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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


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.


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.


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.



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


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


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


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

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


Books Recently Returned: 11/28/2012

These books from the Business Library’s general collection have been loaned and recently returned. Books appear in order by call number. Readers can use the list to see which subjects are popular or used for research.

Click on a title for more information.

Updated November 28, 2012

Title Author Call Number
The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid Prahalad, C. K. BUS DESK Software 5789 CD-ROM
Measures of leadership   BUS LIB BF637.L4 M43 1990
F & S index of corporations and industries   BUS LIB FOLIO Z7164.F5 F9
Econometric analysis Greene, William H., 1951- BUS LIB HB139 .G74 1997
Workouts in intermediate microeconomics Bergstrom, Theodore C. BUS LIB HB172 .B48 1987
The end of Wall Street Lowenstein, Roger. BUS LIB HB3743 .L677 2010
The big short : inside the doomsday machine Lewis, Michael (Michael M.) BUS LIB HC106.83 .L5 2010
Innovation and the growth of cities Ács, Zoltán J. BUS LIB HC79.T4 A26 2002
The Drucker lectures : essential lessons on management, society, and economy Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005. BUS LIB HD31 .D78 2010
Organizations March, James G. BUS LIB HD31 .M298
Organizations in action; social science bases of administrative theory Thompson, James D. BUS LIB HD38 .T448
First, break all the rules : what the world’s greatest managers do differently Buckingham, Marcus. BUS LIB HD38.2 .B83 1999
The other side of innovation : solving the execution challenge Govindarajan, Vijay. BUS LIB HD45 .G62 2010
The human side of managing technological innovation : a collection of readings   BUS LIB HD45 .H84 2004
Readings on the management of innovation   BUS LIB HD45 .R3
The innovator’s dilemma : when new technologies cause great firms to fail Christensen, Clayton M. BUS LIB HD53 .C49 1997
The innovator’s solution : creating and sustaining successful growth Christensen, Clayton M. BUS LIB HD53 .C493 2003
Reflections on leadership   BUS LIB HD57.7 .R44 1995
How organizations learn : managing the search for knowledge Starkey, Ken, 1948- BUS LIB HD58.82 .S73 2004
Lean thinking : banish waste and create wealth in your corporation Womack, James P. BUS LIB HD58.9 .W659 1996
The power of unreasonable people : how social entrepreneurs create markets that change the world Elkington, John. BUS LIB HD60 .E45 2008
The new pioneers Ellis, Tania. BUS LIB HD60 .E55 2010
The end of work : the decline of the global labor force and the dawn of the post-market era Rifkin, Jeremy. BUS LIB HD6331 .R533 1995
The power of cult branding Ragas, Matthew W. BUS LIB HD69.B7 R34 2002
Industrial organization and public policy Sichel, Werner, comp. BUS LIB HD70.U5 S5 1967
Understanding oil prices : a guide to what drives the price of oil in today’s markets Carollo, Salvatore. BUS LIB HD9560.4 .C37 2012
Private empire : ExxonMobil and American power Coll, Steve. BUS LIB HD9569.E95 C65 2012
Assembled in Japan : electrical goods and the making of the Japanese consumer Partner, Simon. BUS LIB HD9696.A3 J39317 1999
Playing to wiin : Nintendo and the video game industry’s greatest comeback Sloan, Daniel, 1963- BUS LIB HD9993.E452 S56 2011
Basic business statistics : a casebook Foster, Dean P. BUS LIB HF1017 .F67 1998
Rethinking undergraduate business education : liberal learning for the profession   BUS LIB HF1106 .R47 2011
Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the twenty-first century   BUS LIB HF1385 .R43 2010
All marketers are liars : the power of telling authentic stories in a low-trust world Godin, Seth. BUS LIB HF5415 .G5767 2005
Transformative consumer research for personal and collective well-being   BUS LIB HF5415.32 .T73 2012
To serve God and Wal-Mart : the making of Christian free enterprise Moreton, Bethany. BUS LIB HF5429.215.U6 M67 2009
Are you smart enough to work at Google? Poundstone, William. BUS LIB HF5549.5.I6 P678 2012
The winning trainer : winning ways to involve people in learning Eitington, Julius E. BUS LIB HF5549.5.T7 E4 1996
Statement of financial accounting standards   BUS LIB HF5601 .S8
Contemporary accounting issues in China : an analytical approach Liu, Kin Cheung. BUS LIB HF5616.C5 L58 1996
Contemporary accounting theory Hendriksen, Eldon S. comp. BUS LIB HF5625 .H46
Accounting theory Kam, Vernon. BUS LIB HF5625 .K265 1986
International accounting and economic development Riahi-Belkaoui, Ahmed, 1943- BUS LIB HF5625 .R48 2002
Positive accounting theory Watts, Ross L., 1942- BUS LIB HF5625 .W35 1986
Ethical issues in accounting   BUS LIB HF5625.15 .E85 1998
The McGraw-Hill 36-hour accounting course Dixon, Robert L. BUS LIB HF5635 .D63 1993
An introduction to the mathematics of finance McCutcheon, J. J. (John J.) BUS LIB HF5691 .M32 1986
The articulate executive : learn to look , act, and sound like a leader Toogood, Granville N. BUS LIB HF5718 .T66 1996
Soros : the life and times of a Messianic billionaire Kaufman, Michael T. BUS LIB HG172.S63 K38 2002
Finance : the basics Banks, Erik. BUS LIB HG173 .B3363 2007
Financial engineering : tools and techniques to manage financial risk Galitz, Lawrence. BUS LIB HG176.7 .G35 1995
The subprime virus : reckless credit, regulatory failure, and next steps Engel, Kathleen C. BUS LIB HG2040.5.U5 E54 2011
Critical essays in monetary theory Hicks, John Richard, Sir, 1904- BUS LIB HG221 .H63
Slapped by the invisible hand : the panic of 2007 Gorton, Gary. BUS LIB HG2491 .G674 2010
13 bankers : the Wall Street takeover and the next financial meltdown Johnson, Simon, 1963- BUS LIB HG2491 .J646 2010
An introduction to credit risk modeling Bluhm, Christian. BUS LIB HG3751 .B58 2003
The new international money game Aliber, Robert Z. BUS LIB HG3881 .A44 2009
An introduction to corporate finance : transactions and techniques Geddes, Ross, (H. Ross) BUS LIB HG4026 .G43 2006
Frequently asked questions in quantitative finance Wilmott, Paul. BUS LIB HG4515.2 .W55 2007
Quantitative equity investing : techniques and strategies Fabozzi, Frank J. BUS LIB HG4529.5 .F3346 2010
Electronic and algorithmic trading technology : the complete guide Kim, Kendall. BUS LIB HG4636 .K55 2007
Leadership dynamics : a practical guide to effective relationships Hollander, Edwin Paul, 1927- BUS LIB HM141 .H582
Combinatorial optimization : algorithms and complexity Papadimitriou, Christos H. BUS LIB QA402.5 .P365
The filter bubble : what the Internet is hiding from you Pariser, Eli. BUS LIB ZA4237 .P37 2011