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Q&A: How do I find federal court cases? And Iowa cases, federal or state court?

There are different ways to do this. One approach is to use LexisNexisAcademic or WestLaw Campus. Both are available from the Rod Library Databases A-Z page or from one of the Business Portal pages. In LexisNexis Academic, for example, click the Legal link at the top of the page. After reaching the Legal section, click the Federal & State Cases link on the left side of the screen. The resulting form includes a place to enter the case name or citation if you already have such information. A drop-down menu on the Federal & State Cases search form can be used to pick (and search) only U.S. Supreme Court cases or Iowa, Federal & State Cases combined, for example. One way to find cases that deal in a significant way with some topic, from the North Western Reporter (court cases from Iowa and other midwestern states), is to structure the search as in this example: Cite (n.w.) and headnotes (breach of contract) [and add either more keywords, or a date range, etc.] Or pick the Iowa, Federal & State Cases combined drop-down to search Iowa Federal and State court cases. Here's what LexisNexis says about what's available through the drop-down for Iowa, Federal & State Cases combined: "The Iowa combination of Federal and State case law provides all available case law for jurisdictions relating to Iowa. The Federal case law includes the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Courts for the State of Iowa. The State case law includes the Supreme Court of Iowa and the Iowa Court of Appeals."


IBISWorld Recession Updates by Industry

The IBISWorld database contains reports on some 700 industries. The President of IBISWorld announced on January 12, 2009 that they are adding a recession outlook section to each of the 700 industry reports they regularly produce. They also have prepared a more general economic forecast. IBISWorld predicts that some industries will actually benefit from the recession and that "the turning point for every industry is different." IBISWorld can be accessed from the Rod Library Business Portal and the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z.


Q&A: Where do you find industry overviews for marketing reports?

One source that may work for some marketing reports is IBISWorld. (It's also available from Rod Library Business Portal and home page.) IBISWorld contains about 700 industry market research reports. The one on caterers, for example, covers topics like market characteristics, industry conditions, key sensitivities and success factors, competitors, and outlook for the industry. Most reports are updated at least once a year. Other tools for finding industry and market reports are listed on the Business Portal and on a handout called Industry and Market Research Steps.


Q&A: How do you find annual demographic and economic data on the states?

There are different ways to find economic and demographic data on the states. One way is to go to government agencies collecting and distributing such data, like the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another way to get started, which does not require knowing which government agency may collect desired data, is to use ProQuest Statistical Insight; it also can be accessed from the Rod Library home page, under Databases A-Z. This product's Find a Table search form includes a box in which to enter a variable such as per capita income and checkboxes for narrowing the search. These narrowing options include: *geographic areas, such as by states *demographics, such as by sex *economic, such as by occupation *frequency of data, such as annual *period of coverage (all years, last x years, or a range of years) ProQuest Statistical includes data from the U.S. government, state governments, associations, and international organizations. Some tables are in PDF format and some are in Excel.


Business FAQ

A group of large business libraries, led by the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a "Business FAQ" which serves as a tool to find the best sources, databases, and data sets on various topics. Other business libraries, mainly at PhD-granting unversities, have modified the FAQ to fit their circumstances. Some of the recommended sources are free and others are licensed by Penn. Rod Library subscribes to some of the licensed sources. Check UNISTAR, the library catalog, to see if Rod Library has a particular subscription database listed on the Penn Business FAQ...or Ask Us! at Rod Library. The Business FAQ can be browsed or searched. To give an idea of the content, the listing under Finance includes dozens of questions (and answers); here are the first five questions: How do I find analyst reports (investment bank reports)? How do I find bank rates, including mortgage rates? Where do I find info on American Depositary Receipts (ADRs)? How do I find current betas for companies and/or industries? How do I find data and information on bonds?


Socrates: The Corporate Social Ratings Monitor

Rod Library recently subscribed to Socrates, produced by KLD Research & Analytics. It can be accessed from the library catalog (UNISTAR) or from Databases A-Z in the middle of the Rod Library home page. Socrates can be used to study the performance of specific companies in various environmental, social, and governmental areas such as climate change, diversity, and transparency. It also reports company activities regarding controversial business issues such as alcohol, contraceptives, firearms, gambling, and so on. Socrates also can be used to identify groups of companies that are involved in specified issues.


Morningstar Investment Research Center

Rod Library has canceled Morningstar Mutual Funds, a print source kept at the library reference desk, and added Morningstar Investment Research Center. In addition to this link, the Morningstar Investment Research Centeris is listed in UNISTAR, the library catalog, and in the Databases A-Z list in the center of the Rod Library home page. The Morningstar Investment Research Center contains data and analysis on stocks, funds, ETFs, and industries. The Portfolio X-Ray tool can be used to study the performance of particular investments as a portfolio.


Q&A: How do you find Datamonitor reports on markets?

Datamonitor company reports can be found in a database called Business Source Elite (see this blog entry for details. Look under the Company Profiles tab at the top of the screen.) Datamonitor Industry Market Research reports such as: United States - Pharmaceuticals.(Industry overview) China - OTC Pharmaceuticals.(Industry overview) can be found in Business & Company Resource Center, which is listed on the Rod Library Business Portal. It also is listed on the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z. After connecting to Business & Company Resource Center, select Advanced Search. Change the Content Area to Industry overviews, and then type an industry of interest such as pharmaceuticals. The results may include industry overviews from encyclopedias as well as Datamonitor market research reports; look for the green Market Research tab in the upper right for Datamonitor reports. Other databases on the Business Portal such as IBISWorld, Mintel, and Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage also analyze industries and markets.


SEC to Replace EDGAR Company Filings Database

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission announced on August 19th that it is implementing a new company filings system called IDEA (Interactive Data Electronic Applications). IDEA "will at first supplement and then eventually replace the EDGAR system." This SEC press release provides more details on IDEA, including a video of a presentation by SEC Chairman Christopher Cox.


Accounting Standards Added to RIA CheckPoint

The AICPA, FASB, and GASB standards are now available through RIA CheckPoint (generic logon). RIA CheckPoint can be accessed: 1. On the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z 3. and on this page of the Business Portal 3. Or through this direct link Here are two ways to access the standards, if you are using a link that does not take you directly to the standards. After reaching RIA CheckPoint, note the "Search Practice Area" drop-down in the upper left corner of the screen. Change this from Federal to "Acct, Audit, & Corp Finance." AICPA, FASB, and GASB will appear on the right side of the screen. A particular standards body can be checked and then searched. Another approach is to click the Table of Contents link on the right side of the screen. Then click the + sign next to Accounting, Audit & Corporate Finance Library, then the + sign next to Regulations and Standards. Continue drilling down, by clicking the + sign next to AICPA, FASB, or GASB. Or, click a particular standards body and do a keyword search. Two people can access the standards at the same time. The standards cannot be accessed from personal accounts.


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