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 sources are free and others are licensed by Penn. Rod Library subscribes to some of the licensed sources.
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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, diversity, and transparency. It also reports company activities regarding controversial business issues such as alcohol, contraceptives, firearms, gambling, and so on.
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 page. The Morningstar Investment Research Center contains data and analysis on stocks, funds, ETFs, and industries.
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 SEC Chairman Christopher Cox.
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 direct link Here are two ways to access the standards, if you are using a link that does not take you directly to the standards.
Factors like competitors, customers, labor, suppliers?
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. Non-profit organizations also are included. The search forms can be manipulated to create lists of individuals and companies meeting various criteria.
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 the Company Profiles part of the database, enter a specific company name such as Hy-Vee in the search box or browse by letter of the alphabet.
Business journal databases like ABI/INFORM Global provide a way to limit results to academic (or scholarly or peer-reviewed) . This method does not work perfectly, but it will get you to academic journals faster. In the case of ABI/INFORM, check the box for Scholarly Journals at the bottom of the search box, or click the Scholarly Journals tab after you get the search results. Let's say the management concept is social responsibility.