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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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Database of the Week: Statista

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

The database: Statista

“All of Statista’s charts are made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0 and may be used and re-published without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. The only thing asked for in return is proper attribution to Statista.”

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under S in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:Statista MBA-rankings-used-worldwide-by-applicants-when-selecting-a-program-2012

  •    Statistics
    • Includes data on: companies, countries, products, demographics, advertising, etc.
  • Industry reports
    • A variety of industries, including popular categories such as: Sports & Recreation, Consumer Goods and FMCG, Media & Advertising, Technology & Telecommunications, and Internet
  • Dossiers
    • On about 1000 popular topics. Provided in PowerPoint format
  • Infographics – news Infographics released daily

Infographic: Food Retail in the United States | Statista

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search box to do a keyword search
  • Within a search use the left sidebar to limit your search to Statistics, Studies, Dossiers & Industry-Reports, Topics, or Infographics
  • Statista is really fun to browse as it is so visual
  • Mouse over the drop down menus “Our Services”, “Markets & Topics”, and “Infographics” to further explore this database.

Want help using Statista? Contact the Business Librarians, Willow or Kim, and set up an appointment.

Infographic: The Internet's Most Popular Cats | Statista

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Database of the Week: Business Source Complete

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

The database: Business Source Complete BSC

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under B in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • Full-text business journal articles
    • Disciplines include: marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics, etc.
  • Company profiles (from Marketline and Medtrack)
  • Industry profiles (from Datamonitor)
  • Country economic reports (from EIU and Global Insight)
  • Conference proceedings
  • Trade publications

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search box to do a keyword search
  • Use the “Browse” links to limit your search to company information, company profiles, industry profiles, market research reports, or business videos
  • Use “Advanced Search” to limit by publication type or search by NAICS/Industry codes

Demos: The following demo on searching Business Source Complete can be viewed on youtube:

Want help using Business Source Complete? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: Mintel Oxygen

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

The database: Mintel Oxygen Mintel

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under M in the databases A-Z list. You do need to agree to the Terms of Use and create an individual profile with your @uiowa.edu email address before you can gain access.

Use it to find:

  • Industry reports
  • Market research
  • Consumer reports
  • Product information
  • International information, but strongest in US and UK coverage

Tips for searching:

  • Scroll over “Category overview” at the top to see sectors, themes, and demographics that are covered
  • Use the search box at the top and type in an industry, or even a company
  • Use the sidebar on the left to limit your results by content (reports), sector, or demographics

Demos: The following demo on searching Mintel can be viewed on youtube

You can also view a video from Mintel that tells you about their coverage

Want help using Mintel? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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Database of the Week: Factiva

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

The database: Factiva 2014-02-10_1255

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under F in the databases A-Z list .

Use it to find:

  • Journal articles
  • Trade and industry publications
  • Newspaper articles (including the Wall Street Journal)
  • Historical stock prices
  • Company Reports (public companies)

Tips for searching:

  • Use the search box to quickly find news articles
  • Use the “Company/Markets” tab, and select Company for a quick company search
  • Want to become an expert Factiva searcher? See their “Tip of the month

Demos: The following demos on searching Factiva can be viewed on youtube.

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Want help using Factiva? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

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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.

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