April 25, 2011

Electronic Books from ebrary

Rod Library has been adding an increasing number of electronic books and other e-publications over the last several years. This year, Rod Library used student technology fees to purchase an electronic books collection from a company called ebrary. It contains electronic books covering many areas of the UNI curriculum, including several thousand business and economics books from publishers such as Harvard University Press, several additional university presses, Amacom, Wiley, and Business Expert Press.

Ebrary books are entered in UNISTAR, the library catalog, like print books. Here’s one example for a book about Veblen. Look for the link in the middle of the UNISTAR library catalog record to connect to the electronic book.

The ebrary collection also can be searched as a separate database; there’s a link to ebrary under the Databases A-Z link in the upper middle portion of the Rod Library home page.

Ebrary books can be read in web browsers using a default reader or more functional “ebrary reader.” Personal accounts can be created to save highlights and annotations, save to your bookshelf, and create folders. The vendor says they are working to make these books available through other devices such as Sony Readers.

April 22, 2011

Open Source Business and Economics Textbooks

Flat World Knowledge is offering free and open online access to textbooks in many fields, including more than 40 in business areas such as accounting, communication, business law, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The publisher says the textbooks "are written by leading experts and are peer-reviewed, edited, and highly developed. They are supported by test banks, .ppt notes, instructor manuals, print desk copies, and knowledgeable service representatives."

Print copies in black and white or color are available for purchase, as are electronic versions for iPad, nook, Kindle, and Sony.

An Educator FAQ provides more details.

March 28, 2011

New ABI/INFORM Interface

ProQuest, the company that produces the ABI/INFORM Complete database, is introducing a new interface for its products. Rod Library will implement the new interface some time after the end of the spring 2011 semester.

If you'd like to see a preview version, this link should work on campus for most users: http://search.proquest.com/abicomplete?accountid=14691

February 28, 2011

Snapshots of 100 Industries

Industries at a Glance, a site from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, contains snapshots of more than more than 100 industries, arranged alphabetically and by NAICS industry code. The site overview says, "These pages display a ‘snapshot’ of national data obtained from different BLS surveys and programs. Many programs also produce additional industry detail, including state and regional data."

The Accommodation industry (NAICS 721) snapshot, for example, includes data on employment, union membership, layoffs, employment by occupation, earnings, prices, establishments, and so on.

February 7, 2011

U.S. Private Company Research

Business researcher Amelia Kassel provides helpful tips in her short article called, "US Private Companies: Research and Analysis."

She discusses topics such as variant names, Secretary of State filings, state securities offices, researching key executives, public records, credit reports, legal information, SEC EDGAR, free v. fee searching, and what's the best source.

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