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Real estate and planning: Key resources

A guide to finding information in real estate and planning. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.


Use the resources listed on this page to find relevant information on topics in Real Estate & Planning. They will give you access to both primary and secondary sources of information.

  • Primary sources - these are first hand accounts of research that has been undertaken and written by the researchers themselves.
  • Secondary sources - these describe, summarize, or discuss information or details originally presented in another source. For example books, review articles, and systematic reviews.

There are also resources that provide data such as company information and property market databases.

Key resources

There are a number of specialist resources in this area, located in the Henley Business School Library. For all these resources go to the Henley Business School Library BlackBoard organisation and sign up in advance of using (the information is all there). Passwords and usernames will either be provided or emailed. These resources are ONLY available to Real estate and planning staff/students.

  • Property market reports
    The Henley Business School Library has a collection of printed property market reports, indices and other research publications by chartered surveyors and related professions, but these are now moving online via Property Week. Many companies now make their research data available in the internet.
  • CoStar Suite
    CoStar Suite provides comprehensive information on the UK commercial property industry . It is only accessible from the Henley Business School Library.
  • EPRA ​
    EPRA website offers access to up to 20 years of listed real estate data index and company performance data in a range of buildable & downloadable charts/graphs.

  • IPD ​
    IPD is a performance analysis database specialising in the real estate investment sector across 32 countries. 

  • Revo formaly BCSC (British Council of Shopping Centres)
    Provides access to the BCSC online directory of 2600+ retail property professionals, BCSC research and guidance notes, and industry conferences and events.



The following resources offer financial information for companies.


Accessing online Library resources

If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.

For any that require a login, see the Off-campus tab.

Terms of Use

When you use our e-resources you are agreeing to our Terms of Use. Please take a moment to look at these by following the link below:

When you are off-campus you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. 

Your login details

You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft. Just enter your University username followed by (e.g. and your password. If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:

Getting to the login page...

  • For most resources, if you follow a link from our website or catalogues your login will be picked up automatically or you will be prompted to login straightaway. 
  • If you access resources via another route you will need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will then pick up your login or prompt you to login. For more information about institutional login, please see the link below:
Logging in to Library resources

Watch this short video on how you login to use Library resources.

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Logging in to the Library video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Videos: doing your literature search

This playlist of two videos shows you how to prepare for and perform a literature search. The first video introduces literature searches and their role. The second video covers using the search operators AND and OR to create a search statement, and explains the role of wildcards and truncation in constructing a comprehensive search. This information is also available in written guides - see the links below. 

If you are unable to view these videos on YouTube they are also available on YuJa or Stream (University username and password required):

Related guides

Getting items not held at Reading

Map of the south of the UKOur Inter-Library Loans service can get articles, books and other publications not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Help videos

You will need to login using your University email address and password to view the video. For the best experience please view on a larger screen such as a tablet or laptop instead of a mobile phone.

How to run a basic search in Orbis and FAME:

Creating a list of companies in Orbis and FAME:

D&B Hoover - basic searches:

Market research information databases:

IBISworld basic search:

Mintel reports basic search: