November 10, 2006

Google Accelerator & Using Library Resources

Google Accelerator is a product from Google that allows you to surf the web faster. This sounds great, but we've discovered that using GA could result in problems when you are doing research with our licensed content.

Once you are using GA, it gives your computer an IP number in Google's range, rather than maintaining your U of M IP address. This is the tricky part, if you try to connect to an e-journal or online index via a link on our homepage, it'll look like you are coming in through Google and not the U of M and you'll be denied access.

Google Accelerator does have a mechanism for you to turn it off or to tell it to "don't accelerate these sites." However, in practice, we've found out that this is not reliable -- our recommendation is to not use Google Accelerator at all.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact me.


Lisa McGuire

April 27, 2005

Industry Surveys: Standard & Poors NetAdvantage

Looking for Data on healthcare facilities, managed care, pharmaceuticals or products and supplies? Take a few minutes to look at Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage. After visiting this site, click on the "Industries" tab and choose from among the numerous market surveys listed in the top drop-down. Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage offers a rich field of information on industry trends, profiles and projections.

You may find a wide variety of other market-related databases indexes at the University of Minnesota Business Reference Library Homepage.