January 2008 Archives

Research Insight (Compustat)


A number of you in LSBE are users of our database "Research Insight."
It is our campus Novell-networked version of "Compustat." It has twenty
years of data, issued once a year, with a moving wall of data.

The current data disk is now available, along with instructions on how to
load the new operational software (version 8.3)on your computers. The link
with this information is here:


notice, on this page is a link:

"Click here to access full installation instructions and to download the
installer program."

If you need technical assistance connecting to "Research Insight," please

Kyle Harriss: kharriss@d.umn.edu or 726-6546

If you have other questions, please contact me.


Our CRSP U.S. Stock Database


We have had the CRSP database for over a year now, and we have placed a
blurb about it on our Library List of Databases. That is located here:


These are instructions on how to access this campus networked databases from
your office. This product is not accessed via the Internet.

CRSP is a very specialized database and its user interface is not considered
easy-to-use by many. Currently a number of LSBE faculty are using it, mostly
in Accounting and FMIS. I have many talents, but CRSP is NOT one of them.

I hope you have found this information useful.


IM Reference Service


Students, faculty and staff are invited to instantly communicate with a
librarian at the UMD Library Reference Desk via our new Instant Messaging
(IM) "Plugoo" widget

(see http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/askus/index.htm)

during hours that the desk is open. The Library monitored six Instant
Messaging networks for the past 18 months (and will continue to do so), but
now people are not required to be a member of an IM network. No logins, just
type your questions in the chat window in the upper right corner of the
page. Library assistance is now just a few keystrokes away!

I hope you and your students will find this useful.


NEW DATABASE: Mergent/Moody's Manual Collection


Our Mergent/Moody's Manual Collection was incomplete and took up many, many
shelves of library space. Now we have a complete online version of this set,
via the Internet, and you can search it from your desk top.

Mergent / Moody's Online Manuals Collection provides extensive historical
and current information for public companies worldwide, including history,
chronology, acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs, properties, joint ventures,
subsidiaries, officers and directors, consolidated income and balance
sheets, long term debit, options, and other financial data. The database
includes the following manuals:

* Industrial Manual since 1920
* OTC Industrial Manual since 1970
* OTC Unlisted Manual since 1986
* Bank & Finance Manual since 1928
* Public Utility Manual since 1914
* Transportation Manual since 1909

This database is on the UMD Library list of databases, and it also can be
accessed via this URL:


This is an excellent source for information on public companies, living or
dead, going way, way back.

If you have questions or comments, please give me a call.


Improved Business & Company Resource Center


I just learned that there is significant new and improved content in our
Business & Company Resource Center. The new content is described below,
and now the Investment Reports and Financials sections have been greatly
improved. You can access B&CRC on our list of databases, or here:



Subject: New Components Launch on Gale's Business & Company Resource Center

New components launch on Gale's Business & Company Resource Center

Includes new investment research from Reuters Research on Demand, plus
support for podcasts, blogs, and social networking!
Dear Business & Company Resource Center Customer:

BCRC now has a new collection of investment research reports from
Reuters Research on Demand: a three-year rolling file of investment
reports from investment banks, brokers, independent research providers
and from Reuters itself.

Nearly 40 providers of investment reports are included.*

Some of the benefits you will see are:

- Embargo: The embargo on the research reports depends upon the
embargo period that the investment research provider has negotiated
with Reuters. As a result, some reports available were published as
recently as the same week.

- Speed: The new system is designed to serve up PDF research reports
very quickly. Users can then view, print, or even save the PDF to their
computer. (One type of report, the Reuters Estimates report, is in

- Phantom PDFs: The new system is based on a real-time feed, so there
will be NO instances where the results list shows a specific investment
report that is not actually available.

- Reuters reports: Reuters is providing its own Estimates, Fundamentals
Reports, and Investment Profiles.

- Simple UI: A no-nonsense user interface lets the business researcher
quickly view a results list, choose a report to view, and navigate
between pages. The results list shows the report name, date of
publication, research provider, and number of pages in the report.

This change affects all flavors of BCRC. Investment research is
accessible from the "Investment Reports" tab when viewing a company,
and by ticker symbol from the Advanced Search page. Additional search
paths, such as by industry codes (SIC and NAICS) will be added in early

* The publishers of investment reports from Reuters Research on
Demand that are now included are:

B. Riley & Co.; Brean Murray & Co.; Inc.; C.L. King & Associates;
Capital One Equities; LTD; Capital One Southcoast; Inc.; Charles
Stanley; Cohen Bros; CompanyNewsGroup; Craig Hallum; D.A. Davidson &
Company; Davenport & Company; LLC; DBS Vickers Hong Kong Limited;
Ferris; Baker Watts; Inc.; First Dallas Securities; Foresight Capital;
Fortis Private Investment Management Ltd; Hilliard Lyons; Johnson Rice
& Company; KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.; Lipper; A Reuters Company;
McAdams Wright Ragen; Miller Johnson Steichen Kinnard; Inc.; Mito
Securities Research Institute Co.; Ltd.; Phillip Securities (Thailand)
Public Company Ltd; Polaris Securities Co. Ltd; Punk; Ziegel & Company;
Research Capital Corp.; Reuters Estimates; Reuters Fundamentals;
Reuters Investment Profile; Sharekhan Limited; South China Brokerage;
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Capital Markets; Susquehanna Financial Group
LLLP; UpTick / Lipper; Wolfgang Steubing AG; Zacks Investment Research

The above list is subject to change. Gale and Reuters will evaluate the
merits of additional research providers over time.

In addition, as you have probably noted, a new financials dashboard
recently launched on Gale's Business & Company Resource Center that
includes extensive company stock and financial information, charting,
audio content, open Web resources and much more.

Content Highlights:
* Current and historical company stock data
* Extensive audio content (podcasts and investor conference calls)
* Blogs from the open Web
* News articles from the open Web
* Company press releases
* SEC documents (including company balance sheets, cash flow
statements, and other financials)

Plus, users can:
* Create charts that compare one stock to another, or to a particular
* Track their favorite newsfeeds for articles or podcasts by adding
them to an RSS reader
* Share their favorite items via email or social networking sites
like DIGG, del.icio.us, Technorati or Newsvine.

The dashboard includes five "views" that make navigation easy, and
extensive interlinking within the Financials dashboard encourages
usage. Plus it offers views into industries, world markets, currency,
bank and treasury rates, and much more.

Check it out by logging into BCRC today and look for additional
exciting BCRC improvements to come in 2008!

Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society


we now have electronic access to this new Reference source
"Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society."

It is available here:


I hope you will find it useful.




Some of you may already aware of Alibaba.com.

If not, you may find it to be an interesting database to work with. It is
somewhat complex, containing information on products, companies, and even
information on specific countries.

It is located at:


"Alibaba.com is the world's largest marketplace for global trade and the
leading provider of online marketing services for importers and exporters.
It is the place for buyers and sellers to find trade opportunities and
promote their businesses online. Alibaba.com is not a trading company but
rather an online business platform, where you can search or post information
to find potential business partners. To find out more, please visit "

More about this source can be read here:


I hope you will find this information useful.


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