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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

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Books Recently Returned: February 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 February 12, 2013

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LearningExpress Library: Online Practice Tests, EBooks, and More

“Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you.”

Resources for college students include: personal finance skills, math, vocabulary, graduate school entrance exam prep., and more.

- LearningExpress

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ReferenceUSA & Onesource Trials (End 28 February, 2013)

Find both databases on this site.

ReferenceUSA is the nation’s premier source for business and consumer research data. Powered by Infogroup data, the database is updated monthly and contains detailed information on over 15 million companies and over 260 million consumers. Every record can be exported into spreadsheets and contains accurate latitude and longitude coordinates. The resource is ideal for entrepreneurship activities, students seeking employment, marketing projects, GIS mapping efforts and demographic research.

OneSource Global Business Browser provides comprehensive, updated information on industries and companies within the US and around the world. The resource lives up to its name in that it aggregates data from all the top business providers (Infogroup, Hoovers, Datamonitor, Freedonia, Kompass, Mergent, etc.) and puts them into one, easy-to-use database. Whether you’re looking for executive names & biographies, in-depth industry reports, international business locations or SWOT analyses—OneSource has it and more.

Please send additional comments to Kim Bloedel.

By Lisa Martincik
February 4, 2013
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Passport – Trial ends 15 February 2013

Passport is a global business intelligence database that covers consumer markets in more than 80 countries. It allows users to identify a market, see all of the companies and brands in that market, and understand the relevant consumer dynamics of that market. Over 85% of Fortune 500 companies used Passport data to make strategic marketing decisions in 2012.

Please send additional comments to Kimberly Bloedel.

-Reposted from Lisa Martincik, January 17, 2013