Rod Cast - News and Events

February 09, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Library staff members are often asked if we can give someone a list of the books they have checked out in the past. Our answer has always been, "No." The library takes seriously the privacy of your library records so we do not maintain a list of what you borrow after you return it. "My Reading History" is a new feature which allows you to track items you borrow. Some patrons have asked for this ser...

February 09, 2009 - 12:52 pm

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 exam...

January 12, 2009 - 2:45 pm

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...

November 20, 2008 - 11:38 am

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...

November 20, 2008 - 11:14 am

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...

October 30, 2008 - 10:05 am

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 so...

October 17, 2008 - 11:42 am

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, di...

September 15, 2008 - 6:33 pm

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 p...

September 11, 2008 - 1:42 pm

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:...

August 21, 2008 - 3:41 pm

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...