February 2011

Snapshots of 100 Industries

Industries at a Glance, a site from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, contains snapshots of more than more than 100 industries, arranged alphabetically and by NAICS industry code. The site overview says, "These pages display a ‘snapshot’ of national data obtained from different BLS surveys and programs. Many programs also produce additional industry detail, including state and regional data." The Accommodation industry (NAICS 721) snapshot, for example, includes data on employment, union membership, layoffs, employment by occupation, earnings, prices, establishments, and so on.

New Database: Communication & Mass Media Complete

Rod Library is pleased to announce brand-new access to a major Communication Studies database, EBSCO's Communication & Mass Media Complete, for the UNI community.

This database provides access to the full text of more than 450 journals, and some access to a total of more than 770 journals, in the area of Communication Studies. More information about this resource is available here, and you can start searching the database here.


Who Needs Wikipedia?

Britannica Online is a one-stop resource for basic background information covering many topics that can be used in student research papers, speeches, and other projects.  Students often would like to use Wikipedia, but many instructors will not allow that to be used as a source.  Britannica would make an excellent alternative for many assignments where other encyclopedias are allowed.

Britannica's new and improved site includes many features beyond just the basic encyclopedia articles.  These include

1) Videos and other media related to subjects of articles

2) Links to magazine and journal articles on many topics

3) The ability to compare basic information about two countries

4) World maps; videos and other media related to the articles

5) Definitions of words in the articles, available by double-clicking on any word

Britannica Online is available through the Databases A-Z list, or in UNISTAR, through Rod Library's paid subscription.

Ulrichsweb Down for Maintenance Monday, Feb. 21

Ulrichsweb will be temporarily unavaiable on Monday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in order to conduct maintenance.

The Never Ending Library Book Sale

Library Book Sale

Come check out the latest items added to the Library's book sale.  Look at the shelves in the Library's lobby and you'll find best-sellers, children's books, fiction, non-fiction... we have it all! 

$2 for hardcover books and $1 for paperbacks - you can't go wrong on the price.

Pick out as many as you like and pay at the Circulation Desk.

We add new titles all the time, so keep checking the shelves.

Video Collection in Browsing Room

View more Rod Library YouTube videos at Rod Library Video Playlist.

ProQuest down for maintenance Saturday 2/12/11

ProQuest will perform maintenance on February 12, 2011 from 9:00 p.m. CST to Sunday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m. CST. 

The following product will be unavailable at that time:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Mobile Website Survey

Rod Library is conducting a survey to help us tailor our mobile website to fit the needs of our mobile users.   The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and will be available until Feburary 16th. Thanks for your help!

Mobile Website Survey (survey is closed)

U.S. Private Company Research

Business researcher Amelia Kassel provides helpful tips in her short article called, "US Private Companies: Research and Analysis." She discusses topics such as variant names, Secretary of State filings, state securities offices, researching key executives, public records, credit reports, legal information, SEC EDGAR, free v. fee searching, and what's the best source.