Rod Cast - News and Events

November 20, 2008 - 10:14 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 - 9:05 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 - 10:42 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 - 5:33 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 - 12:42 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 - 2:41 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...

April 30, 2008 - 8:25 am

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 d...

April 25, 2008 - 10:28 am

Factors like competitors, customers, labor, suppliers?

IBISWorld reports cover factors like these for nearly 700 industries. The Industry Market Research report for consumer electronics stores, for example, discusses issues like these in the Industry Conditions section: -barriers to entry -regulation -cost structure, including wages -capital and labor intensity -technology and systems -globalization The Market...

April 08, 2008 - 10:04 am

Rod Library recently subscribed to ReferenceUSA, a residential and business/organization directory. Entries in the residential section include telephone numbers, addresses, and neighborhood data from the U.S. Census. The business/organization section contains contact information and other data such as estimated sales, credit rating, year established, primary line of business, competitors, and photo of establishment. No...

March 28, 2008 - 11:40 am

Datamonitor company reports can be found in the database called, "Business Source Elite." Business Source Elite 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 Source Elite, click the Company Profiles link in the middle near the top of the page. After reaching th...