November 6, 2009

Accounting Research Toolbox Surpasses 10,000 Views

BEL's Library Guide (aka Libguide) on accounting research resources hit a milestone this week: it has surpassed 10,000 views since its debut on July 24, 2009. It was created as a one stop research place for the Accountacy faculty and doctoral students.

The Accounting Research Toolbox is number one amongst all of the University Library's 421 guides. It has 10,045 views, which means accounting information is crucial to our scholars at Illinois.

Here's the link to the guide.

Also, do visit BEL's FiRST Guide (finance) and SMaRT guide (business administration) too!

Posted by Becky at 2:38 PM

September 19, 2008

Trader Glenn Graham Gives a Shout-Out to BEL

Last week, Glenn Graham, a former SA for BEL, was honored by Trader Monthly, and was interviewed on Options News Network on Wednesday. Interviewer Kevin Cook asked him about his influences to become a trader, which for Glenn, began in high school. He said he got a job working in BEL and read as many books on trading that he could, and liked interacting with the Bloomberg machine. Glenn said BEL had a wealth of information for him.

Here's the link to the first part of the Interview, where BEL is mentioned.

The second part is here.

Thank you Glenn Graham for remembering your roots and for your service to BEL and the University Libraries.

Posted by Becky at 11:35 AM

August 28, 2007

BEL Appreciates Caterpillar


Caterpillar is one of the top industrial companies in the United States and happens to be located in Central Illinois.

Fitch Rating Service had this to say recently about Caterpillar, which rated the company an A+:

CAT is the world's leading manufacturer in construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. Other major businesses include Remanufacturing Services, Logistics, and Progress Rail. Through its financial products subsidiary, CAT provides retail-financing to its customers and dealers for the purchase and lease of CAT and non-competitive products. In the first half of 2007, 54% of CAT's consolidated sales were outside the U.S.

The ratings reflect CAT's consistently strong cash flow generation, competitive products, diversified customer base, global manufacturing footprint and strong international dealer network. The ratings are also supported by CAT's substantial financial flexibility, solid credit metrics and the strength and stability of CAT Financial, all of which give CAT the ability to absorb economic and product cycles.

(information taken from Mergent Online)

We appreciate Caterpillar for their partnership with the College of Business and in making it possible to have Bloomberg in our library. Bloomberg is used throughout the core curriculum in the Finance Department.

Posted by Becky at 12:18 PM

August 23, 2007

Welcome Back Students and Faculty

Indeed the 2007-2008 school year is underway. This week new doctoral students in Business Administration received an orientation, and yesterday, many many students needed some pointers in getting textbooks and where to find Room 66.

Tonight, Associate Professor Carissa Holler kicks off her new course, Financial Information Systems (FIN 580). Registration limited to MSF's and MBA's. The course introduces students to key financial services databases and teaches them how to navigate them to successfully extract data and apply the information for financial modeling problem sets.

The Central Reference Services group offers a couple of workshops for business school students (and faculty) of possible interest.


Citation management software program and is free to currently enrolled students. This workshop will cover the b ases in accessing the software, how to search catalogs and databases, import references, and create bibliographies according to the ctation style requested for the course or publisher.

Dates: Sept 25, 3:30-4:30 and October 23, 3:30-4:30

Sign up here.

Another workshop offered is "Tools to Stay Current in Your Research".

This will teach students how to use RSS feeds as current awareness and find a RSS reader that is suited for research.

Dates: October 9 and October 30th, 3:30-4:30
Sign up here.

And away we go! Stay tuned here for more news, workshops, announcements, etc.

Posted by Becky at 1:08 PM

June 15, 2007

New Resources for BEL Researchers

BEL is pleased to announce two new resources for business and technology researchers: Small Business Resource Center and Medical & Healthcare Market Guide.

From the publisher's website:

Small Business Resource Center features dozens more resources, including titles from John Wiley & Sons, publisher of the well-known “For Dummies” series; Portable MBA in Strategy, 2nd Ed.; The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth; Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship; the entire Business Plans Handbook Series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs; the Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources ; Encyclopedia of Management and Small Business Management – A Framework for Success

One can search by keyword in trade journals, sample business plans, or by business topic.

Small business and entrepreneurship classes will find this invaluable when developing business plans or strategies for classes or competitions.

Our second new resource to highlight is Medical and Healthcare Marketplace Guide, also known as MHMG. One can search for companies, industry information, and obtain new information about the latest trends in medical technology.

As always, happy searching!

Posted by Becky at 12:17 PM

February 6, 2007

Trial for China Data

bellog was informed that University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a trial to China Data. Here's the text of the e-mail from Head of the Asian Studies Library, Karen Wei:

UIUC has been granted a one-month trial of China Data Online from 2/5/07-3/5/07. This is a comprehensive and authoritative database focusing on economic and demographic statistics of China, authorized by the National Bureau of Statistics of China and supported by the
University of Michigan's China Data Center. The current database contains enormous amount of raw data, including:

- Yearly Macro-economy statistics, 1949-
- Monthly Macro-economy statistics, 1998-
- City statistics, 1996-
- County statistics, 1970-
- Industrial data, 2001-
- China statistics on map
- China Statistical Yearbooks, 2002-
- Census data (1982, 1990, 1995, 2000)

Trial of China Data Online (

It will read only Urbana campus IP addresses, so you cannot access it remotely.

Try it and let us know what you think!

Posted by Becky at 11:13 AM

January 19, 2007

Online Catalog and I-Share Maintenance

The online catalog will be down from 5pm today until 8am tomorrow. This includes interlibrary loan. The databases will be up and running otherwise.

Posted by Becky at 3:38 PM

January 11, 2007

Happy New Year...and lots of news...

Welcome back, UIUC students and new ones too! We also say hello to any new visiting faculty.

Since we've last posted, BEL launched a new database, Market

Market has over 11,000 reports by 550 publishers. It's the aggregator of many market research reports by Packaged Facts, Kalorama, Icon Group, Euromonitor, etc. It's great...check it out. Bear in mind is for UIUC users only, and for scholarly or pedagogical purposes. Net ID and PW required.

CIBER and the Food & Brand Lab graciously provided funds for Market

We've discovered some news:

*CBOT donated money for Market Trading Room to be in the new instructional facility
*The Office of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Business has won a $5,000 grant from the Chancellor’s Task Force on Civic Commitment in the 21st Century to help fund the startup of its Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (SESI). SESI is a summer program that will educate students, through service learning, about civic engagement and societal needs. At the same time, the institute will provide community organizations with training on basic business concepts, in an effort to help these organizations to function more effectively while grappling with limited resources. The institute will also help community organizations to explore whether a “social entrepreneurship” enterprise, creating a for-profit venture to sustain their non-profit’s organization and mission, is right for them.

U2IPERG announced this afternoon another seminar coming up on January 22. It is with Professor Nate Jensen of Washington U and the title of his talk is Title: "Firm-Level Responses to Politics: Political Institutions and the Operations of U.S. Multinationals". Should be interesting.

There's more after the jump..

In technology news, Apple came out with the iphone, which may have many implications, such as being a real e-book reader, playing itunes, and video taking...all in one phone. Meantime, Cisco is suing Apple over trademark infringement.

And lastly, closer to home..

Over Winter break, belloger Becky Smith got to meet author Robert Scoble of Podtech, who wrote Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses are Communicating with Customers. Scoble, along with his wife, Maryam, host the Scoble Show, a videoblog that is on Thursdays.

341550987_27d86f6d61_m.jpeg Scoble and the wannabe geek, Becky

As always, happy searching!

And stay tuned for more to come.

Posted by Becky at 3:58 PM

December 15, 2006

BEL Winter Break Hours

BEL will be open December 18-22, January 2-5, and January 8-12 from 8:30am-5:00pm for the Winter Break.

BEL wishes to take this time to say happy holidays to all of our researchers and hope that your travels will be safe.

See you next year!

candystick Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.

Posted by Becky at 2:10 PM

November 30, 2006

Hoover's Pro Subscription Discontinued

This post is aimed at the members of the UIUC Library community, faculty, and students.

To the students:

You may have noticed that Hoover's Pro is asking for a password or is no longer working. It is because BEL and the Undergraduate Library made the decision not to renew the subscription.

In the past, when Hoover's was not owned by Dun & Bradstreet, the license agreement to obtain a subscription was straight forward and often, the Library just had to agree to renew. This year, Hoover's rewrote the agreement in which it presented unacceptable terms that could be detrimental to our students, faculty, and even citizens who come in to use it in the Library. It made UIUC liable for all uses of the database, but Hoover's was unwilling to be responsible for any of the accuracy of the data.

This is not acceptable. Any database with the stature of Dun and Bradstreet should be able to provide explanations of their data and be accountable for it. Additional, to put UIUC on the hotseat for any potential misuse when we cannot police our users (nor do we wish to) and turn off the database (with little notice) is not good business practice either. If Hoover's will change their language, which in fairness to them, they did budge a little, but not enough, we will reconsider renewal in the future. BELlog wishes to add that we were not mavericks in making this decision. MIT also made this decision about 2 months ago to discontinue their subscription for the same reasons

The good news that we still have access to Hoover's but one cannot generate a list of companies in the way one could in Hoovers. Via ABI/Inform Complete, there is a database called Hoover's Snapshots, and via LexisNexis, Hoover's information is still available as well.

Please see a librarian at BEL to inquire how to access Hoover's via ABI/Inform and LN, as well as exploring other company databases such as RefUSA and Career Search (for COB students only).

Posted by Becky at 9:30 AM

August 25, 2006

Finding the Best Business School for You

A new book, Finding the Best Business School for You, has arrived and is on Reserve at BEL. Call number is 650.0711 D423f

Description from
"Ultimately, finding the best and most appropriate business school requires more than following trends and assessing rankings. Dennis and Smith offer an approach that is designed to help prospective MBA students cast their nets widely, thinking more expansively, creatively, and strategically, with both short- and long-term implications in mind. Discussing the pros and cons of a formal business education (in the context of evolving attitudes toward management and the role of the MBA in developing successful leaders), the authors help readers identify their underlying motivations for pursuing an MBA, learn how to read between the lines of the popular rankings, and utilize the concept of return on investment (ROI) to evaluate programs on the basis of their contribution to long-term professional and personal goals. At a time when one-fourth of all master's degrees conferred are in business, Finding the Best Business School for You offers practical insights for making wise decisions and getting the most out of the MBA experience."

Chapter 11, "Criteria for the Future" is noteable as it does look at the progression of curriculum as business needs change.

Posted by Becky at 3:53 PM

Welcome Back Students and Faculty

We welcome back all students, faculty and staff. Classes are underway, and so is the use of BEL! We've seen quite a few faces, so we extend a warm welcome to the new students at UIUC.

We also have some new "Super Assistants" in our library:

Brock Botton
Elizabeth Frisby
Mariel Univerricht
Jackie Wincek
Katie Wesniewski

BEL also has 2 new "Librarians-In-Training" working with us this year:

Wayne Finley
Lisa Schrad

Reminder of our hours, for those wish to study or ask us for information:

M-TH 8:30AM-10PM
F 8:30AM-5PM
SA 1-5 PM
SU 1-10PM

Have a great start!

Posted by Becky at 3:44 PM

August 3, 2006

Second Bloomberg Machine Added in BEL

BEL has another Bloomberg machine. It is in the computer lab and already getting some use.

Bloomberg 2.0 is the new machine and it has a new keyboard. Bloomberg will be changing out our other keyboard next week that is near the Reference Desk.

We thank the UIUC Finance Department for this addition. It will be very well used by the MSF students this year while they work on Bloomberg certification.

Posted by Becky at 12:41 PM