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World Bank Opens Access to Data

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: April 26, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

As part of a strategic effort to respond to demand from developing countries for greater participation and transparency, the World Bank, at it’s Spring meeting,  resolved to make formerly subscription data available free of charge.  This is great news for researchers around the globe including at Villanova University!worldbank1

The savings realized on our subscription to World Development Indicators can be applied to other resources.  Additionally we will now have access to Global Development Finance, African Development Indicators via WorldDatabank and Global Economic Monitor statistics.    The World Bank will shortly be announcing incentives for the creation of open source applications and mashups (such as Geo.Worldbank.org) based on these datasets.   Books, working papers and journal articles published by the World Bank are sadly not included in this change to open access but are discoverable via the library catalog or indices such as EconLit.

Both free and subscription statistical resources likely to be used by economists are listed on the Economics Subject Guide on Falvey Memorial Library.


Potential Employers Research

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: April 14, 2010
  • Filed Under: Blogroll

monkeybusinessEmployment may lag in a recession, but yours doesn’t have to.  Excellent opportunities for growth and development exist at small or local businesses and nonprofits that don’t routinely recruit at colleges.  They can be sought out by taking advantage of Library and Career Services resources.  The library has a guide to Finding Potential Employers and Career Services offers instruction on using ReferenceUSA, an excellent business directory for employers both large and small.

A thoughtful search of our catalog will turn up both humorous and serious books that will enrich your job search and career exploration.    For instance, if you’re interested in finance as a career Monkey Business is an hilarious must read.  Practioner guides especially those that are conveniently online, such as The Complete CFO Handbook, offer more serious fare for pre-interview preparation.

Make an appointment with a research librarian to learn more about how to use these and other resources for gathering background on potential employers.



Last Modified: April 14, 2010