Emerald is the world’s leading English language publisher of academic and professional management literature, with up to 75,000 full text articles are available to search from via the database, giving it good authority and leading to a wide range of quality material available.
The database itself is very up to date, with publications from this year leading back through the years. There are even publications due to be released in 2009, ready to be read and sourced. Emerald offers full-text articles available to download as .PDF or HTML.
You can limit searches to specific fields such as Author, Journal Title, Country or Company Name. There is also an ‘Advanced Search’ option where you can use Boolean AND, OR, NOT terms. At the top of the Advanced Search page, you can specify if you wish your results to contain articles, abstracts or other associated content. You can limit your search between certain years, for example 1970 to 2000.
Another feature of Emerald, is the ‘Browse’ function, where you can browse journals by journal title, or journal subject. You can also browse reviews/abstracts using the same method. There is also the ability ‘Quick Browse’, which lets you select a particular subject of journal from a drop down box, which will give you a list of all issues and publications related to it.
I used Emerald to search for articles on ‘intellectual property rights’ and searched by Article Title, using Emerald’s advanced search feature. I also selected that I wanted to view more recent articles because they would give me the most up to date information on the current intellectual property rights. I limited my search between the years of 2007 and 2008, which limited the results to six recent articles written in the two years, which were more manageable to select and read through. Filtering the results allowed for the past articles to be discarded, as the information inside them may have been out of date, due to the fast-paced move in...