January 2010 Archives

Business Reference Suite No Longer Available

Business Reference Suite was one of the databases we cut during last
Spring's budget cuts. Our subscription ran out at the end of December and
now we have no access. Again, it is my hope, down the road, if our economy
improves, we may be able to regain access to the important sources we cut.

We are removing links to this source on our various pages, however, you
still may run into a link during the next week or two. These links will not
provide access.

Business Reference Suite was strong in the area of trade publications. So
now, as a substitute, I recommend a focus on "Lexis-Nexis Academic" and our
"Business & Company Resource Center" databases. In addition to these some
trade publication like data can also be found in "Business Source Premier"
and "NewsStand."

If you have any questions, please give me a call.


Free EIU Reports

The Economist Intelligence Unit is offering these six reports (FOR FREE) on
the Customer/company relationship with emphasis on the customer experience.
They are PDF documents. All you have to do is clink on the links to view
and read. I hope some of you will find these reports useful:



Conference Proceedings on WorldCat

Two additional databases called "PapersFirst" and "ProceedingsFirst" have
now also been added to WorldCat.org results. These two indexes contain
papers from conferences, symposiums and expositions worldwide. Created from
items received by The British Library Document Supply Centre--you'll find
7.4 million published items in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

If you track specific conferences, or do in-depth research on specific
topics, these materials can bring depth and richness to your research.


access WorldCat on our list of databases:


or directly here:


If you have questions, please contact me.


Library Course Guides

This was our first semester using our new Course Guide system. They are made
possible by a new software our Library has adopted:


And so far, I have produced these Course Guides for LSBE faculty:


I would like feedback on their usefulness.

I would like to know which need to be retained for Spring Semester, and
which can be placed in mothballs for future use.

I would like to know if any of you would like new Course Guides, or edits on
old ones.

If you want a guide for a class, please give me a copy of the library
assignment so I can construct a guide appropriate for your students needs.

If you have questions or comments, please call or email.


UMD Library New Books

Just a reminder that listings of new books (and video) received by the UMD
Library can be found at this link:


or, at the UMD Library Home page:

you can see the link on the lower part of the left column.

In these listings, you can click on the title and see the full catalog

These books are listed in Call Number order, and thus somewhat grouped
together by topic. Most, but not all, business titles would be in the H's.

I hope you will find this useful.


Freedonia Database No Longer Available

Our Freedonia database is no longer available. It was one of our library
budget cuts made last spring. There was a bit of mis-communication. I
thought we were to have access to it until the end of the semester. Instead,
we lost it a couple of weeks ago. I am sorry about this late warning.

The other major database we will lose is our "Business Reference Suite"
database. I am not sure about its ending date, but I will let you know as
soon as I find out.

These two losses are blows to our research capability. However, as all of
our databases are vital or heavily used, we had to choose something. Mintel,
the GMID, and Business & Company Resource Center, and others can cover,
somewhat, for Freedonia. Lexis and B&CRC can cover, somewhat, for Business
Reference Suite. Feel free to contact me if you need information in those

My main concern is the future. These two cuts, bad as they were, left most
aspects of our research capability intact. If we suffer additional cuts in
the future, we may lose unique data for which there is no other coverage.

If you have questions or comments, please email or call.


Course Guides for Library Assignments

The UMD Library has subscribed to a service that allows for the easy
construction of Library Course Guides and other library related pages
through the "LibGuides" software. I recently put one together for
Ahmed Maamoun:


The course guide helps students to connect with specific library resources
for research purposes. As you can see, the links can be annotated to point
out particular database uses.

In my opinion, these course guides function best where there is an
assignment where all the students are working on the same assignment with
very similar needs.

If you are interested in having a course guide for your library assignments,
please let me know. I will need to work with you to discover which
resources should be listed, and how.


Google Books


many have reason to believe that Google's "Google Books" service may be the
one of the most significant development in the realm of information ever.
This article, recommended by our Library Director, Bill Sozansky,
is very informative.



EBSCO MegaFile


We have added the EBSCO MegaFILE to the Library's list of databases and to
my LaunchPad website. Or you can directly link to this database with this


The EBSCO MegaFile (Magazines) is:

A combination the largest and most essential EBSCO databases into a single,
easy-to-use product comprised of the following databases:

* Academic Search Premier - The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary
database, provides full text for nearly 8,300 publications and peer-reviewed
journals covering virtually every area of academic study.

* Business Source Premier - Provides nearly 8,700 scholarly business
journals and peer-reviewed business publications.

* MasterFILE Premier - Provides full text for nearly 2,050 reference
publications including more than 350 reference books, 82,968 biographies,
90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos,
maps and flags.

* Regional Business News - Provides comprehensive coverage of regional
business publications. Including 75 business journals, newspapers and
newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

You can still limit searches to academic journals, but now you have many
more sources to search in one database.

"EBSCO MegaFILE is a multi-disciplinary database providing full text for
over 19,100 total publications and indexing & abstracting for nearly 24,000
publications. Coverage spans every area of academic study and general
interest, with information dating as far back as the 1800's."

Depending on your research needs, you may discover this database to be very

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.


Linking to UMD Library Electronic Resources

Reference Librarian, Rory Litwin, created this page to help faculty link to
UMD Library resources in their Web Vista, Moodle and personal webpages:


I hope you will find this useful.


Losing Access to MediaMark Reporter

The UMD Library will be losing access to our MediaMark Reporter database
this Sunday, October 12th.

This is a big blow to our marketing research capability, and we will have to
explore other options that are open to us. If you have any ideas or
suggestions as to alternatives, I welcome them.

If you have any last moment needs for data from this source, this is your
last opportunity for the forseeable future.

Access it here:
In order to use this, you have to create a free account.

tech guides here:

If you have questions or comments, please contact me.


Faculty Media Booking

Changes to the Faculty Media Booking process have been made, and details are


also, our Library Circulation department has these new services:


I hope you will find this information useful.


SEC and EDGAR database

For Your Information:

"Edgar, the Securities and Exchange Commission's electronic database of
corporate filings, will be replaced by a new system dubbed IDEA, or
Interactive Data Electronic Applications, the SEC announced Tuesday.

"This isn't just a renaming of Edgar," but an entirely new approach, SEC
Chairman Christopher Cox said at a press conference to unveil the new

IDEA will supplement Edgar to start and eventually replace it altogether.
Once the system is up and running, Cox said it will give investors faster
and easier access to key financial information about public companies and
mutual funds."


apparently, we will know more later.


New Library Linking Page

Our Library has put together a page that may help you better link UMD
Library resources to your WebCT and Moodle sites and personal web pages. It
is located at:


If you have any questions or comments, please email me, or call me at


Report on Internet Usage

More on videos

I got a lot of positive feedback on my lists of LSBE related videos today.
This summer, we will be (hopefully) receiving funding for the 2008-2009
academic year, and we will be able to order resources for our Library again.
If you need books or videos call, or send me a list.

Also if you want to see what videos we have by key word, and would like to
search our entire collection, I recommend that you bookmark the following


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


New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

I am please to announce that "The new Palgrave dictionary of economics"
(2008) is now available in our Reference Collection on the second floor of
the UMD Library. This 8 volume set is a very major Economics/Business
reference source:




Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.


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