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Database of the Week: Business Expert Press

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Business Expert PressBusiness Expert Press Main Screen

“Business Expert Press’s Digital Libraries are filled with practical, concise books covering specific areas of business, including supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy. They’re written by international authorities, specifically for students seeking bachelors or masters degrees.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, under B on our Databases A to Z page, or under B on our “E-Book Collections” page.

 Use it to find: Business Expert Press offers more than 300 E-Books that can be read online or downloaded in PDF or EPUB formats.  Topics include: accounting, supply chain management, leadership, finance, corporate social responsibility, and business writing.

Tips for searching: Business Expert Press Related Topics

  • Use the search box to search using keywords.
  • Advanced search is available via the gear icon to the right of the search box.
  • Users can browse titles from the main page (see top image).
  • For more focused browsing:
    • Select from the “Filters” on the left, or
    • Click on “Related Topics” and select from options presented (see image at right).


Business Expert Press Item Level




Want help using Business Expert Press eBook collection? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.



Trial Subscription: Sage Business Cases

The Pomerantz Business Library has arranged a trial to Sage Business Cases. The trial ends May 1, 2016.

SAGE Business Cases brings business to life – inspiring researchers to develop their own best practices and prepare for professional success. Teaching notes are included with the trial access.  In order to set up teaching notes, please follow these instructions.

If you think that
Sage Business Cases would be a good addition (or not a good addition)  to the collection, please send comments to Business Library Head Librarian



Database of the Week: Business Videos from Business Source Complete

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Business Videos from Business Source Complete

Though you may think of Business Source Complete (BSC) primarily as an article database, keep this in mind: BSC also contains some great video content.  This resource contains more than 50 video lectures on a variety of business topics.

Business Source Complete Home

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under “Best Bets!” on our Databases A to Z page.  From the Business Source Complete mainpage, click on “Business Videos” (see image).

Use it to find:

  • Video lectures from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.
  • Lecture text in downloadable PDF format (see image).


Tips for searching:  

  • Search using keywords like finance, economics, management, marketing, globalization, etc.
  • To browse a complete list of the videos available, search for “Harvard FSS”.


Note: These videos are in Adobe Flash format. Some mobile devices may not be compatible.

Business Source Complete Video Example

Want help finding video content in Business Source Complete? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.


Be prepared: Take a look inside Vault.

Getting ready for interviews? Researching internships? Thinking about business school or law school?

The Pomerantz Business Library has a great resource to help you: Vault.


Vault has an abundance of good info for the job or internship seeker. It also has rankings and reviews of law schools, business schools, and undergraduate institutions. To get a fuller picture of Vault’s capabilities, take a look at our recent profile of the site.

In addition, if you need more detailed company information (financials, corporate structure, executive profiles, etc.) to prepare for an interview, take a look at our Company Information guide. Or, perhaps you’re considering jobs or internships with companies in unfamiliar industries? If so, take a look at our Industry Information guide. This guide will help you find industry profiles, key industry players, financial ratios, and much more.

Get up to date with the latest company and industry news: take a look at one of our article databases such as Business Source Complete or Factiva and search for companies and industries of interest.

Have questions or need help? Email Jim or Kim. Or call 319-335-3077.


Database of the Week: Mergent Intellect

The database: Mergent Intellect

Powered by Hoover’s™, a Dun & Bradstreet Solution, Mergent Intellect is a flexible web-based application that features a deep collection of worldwide MergInt8business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence. Coupling Mergent’s expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with Dun & Bradstreet’s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers new and existing clients a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under “M” on our Databases A to Z page.

Use it to find: Information on private companies, new U.S. companies, public companies, and international companies; people; demographics; industries.

Tips for searching:

  • Basic: Select a category (Company, People, Industry, or New U.S. Business) and then enter your search term in the box.
  • Or, choose “Advanced Search”.  Select company/people criteria (industry, geographic location, size, job title, etc.) to shape your search. Click on “Add to Criteria” (blue button toward bottom) as you choose criteria for your search.
  • Lists of search results can be exported in CSV and PDF formats.
  • Other search features available from Mergent Intellect’s main page include: Demographics, Residential Search, and Job Search.



Note: The Business Library has obtained a one year trial of Mergent Intellect. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Want help using the Mergent Intellect? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.


Database of the Week: Mergent Historical Annual Reports

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: Mergent Historical Annual Reports (available in Mergent Archives)StdbkrAnnRep1960

“Dating back to the mid 1800’s, Mergent’s Historical Annual Reports collections offers over 1,000,000 documents available in .PDF format for the United States, Canada and Europe. Access an extensive library of high-quality historical documents featuring rich textual details and in-depth analyses on thousands of global companies.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, or under “M” on the Databases A to Z page.  Note: Mergent Historical Annual Reports are within the Mergent Archives platform.

Use it to find: Public company annual reports and various other company documents.



Tips for searching:

  • Basic: Enter the company name, specify the date range of interest (optional), and identify the type of document you are looking for: annual report, 10-K, etc. (optional).
  • Alternatively, to find reports for companies from a specific city/town, choose the “Or” option and select the desired country, state, and city.
  • Advanced: combine these two elements by including company name, date range, document type, and location information.
  • Browse alphabetically by company name from the main search page.

On a related note: be sure to look at our recent profile of another great source for public company annual reports: ProQuest Historical Annual Reports.

Want help using the Mergent Historical Annual Reports database? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.


Open Web Resource Spotlight

datagovhomeThe U.S. government has long been an active gatherer and disseminator of information. In recent years, with the roll out of the website, it has made strides to make this data more accessible and useable by the public, researchers, app developers, and businesses. The site serves as a gateway to publicly available datasets from not only the federal government, but also state and local governments as well as universities. These data cover a wide range of subject matter including: education, employment, agriculture, and public safety.  According to the site, the number of datasets available currently stands at over 192,000.  The site also provides examples of businesses and organizations that rely on the data to power their sites/applications.

As some reviewers have pointed out, is not without its limits. For example, the currency of the data provided varies; in some cases, more recent data can be found on an agency’s own website. In addition, the file formats provided vary quite a bit, from HTML to XML, CSV, and others. The scope and depth of participation by federal agencies with the initiative vary as well; details can be found here.

To search the available datasets from the main page, enter a keyword(s) in the main search box. Or, to browse available datasets, select a topic from the “Browse Topics” icons. Then select the “Data” or “Data Catalog” tab to view the available datasets. These sets can then be narrowed using the filters on the left side of the screen. Results can be filtered based on the file format, the agency supplying the data, and other attributes.


Database of the Week: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT Global)

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

PQDT Home Screen

The database: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT Global)

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under “P” in the Databases A to Z page.

Use it to find:

  • Dissertations and theses on a variety of business and economic topics as well as technology, medicine, the social sciences, and more.
  • Faculty members who served as advisors on specific dissertations and theses.
  • Dissertations and theses from specific institutions and/or on particular topics.

Tips for searching:

  • Use the main search box to do a Basic Search. Narrow your results using the limiters on the left.
  • Or do an Advanced Search to search in a more targeted manner by specifying author, advisor, university/institution, subject, or keyword.

PQDT Results Page


Want help using the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global? Contact Jim or Kim to set up an appointment.


New Research databases: Historical Annual Reports & Private Company data

The business library has recently acquired two databases:

Mergent Historical Annual Reports (available in Mergent Archives)
This collection starts in the early 1900’s and contains over just over 1,000,000 global annual reports.

Mergent Intellect
Intellect provides Hoovers private company data on over 100 million privately held companies globally (plus 145 million inactive global companies) and allows you the ability to download the data to a spreadsheet – up to 2,000 records at a time. This service also contains information on over 220 million individuals through WhitePages Pro and executive contacts on over 90 million professional decision makers. Also included is global family tree information. Note: The Business library has arranged to trial this database for year