data more simple for you. Read more on WRDS website and learn how to get the most out of WRDS access modes.

And to learn more about data sets that the library subscribes to, connect to the library web site.

Cairn – new international site and user interface

Cairn is a collection of humanities and social sciences publications in French, which the HEC library subscribes to.

Created in September 2005 by four Belgian and French publishers, today Cairn offers the most comprehensive collection of publications to the francophone world.

In 2014, they expect to hold 400 journals, around 4,000 eBooks and more than 200,000 full-text articles and book chapters online, from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers.

They have recently introduced two new functions:

  • A new ‘cleaner’ interface offering the ability to search by theme from the home page (as pictured)
  • An international version of its site, offering the same service to English speakers, launched with the support of the CNL (The French Centre National du Livre).


This should allow this content to become more visible and accessible to non–francophone scholars, as no understanding of the French language is required, and should help promote Cairn’s popularity to at least that equal to that achieved by its existing French site which received over 20 million views last year.

Do not hesitate to contact the library for further help on this resource.

Referencing databases

How to cite specialist company and financial databases

A veru useful guide created by the Manchester Business School Library ‘considers a database as similar to an e-book’  and therefore suggests you use the database name as the author. For example, the citation would be (Datastream, 2012) rather than (Thomson Reuters, 2012) The reader can find the specific database used in the list of references.

As a general rule, this format can be adopted:

Author =Database name, (year)

Full database title,  [consulted via]

Available at: Subscription Service (accessed: Date accessed)

For example, to cite a full databse:

Bloomberg. (2012) Bloomberg Professional. [Online]. Available at: Subscription Service (Accessed: 3 January 2014)

Or a report from within a specific database:

Bloomberg. (2012) “Company information for Rolls Royce PLC”, Bloomberg Professional. [Online]. Available at: Bloomberg Subscription Service (Accessed: 19 November 2012)

Business Research Plus, the MBS Library blog is full of valuable information. Have a look!

Enhancing the Google scholar Experience

Connecting Library Resources with Google scholar

Did you know you can search HEC subscribed resources directly from Google scholar?

·         Simply connect to Google scholar, and click on settings
·         In the left hand tab, click on library links
·         Search for HEC and add “HEC Paris Library – HEC Paris – Full text
·         Save your changes
·         Perform a search using Google scholar

·         When the article is available in one of the library subscribed databases, the link “HEC Paris Full text” appears

·         Click on it to go directly to the full article text

For more information, consult the following guide, or ask for help at the library.

Science Direct : how to find Open access articles ?

You may not have noticed, (as you have to admit,  it is well hidden !) that you can search for open access academic journals, archibes and articles from the Science Direct search page .

Open Access ? What is it ?

Open Access (or free access) offers online digital content which can be available for free (Creative Commons licences, etc..), or subjected to rights relating to intellectual property.

Open access mainly includes peer reviewed academic publications.

Elsevier and Open Access Program

All articles published in Elsevier open access journals are peer reviewed and upon acceptance will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

Authors who want to make their publications free to access and download can publish their research in academic journals, some of which are available on Science Direct.

How to access these journals articles?

From the home page of Science Direct, click the “Search” tab to display the advanced search criteria


Enter your search criteria and select the “Open Access Articles” option before clicking the « Search” button


Click on the article title to view its detailed instructions including the abstract, keywords, references and full-text link that will redirect you to the platform where it is hosted.


Et voilà 😉