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WRDS Access Restored

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: April 30, 2009
  • Filed Under: Blogroll

All data sets in WRDS (including CRSP) are now accessible.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Global Financial Data Back Online

Global Financial Data was not working from off campus last week due to some changes the vendor made to their servers.  The problem has been resolved and access restored.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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ReferenceUSA Trial

When the renewals for Ward’s Business Directory and Hoover’s Handbooks of [Emerging, Private, World and American] Companies came around this Spring, I had to decline.   The print editions just aren’t getting enough usage to justify the price.  As a consequence, the library is looking to round out its online access to quality US and global business information. Let us know what you think of one of the top contenders, ReferenceUSA.

We have an extended trial to ReferenceUSA an outstanding source for US public and private businesses.  Their enhanced records are verified by phone and include credit score, proximate businesses, estimated sales and expenses and public filings.  OneSource, their global company directory, offers much, much, more then a online company database.  It supports ranking by sales, assets, employees and market value.  It has one of the easiest interfaces I’ve encountered for searching by SIC, NAIC or local controlled vocabulary.  And a feature, I’m sure students will love is the quick and simple aggregation of industry reports from Datamonitor, Business Monitor International, Freedonia, and STAT-USA all in one place.

You can access ReferenceUSA from the Marketing, Managment, Accounting and Finance pages in the Company and Industry Tabs.  Let me know what you think.

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Morningstar Isn’t Just Mutual Funds

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: March 3, 2009
  • Filed Under: Blogroll

When I hear Morningstar, I think mutual funds.  Morningstar is best known for mutual fund ratings, but their online service offers much more than this.  My colleague, Merrill Stein, and I recently participated in one of their webinars.  We had both been using Morningstar primarily for mutual fund and public company screening and financial analysis.  In the course of the webinar, we both learned that Morningstar offers a cool tool for portfolio management called the Portfolio X-Ray which provides analysis of fees & expenses, sector allocation, stock type, ratios, and stock intersection for funds held. The Help & Education tab offers substantive courses with interactive quizzes on investing.  If you’d like to learn more about Morningstar’s Investment Research Center, sign up for their next live patron web training scheduled for April 29th at 4pm by emailing from the Help & Education tab.

Morningstar is available to Villanova community members from the library Databases by Title Page and business subject pages under the Company & Industry tabs.

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Nielsen Blog

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 26, 2009
  • Filed Under: Blogroll

Neilson is THE source for audience metrics.  The fact that they don’t offer a subscription product suitable for libraries is lamentable.  But they do have a great Blog any marketing major ought to subscribe to…..

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Moral Hazard & Maddoff….

“Moral hazard”, ponzi schemes, “nationalization” and “accountability” are among the catch phrases dominating the business headlines in this time of financial crisis. For a deeper understanding of the ethical dimensions of these concepts check out the Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. You’ll find articles with bibliographies written by experts in the field placing these ideas and trends as well as historical issues in context.

Available online through the library catalog, E-Reference Resources Business & Economics and the Subject pages for business.

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Global Insight Name Change to IHS Global Insight

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 2, 2009
  • Filed Under: Blogroll

In the fourth quarter of 2008 Global Insight was acquired by IHS.  It continues to provide comprehensive international industry and macroeconomic data.  Accessible from the Economics, Management and Finance subject pages.

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Bureau Van Dijk Trial

In an effort to address the ongoing globalization of the curriculum, the Bartley Business Information Team is pleased to bring you an extended trial of a compliment of Bureau Van Dijk databases.  BVD is a leader in global company information.  You and your students can test drive the following databases:  Bankscope (private and public  banks & financial institutions), ISIS (worldwide insurance companies) ORBIS (worldwide private companies) OSIRIS (worldwide quoted companies) and ZEPHYR (a five year archive of M&A, IPO and private equity deals both rumored and completed). 

 

BVD may be accessed either on or off campus from the Business Databases pages and Finance, Marketing, Management and Accounting Subject pages.  Once you have authenticated with your LDAP user name and password,  select Login to BVD products by using the drop down menu to choose a database.  You will be prompted for case sensitive user name and password: linda.hauck.

 

This trial compliments and in some cases goes well beyond our offerings included in MarketInsight (S&P), MarketLine(Datamonitor), Lexis-Nexis (Company Dossier), North American Financial Institutions Directory (Print Reference Collection) and SDC (M&A).   

 

For questions or comments contact Linda.Hauck@villanova.edu or 494-685-6759.  The trial runs through the end of the Spring 2009 semester.

 

 

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Access to Gartner Restored

Access to Gartner has been restored.  Gartner is a leading information technology research provider. Gartner offers market statistics and forecasts for hardware, software, communications, IT services and semiconductors. Additionally there are reports and case studies by IT topic and by industry.  Gartner is well know for their incisive analysis of key players positioning found in Magic Quadrants as well as their comprehensive and forwarding looking Marketscope reports.  Anyone serious about emerging trends in IT will find this an invaluable source.    This resource comes courtesy of UNIT with special thanks to Robin Allen for making it available.

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ValueLine Historical Reports Added

Finding historical company betas has just gotten MUCH easier.   I’m pleased to report that we have ungraded to the Value Line plus edition.  The  plus edition includes historical company reports going back to 1997!  Falvey Memorial Library still has the microfiche that include company, industry and news going back to 1980.

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