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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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Global Industry Reports Added to IBISWorld Subscription

We now have access to Global Industry Reports in IBISWorld.  The Global Industry component of IBISWorld offers analysis and forecasts on 75 global markets.  The regions covered include Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  To browse the reports click on the link on the IBISWorld homepage.

IBIS

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Changes to Harvard Business Review Access

Changes have been made to our Harvard Business Review access through the EBSCO Business Source Complete database. Harvard Business Publishing has changed the license agreement to make 500 selected Harvard Business Review articles “read-only” in Business Source Complete— the articles cannot be linked to, printed, or downloaded. This change will affect all university customers. 

The 500 selected articles are composed of what Harvard considers popular or classic business articles. You and your students will still be able to locate these articles in Business Source Complete but you will be limited to reading them online. 

If your students require personal paper or electronic copies of these articles as part of your course readings, you will need to include these articles in your print or electronic course packs. If you find you need a copy of one of these articles for your personal use, Pomerantz Business Library staff will be happy to deliver it to you via our document delivery services.

Please note that Harvard Business Review articles are not to be used in classes. Professors should purchase course materials from Harvard Business Publishing. The following statement is below every HBR article in Business Source Complete:

Harvard Business Review Notice of Use Restrictions, May 2009Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter content on EBSCOhost is licensed for the private individual use of authorized EBSCOhost users. It is not intended for use as assigned course material in academic institutions nor as corporate learning or training materials in businesses. Academic licensees may not use this content in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. Business licensees may not host this content on learning management systems or use persistent linking or other means to incorporate the content into learning management systems. Harvard Business Publishing will be pleased to grant permission to make this content available through such means. For rates and permission, contact permissions@harvardbusiness.org.

If you have any questions pertaining to University of Iowa HBR access, please contact the Biz Lib.

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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.