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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.

Jon Stewart Interview with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

Jon Steward interviews Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on the 10th anniversary of the free, international encyclopedia. Wales explains how issues such as accuracy and bias are addressed.

JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2011

Ann Mack, Global Director of Trendspotting for J Walter Thompson, discusses 100 things to watch in 2011, ranging from 3D printing to the older workforce to p-to-p car sharing to virtual mirrors. She leads off with an intro, a discussion of the track record for this annual forecast, and then through the 100 things we'll be hearing about this year.

American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries/Foreign Firms Operating in the United States

These two directories, formerly available only in print at Rod Library, are now online and can be accessed on campus from computers on the UNI campus network. (Off campus users will not be able to obtain search results.) The overall name for the database is Uniworld Online. The Rod Library subscription for American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries can be used to "Search by Country" and create a list of U.S. companies operating in China, for example. The Library's subscription to Foreign Firms Operating in the United States can be used to create a list of companies from Saudi Arabia, for example, with operations in the U.S. Search results can be displayed, printed, or downloaded to a spreadsheet. The Uniworld search form includes other parameters, but these are not available at our current subscription level.

Open Access Week, October 18-24, 2010

Open Access Week is a world-wide celebration intended to raise awareness of the potential benefits of open access in scholarship and research. “Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.  It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

For more information, please visit the Open Access Web site at

New in Panther Prowler:Save Citations, Create Database Lists

Panther Prowler fans can now create personal accounts in which to save favorite citations and to store customized, searchable lists of databases.  Everyone with a UNI CatID can create a personalized account; click the Log-in link under My Session in the upper right corner of the Panther Prowler screen to connect.   Panther Prowler can be accessed from the Rod Library home page under headings such as “Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler)."

After logging on to your Panther Prowler account and doing a search, click the “Save this record” link at the bottom of a citation you want to save. You are given the option of assigning one or more labels to a citation so that similar ones are grouped together.  The citations you save will be in your account until you delete them; click the “My Saved Records” link in the upper right corner of the Panther Prowler screen to see them.

Rod Library provides nearly 60 groupings of databases in subjects such as chemistry, history, and psychology.  You can now create your own list(s) of preferred databases. After logging on to your Panther Prowler account, click the “My Saved Databases” link in the upper right corner of the screen. Click the “Add databases and Edit” link in the upper left corner of the screen. Follow the edit options such as “Add Databases,” “I’m done adding databases,” and “I’m done editing” to create your customized, searchable list of My Saved Databases. The My Collections link in the lower right side of the Panther Prowler screen also can be used to create multiple named lists of databases. Your saved lists of databases will be available until you delete them from your account.

Grants Database Now Available

This blurb from the Rod Library News blog explains a new grants database: Are You Seeking Grants to Help Fund Programs? The university has a new grants database called The Foundation Directory Online accessible through the library website 24/7 from any location. Off-campus users will be prompted for their CatID. The Foundation Center, a leading authority on organized philanthropy, produces the database which contains information about nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S. and 2.1 million recently awarded grants. The database includes: •Detailed information about grantmakers •Types of programs/activities grantmakers will support •Application process and links to 990 tax forms •Lists of organizations that have received money from grantmakers •Recipients of grants located in geographic location (i.e., Waterloo, IA) To get to the database from the Rod Library home page, click on the Databases A - Z link located under the Articles tab and scroll down the alphabetical list of databases. Next, click on the title to enter the database. The direct link to the database is The Foundation Directory Online database is funded jointly by three campus units: Rod Library, Office of Sponsored Programs, and the UNI Foundation. Submitted by neuhaus_e

Investext Removed from LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic has removed investment analyst reports distributed through Investext, due to licensing cost issues. LexisNexis Academic contains related titles such as Nelson's Company Research Reports, ProfitCents Analyst Reports, Weiss Stock Research Reports, and Zacks Equity Research. Other Rod Library databases with company analysis include Value Line, Morningstar, Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage, and Business & Company Resource Center. All are available from the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z and from the Business Portal.

Best on the Street: 2010 Analysts Rankings

The Wall Street Journal recently published its 18th annual ranking of the best analysts in 44 industries. The survey includes interviews of the top-ranked analyst in each industry. A search of the Wall Street Journal (ProQuest edition) for "best on the street" turns up a list of articles with the interviews of analysts in each industry. Other finance publications such as Institutional Investor also publish rankings of analysts.

Scan Papers, Documents, etc.

Rod Library has added a many-featured scanner that can be used at no charge. It is located on the bottom floor, near the Multiservice Center. Scanned images can be saved to a flash drive or emailed to your account. A research paper, for example, can be scanned in a text format and opened in Microsoft Word. This page has more details.

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