September 28, 2007

Spotlight: Hedge Fund Information Sources

Hedge Funds investing is hot and very popular with MBA students (and non-MBA’s as well) in locating lucrative, exciting work. At this blog, hedge fund rankings is the number one search entry click.

The following is a selected list of links to recent guides on the topic of hedge funds from top b-school libraries. Bear in mind for regular internet users, the webibliographies suggests directories, databases, and some websites. Some of the sites offer a definition of the topic as well. However, you must be a current student or an alum of these schools to use their resources.

Chicago: Hedge Funds
Columbia: Alternative Investments
Emory: Hedge Funds
Harvard: Hedge Funds
Penn: Hedge Funds
Stanford: Hedge Funds
Vanderbilt: Hedge Funds

BEL has some of the same resources, notably, Alpha Magazine and Bloomberg.

Posted by Becky at 3:50 PM

May 14, 2007

HBS Business Historian Al Chandler Passes Away

From HBS Working Knowledge:

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard Business School historian who founded the field of business history, died on Wednesday, May 9, at Youville Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 88. In his long and legendary career, he chronicled and analyzed big businesses around the globe in a prolific and extraordinarily influential corpus of books and articles. At the time of his death, he was the School’s Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Emeritus.


Photo credit: Stuart Cahill, courtesy of HBS

He concluded that successful industrial corporations intelligently harnessed and exploited these forces and made the transition from entrepreneurial enterprises to multidivisional, vertically integrated companies. In essence, the creation and development of modern managerial capitalism was the driver of American business success. “What counts are people – their skills, knowledge and experience,” he said.

Read the rest here

On a personal note, once I had the privilege of assisting Professor Chandler to do some research once on electronic industry companies when I worked at Baker Library in the 1990's.

In using Business Periodicals Index, F & S Index, and ABI/Inform, we found that the US led the way in electronics manufacturing. As he suggested though, the Dutch and other companies in Japan and Korea as well as others across the globe overtook the US in the 1960's and they were sold to those multinational companies, such as Phillips. It was very interesting indeed. It led to this work: Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industry,

which focused on the fall of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the rise of Sony and Matsushita, as Japan conquered the worldwide consumer electronics market.

We shall miss him in the academic business world.

Posted by Becky at 11:25 AM

January 26, 2007

Pew Survey: Gen X Future Aspirations


Probably not too different from Yuppies or mid-Baby Boomer's.

From Pew Report Daily Numbers page.

Posted by Becky at 1:26 PM

October 9, 2006

Google to Purchase You Tube for $1.65 B

From the NYT:

Google Inc. agreed to buy YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion Monday. The price makes YouTube, a still-unprofitable startup, by far the most expensive purchase made by Google during its eight-year history.


Wonder how the Harvard Business School folks will write this up on intangible financial valuation cases. Should be interesting.

And what will it mean for bloggers who place free videos on Google and You Tube. Will there be pricing later since bloggers do not own the content when they put their videos on You Tube? Google has begun to charge for views of certain talk shows beyond the same day. Example: Charlie Rose Show.

Posted by Becky at 3:46 PM

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 17, 2006

RSS Feeds Available Via Web of Science

Biotechnology and Scholarly Communications Librarian Katie Newman has informed me that one can get RSS feeds from Web of Science. These are the directions she sent me:

RSS Alerting - RSS feeds to receive search, citation, and tables of content alerts from ISI Web of Knowledge.

You will need to register in ISI Web of Knowledge the first time. After searching in Web of Science, you can save your searches. Use 'Search History' and then click on 'Save History' icon. You will need to fill up 'Save Search History' form with a name for your alert, a brief description, and an option to receive an email alert for your query. If you are only interested in receiving RSS feeds, do not mark 'Send Me Email Alerts' box.
Click on 'Save' and you will notice an 'XML' icon that provides the URL for the RSS feed for your query. The

XML' icon provides the URL that can be copied and pasted in your feed reader.

I'd be interested from any bellog reader who will be using RSS from WoS.

Posted by Becky at 3:16 PM

August 4, 2006

NYT Has Deals Blog

Today while glancing at the headlines at NYT Online, I discovered there is a blog about deals. It's called Dealbook, and has some nice snippets about M & A's, LBOs, hedge funds (the most hit topic on bellog), and turnarounds.

Check it out--Dealbook.

Posted by Becky at 1:42 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

May 5, 2006

Louis Rukeyser, Television Host, Dies at 73

From the NYT:
Louis Rukeyser, the exquisitely tailored and pun-loving television host who helped millions of Americans believe that they could get rich in the stock market, or at least begin to understand it, died yesterday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 73.

He died of multiple myeloma, said his brother Bud Rukeyser.

When "Wall Street Week" was broadcast for the first time on Nov. 20, 1970, probably nobody, not even the always self-assured Mr. Rukeyser, dreamed that the show would run for 32 years while attracting the biggest audience on public television and making its host a celebrity in the improbable field of light-hearted, free-market-oriented financial commentary. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was then languishing, and the population of American mutual funds numbered a scant 323.


On a personal note, this belloger enjoyed Wall Street Week on the PBS. He had the worst puns, but Louis trusted his regulars on roundtable discussions and his guests to be truthful with his viewers. He will be missed.

Posted by Becky at 7:22 PM

April 6, 2006

Fast Company 50

Fast Company (FC) is a trade magazine that first described itself to be a cross between Harvard Business Review (HBR) and Rolling Stone. It was founded over a decade ago by two former editors who wanted to create content about entrepreneurs and make it more "hip" in its tenor.

Today, FC has moved more towards a cross between Business 2.0 and Wired, and more closely aligned with Red Herring, but with some HBS Working Knowledge flavor.

For the past 5 years, FC has been doing an annual issue entitled the Fast 50. To use their description, it is:

"...50 portraits from the future: people in business, technology, government, the arts, and beyond who are writing the history of the next 10 years. No, they aren't all heroes. Some are simply seizing an opportunity. But they're all smart, and they all tell you a lot about where we're heading. "

It is not a ranked list, but their thoughts on the top 50 movers and shakers.

Fast 50

I'm not certain I agree with their list but certainly it is interesting to read. Enjoy.

Posted by Becky at 3:00 PM

March 21, 2006

Introducing our New Technology belloger: Chris Hamb

Chris Hamb, Assistant Engineering Librarian at the Grainger Library, has agreed to come on board with us as our technology section belloger. Becky will continue to post in that area, but Chris may have some perspectives or news from cyberplaces we don't visit often.

Chris developed own blog from scratch. It will be interesting for Chris to compare an off-the shelf software we have and his own homegrown product.

Welcome aboard Chris!

Posted by Becky at 1:08 PM | Comments (3)

December 8, 2005

BEL Salutes: Profs Carissa Holler and Yoo-Seong Song

Our BEL faculty have been busy teaching Bloomberg to several groups. One complement came through my e-mail last week, from a UIUC Distinguished Teacher in the department of Finance:

Your presentation of the Bloomberg system to the bankers from ABC Bank was a huge success. Each presentation created mew excitement and your inserting Chinese as the language to explain each screen was an excellent decision. Your ability to read the interest and needs of the Chinese bankers resulted in many wonderful discovery type learning experiences.

Also your enthusiasic responses to the questions from each group created a natural excitement from the bankers. You have many wonderful characteristics that tell me you are going to be a great teacher!!

Good going! Despite not feeling her best, Professor Holler still gave it all she had to do these presentations.

In addition, thanks to Professor Yoo-Seong Song who was with her on some of the sessions and contributed suggestions for searching Bloomberg on certain questions as well.

Posted by Becky at 6:21 PM

December 4, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Grainger Library Photos Available Through Flickr

The Grainger Engineering Library blog recently announced they have some photos uploaded and tagged on Flickr. For those of you unfamiliar with Flickr, it is a free web host for pictures and you can add "tags" which are sort of like keywords or in library-speak, metadata.

I've seen quite a few blogs which link photos to their sites from Flickr. My understanding is that Flickr is catching up another free host, Webshots.

Have fun exploring these sites...and seeing Grainger Library too.

Posted by Becky at 11:04 AM

November 11, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Differences of IRS Categories for Nonprofits

Today, I signed up for a free account to It lists non-profits, including associations and universities, based on IRS 990 forms and annual reports. It used to provide more free information, but now, it is charging for that data.

One piece of helpful information that you don't have to pay on Guidestar for is a quick listing of the differences between types of tax-exempt non-profits. Click the link below for that information.

Internal Revenue Service Subsection Codes for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Do sign up for an account though. It's free and easy to use.

If you wish to search for potential grants, I recommend IRIS (Illinois Researcher Information Service) which is published by the University Library. It's free to us and steadily, is getting easier to use. When the interface changes, bellog will post an announcement.

Posted by Becky at 3:17 PM

November 7, 2005

Becky's Blurbs:Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005

Today I received an e-mail from the CSO that had to do with giving a donation. However, the note provided some additional information about a particular incentive:

On September 23, President Bush signed the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005. Congress passed the law to help victims of Hurricane Katrina directly and to spark charitable giving generally. While the legislation provides many tax benefits to people and business actually affected by Hurricane Katrina, it also allows temporary tax benefits to anyone making a contribution to a Qualified Charity between August 28 and December 31, 2005. Gifts do not have to relate to hurricane relief. There is no minimum or maximum gift amount to qualify.

The new law permits individual donors who itemize their deductions to deduct up to 100% of their adjusted gross income for certain cash gifts (the normal limit is 50%).

Two pertinent things to bear in mind when considering the new tax law:

• The 100% limit is only in effect for gifts made from August 28, 2005 through December 31, 2005.
• The increased limit applies to most charitable gifts made outright and in cash to public charities like the UIUC Library Friends Annual Fund, not just those made to charities that help hurricane victims.

BEL is in need of more donations for business reference books and databases to enhance faculty and student research. If one is interested in making a contribution, please contact the Library Development Office.

Posted by Becky at 1:23 PM

October 24, 2005

Becky's Blurbs:MIT Sloan Management Review

MIT Sloan Management Review will no longer be available FT in Business Source Premier, although the backfiles will remain. We are working on a site license agreement with MIT at the moment. Stay tuned. The new one has not come out just yet, but will within the next week or so. We still receive it in print at BEL.

Update: This is also available through ABI/Complete. My bad!

Posted by Becky at 7:34 PM

Becky's Blurbs: HBR Digital Content Posting Rules

Last Tuesday, I was part of a group of 16 business librarians (most of us were directors/heads of academic business libraries) met in a faciliated discussion with HBS Publishing. Despite their introductory comments that they wanted to "clarify" with us their position and wanted our feedback, the following message was still reinforced:

We do not permit the posting of our cases, articles, or chapters on "e-reserve" course pages for student access, nor in "electronic coursepacks" that link to our digitized content, nor on course management systems such as WebCT or Blackboard, unless doing so via our Course Planning system. Such unauthorized postings are equivalent to distributing our copyrighted content to students, and doing so without our permission infringes that copyright. This is so even if the content is being used for the first time and is password-protected, accessible only to students in the course, and taken down at the end of the course. Please do not post or display HBSP content in this way. Using our Course Planning tool is every bit as easy and functional.

Clearances for your coursepacks can be obtained from your institution's copyright permissions coordinator (You will have to use Campus Bookstore for this). See more information on our Course Planning tool on our web site.

It was a lively discussion. I think HBS was looking for a "mending wall" (to use the metaphor of Robert Frost's famous poem), but they got Robert Frost's viewpoint instead of his neighbor's, which they wanted to hear.

It was my view along with my other colleagues that HBSP's thinking is rather backwards concerning "fair use" of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) in providing a direct link to the article that you can get from EBSCO Business Source Premier, whether the instructor does it or the Library does for e-reserves. They were unfamiliar with other types of technology that could lead one to the link.

Their concern is that e-reserves or links from syllabi were taking over as coursepacks (where permissions are required for both case studies and reprints) and eating into their revenues in order for students not to have to pay. We explained that it was convenient and that it did not make sense for a citation to be provided, only for the student to be told to come into the library to read the print version of the article; moreover, they forgot about distance learners. We still didn't understand the economic harm to them.

According to EBSCO, it is not permissible to provide the direct link to HBR within the bounds of their contract. We were not aware of this. Thus, there will come a time in the very near future whereby they (EBSCO) will know by IP address who is doing this, even if the link is behind WebCT or First Class.

Here's one thing our researchers can do, once they have the correct citation, is find a virtual shelf of HBR issues. How do you do this?

First, search our online research resources and type in the journal name, "Harvard Business Review". (If you are off-campus, you will be asked to supply your net ID and password.

Next, click the link that reads 10/1922 to present, then you will be taken directly to a screen that on the right side lists all of the years of issues. The researcher can click the year, then the Month of that year that matches the date in the citation.

These are a couple of extra steps, but they do not violate the spirit of the use of EBSCO Business Source Premier. But stay tuned.

Posted by Becky at 6:20 PM

October 14, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Footnoted blog

Footnoted is a blog by Michelle Leder, who is a financial journalist. According to, Leder published a book on how to spot red flags in corporate/SEC documents Financial Fine Print: Uncovering a Company's True Value. UIUC owns this work: call number is 332.632042 L498f.

Footnoted's subject matter is in the investigative vein, setting the site apart from other blogs. Readers can search for information by company name; one could possibly stop here to find corporate dirt and other tidbits when one doesn't want to read through the 8-Ks.

Sounds like Leder's blog is a lot like Connie Bruck's books: Master of the Game, for example.

Posted by Becky at 9:52 AM

October 13, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Entrepreneurship Research Portal

Today, our newest (soon to be) faculty member Carissa Holler sent me a link to a homegrown database developed by an information professional at UIUC's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The content is created at UIUC and funded by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City.

You can search by keyword, as long as you embed the word inside quotation marks and it pulls up several scholarly articles on the topic. It's fairly well indexed, but you have to look carefully for the link to the full-text. Not all articles will have a full-text link because we don't subscribe to all of the publications indexed in the database. That is OK though because at least you know what's out there.

Here's the link to Entrepreneurship Research Portal until it gets added to the library's Online Research Resources (ORR).

To get started, try the keywords "technology transfer" in the database. See what results you get...I think you will be somewhat impressed.

Remember that only UIUC users can see the full-text by using their Net ID and password to journals we subscribe to on a regular basis. Look for "doi" in the link to the full-text.

As always, happy searching!

Posted by Becky at 5:37 PM

Becky's Blurbs: Social Psychology Network Online

Social Psychology Network, the largest social psychology database on the Internet. In these pages, you'll find more than 11,000 links related to psychology, is relatively new free resource on the Net. It was developed by Professor Scott Plous, who (according to his website):

is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association, and has been the recipient of several APA division awards, including the William James Book Award (for his book The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making), the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Award for Distinguished Service to the Society. In 1998, he was awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Wesleyan University.

I did a search using the keyword "shavitt"; the word does have to be inside quotation marks. The results were papers and chapters that UIUC Professor Sharon Shavitt had written, but under other social psychologists' profiles.

It's worth a look.

LINK to the Social Psychology Network online. BTW, I didn't find this link on my own. I got a tip from Shirl Kennedy at the

Posted by Becky at 9:48 AM

October 7, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Journal Citation Reports on Web of Science

Recently, we had a query about whether or not it was possible to find out if one journal cited another journal. As I was not certain if this was possible, I suggested the faculty member contact Thomson Scientific to see if this was possible on Web of Science.

Apparently, it is...and easier than slicing a loaf of bread. According to what TS-ISI told the faculty member, this is how you do it:

One way to determine this is to use Journal Citation Reports, to which I believe your institution has access through Web of Knowledge. These journals are covered in the JCR Social Sciences edition.

Once you get into this edition, click on ‘Search for specific journal’ and look for one of the journals you are interested in.

When you click on the full record for that journal, there are two buttons underneath the title for showing detailed data relating to citing and cited journals.

Clicking on Cited Journal Data will show a list of journals that have cited this title;

Citing Journals Data will show a list of journals that this title has cited. This data includes number of citations by year.

Thank you, BA faculty member for finding this out for us...and we thought it would be rocket science. ;-)

Posted by Becky at 4:01 PM

October 6, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Looking for Dividend Announcements

Occasionally, we get a question about when dividends are announced by companies. One way is to search the Wall Street Journal database (via Proquest)

Click the Advance Search tab.
Type the words Stocks Ex-Dividend in the citation box. Choose Document Title from dropdown menu.

Type company name in next box. Choose Document Text from drop down menu.
Click Search button.

You will get a list of announcements. Each announcement lists the company alphabetically, followed by the amounts of the dividends and any footnotes that accompany it. The company you seek will be included in that list.

As always, happy searching!

Posted by Becky at 11:08 AM

October 4, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Searching for Today's News in Wall Street Journal

If you don't have your own subscription to the Wall Street Journal in print or online, you can still look for today's articles in the Proquest version without having to type in keywords. Here's the search tip.

Click on Advanced Search tab.

On the Date Range drop down box, select On this date

Type today's date in numerals with slashes in between in box next to Date range.
Example: 10/04/2005

Press Enter key.

After it searches, you will see a list of 10 headlines and options to click on full-text.

As always, happy searching!

Posted by Becky at 10:40 AM

September 2, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Identifying and Evaluating Charities

The Illinois State Library's CLICKs site has a list of sources that identify and evaluate charities.

Another site that overlaps with the Illinois CLICK list, but has more information on how to evaluate charities is

Charity Navigator (CN)is one of the sources on both of those lists. I looked at the site and its methodology of ratings of the charities. For the most part, the rating system is pretty sound, except that one of the charities they rated as one of the highest, the American Red Cross, had expenses that exceeded their revenues. CN specially tells the reader that charities which exceed their revenues is not good. Also, they list only 503(c) organizations and not others.

The sites listed on these resource lists often have links to the web pages of the charities to look at their mission and information about how to contribute. In the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in our nation's history, it's important to know a little more about the organizations and if they are wisely spending your donations.

Posted by Becky at 12:57 PM

July 30, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Teaching at CIBER Conference

Today Yoo-Seong Song and I gave a workshop for the doctoral students who attended a CIBER conference July 29th-30th at UIUC. The first day was more about internationalizing course content, whereas the second day was about how to successfully perform and publish research. Our part was how teaching the attendees how to search databases more efficiently and effectively.

Many thanks to Lynnea Johnson, Associate Director of CIBER, who organized the conference. Yoo-Seong and I enjoyed meeting the students, and as usual, they walked out with a tip, information for a variable they couldn't locate on their own, or learned about resources they didn't know they had at their own institutions. It's a good thing I am aware of what databases peers research institutions have to offer in order to answer their questions, thus being a member of ABLD is worth it! RAS

Posted by at 5:12 PM

June 23, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Working Poor by David Shipler

One book is getting a considerable amount of press, entitled The Working Poor: Invisible in America, by David Shipler. This work is not scholarly, but it invites readers to take an inside look at the poor who work at the menial jobs that keep our economy going. Shipler is a Pulitizer Prize winner and is a free lance writer. Sociologists, business and labor academics as well as practioners will likely find it to be a comfortable, interesting read--just in time for summer!

Posted by Becky at 6:31 PM

June 20, 2005

Becky's Blurbs

Becky's Blurbs is my table for you and I to share a cup of business-economic-labor (another type of BEL) related information and perhaps a comment or two.

At times, I will be providing that cup of BEL that spotlights on freely available sites that contain data, unique content, or perhaps both.

One of the better sites I've discovered recently is by the Labor Research Association (LRA). LRA is a New York City-based non-profit research and advocacy organization that provides research and educational services for trade unions.

The name of the site, LRA Online, provides the latest breaking news from major newspapers. It also provides statistics pulled from sources such as the US Census. The data that are pulled together answer questions such as:

*how big is union membership as a whole or by sector
*which professions are expected to grow in the future?
*how many Americans are uninsured?

Click to look at the Statistics page.

Posted by Becky at 2:51 PM