The business library at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a knowledge database containing hundreds of business and economics questions asked by students and faculty there and thousands of links to sources, some free and some available only to subscribers. Called Business FAQ, it is organized into fifteen broad categories that can be browsed or searched. Penn has made the underlying software and database available to business libraries at other research universities for local adaptation. The Dartmouth Feldberg Library has created an interface through which numerous local adaptations can be searched. Called Business FAQs Search, it can be used to search for sources containing information on specific topics, such as "historical stock prices". If intersted in a source that is not free to everyone, check the Rod Library catalog to see if UNI subscribes to it.
Mergent Online is getting a new interface later in the semester. To see a preview, log on to Mergent Online and look for the link in the upper middle portion of the page that says, "Click here to view new Mergent Online." Mergent Online contains data on publicly-held companies from the U.S. and other countries. Company information includes, for example, 15+ years of financial statements, ratio analysis, history, joint ventures, lines of business, property, subsidiaries, capital stock, long term debt, and EDGAR SEC filings. Mergent Online can be accessed from the Rod Library Business Portal and from the A-Z list of databases on the Rod Library home page.
Join us for a free showing of Maquilapolis – City of Factories at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23rd in Room 324 of Rod Library. This documentary explores globalization through the eyes of Mexican factory workers. The event, which is part of Women’s Studies Month programming, is sponsored by Rod Library and Women’s & Gender Studies.
The documentary is part of the Library’s collection, and is available for individual and classroom viewing. The Library also has acquired public performance rights for the title.
The content of ABI/INFORM has been expanded recently to include the full text of some 23,000 business and economics-related dissertations. Searches can be limited to dissertations by clicking the More Search Options and then selecting the Publication Type of Dissertations. Another approach is to do a search by topic or author and see if any results are listed under the Dissertations tab. A search for "supply chain management" dissertations, for example, gets 197 results.
The company that produces LexisNexis Academic has developed a new interface. The old as well as the new interface will be available until the end of the spring, 2010 semester. Both interfaces - LexisNexis Academic for the old and LexisNexis Academic: Beta for the new - will be available from the Databases A-Z list on the Rod Library home page until then. The new interface has six search boxes on the initial page: News, Legal, Companies, Countries, People, and Combined. There are new choices on the left side of the home page. For example, clicking the Companies choice reveals options such as Company Dossier, Create a Company List, Compare Companies, Company Profiles, and SEC filings. Give it a try before the end of the semester!
Rod Library recently subscribed to a package of databases called Web of Knowledge. One feature of this package is called EndNote Web. EndNote Web is a tool that can be used to collect, organize, and format up to 10,000 references in your own passworded account. The references can be arranged by groups that correspond to your research interests. References can be directly exported from some databases into your EndNote Web account. They also can be added manually. In some cases, references can be saved from a database to your desktop computer and then imported into EndNote Web. EBSCO's Business Source Elite and EconLIT, and Web of Knowledge, are examples of databases that provide an easy way to export references directly from a search into your EndNote Web account. EndNote Web references can be formatted in any of several dozen styles such as APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian. Other features include creating a group of people with whom to share references, "Cite While You Write" in Microsoft Word, and transfer of references between EndNote Web and EndNote desktop. To get started, log on to Web of Knowledge. Then click the My EndNote Web link in the upper section of the screen to go to a page to register and create your personal account. This page from the Thomson Reuters includes EndNote Web quick reference cards and recorded training sessions.
Have you seen the perfect image in a journal that you know will give your paper the "wow" factor, if you could only figure out a way to insert it? Well give it the “KIC” it needs with the Rod Library’s new Knowledge Imaging Center, located on the 1st floor next to the Photocopy Center. This walk-up scanning unit will scan in black & white and also in color. It will handle any size books as well as flat material from postage stamp size to 17 x 24 inches. Images can then be emailed or saved to a flash drive. Give it a try today!!