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Q&A: Where do you find international market reports?

International market reports may be available in Rod Library databases and from professional association and federal government web sites. International markets for specific products may be discussed in articles as well. About half of the reports in the Mintel database, which can be accessed from the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z and also from the Business Portal, cover non-U.S. markets. Most of the non-U.S. reports cover specific European countries.

My Reading History (UNISTAR library catalog feature)

Library staff members are often asked if we can give someone a list of the books they have checked out in the past. Our answer has always been, "No." The library takes seriously the privacy of your library records so we do not maintain a list of what you borrow after you return it. "My Reading History" is a new feature which allows you to track items you borrow. Some patrons have asked for this service as a means of recalling a book or author they liked or for keeping a list of what they have already read. Participation in the feature is entirely voluntary.

Q&A: How do I find federal court cases? And Iowa cases, federal or state court?

There are different ways to do this. One approach is to use LexisNexisAcademic or WestLaw Campus. Both are available from the Rod Library Databases A-Z page or from one of the Business Portal pages. In LexisNexis Academic, for example, click the Legal link at the top of the page. After reaching the Legal section, click the Federal & State Cases link on the left side of the screen.

Q&A: Where do you find industry overviews for marketing reports?

One source that may work for some marketing reports is IBISWorld. (It's also available from Rod Library Business Portal and home page.) IBISWorld contains about 700 industry market research reports. The one on caterers, for example, covers topics like market characteristics, industry conditions, key sensitivities and success factors, competitors, and outlook for the industry. Most reports are updated at least once a year.

Business FAQ

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.

Socrates: The Corporate Social Ratings Monitor

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.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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.

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