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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trial Access to the Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts Series Database Available Through March 21

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Volume I and Volume II, from Alexander Street Press, is a unique online series that lets students and researchers peer deeply into the client-therapist relationship and follow the progress — and the setbacks — of clients across multiple therapy sessions. The Cheng Library is providing trial access to these collections from now through March 21.

This multi-part collection is growing to include 6,000 transcripts of real therapy sessions, 44,000 pages of client narratives, and 25,000 pages of reference works in one cross-searchable interface. Together, these materials bring the therapeutic process to life and provide unprecedented levels of access to the broadest range of clients.

Designed to meet the needs of therapists-in-training, the collection shares firsthand the experience of assisting clients through a wide range of issues. It lets students witness in detail therapists’ treatment processes and assess their impact. Transcripts are provided by hundreds of practicing therapists worldwide and all adhere to the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Guidelines for use and anonymity, so users can rely on the information for its accuracy and diversity.

This collection also opens gateways for researchers to make reliable, real-life observations and draw empirical, data-driven conclusions. Scholars can use the collection to compare therapeutic methods, relate them back to client outcomes, examine language patterns across different types of psychotherapy, and explore countless other lines of inquiry with unprecedented accuracy.

At the present time, the series is being provided through two different web portals:
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Volume I contains more than 2,000 transcripts of actual therapy sessions, 44,000 pages of client narratives and 25,000 pages of major reference works. There are diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full text of therapy and counseling sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous.
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Volume II provides a deep look into the client-therapist office, allowing readers to follow the progress and setbacks of clients over the course of multiple therapy sessions. This collection features a diverse set of clients, a wide range of presenting issues, and multiple therapeutic approaches with some 4,000 new transcripts of actual therapy sessions. Because all content was recorded in 2012 or later, Volume II features contemporary issues and the most up-to-date therapeutic approaches to treat them.
We invite you to try Volume I and Volume II of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts Series to see what it can offer you and your students. Please contact Bill Duffy ( or 973-720-3191), Library Liaisons to the Psychology Department, or Richard Kearney ( or 973-720-2165), Electronic Resources Librarian, if you have questions or comments about the database.