About Author: Todd Degraff

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Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

The University Libraries will be serving free apple pie bites on Pi Day, Friday, March 14th (that is Friday, 3.14).  Come to Main, Engineering, Hardin … and of course, Business … for a tasty treat!

“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”

www.piday.org

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New Reference & Instruction Librarian: Willow Fuchs

Willow Fuchs is the Pomerantz Business Library’s new Reference and Instruction Librarian.  She grew up in Canada and completed her Masters of Information Studies in 2008 at the University of Toronto.  At the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Willow began her career.  She later moved to Nottingham, United Kingdom.  There, she worked as Open Access Adviser.  Willow’s European experience brought her a passion for issues in Scholarly Publishing.

When Willow has time—and is not chasing her toddler—she likes to knit and on occasion run a Half Marathon.

Stop by and meet Willow when you have a chance, or when you have a reference question!

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Media Table Now Connectable to Mac’s

Have a MacBook, iPhone, or iPad?  Do you need to display info. at a group meeting or study? You can now connect to the Library’s media table.  Just ask at the Business Library’s main desk for a Mac adapter.

 Media table with Mac adapters

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Census Statistics during the Shutdown

Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer http://www.socialexplorer.com/ for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012.  Just set up a username and password to use the database.

From:

Marianne Mason
mailto:marianne-mason@uiowa.edu
Federal Information Librarian
Research and Library Instruction
The University of Iowa Libraries

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Bloomberg BNA, Trial Subscription: Legal & Business Issues and More

The University Libraries are providing a trial subscription to Bloomberg BNA.  This Law School Professional Information Center offers valuable resources for law school librarians, faculty, and students seeking to maximize their investment in Bloomberg BNA publications.  The resource includes news and information on business and the law, taxes, accounting, human resources, and more.

The trial ends October 31, 2013.  Please send comments to Kim Bloedel.

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Improved Home Page Launches Monday, August 5th

Monday, August 5th, the new and improved Business Library home page launches.  With a simpler display and more visuals, users should quickly be able to find the resources they need.  Coupled with upgrades to Smart Search, the new page will be a great help to students, staff, and the public.

Need assistance?  Both contact information and live chat appear up front.

Tabs make resources available at a glance:

Tabbed browsing

Find all online resouces by name … fast!

Databases A-Z

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Head of the Pomerantz Business Library: Kimberly Bloedel

KimBloedel_HeadBusLib_PortraitWeb Congratulations to Kimberly Bloedel, Head of the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library!

Kim has been serving as interim director of the library for the past 6 months, and she has served as the Business Reference Librarian since 2006. She will now take charge of the 275-seat, state-of-the-art facility in the Tippie College of Business.

Please welcome her to her new position.

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Search within SEC Filings: WordsAnalytics (New!)

WordsAnalytics offers detailed searches within Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings back to 2001.  Criteria, which users can apply and combine, include:

  • form type
  • keywords
  • financial metrics
  • agreements and contracts
  • subsidiary lists
  • 1000+ pre-programmed search strings

This resource also lets users export text to Word or PDF & tables to Excel.

The powerful “analytics” tool assembles word counts within reports (or paragraphs) and compares them to the text’s total; this shows company well-being.  For example:

Apple Inc. 10-K 2012

Sentiment(+):0.24%; Sentiment(-):1.62%; Risk:0.3%; Litiguous:2.63%; Fog:21.12%;

Help videos on WordsAnalytics explain both how to conduct searches and what they mean.

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ReferenceUSA: Millions of Businesses & Consumers

The University of Iowa Libraries now offer access to a powerful research tool: ReferenceUSA.  Users can create cusomized searches for over 24 million businesses and 262 million consumers.  Information can be detailed, and ReferenceUSA presents data in charts and other formats.

Businesses include:

  • Name
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Employee size
  • Expenditures
  • Credit rating
  • Company history

& more.

Consumer data shows:

  • Phone
  • Home value
  • Income
  • Lifstyles (arts, cooking, pets, etc.)
  • Snapshots (age, marital status, gender etc.)

& more.

 

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Books Recently Returned: March 12, 2013

See Business Library titles that have been recently borrowed and returned.  Materials appear in call-number order. Readers can discover which subjects are popular or used for research.

Click on a title for more information.

Updated March 12, 2013