Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Sage Premier E-Journal Collection Features Over 450 Journals

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce the addition of approximately 400 new online journals to its existing collection from Sage Publications, one of the leading academic publishers. The Sage Premier E-Journal Collection features the full-text contents of hundreds of major journals in the fields of business, education, health, the humanities, and the social sciences. Over 140,000 articles are currently available through the collection, with backfiles extending to 1999 for all titles. The articles will be accessible through citation links in all of our research databases. Sage's online portal supports searching and browsing of the entire collection, and through the registration of a free personal account you can also create customized search alerts, citation tracking alerts, and table of contents alerts for your favorite journals. Each journal also provides table of contents feeds through RSS [what is RSS?].

A complete list of titles (PDF format - 60 KB) in the Sage Premier E-Journal Collection is available.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Biography Reference Bank Gives You More Coverage, More Full Text

We've upgraded our major biographical database from H. W. Wilson to add more coverage and more full-text content. The Biography Reference Bank, which replaces Biographies Plus Illustrated, contains the complete contents of Wilson's Biography Index from 1984 to the present and covers over 500,000 people from all periods of history to the present time. Thousands of full-text narrative profiles are drawn from major publishers including Greenwood Press, Harvard University Press, Houghton Mifflin, Oryx, Oxford University Press, and others, and the citation records include links to over 380,000 related full-text articles from Wilson databases and other sources. Among the publications accessible through Biography Reference Bank are biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries. The database also features over 36,000 images of profiled subjects and excerpts from book reivews. The easy-to-use search screen supports searching by name, profession, place of origin, gender, ethnicity, birth/death dates, titles of works, and keyword.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Conference Board Research Online Collection Brings High-Quality Business Intelligence to You

"Are They Really Ready to Work? Employer’s Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants for the 21st Century U.S. Workforce" is one example of the types of reports available in the Conference Board Research Online Collection. Economic research reports, press releases, PowerPoints, webcasts and the Straight Talk newsletter are some of the features included in this database. Download a copy of the Corporate Governance Handbook 2007: Legal Standards and Board Practices issued in July 2007 or the 2006 Top Executive Compensation Report from the Business Management Research section or listen to a panel discuss "Ethics and Compliance Program Certification" or "Social Network Analysis: A New Route to Improving Performance and Innovation." Articles published in the Conference Board’s magazine Conference Board Review (formerly Across the Board) are accessible from 2000 to the present. Selected articles from each issue are also available on the Conference Board’s web site. Full-text articles published in the Conference Board Review are also available in the Business Source Premier database.

A two-page guide (in PDF format) to the Conference Board reSearch Online Collection provides a brief overview of the database's contents, including sample listings of recent research.

BizStats - A First-Rate Starting Point for Business Data Research

BizStats.com provides easy access to a variety of business statistics including profitability and operating ratios. Their objective is to provide "instant access to business statistical information that is useful and meaningful." BizStats compiles the data from a number of different sources including trade associations and U.S government sources. Anyone familiar with the underlying data sources will recognize when the primary source is the Department of Labor or Department of Commerce. BizStats reformats the data in a manner they consider meaningful and therefore doesn’t provide links to the original sources. Some of the information is current, while other data - especially that coming from trade associations or economic censuses - might be a few years old. Nevertheless, students and small business owners will find BizStats to be a good place to start. Other sources of financial and operating ratios available in print in the Cheng Library are Dun & Bradstreet’s Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios; Leo Troy’s Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios; Robert Morris Associates’ RMA Annual Statement Studies and Financial Research Associates Financial Studies of the Small Business.