Give a new platform for social science & business statistics a test drive. Statista offers an interesting combination of aggregated data and statistics carefully vetted, a current and fresh search interface, data visualization tools, and flexible download options. Content types distinguish this resource from it’s competitors (e-Marketer, Data-Planet and Statistical Insight) in that it also includes industry reports.
Talk of Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” is everywhere. Only time will tell if his ideas are simply enjoying 15 seconds of fame or if they genuinely capture the zeitgeist.
It’s rare for an economist to enjoy such celebrity and even rarer for the library to be able to make books immediately available to all. Well, almost all… Anyone with an iPad, android tablet or reading device or laptop can borrow a copy of Piketty’s book from the library website.
Before reading you’ll need the Bluefire Reader app (for iPad or Android) or Adobe Digital Editions (for laptops) and to createa user name and password and sign into EBSCOhost. E-books on this platform are only compatible with Kindles if you are willing to download individual chapters and are not bothered by heavy text obscuring watermarks.
We are running a trial to AtoZdatabases until January 31st. AtoZdatabases provides access to U.S. businesses (both private and public), people and employment leads. You can use it to find information about known companies and individuals or to compile lists conforming to specified parameters. It competes directly with ReferenceUSA. To take advantage of the trial contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the user name and password
End the Fall semester on the right foot by being prepared and organized for your Spring semester classes. If you’re assigning your students a research project however big or small, we offer research support with just the right fit. E-mail (email@example.com) me with your research assignment and time line and I’ll be happy to make a class visit, create an online research guide or schedule a help session. Don’t forget to arrange online course reserves too!
Online Research Guides
These are perfect for limited, well-defined research projects and for classrooms that can’t accommodate direct research instruction. In them I list the most valuable information sources your students will need, offer tips or videos on how to best use unusual databases, and advice on how to tackle the research problem.
Class presentations can be as long or as short as you wish. I make every effort to accommodate classes offered anytime or any where. They are most efficacious when the students know they have a research project on the immediate horizon. Topics range from literature reviews to identifying data sources and secondary market research.
Help sessions scheduled outside of normal class hours or during class work days are a nice way to reinforce on a one to one basis what was covered in a class visit or communicated in a online research guide. They are best scheduled at an optimum point of need, typically one week before a due date when students urgently need help. Past topics have included source evaluation, creating citations and finding missing data.
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
Read Phil Jackson the legendary NBA coach’s memoir. His story is not only a first person account of historic achievements in NBA history, but also provides intimate insight into how a he relentlessly strove for personal self understanding, built wildly successful teams and motivated difficult personalities to become stellar team players.
Ever feel paralyzed by the prospect of making an important decision, or deeply regret a decision made in haste? This book if for you, but it is not simply a self help book. It is a book soundly grounded in social science research made accessible by the authors’ wit and engaging writing style. Reading this book is a decision you ought not to anguish over.
The Lean Startup
Eric Ries the author is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and and Harvard Business School entrepreneur in residence. In this book he distills what he’s learned about creating new businesses nimbly under typically rapid fire change conditions. He describes how to adapt efficacious management tools such as minimum viable product, prototyping, feedback loops, and genchi gembutsu, and abandoning poorly suited tools such as traditional business plans. A great read for all those VSEC competitors out there!
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
Adam Grant, Harvard Business School professor and award winning teacher, explores how personality types on a continuum of personal altruism from takers, matchers and givers fair in terms of overall success and in particular arenas such as communication, motivation and collaboration. Because Grant’s research method is narrative based this is an easy and fun read perfect for when you want to kick back and relax.
The beginning of the semester is an exciting time; new classes, novel ideas and newfangled vocabulary. Using a general dictionary or search engine to find out what unfamiliar terms mean can be time consuming and frustrating because they don’t included specialized jargon, you have to sift through too many results, or the results may not be reliable enough.
Avoid these annoyances and use a app (formerly called a dictionary) just for business topics compiled by trustworthy sources. The two that I use most frequently are Investopedia and Campbell R. Harvey’s Hypertextual Finance Glossary. Investopedia is one of the start-ups of the 1999’s that survived the bubble. It was founded by two graduate business students that saw the need for expert information. The dictionary they curated with entries contributed by journalists and practioners and traffic it generated was so robust that in 2007 it was acquired by Forbes and in 2010 sold to ValueClick for about 42 million. The Harvey’s Financial Glossary has a very different pedigree but was also founded in 1999. It is the creation of Duke University finance professor Campbell R. Harvey as a teaching aid for his students.
Investopedia is available for Android and iOS and Harvey’s Financial Glossary is available for iOS only.
Online use of Harvard Business Review articles via the Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost) platform has been restricted to private individual use for several years. The license explicitly excludes use of HBR articles for courses. All permissions for assigning HBR articles for courses must be sought via Harvard Business Publishing on a case by case or institutional basis.
Harvard Business Publishing will implement additional restrictions on access beginning August 1, 2013. A “read only” restriction will be placed on the 500 most used Harvard Business Review articles online. This means that on the Business Source Premier(EBSCOhost) database printing, downloading and perma-linking select articles will be disabled. The full text of these articles will still be available for reading online.
Harvard Business Publishing does offer an addendum allowing for course related uses and lifting the read-only restriction, however the quoted price for one year is an additional 20 thousand dollars. This asking price is unprecedented. While business database prices are often negotiated around full time equivalent (FTE) and vary considerably, at Falvey we pay less than this for annual access to each of the following business resources: Audit Analytics, EconLit with Full Text, IBISWorld, Mintel, MergentOnline, Morningstar, NetAdvantage (S&P), OECD iLibrary and Valueline. Even STEM journals with prices approaching (but none in our collection exceeding HBP’s asking) come with perpetual access to the subscribed year. Harvard Business Publishing’s approach to licensing its content undercuts the goals of libraries, the dissemination of research and the advancement of knowledge.
As the need for digital but not necessarily online access to Harvard Business Review articles arises, the library will fulfill requests from our print and microfilm collections. Hopefully this arrangement will meet your needs.
Datamonitor company profiles have been rebranded as MarketLine. Access is available on the EBSCOhot platform. Industry reports available via the ReferenceUSA Onesource platform have also been rebranded as MarketLine, but remain listed on the platform as Datamonitor. Confusing to be sure! Just think Datamonitor=MarketLine.
Ever wish you had mobile access to the quality business books your professors expect you to use? There’s an app for that (and I’m not thinking SparkNotes, besides it only covers literature!). Ebrary, one of Falvey Memorial Library’s ebook platforms, released a mobile app for iPhone/iPad/iPod and Android. To get it, search the App Store for ebrary and install. Because the copyrighted book content is only available to subscribers, to use the app you will need to take additional steps including getting an Adobe account and a personal ebrary account. With these ebrary mobile app sign instructions, you will be on your way in no time. http://tinyurl.com/a6rwkd7 The app lets you search online, read and download.
The Library is making Esri Business Analyst Online (BAO) available to the entire campus. Esri is the market leader in ArcGIS software for mapping data. Esri BAO is a web based product designed for siting optimization and comparisons. With it, one can analyze the demographic characteristics and market potential of selected locations or geographies. The underlying data sets are drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Directory of Major Malls, Gfk MRI Consumer Surveys, Market Planning Solutions traffic counts, and Esri Tapestry Segmentation. Use Esri BAO for solving these common business problems:
- Identify promising new store locations
- Compare locations
- Refine understanding of local markets to target campaigns
The user interface is relatively intuitive, but helpful documentation with video guides are embedded within the product to facilitate use. Both reports and maps can be generated.
When we learned that the Department of Geography and Environment’s site license for desktop use could be extended at no additional cost to include web access, we coordinated with Guillaume Turcotte, GIS Laboratory Technician and Instructor, and he made the access happen. Thank you, Guillaume!
Esri Business Analyst Online is available on the Databases A-Z list and select subject guides. To access, authenticate with your LDAP, and create a personal user name and password linked to your Villanova email address.