Ann Mack, Global Director of Trendspotting for J Walter Thompson, discusses 100 things to watch in 2011, ranging from 3D printing to the older workforce to p-to-p car sharing to virtual mirrors. She leads off with an intro, a discussion of the track record for this annual forecast, and then through the 100 things we'll be hearing about this year.
Stan Lyle's blog
These two directories, formerly available only in print at Rod Library, are now online and can be accessed on campus from computers on the UNI campus network. (Off campus users will not be able to obtain search results.) The overall name for the database is Uniworld Online. The Rod Library subscription for American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries can be used to "Search by Country" and create a list of U.S. companies operating in China, for example.
Open Access Week is a world-wide celebration intended to raise awareness of the potential benefits of open access in scholarship and research. “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. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”
Panther Prowler fans can now create personal accounts in which to save favorite citations and to store customized, searchable lists of databases. Everyone with a UNI CatID can create a personalized account; click the Log-in link under My Session in the upper right corner of the Panther Prowler screen to connect. Panther Prowler can be accessed from the Rod Library home page under headings such as “Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler)."
This blurb from the Rod Library News blog explains a new grants database: Are You Seeking Grants to Help Fund Programs? The university has a new grants database called The Foundation Directory Online accessible through the library website 24/7 from any location. Off-campus users will be prompted for their CatID.
LexisNexis Academic has removed investment analyst reports distributed through Investext, due to licensing cost issues. LexisNexis Academic contains related titles such as Nelson's Company Research Reports, ProfitCents Analyst Reports, Weiss Stock Research Reports, and Zacks Equity Research. Other Rod Library databases with company analysis include Value Line, Morningstar, Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage, and Business & Company Resource Center.
The Wall Street Journal recently published its 18th annual ranking of the best analysts in 44 industries. The survey includes interviews of the top-ranked analyst in each industry. A search of the Wall Street Journal (ProQuest edition) for "best on the street" turns up a list of articles with the interviews of analysts in each industry.
Rod Library has added a many-featured scanner that can be used at no charge. It is located on the bottom floor, near the Multiservice Center. Scanned images can be saved to a flash drive or emailed to your account. A research paper, for example, can be scanned in a text format and opened in Microsoft Word. This page has more details.
The World Bank announced on April 20 that "it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers." Some 330 indicators are available for up to 209 countries. Some of the data go back 50 years. The statistics are available through a new web site.
Alerting services provide a way to automate searches in your fields of interest. This involves setting up a personal account with a database, publisher, or other organization; saving a search that is executed on some regular basis; and requesting that alerts be sent. Notices of new publications matching your saved search are sent by email or RSS feed (What is RSS). The frequency of alerts varies.