SOAS Library Collection Development Policy: Finance & Financial Management

SOAS Library
  • Context
  • Collection
  • Coverage
  • E-Resources
  • Future


1. The Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS)

The department is dedicated to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and to advanced research in the fields of management, finance and related subjects.

The Department offers on campus BSc and MSc programmes in International Management, Finance and Financial Law. Distance Learning Masters degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas are offered by the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS) and the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) - for more information see and Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

The department has 20 FTE academic staff,  FTE students, including 36 undergraduates, 89.5 taught postgraduates and 11.5 research students.

For more information see:


3. History

  • The Library does not support the collection of material for Distance Learning Programmes (CeFiMS and CeDEP)
  • The Library has supported course reading lists and selectively purchased material on general, cross-regional or global aspects and on the discipline of Finance and Financial Management

4. Languages

The Library collects material in:

  • Some European languages, especially English, for general, cross-regional or global aspects and for the discipline
  • Also the languages of Asia, Africa and the Middle East for regional publications
  • For more details see the General Collection Development Policy

5. Classification

Material on general, cross-regional or global aspects on the discipline of Finance and Financial Studies are classified using Dewey Decimal Classification. All books are prefixed using the following

  • All main books are prefixed “A”
  • Large books are prefixed "L A"
  • Reference books are prefixed "Ref A"
  • Large reference books are prefixed "L Ref A"

Material relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East are mostly classified using the Dewey Decimal Classification (with various letter prefixes), but in some regional collections alternative classification schemes are in use [see specific regions for details].


Within the School, the Library supports the teaching and research needs of:

The collection aims to collect materials to a teaching level for all courses taught within the Department of Financial and Management Studies and the Regional & Departmental Centres, except for distance-learning courses.


The collection aims to collect material to a research level for all the subject areas detailed in section 8 below :

8. Detailed Structure

The main subject areas of collecting for the Finance and Financial Management in Africa, China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East are detailed below (based on the Conspectus Level). For details on the Conspectus Level see Collection Development Policy

  • Financial Economics [not South Asia, Korea, Central Asia]
  • Banks and Money [not South Asia, Central Asia; focus on Islamic Banking and Finance]
  • Public Finance [focus on Africa, South Asia, South East Asia]
  • Industry and Business [not Middle East, Central Asia]
  • Distribution of Income and Wealth [focus on Africa, South Asia, South East Asia]
  • Management [focus on China, Japan, Middle East, North Africa]
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business and Ethics
  • Corporate Finance


9. Major Databases

General Databases
  • Access World News
  • Bankscope
  • BBC Monitoring Library
  • Cambridge Books Online
  • Cambridge Journals Online
  • CEPR Working Papers
  • Columbia International Affairs Online
  • Dawsonera (e-books)
  • Ebscohost
  • EconLit
  • Economic and Social Data Service
  • Greenfile
  • InformaWorld
  • IngentaConnect
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • ISI Web of Science / Knowledge
  • NBER Working Papers
  • OCLC FirstSearch
  • Oxford Journals Online
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Periodicals Archive Online
  • Project MUSE
  • Sage Journals Online
  • ScienceDirect
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Wiley InterScience
  • Zetoc
Regional Databases
  • Africa Wide
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Brill Online (Encyclopaedia of Islam etc.)
  • China Academic Journals
  • Chinese Studies Online
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974-1996
  • Indiastat
  • Korean-studies Information Service System
  • Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
  • Nikkei Telecom 2
  • Oxford Islamic Studies
  • Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services

For more information and online resources see the Subject Guide for Finance and Financial Management

For regional specific databases see Subject Statements

For other databases SOAS subscribes to see A-Z databases list


11. Trends for the Future

Move towards more online full-text resources where possible and appropriate:

  • As the national collection for Asian, African and Middle Eastern studies the Library  seeks to retain one print copy of selected scholarly titles and also provide electronic access to these materials (e-journals, databases, e-books etc.), where available
  • For subjects of a theoretical, general or non-regional nature the electronic version (e-journals, databases, e-books etc.) is favoured