The Iowa African American Hall of Fame (IAAHF) was founded in 1995 and aims to recognize "outstanding achievements of African Americans with respect to enhancing quality of life for all Iowans." More than 60 individuals have been inducted into the IAAHF; photos are included for some inductees. For more details visit their website at http://www.iaahf.org
More than 65 historical African American newspapers are highlighted in a new research guide prepared by the Marist College Library. Most of the newspapers are freely available online, thanks to digitization projects undertaken by various libraries, historical societies, and Google. The guide arranges the newspapers by title, by six historical time periods, and by geographic area of coverage. The guide is available at http://libguides.marist.edu/AfricanAmericanNews
The IBISWorld United States database includes reports on more than 700 industries. These reports are based loosely on Michael Porter's Five Forces model and may be helpful for students doing industry analyses. For example, the Products & Markets section of the reports typically discuss demand determinants, while the Competitve Landscape section covers topics such as barriers to entry, the basis of competition, and industry concentration.
A second licensed database, the Small Business Reference Center, also includes industry reports. Some reports published by Datamonitor include explicit Five Forces analysis. A full text search for "five forces" turns up reports such as Breakfast Cereals Industry Profile, for example. This database also can be accessed from the Business Portal and Databases A-Z.
Other databases listed under the Industries & Markets tab on the Business Portal may lead to industry/market reports or articles from academic journals, trade journals, and business magazines that would be useful in five forces analysis of a given industry.
Open Access Week is a global event now entering its fifth year. “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." More details are at this addresss: http://www.openaccessweek.org/
A new Rod Library scholarly communications page provides an overview of open access issues, such as authors rights and identification of "green" publishers with the least restrictive copyright policies. More details are at this address: http://www.library.uni.edu/scholarly-communication
The new interface provides search modes such as as basic, advanced, and data & reports. The data & reports mode provides an easy way to search a set of industry and market reports from publishers such as First Research Industry Profiles, Business Monitor International, and Just-Series Market Research Reports; commodity reports from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU); and Country Reports from EIU and Oxford Analytica.
The advanced mode provides an easy way to identify source types such as scholarly journals; document types such as case studies, interviews, and industry and market reports; and document features such as cartoons.
ABI/INFORM Complete cover 1971 to the present. ABI/INFORM Archival covers 1905-1985. Hoover's Company Profiles provide details such as products & operations, subsidiaries, competitors, and brief financials.
The yellow Find It button that links to full text in other databases is not available for the time being; for now, look for an "SFX" button to link to full text.
Rod Library has been adding an increasing number of electronic books and other e-publications over the last several years. This year, Rod Library used student technology fees to purchase an electronic books collection from a company called ebrary. It contains electronic books covering many areas of the UNI curriculum, including several thousand business and economics books from publishers such as Harvard University Press, several additional university presses, Amacom, Wiley, and Business Expert Press. Ebrary books are entered in UNISTAR, the library catalog, like print books. Here’s one example for a book about Veblen. Look for the link in the middle of the UNISTAR library catalog record to connect to the electronic book. The ebrary collection also can be searched as a separate database; there’s a link to ebrary under the Databases A-Z link in the upper middle portion of the Rod Library home page. Ebrary books can be read in web browsers using a default reader or more functional “ebrary reader.” Personal accounts can be created to save highlights and annotations, save to your bookshelf, and create folders. The vendor says they are working to make these books available through other devices such as Sony Readers.
Flat World Knowledge is offering free and open online access to textbooks in many fields, including more than 40 in business areas such as accounting, communication, business law, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The publisher says the textbooks "are written by leading experts and are peer-reviewed, edited, and highly developed. They are supported by test banks, .ppt notes, instructor manuals, print desk copies, and knowledgeable service representatives." Print copies in black and white or color are available for purchase, as are electronic versions for iPad, nook, Kindle, and Sony. An Educator FAQ provides more details.
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.