Instant Messaging Library Assistance

If you are using our Business web page , you will see a Meebo box on the right side of the screen that allows you to send instant messages to our business
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Business Library Web Page

Our Business web page is our virtual information point.  Business and
economics resources offered through the U Libraries are shown at:
Check the dropdown listings for databases available on business and
economics topics.
***The page changed significantly during the Winter semester break.  Let us
know if anything is missing or hard to find.


The main University Libraries web page is at:

You can get to the Business page from this site by clicking on the
About Us tab, then choosing Hours and Locations, then choosing

Our business librarians have office hours in CSOM 3-352 Tuesday -- Friday during the fall semester.  Our schedule is as follows:


Monday          No office hours

Tuesday         2pm--5pm     Caroline Lilyard

Wednesday    2pm-5pm      Judy Wells

Thursday        2pm-5pm      Van Houlson

Friday            2pm-5pm      Amy West


Come and see us.  Let us know about your research needs.  We are there to provide assistance with any business or economics research projects you may have.  Amy West is our data librarian and can help with questions you may have about finding and using data sets.

If you cannot stop by during these office hours, we are always happy to talk with you on the phone, take your questions through email or Meebo IM or talk with you in our offices in Wilson Library, room 4

Let us know if you you need help locating, acquiring or using research materials.


Judy Wells

Business Librarian 

The latest editions of our collection profiles for Wilson Library for Accounting and Finance are at:


Keep in mind that we usually prefer to acquire resources in electronic format when it is available. 

Let me know if additions or corrections are needed.  I can give you additional information on LC class ranges and our approval plan with YBP if you are interested.  Just let me know.


Judy Wells

Business Librarian




Library Workshops Available

Our librarians offer a number of workshops on special topics that you might be interested in.  Some examples are:

Google for Researchers
With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborative environment.
Wed, 03/24/2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Janet Fransen
Jon Jeffryes


Google IS a Research Tool
Learn how to use Google to your advantage! Our advanced tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your Google searching. Today Google offers researchers access to the broadest array of information available today. White papers, preprints, books, open access journals abound. Google Scholar offers alternative citation resources. Google Books offers a wonderful opportunity to do full-text searching in the largest repository of online books ever created. However, using Google can be challenging. This workshop focuses on practical tips and ideas guaranteed to make your web searching more effective and more efficient!
Wed, 03/24/2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Nancy Herther


Grant and Fellowship Information in the Social Sciences
Whether you are hoping to apply for funding a new project or doing research on trends in research funding, the University and its Libraries have wonderful tools to help you. This workshop begins with an overview of the current marketplace for grants, fellowships and other types of funding. Sources for researching trends and funding sources will also be covered. The workshop also provides a practical overview to help you better use the full range of resources that you might need to refine your need, study potential funding sources, etc., such as IRIS, SPIN,, Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for funding opportunities. This workshop is targeted specifically to those in the social sciences and education. Some resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research,
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 9:15am - 10:45am
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Nancy Herther


Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources
Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research,
Wed, 04/07/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Kirsten J. ClarkTue, 04/20/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Kirsten J. Clark

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research,
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Jody Kempf
Julia Kelly

Fri, 04/16/2010 - 9:00am - 10:15am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Julia Kelly
Leslie M. Delserone

How do I Know I Found Everything?
Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Explore ways to approach the search, and identify useful--and perhaps unusual--resources.
Thu, 03/25/2010 - 11:15am - 12:30pm
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Nancy Herther


RefWorks: Basics
Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See for more details about RefWorks.
This class is also available online:
Fri, 03/26/2010 - 9:00am - 10:15am
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Laura Dale Bischof

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Laura Dale Bischof

Research Strategies after Graduation: Accessing Information through Google and Other Sources
You are about to graduate and leave the University - and the wonderful resources of our Libraries. How can you keep up with changes in your field? New research? Continue to use the resources of the University Libraries? Use Google and other tools effectively? This 60-minute workshop is intended to give you information and some tips and ideas for keeping up-to-date after you leave the U.
Thu, 03/25/2010 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Kimberly Clarke
Nancy Herther


Register  for any of these workshops at:


More information at:



This is a PowerPoint presentation by Professor Gary Carter (MBT Program) on tax information for international scholars.  Available at:

Need free tax help?

Information on free tax help in the Twin Cities area is available at:

This web page also contains links to state and federal tax forms and instructions.



Accounting Research Manager (ARM) is a comprehensive financial reporting knowledgebase that provides materials designed to help solve your most pressing issues. Updated daily, it is a timely, complete, interpretive and objective resource for your financial reporting needs.

Use it to:

> Reduce the amount of time you spend conducting accounting and auditing research while enhancing the quality of your results
> Find insightful interpretations on GAAP, GAAS and Securities and Exchange Commission rules

Keep up-to-date on current accounting, SEC, auditing, and government projects that may affect your company

What is covered?

ACCOUNTING Database includes:   

     Interpretations and Examples
       Business Combinations
       Compensation Arrangements
       Derivatives and Hedging
       Financial Assets and Liabilities
       Disclosures Manual
       Fair Value
       Income Taxes
       Revenue Recognition
SEC    Database includes:

      Regulations S-X, S-K
      Forms 10-K, 10-Q
    Interpretations and Examples
      Regulation S-X
      Regulation S-K

AUDITING    Database includes:

     Interpretations and Examples
       Knowledge-Based Audit Procedures
       Knowledge-Based Audits of Commercial Entities
       Knowledge-Based Audit Industry Guidance
       GAAS Practice Manual
       Compilations & Reviews
       Management Letter Comments
       Effective Engagement Letters
       Attestation Guide

 INTERNAL CONTROLS       Database includes:

     Interpretations and Examples
       Practice Aids and Checklists
       Guide to Internal Controls
       SOX 404 for Small, Publicly Held Companies
       Information Technology Audits
       Auditor's Risk Management Guide
       Audit Committees

GOVERNMENT       Database includes:


      Interpretations and Examples
        Governmental GAAP Practice Manual
        Governmental GAAP Guide
        Local Government and Single Audits
        Knowledge-Based Audits of Governmental Entities
        Knowledge-Based Single Audits


Older materials are kept in the database.  Information is updated daily and includes:

Daily Developments   The most current developments in accounting, SEC, auditing and government
Weekly Summary   Discussion and highlights of recent events in accounting, SEC, auditing and government
What's New Checklist   15-month and 3-month summary of recent events
Global Financial Crisis   Recent developments, analyses and views
AutoCheck U.S. GAAP Disclosures Checklist   Customize and tailor the checklist to simplify preparation of financial statements

The databases for Internal Controls and Government have been added recently for U of Minnesota users. 

 Its a great place to check for recent news, standards, events, and analysis.



The Frost & Sullivan database provides access to international, regional and country specific market research reports.

Key industries included are: aerospace & defense, chemicals & materials, consumer products, electronics, energy & power systems, environmental & building controls, medical technologies and products, foods, and information & communication technologies.

The reports focus on markets, companies, consumers, technologies, research and development, and industry trends.


You can find many business resources on our Business web page at:

or in our MNCAT catalog at:


We can also get materials for you through InterLibrary Loans:

To use InterLibrary Loans, you need to login to ILLiad.  This is easy and free for you.  Be sure to remember your password.

To find out which other libraries may contain the material you need, check WorldCat:


If you need library resources that are not found in our library or other nearby libraries, let me know.  I can try to find the materials, order them, or suggest an alternative.


Let us know what you need to use for your research and teaching. 

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