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
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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
Rod Library recently added this database as a result of a contract change negotiated by the State Library of Iowa.
It contains the full text of about 400 periodicals, about 450 reference books, numerous small business "how to" videos, and several hundred industry reports from Datamonitor. It's listed under Databases A-Z on the Rod Library home page and also from this direct link: /gateway/owl/small-business-reference-center
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 address: http://www.openaccessweek.org/
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.
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.
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.
Business researcher Amelia Kassel provides helpful tips in her short article called, "US Private Companies: Research and Analysis." She discusses topics such as variant names, Secretary of State filings, state securities offices, researching key executives, public records, credit reports, legal information, SEC EDGAR, free v. fee searching, and what's the best source.