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.
Stanley Lyle's blog
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.
The business library at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a knowledge database containing hundreds of business and economics questions asked by students and faculty there and thousands of links to sources, some free and some available only to subscribers. Called Business FAQ, it is organized into fifteen broad categories that can be browsed or searched. Penn has made the underlying software and database available to business libraries at other research universities for local adaptation.
Mergent Online is getting a new interface later in the semester. To see a preview, log on to Mergent Online and look for the link in the upper middle portion of the page that says, "Click here to view new Mergent Online." Mergent Online contains data on publicly-held companies from the U.S. and other countries. Company information includes, for example, 15+ years of financial statements, ratio analysis, history, joint ventures, lines of business, property, subsidiaries, capital stock, long term debt, and EDGAR SEC filings.
The content of ABI/INFORM has been expanded recently to include the full text of some 23,000 business and economics-related dissertations. Searches can be limited to dissertations by clicking the More Search Options and then selecting the Publication Type of Dissertations. Another approach is to do a search by topic or author and see if any results are listed under the Dissertations tab. A search for "supply chain management" dissertations, for example, gets 197 results.
The company that produces LexisNexis Academic has developed a new interface. The old as well as the new interface will be available until the end of the spring, 2010 semester. Both interfaces - LexisNexis Academic for the old and LexisNexis Academic: Beta for the new - will be available from the Databases A-Z list on the Rod Library home page until then. The new interface has six search boxes on the initial page: News, Legal, Companies, Countries, People, and Combined.
Rod Library recently subscribed to a package of databases called Web of Knowledge. One feature of this package is called EndNote Web. EndNote Web is a tool that can be used to collect, organize, and format up to 10,000 references in your own passworded account. The references can be arranged by groups that correspond to your research interests. References can be directly exported from some databases into your EndNote Web account. They also can be added manually.
Rod Library recently subscribed to ISI's Web of Knowledge. This is the overall name for a group of databases that includes Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports. This subscription is possible because of factors such as a price reduction, cancellation of the the print Social Sciences Citation Index, and purchase through a consortium.
The ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) database has been enhanced recently with several hundred country reports and data from the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford Analytica. They can be viewed by clicking the Browse tab after logging on to ABI/INFORM Complete. Look under the Country Reports Heading. Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Data, for example, "contains 370 economic variables over a 50 year period (1980-2030), actual and forecasted.
Ulrichsweb.com, the electronic version of the Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, is now available through UNISTAR, the Library’s online catalog. Use this resource to obtain bibliographic and publisher information about more than 300,000 journals, determine journals in subject areas of interest, and identify refereed journals. This tool can be used to identify periodicals - scholarly, trade, general - covering particular disciplines or industries.