Monday, September 10, 2018

Get a Great Start on Your Research with Credo Reference Titles

The Cheng Library's recent purchase of 37 new reference titles on the Credo Reference platform brings our online full-text reference collection to over 1,030 titles from 125 major publishers, just in time for a new semester and new research products. Our customized collection is built to focus on the majors and programs offered at WPUNJ, and it offers one of the best starting points for research projects in any subject area.

The collection, which is easy to search and browse, features specialized encyclopedias, subject and biographical dictionaries, directories, handbooks and guidebooks, almanacs and chronologies, statistical sources, atlases, primary source collections, and other resources covering every field of study offered at the University.

Most of the titles in Credo Reference are written by subject experts to provide concise and up-to-date overviews of topics, providing great introductions and research starters. Students can use Credo Reference to explore possible research topics, get oriented to the major questions and findings, pick up useful search terms for use in other databases, and obtain book and article recommendations for moving on to the next stage of a project.

Some of our new titles include:

Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, 2nd Edition, John H. Byrne, Editor-in-Chief (Oxford: Elsevier Science and Technology, 2017)

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Amy Wenzel, Editor (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2017)

Encyclopedia of Cardiovascular Research and Medicine, Douglas Sawyer, Editor (Saint Louis: Elsevier Science and Technology, 2017)

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Martin Abraham, Editor-in-Chief (Oxford: Elsevier Science and Technology, 2017)

Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management, Victor C.X. Wang, Editor (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2017)

Public Health and Welfare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, Information Resources Management Association (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2017)

Advertising and Branding: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, Information Resources Management Association (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2017)

Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, Mike Allen, Editor (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2017)

Although Credo Reference can be useful at any stage of an assignment or research project, we invite faculty and students to make use of it early in the semester to get your work off to a great start. Please contact Richard Kearney, Electronic Resources Librarian, at 973-720-2165 or by email if you have any questions about Credo Reference.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Trial Access to Morningstar Investment Research Center Now Available (through May 11)

From now through the end of the spring semester the Cheng Library is offering trial access to the Morningstar Investment Research Center, which offers real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds.

The database currently provides information on:
  • 14,500+ Stocks
  • 24,800+ Mutual Funds
  • 1,500 Exchange Traded Funds
  • 700 Closed End Funds
In addition to data on stocks and funds, the database provides access to analyst reports, industry and sector reports, and an archive of newsletters written by Morningstar's financial experts. The database's "Portfolio" tool enables users to construct and evaluate a set of investments, interpreting asset allocation and comparing its holdings to industry standards. The database's "Help and Education" section provides both investment training resources and help on using the database.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165), Library Liaison to the Economics, Finance, and Global Business Department.

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Resources for Historical Research: The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, 1684-1912 and Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture and Law

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of two databases containing large collections of primary source material for historical research.

The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, 1684-1912, on the EBSCOhost platform, provides full-text access to over 7,500 historic periodicals published between 1684 and 1912, digitized from the extensive collections of the American Antiquarian Society, a major research library of pre-twentieth century American history and culture. The periodicals cover a vast array of subjects, including agriculture, applied science and technology, art and literature, business, education, music, politics, religion, and women's studies, and they offer students and faculty broad access to unique source material for research into American history and culture prior to the twentieth century. The database contains scanned page images of the original periodicals, and it supports the bookmarking and annotation of individual documents with a personal account, the export of documents to PDF format, and the ability to create direct links to specific documents for use in course assignments or to share with classmates.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture and Law, provided by HeinOnline, offers a
wealth of full-text primary and secondary source materials for research into the history of slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. It includes legal case and trial transcripts and court opinions, debates, histories, legislative and other government reports, letters, literary works, pamphlets, poems and songs, conference and convention proceedings, organizational reports, slave narratives, memoirs, sermons and speeches, legal treatises, and other materials. Over 1,400 titles representing every perspective from pro-slavery advocacy to radical abolitionism are included. Approximately 75 percent of the materials in the database were originally published in the nineteenth century, but the database also includes both 18th and 20th century works. Personal accounts can be created to store "bookmarks" and notes for selected documents, and to save search queries for re-use.

Both databases are available now from the Cheng Library's website. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Richard Kearney (x 2165), Library Liaison to the History Department.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trial Access to the HSTalks Business and Management Collection Available Through April 30

The Business and Management Collection, produced by Henry Stewart Talks (HSTalks), consists of over 1,000 video lectures and case studies by experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia. The Cheng Library is providing trial access to the collection through April 30.

The Collection is divided into six broad subject areas:
  • Finance, Accounting and Economics
  • Global Business Management
  • Management Leadership and Organizations
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Strategy
  • Technology and Operations
Content is presented in four different formats:
  • Traditional format lectures with high quality graphics - The entire lecture as well as extracts can be embedded in course notes and online learning systems.
  • Case study interviews - They are designed to explore how different participants in commerce and industry, from start-up entrepreneurs to large corporation executives, confront the challenges they encounter. Additionally, all videos are accompanied by suggested topics for discussion and individual and group projects. 
  • Extended form case studies - These accounts of real world experience describing what was done, how, when and with what consequences can be used as prompts for in-class discussions.
  • Bite-size case studies - These short descriptions of real world commercial activities come with suggested topics for consideration and discussion.
We invite you to try the HSTalks Business and Management Collection to see what it can offer you and your students. Please contact Cara Berg (email or 973-720-3189) or Richard Kearney (email or 973-720-2165), Library Liaisons to the Cotsakos College of Business, if you have questions or comments about this product.

Friday, January 29, 2016

American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection Offers Over 4,600 Titles Online

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a major new electronic resource this semester. The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection contains over 4,600 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities and social sciences selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. The collection includes titles from over 100 publishers of scholarly and academic books and covers a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Among the subjects covered are: archaeology, art, Biblical studies, environmental studies, film and media studies, folklore, hip-hop studies, history, Jewish studies, law, LGBT/Queer studies, linguistics, literature and literary criticism, medicine, musicology, performance studies, philosophy, political science, religion, science/technology, sociology, and women’s studies. A complete title list (in Excel format) is available here.

The collection can be browsed by author, title, and subject. Full-text and bibliographic searching is also supported. The database provides page images for online reading as well as plain text, and 10-page excerpts can also be downloaded in PDF format. Brief videos illustrating How to Search the Humanities E-Book Collection and How to Navigate a Book in the collection are available to get you oriented quickly.

Bibliographic records for all of the books in the collection are available in the Cheng Library catalog and in ChengFind, providing multiple points of access to individual titles, and URLs are available to create links to individual titles in Blackboard for reading and research assignments.

We encourage you to try this collection and to consider incorporating it into your courses as appropriate. Please contact Richard Kearney (email or 973-720-2165) if you have questions or need more information about the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Start the Semester on the Right Foot with Credo Reference's Academic Core, Now with Over 800 Titles

It's a new year, a new semester, and a new set of learning challenges for students. For those courses requiring research papers and projects, one of the Cheng Library's most useful research starting points is Credo Reference's Academic Core database, a full-text collection of over 800 high-quality reference works, including single- and multi-volume specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, chronologies, handbooks, and atlases.

Sometimes the biggest hurdle in a research project is getting started - deciding on a topic, getting a general orientation to it, coming up with a good research question, and getting tips on where to look next. The best reference works are designed to meet all of these needs. Written by subject specialists who presume little prior knowledge on the part of the reader, the materials in Credo Reference's Academic Core will help students get on the right track at an early stage in their research, providing the essential background and context, clear definitions, important search terms that can be used in other databases to yield high-precision results, and useful bibliographies for pursuing a topic in greater depth. Covering every subject area in the WPUNJ curriculum, it's one of the best first resources to use for research projects on any size.

In addition to the many titles that are included with our subscription, the Cheng Library has purchased the following additional titles thanks to special funding provided by the Office of the Provost:

It's easy to create a link to Credo Reference's Academic Core in Blackboard, or to create links to any individual title in the collection. Please contact Richard Kearney (email or 973-720-2165) or you have questions or need more information about Credo Reference's Academic Core.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Statista Provides the Numbers You Need

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce that it has added Statista to its database collection for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Statista database provides a portal to quantitative data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources. Designed for use by business customers, researchers, and students, it offers access to data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Data sources include market research reports, such as the Ipsos Affluent Survey published annually by Ipsos Media, Simmons National Consumer Studies, and Consumer Insights from Scarborough Research, as well as trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases. For each statistic, Statista provides available metadata including but not limited to source, release date, number of respondents, and any other relevant details to facilitate verification of all statistical information.

The easy-to-use search engine provides access to data on any topic, but the database is also organized into predefined sections, including:

  • Industries - The following 20 industrial sectors are covered, with each one further divided into sub-sectors: agriculture, chemicals and resources, construction, consumer goods and FMCG, e-commerce, energy and environmental services, finance, insurance and real estate, health and pharmaceuticals, international, internet, life, media and advertising, metals and electronics, retail and trade, services, society, sports and recreation, technology and telecommunications, transportation and logistics, travel, tourism and hospitality. 

  • Industry Reports - From mechanical engineering and healthcare to telecommunications: our 60 industry reports provide you with all the facts you need for getting to grips with an industry. Our clearly structured and easy to understand reports provide you with information on the ins and outs of your chosen industry, presenting not only numerical data on areas such as trends in turnover or revenue, but also on identified strengths and weaknesses. Our reports are updated annually, ensuring they contain only the most recent data out there. 

  • Dossiers - Our dossiers are compositions of the data most crucial in gaining a strong foothold in a subject area. We compile our dossiers in accordance with the most regularly searched-for terms, meaning that we are able to provide our users with dossiers on the topic areas that interest them. In easy to understand PowerPoint formats, our dossiers serve as research facilitators for users wishing to gain a rapid but comprehensive insight into a topic. Regular updates and routine additions guarantee that our 1,000 dossiers are always up to date. 

  • Studies Database - If you’re interested in a more in-depth insight into the overall context of a subject and you find that individual statistics just aren’t sufficient in serving your needs, then our study database can help. With numerous studies from market researchers, governmental institutions and businesses sourced from over 600 industries, our study database provides our users with the chance to access to the most detailed information on an array of topics. 

  • Forecasts - Statistical forecasts for a multitude of trends from a wide variety of sources.

  • Companies and Topics - Especially useful for market and marketing research, this section of the database provides tables covering longitudinal trends on various measures pertaining to sales and revenue, income, customer satisfaction, consumption, market share, etc.

  • Infographics - Each weekday Statista's editors produce infographic charts featuring helpful visualizations based on the statistics available in the database. Over 1,500 infographic charts are currently archived in the database, with more being added all the time.

Each statistical table in Statista can be modified and downloaded for use in assignments and presentations according to a user's personal preferences. For example:

  • Any statistical table can be rendered as a bar chart, a line graph, or in tabular format

  • Data labels can be applied, removed or customized; they can also be rotated at 90 degree angles

  • Customized tables can be downloaded in PNG, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF format, and printed

Users can also request notification for any updates to a given statistic as new information is added to the database.

We invite you to try Statista and explore its potential usefulness for your work. Please contact Richard Kearney (email or 973-720-2165) or you have questions or need more information about Statista.