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Now Available: Bizminer

The University Libraries now offers access to Bizminer, a premier industry and market research tool. This resource provides statistically heavy data on 9000 industries. Users can refine both industry and market results by geographic area and sales class. Some historic information dates back 3—5 years. In addition, Bizminer features a competitive market analyzer, as well as online tutorials.

Questions? Ask us!

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Faculty and Graduates: Book Renewals

Would you like to renew your books before summer begins?  Now is the time!  Faculty book loans due  June 2, 2014 and graduate loans due June 25, 2014 can now be extended.  You will need to bring your books in person; the material may not be renewed by telephone, by e-mail, or from a list.  However, staff can renew books at any University library.

You can see a list of books checked out to you on-line:  visit My Books on Loan (Pomerantz Business Library).

Thanks.

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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.