January 14, 2009

IBISWorld Market Research Reports

IBISWorld USA market research reports are now available to the Urbana campus. This database provides access to over 700 United States industries – everything from Shoes Stores to Gold Ore Mining and all industries in between.

Try it!

As always, happy searching.

Posted by Becky at 12:47 PM

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

July 5, 2007

Web of Science Now Goes Back to 1970 Online

Excellent news for researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana campus: Social Science Citation Index on the Web of Science now goes back to 1970!

Try it here (must have university net id and password).

Happy Searching!

Posted by Becky at 1:11 PM

Datamonitor is now MarketLine

Datamonitor has changed its database name to MarketLine. It contains (blurb from a company e-mail):

• Standardized industry data covering 150 consumer markets and 200 non-consumer markets • In-depth information on 50,000 public and private companies • Macro-economic, socio-economic and demographic data points across 215 countries world wide • Real-time news feed with 5,000+ articles added every month
Try the Consumer Markets data section. Alacra supplies the data and the ability to search for the data.

Happy Searching!

Posted by Becky at 1:06 PM

June 20, 2007

PsycInfo Interface Changing on June 30th

This just in from the Education and Social Science Library:

The UIUC Library is switching access to the PsycINFO and PsycArticles databases from one vendor (OVID) to another (CSA/Cambridge Scientific) for a variety of reasons. There are some functions that will be enhanced through CSA, such as searching across multiple databases by using the drop-down menu on the search page to select the "social sciences" or by selecting specific databases from that same page.

To set up an alert system to let you know when new materials in your area of interest are added to the database, please see the directions here.

Access to these databases via OVID will end June 30, 2007. CSA access is available now through the ORR.

BELlog noticed that the new interface provides indexing back to 1806. Fancy!

Happy Searching!

Posted by Becky at 4:07 PM

Huffington Post Now Has Business Section

Today, BELlog discovered that the Huffington Post, which is a digital newspaper, has created a "Business" news section. It has a blog as well for opinions. The best feature is the links to the news sections of many mainstream media, such as the Wall Street Journal, NYT Business, Financial Times, CNN, the Economist, and USA Today.

Check it out.

Posted by Becky at 3:53 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

March 23, 2007

Eigenfactor--New Journal Ranking Site

Dennis Dillon from UT-Austin sent this message out about a new journal ranking site, Eigenfactor. Carl Bergstrom, a scientist at UW-Seattle, is developing this site. It is akin to Google scholar.

"Eigenfactor.org is a non-commercial academic research project
sponsored by the Bergstrom lab in the Department of Biology at
the University of Washington. We aim to develop novel methods for
evaluating the influence of scholarly periodicals and for mapping
the structure of academic research. We are committed to sharing
our findings with interested members of the public, including
librarians, journal editors, publishers, and authors of scholarly

More under the fold..

From the website:

The Eigenfactor score of a journal is an estimate of the percentage of time that library users spend with that journal. The Eigenfactor algorithm corresponds to a simple model of research in which readers follow chains of citations as they move from journal to journal. Imagine that a researcher goes to the library and selects a journal article at random. After reading the article, the researcher selects at random one of the citations from the article. She then proceeds to the journal that was cited, reads a random article there, and selects a citation to direct her to her next journal volume. The researcher does this ad infinitum.

Posted by Becky at 12:14 PM

March 20, 2007

Interlibrary Loan Online System Down 1-5 Today

Cherie Weible, head of ILL, reports that the ILL Online system will be down from 1-5 due to some maintenance work.

Posted by Becky at 10:32 AM

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 (http://chinadataonline.org/)

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 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 Research.com.

Market Research.com 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 Research.com

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

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

October 4, 2006

Problems with Printing Articles from Science Direct

This just in from Bill Mischo, Engineering Librarian:

There is a problem with printing Elsevier ScienceDirect PDF articles after retrieving the article through a Discover SFX link. The message you may see is: "Could not start print job." This problem is also appearing with Engineering Village yellow full-text DOI links and Web of Science grey "View Full-Text" links and may be present in other A & I services. So, it is not just an SFX problem.

One way to get around the problem for now is to copy or note the specific citation, retrieve the journal through ORR, locate the specific article and then print. That is, the Online Research Resource connection to the specific journal and article is working fine. Another solution is to save the PDF to the hard drive or desktop and then print from there.

Posted by Becky at 3:48 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

April 18, 2006

Gaming at the Library?

The Learning Commons/Undergraduate Library is hosting its first gaming night on April 29. You will be hearing more about this and about their collection of popular commercial games in more detail from their staff. A group of UIUC librarians are also involved in the Gaming Research group on campus and will be conducting an inventory of campus activities in gaming & simulation. This latter work is an important partnership that the Library is building with many departments on campus, and seeks to assure that the creative work in gaming and simulation that is blossoming all over campus is being collected, cared for, and made available now and in the future.

(information posted originally written by Karen Schmidt, AUL for Collections)

Here's the website for more information (developed by our own, Chris Hamb): http://www.library.uiuc.edu/gaming/

Try it--you might like it!

Posted by Becky at 10:29 AM

April 10, 2006

New Interface for Hoover's Online

Steven Bell, Head of the Gutman Library at Philadelphia University, (and former Lippincott Assistant Director) mentioned that Hoover's launched a new interface late last week on his blog.

It's Bell's opinion that it's easier to "Build A List"; to this belloger, it's more confusing on the first blush. I dislike more ads on it as well that one has to endure, thus it is slower to access because of more graphics involved.

Nonetheless, Hoover's is still a handy source for those still conducting independent job searching. You cannot create "Watch List" despite what we ask for and what ( Duke ) Ford Librarians have also tried to get for their users, as mentioned on their blog.

Posted by Becky at 6:37 PM

March 23, 2006

Business Source Complete and SocIndex plus Text

Business Source Premier has been upgraded to Business Source Complete. Readers will find Business Book Summaries, more faculty profiles, working papers, and more Company Profiles as well.

SocIndex Plus Text is also available. It includes the full run of the American Journal of Sociology back to 1896.

Happy Searching!

Posted by Becky at 9:51 AM

February 3, 2006

Basic RefWorks Workshops

The UIUC Reference Library is offering a series of basic workshops on using RefWorks bibliographic management software. RefWorks helps researchers gather and store citations from books, articles and websites, and organizes them into bibliographies using common styles like MLA, APA, and many others.

For more information and to register for a session, please see http://www.library.uiuc.edu/announce/refworkshandout.htm. Workshops will be offered February through April this semester.


Posted by at 1:52 PM

Corporate Affiliations Online Is Temporarily Out of Order

We hope to have it restored soon. Meantime, students and faculty can use the print version found on the Index Table in BEL.

Posted by Becky at 12:19 PM

January 12, 2006

Open Access Works: Econpapers

Econpapers is an updated and renamed version of IDEAS and REpec, which have been repositories of abstracted working papers. However, Econpapers contain more than just abstracts; many of full-text and are up to date. There are book chapters from Elsevier's handbooks, but be forewarned, they are older editions from the 1980's, although some students might find them useful.

The idea is to get more scholarly works into an Open Access format and made free to the public.

URL: http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/

Professor Peter Jasco has written an excellent comparison of EconLit, a for fee resource and Econpapers. Bellog highly recommends reading his review.

Posted by Becky at 12:16 PM

December 2, 2005

Electronic Resource Trials at UIUC

Did you know that UIUC has a number of database trials? Right now, there is a trial to a new collection in Science Direct called "Freedom Collection", which has some backfiles of accounting and finance journals.

In general, you can find an alphabetical list by clicking this link.

As always, happy searching!

Posted by Becky at 1:01 PM

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 Resourceshelf.com.

Posted by Becky at 9:48 AM

September 2, 2005

UIUC Library Adds Refworks Subscription

The UIUC Library now has a subscription to the personal citation management software called Refworks http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=424609. Researchers can export records from library databases to Refworks seamlessly, which takes the tedium out of reference tracking. Users can also access their personal citation database from anywhere-on campus, at home, or abroad-via the Web. Thirdly, users can insert references directly into Word, using the citation style of their choice, with the Write N Cite feature. For additional information on Refworks and how to set up your account, see http://www.library.uiuc.edu/refworks/


Posted by at 10:51 AM

August 22, 2005

New Titles at the UIUC Library

Ever wish that you could search or browse online for all the UIUC libraries' new titles? Now you can at http://www.library.uiuc.edu/newtitles/. This database driven service enables you to request a list of materials recently catalogued for the Library's collections.

Search for all or individual UIUC libraries, specific call number ranges, and/or by the date the title was added to the collection. The results of the search can further by sorted call number, author, or title.

Customize how you wish to access your new titles list by generating an html link or an rss feed. This means that you could do a search once, and either bookmark the html link or add the rss feed to your reader. For further information, read the FAQ or the Descriptions and Examples.


Posted by at 10:57 AM

August 15, 2005

Database Alert: Yahoo Contends It Tops Google

From Wall Street Journal Online (subscription required):

Yahoo Contends It Tops Google In Number of Pages Searched

Experts Discount Relevance Of Index Size in Searches As Web Rivals Trade Salvos

August 15, 2005; Page B4

A new battle for bragging rights has broken out between rival search engines.

Yahoo Inc. last week said that its users can now search through more than 19 billion Web pages, far exceeding Google Inc.'s claim of 8.2 billion pages that its engine can search. Now Google is publicly questioning Yahoo's numbers.

Many experts say that the number of pages available for searching, known as a search index, isn't a significant factor for most consumer searches, especially once indexes reach a few billion pages or more. More important in determining successful searches are the secret formulas that the rival services employ to display the most relevant results for a given Internet query.

But the current scuffle shows how seriously companies pursue claims of superiority in the hugely competitive search industry. For marketing reasons, the possibility that Yahoo, which was late to the party in introducing its own Web search engine, might be able to assume some kind of technology leadership over Google is noteworthy.

LINK to rest of article

Size Wars Chart

Posted by Becky at 9:44 AM

August 13, 2005

Google Delays Book Digization Database

From the New York Times:

August 13, 2005
Google Library Database Is Delayed

Google said yesterday that it would temporarily halt its program to make searchable, digital copies of the vast contents of three university libraries to give publishers and other copyright holders the chance to opt out of having their protected works copied. ..

(further down the article)
In the meantime, Google will allow publishers and others to tell it which of their works they do not want included in its searchable database of printed material.

Adam M. Smith, a senior product manager at Google, said in an interview that the opt-out policy was consistent with the way Google maintains its relationships with Web site owners, allowing them to say when they do not wish to be included in a searchable index.

"We believe this program is consistent with the principle of fair use, and it will allow authors to write more books, allow publishers to sell more books and to have a more robust publishing industry," Mr. Smith said.

LINK to rest of article (registration req'd, but free)

Posted by Becky at 5:10 PM

July 30, 2005

Database Alert: Bloomberg

As written by CH on the BEL homepage:

The following link will take you to a pdf document prepared by Bloomberg, outlining the Global Product Certification process: Bloomberg Global Product Certification Program

A few supplementary notes pertaining to certification online:

Courses (page 3 of the document) are available online and are taken by watching the corresponding videos through the Bloomberg system. The videos average approximately 30 minutes each in duration; however, additional time may be needed to practice the steps and shortcuts to prepare for the test. The test corresponding to each video is also taken through the Bloomberg system. In order to successfully complete the test, some further exploration on the Bloomberg system, beyond the subjects covered in the video, may be necessary. Overall, individuals with little or no prior experience with Bloomberg may expect to spend approximately 1.5 hours on each video/test combination.

Please note: There are only three certificates available, at the conclusion of the Equity, Fixed Income, and Foreign Exchange tracks. Page 5 of the attached document refers to nine available certificates, one at each level within each track - this is not correct.

Students interested in Bloomberg Global Product Certification should make arrangements with Carissa Holler or Yoo-Seong Song . RAS

Posted by at 5:06 PM