Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
The 6th floor computing lab and the help desk will be staffed 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
As a web-based product, MRI Plus is now available as a link from the Information Resources page and students can access this from home. All users will be required to enter their email information and create a personal password.
I will be posting the vendor's tutorial for using this product up on E-reserves under "MKT 0000" as well as hard copies in the filing cabinet at the reference desk.
Friday, December 16, 2005
This recent partnership between the Library of Congress, the Center for History and New Media, and the University of Maryland Libraries brings together business plans and related planning documents from the early days of the "dot com" boom and subsequent bust.(Scout Report, 12/16/05)
Some access denied because of proprietary info.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
The information is current as of June 1, 2005. The same information, with updates, is available on the RIA Checkpoint and CCH Business & Finance databases.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Real estate database for NYC buildings data. Provides information on buildings, lots, owners, tax liens, auctions, foreclosure sales, zoning, traffic counts, land use, subway locations, lis pendens, building permits, tax values, comparables, and more. Real estate brokers can check comparables, identify foreclosure sales and property auctions, and find developable property in the five boroughs. Comps (deed transactions) are updated monthly. Provides phone numbers of business and residential owner, including condos.There's no remote access to this database, so users will have to go to SIBL to use it.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
“Urban Dynamics in New York City” (Economic Policy Review, December 2005)
A special volume collecting the papers and commentaries presented at the Bank’s April 2005 conference. The threefold goal of the conference was to focus on the historical transformations of the engine-of-growth industries in New York and distill the main determinants of the city’s historical dominance as well as the challenges to its continued success; to study the nature and evolution of immigration flows into New York; and to analyze recent trends in a range of socioeconomic outcomes, both for the general population and recent immigrants more specifically.
Read the contents:
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
There is now another free tool online-this one courtesy of the librarians at Simon Fraser University--that seems to do the same thing JAKE used to: CUFTS. You can find the journal look up feature for CUFTS at http://cufts.lib.sfu.ca/tools.shtml
One particularly neat trick that CUFTS can peform is a side-by-side comparison of journal access in different databases, which can be done here on the CUFTS site.
For more info on CUFTS, here's the PDF of the slides from a presentation about it given by Simon Fraser librarian Kevin Stranack about it.
- best of the web
- events for adults
- events for teens
- events for children
- exhibitions at the research libraries
- exhibitions at the branch libraries
- recent additions to databases and indexes online
via Library Stuff.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Browse the "Index of Topics and Subjects" that I've set up using a free web service called del.icio.us. On the right side of every page in this blog, you'll see a link to this index as well as a sampling of some of the more popular topics. Clicking the link for the index itself will open a new page with a long list of subject descriptors (here known as "tags") that are bundled into five subsections: courses, databases, libraries, types of library users, and unbundled tags. If you want to see what's been posted on Business Source Premier, then look for it in the list of tags under "databases". Clicking the tag should show you a list of the blog posts that I've tagged as being on that particular database. At the moment, the "Business_Source_Premier" tag has been applied to six posts on the blog.
Search for your keywords in the search box on the right side of the page. This search tool is powered by a free service called Feedster. Don't bother using the search box in the upper left corner of the blue navigation bar at the top of our blog; that search tool is powered by Blogger and never seems to work very well.
Monday, December 05, 2005
- Online! by Harnack and Kleppinger
- Diana Hacker's guide
- APA's own guide on its website
- Duke University Libraries guide
Comments, suggestions, brickbats much appreciated, according to the Post.
They are usually in Ref HF 5630.C653.
Friday, December 02, 2005
1. Simmons Choices III tutorial at Tennessee Libraries:
Tennessee Libraries has created a useful tutorial on how to construct a report using the Choices III interface. You can refer students to http://www.lib.utk.edu/refs/business/simmons.html. I have placed hard copies of this tutorial in the filing cabinet at the Reference Desk under the title, "Simmons Choices III Tutorial". Librarians too, should feel free to review this tutorial to get better acquainted with the new interface and the basics for creating reports in Simmons.
2. Handouts on E-Reserves:
Under course code "Mkt 0000", I have placed a group of handouts that may be helpful to students learning to use Simmons or MRI. Most of the material is in pdf. The information available for Simmons corresponds to the old interface known as Choices II. However, some of this information contains chart analysis which is still highly relevant. All the MRI material is still useful and should be recommended without reservation.
If students need further assistance than what you are able to offer, please do not hesitate to give them my e-mail information to arrange an appointment. This has always worked in past semesters and I accept it as part of my outreach commitment to the marketing discipline.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Another source for old statements is the NAARS collection in LexisNexis. Choose "Business - Company Financial." Type in the company name and from the source box choose either NAARS Annual Reports 1972-1984 or 1984-1995. In some cases you will find only the consolidated financial statement, in others, the financial statement with footnotes and auditor's comments.
The professor does not expect the students to purchase filings. He explained to me that the students should explain what information they were able to find and how they made use of it. He said in real life you frequently don't have complete information on which to make decisions. (The summaries of the audit failures give some details about the work conditions that the auditors face. Sometimes the companies/officials weren't very open about their information.)
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
- CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts)
- LexisNexis Academic Universe
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Over 160 product and service sectors are covered in the “Instant Background” reports from RAB, the Radio Advertising Bureau. Service industries like dating services, museums, and overnight couriers, and small business sectors like chiropractors and drycleaners are featured in RAB. The reports present data on who buys, where they buy (company rankings), and their buying habits. It concludes with a forecast of business trends.
A link to the database and instructions for logging in can be found on the reference passwords page. There is no link to the RAB database from the library web site.
Thanks go out to Peggy Teich for letting the rest of us know about this valuable web site.
provides information on more than 9,000 privatization transactions in developing countries from 1988 to 2003. Search transactions by country, region or sector for a particular time period or for the entire period covered in the database.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
(Just as a refresher, FARS(Financial Accounting Research System) is the word that Wiley uses to package their student access to the Financial Accounting Standards Board's information. This same information is available in RIA Checkpoint and CCH. The free FASB website, www.fasb.org lacks the current text of the FASB information. The current text is important for the students to access. Access to FARS Online is available through the most recent edition of Kieso's Intermediate Accounting. Not all students have this edition. Last year, the FARS CD was the method Wiley-FASB made available to students.)
I would suggest encouraging students to search the information using the databases RIA Checkpoint or CCH Business & Finance as these are online and may be used off campus. The FARS disks in the drawer are current as of June 2004 as the June 2005 disks are still back-ordered. The students may use these disks but then they also need to check to see if the information is still current and this can be done on RIA or CCH.
Most of the students have completed the assignment but apparently some classes received it later than others. The graduate students of Prof. Nurnberng need to consult the SEC's regulations and how to do this is provided in my handout.
For a more comprehensive list, see this list of "Free Floating Subject Subdivisions" from the librarians at Princeton University (oddly, the page is on the Columbia University Libraries web site).
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
It is at http://www.nationmaster.com/
Since I hadn't known of it, I looked at the reviews it hosted and found a Nielsen/netRatings 10.13.05 report on educational reference web sites (Wikipedia, etc.) which
reported that "educational reference Web sites attracted nearly 46.4 million Web users to reach 31 percent of the active Internet universe in September 2005." It's an interesting read!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
There are a handful of CD-ROM databases that can only be accessed on the two rear reference desk computers (e.g., SDC Platinum). If patrons need to use one of these databases, please follow these steps in setting the patron up:
- Take the patron's ID card and place it in the reference desk drawer (just as we do for ready reference items that get borrowed).
- Set the patron up in a chair on the outside of the reference desk, not the inside.
- Remind the patron that the PC is to be used only for the specific requested database. Patrons should not use these terminals to search other databases (or do word processing, e-mail, etc.) It is of course OK for the patron to use Word or Excel on these machines as he/she is working in the requested database, as many patrons will need to download and save data into Word documents or Excel spreadsheets.
- When patron returns to the desk to pick up his/her ID card, return the card and immediately go over to the PC and swing the monitor back around so it is facing inward and place the keyboard and mouse back inside the reference desk.
Gale is again experiencing technical difficulties which will effect
applications running on the GaleNet platform. Our engineers are actively
working to get the problem resolved. I will send out additional updates as
more information is available. Please accept our apologies for any
inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Technical Support
department at 800-877-4253 (Option 4).
Friday, November 11, 2005
I came across a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics's National Compensation Survey which our students may find interesting as they examine career opportunities. Entitled "A Guide to Evaluting Your Firms Jobs and Pay," and using the SOC (Standard Occupational Classification), it looks at a number of different professional jobs and ranks them according to work levels, responsibilities, knowledge, etc.
There are specific guides for Business Administration, one for Professional Accounting and Auditing, one for Info Tech, another for Soc, Psych, etc.; legal and social welfare and health administration.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
The Queens College Benjamin Rosenthal Library is undergoing post-flood renovation.
Periodicals stack ranges from call number QD through Z 675P are not accessible from now through mid-January 2006. Please do not send your patrons to Queens expecting to use these journals.
Beginning Dec. 7th - microforms and CD-ROMs will be paged. Items will be paged at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m.Mondays thru Thursdays and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Consult the "Renovation Updates" blimp on our library homepage for current renovation information
More information at: http://pubs.acs.org/4librarians/livewire/2005/6.11/
“The Evolution of Commuting Patterns in the New York City Metro Area,” by Jason Bram and Alisdair McKay Has the migration of jobs to the suburbs changed the commuting patterns in the New York City metro area? An analysis of current commuting trends suggests that Manhattan remains the region’s undisputed employment center and that workers are actually traveling farther to their jobs. Two factors appear to account for the longer commutes: the dispersion of people and jobs and a greater tolerance for long-distance travel among employers and employees.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
It includes (free, as the student noted,--not Barrons or Kaplan!) practice tests for various tests we're often asked for including GMAT, GRE, ESL, math, etc. Needless to say, students at the presentation were very interested!
You might also want to check out the page on "E-Journals & Reference Databases." It now lists resources in broad subject areas: General/Reference, Business & Social Sciences, Education/Library Science, Humanities, Science & Health, E-Books, and others.
newer reports for the same company as well as some additional companies and SWOTS <
(Louise and I discussed this and concluded that Investext may be adding additional non-analyst types of reports as a result of recent requirements attempting to put up barriers separating analysts from brokers. If anyone has other explanations please let us know!~).
Monday, November 07, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
A psychology faculty member has pointed out that the ability to limit a
search with the "Content/Form" option has disappeared. For example, one
could do a search for a topic and limit it to a literature review by adding
CT 1300 to the search.
It looks like EBSCO has just broken them out into a new bundle of limiters. The to limit to "Literature Review" field is now in a set of limiters called "Methodology." The full list of limiters in this "Methodology" drop down is as follows:
- Clinical Case Study
- Empirical Case Study
- Experimental Replication
- Followup Study
- Longitudinal Study
- Prospective Study
- Retrospective Study
- Field Study
- Literature Review
- Mathematical Modeling
- Meta Analysis
- Nonclinical Case Study
- Qualitative Study
- Quantitative Study
- Treatment Outcome/Clinical Trial
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
"The European Library webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced."
Please note that it is a beta/pilot version.
The Gabriel (GAteway and BRIdge to Europe's National Libraries) site used to provide access to these libraries. It has been integrated into the European Library site. The Gabriel site is no longer online.
"Advanced Search allows you to modify which collections to search, if you desire. The "Online books, images, maps, etc..." has amazing materials, but only from four libraries -- for now. (I retrieved images of WWI US posters, full-text scientific materials, and more. I found full-text from the 1600s to current materials.) There is also a section called "Treasures", which has scanned images of special collections from many national libraries.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
If you want to see what kind of pages are already in the handbook, you might want to take a look at the "All Pages" page, which has an A-Z list of every page in the wiki. As you can see from the link in the previous sentence, you can create links to any page in the handbook.
If you forget the password for the wiki or have any other questions about it, please contact me.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
- One of the reasons that the accounting students have the "FARS" assignment is that the new, online CPA exam has several questions in which students need to demonstrate the ability to search official accounting literature and, hopefully, find the correct answer to the questions. (In the exam, I am told that there is a "correct answer"; however, as we know "standards" can be interpreted in different ways. Last year I found that many students did not recognize the difference between the word "may" (which is permissive) and "should"or "shall" (meaning required.) Of course, the CPA exam is just the start of their careers and these generally accepted accounting standards will be used throughout their careers, and are revised as conditions change.
For the assignments, the students will most likely need to search the following:
- the Original Pronouncements, as amended, arranged by date issued or by subject.
- the Current Text, which has general standards applicable to all companies, and industry standards applicable to specific industries, which incorporates the applicable sections of pronoucements as amended. In the current text, the original source of the information is cited, to the paragraph, such as (FAS 132R).
- EITF Abstracts are the work of the Emerging Issues Task Force.
- Topical Index--searches all other parts of the database. If a student doesn't know the issue or statement needed, the topical index is the place I would start. Keyword searching is how to start.
The Implementation Guides may be needed and the Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities probably are not going to be needed.
If one searches the Original Pronouncements, the Original Pronouncements as amended will need to be searched.
Here is how the students may access the FARS literature, which is the same as the FASB literature:
- New this year --Students with the latest edition (summer 2005) of the Intermediate Accounting book by Kieso will have a password in the book to access supplemental material including online access to FARS by Wiley. I have done a two part Powerpoint presentation on how to search this version and I will a print out of it at the reference desk. Not all students have this version. The copies on reserve do not have password access. In addition to the Powerpoint explanation, there is a 22 page guide which I have printed out and placed in the folder in the reference desk.
Other means of accessing this literature. (I have listed them in what I think is the easiest to use and best to use.)
- RIA Checkpoint--available in Information Resources. The default needs to be changed from Federal Tax to WG&L Financial Reporting. The easiest way to access the FASB literature is to go to the Table of Contents, then drill down in the WG&L Financial Resources Library, to the FRM Source Materials, then to FASB. This will result in a list including the Original Pronouncements, EITF, Topical Index, the same materials as FARS by Wiley. (If you search from the initial opening screen of the database, it just says FASB and you don't know what you are searching. So, going through the Table of Contents is a good way to start, especially for newcomers.) Search by keyword.
- Advantages of this database: Remote access and many internal hyperlinks, which reduce the number of searches that a student may need to make. Results may be e-mailed, printed or saved.
- CCH Business & Finance. Click on Securities tab. Scroll down to SEC Accountants' Module and then click on Financial Accounting Standards Board. This will bring up a list of documents, just like in RIA, and FARS by Wiley. Search by keyword or by citation, if known. Results may be e-mailed (new feature), printed or saved. Advantage of this database: remote access and ability to e-mail. Disadvantage: Lacks the internal hyperlinks of RIA, so students will need to do new searches to get to referenced documents.
- FARS discs--available at Reference desk and Reserve. Unfortunately, the 2005 disc is back ordered from Wiley. (We aren't the only ones.) The 2005 disc is current as of June 2005. The 2004 discs, which we have, are current as of June 2004. So, if students use these discs, they need to check the FASB web site, www.fasb.org, or use RIA or CCH to see if there is any more current information. There is a print out how to search the FARS disc from last year in the reference desk drawer.
- FASB website, www.fasb.org. Advantages: It's free. It's where the information is updated most rapidly as it is FASB official site. You can set up an e-mail alert for any announcements, etc.
- Disadvantages: can't search through the documents easily if you don't know what document you need. Another disadvantage: the current text is not available so if there have been revisions of any sort one would need to consult the individual documents and incorporate the changes. My advice: use this for checking to see if you are dealing with the most current information and search using any of the other options.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Rita
Short workshops on searching FARS (the Financial Accounting Research System) will be offered:
Monday, Oct. 24, 5 pm. Room 135, first floor of the library
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. Room 135, first floor of the library
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. Room 135, first floor of the library
Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Room 135, first floor of the library.
Monday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m., Room 135, first floor in the library
Thursday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. Room 130, first floor in the library
Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m. Room 135, first floor in the library
Saturday, Nov. 5, there is a regularly scheduled Accounting Resources workshop at 12 noon in Room 135 in the library. I will incorporate FARS in this workshop. The workshop goes from 12 to 1:15 p.m. (Students should sign up for the Nov. 5 workshop by going to Instruction on the Newman Library homepage.)
For all other workshops, students can just show up. They should last about 20 minutes, based on my experience last year.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
For example, one case involves Bernard Cornfeld, also known as Bernie Cornfeld, and Investor Overseas Services (IOS), a Panama Corporation with its principal office in Geneva, Switzerland, and Fund of Funds, Ltd., a Canadian open-ended investment company (mutual fund). Ok so far? The audit failure occurred about 1969, prior to electronic filings of documents. I contacted the SEC, which uses Thomson Financial for obtaining old filings pre Edgar (basically pre-1994 for U.S. firms.). Thomson Financial hasn't gotten back to me, but if the filings are available, it is at a cost of 23 or 26 cents a page. (I will work with Prof. Cherny to see if he wants these in the future for assigments.) IOS and Funds of Funds went into bankruptcy; much money was lost; everyone sued everyone; and litigation ended in the mid 1980s. (See Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; the case against the auditors is cited in the literature that the students have.) Cornfeld was apparently quite a character; he went to prison for several years. There are books about this fraud which we have here in the library. (I didn't check to see if any financial statements were reproduced.)
Update 10/19 on the IOS/Funds of Fund/Bernie Cornfeld case: The SEC called back and said that since this fund wasn't registered in the U.S., they wouldn't have any financial filings. I relayed this information to Prof. Cherny. Encourage students to select another case if they want to compare financial filings. Checking Thomson Research or the SEC site for Edgar documents or Hoovers would be a good place to start/
Another more recent, from the mid 1990s, audit failure is for Livent, a Canadian-based firm, publicly-traded, that produced/produces live theatre shows, both in Canada and the U.S. (It has continues to operate under bankruptcy protection. There are many stories about both of these frauds in the popular press (WSJ, NYT, Financial Times, etc, accounting journals, etc. The Canadian SEDAR.com, which is like the SEC's Edgar, does have earlier filings for Livent, as does Thomson Research. Disney appears to be the only other publicly traded firm that produces live theatre shows, as a student and I searched by NAICS and SIC codes.)
So, where else to direct the students? CCH Business & Finance probably has some helpful information at its Securities tab. There is a selected Federal Securities Cases Archive 1941-1993 and SEC Releases and other Materials that can be searched. (The SEC Releases and other materials will give you the SEC case number and what happened --for example, in short, Cornfeld reached a settlement with the SEC.)
The new Audit Analytics database, for which one user can be on at a time, might provide some help as there is audit data back to 2000 and one can search by broad industry classifications--such as entertainment and one may also see the audit firm's opinion letters.
When I spoke with Prof. Cherny told, he told me that part of the assignment is also written and oral communication. (He worked in the profession for a number of years before returning to get his PHD.) Definitely, the case studies pose what were real life problems, and the students need to explain, to the best of their abilities, what they would conclude, based on what is available to them. I helped a student on Saturday with information on the Livent case, and she told me that, based on what the case presented, "the young auditor was in way over her head," as she didn't understand the business of financing theatre productions. The auditor unfortunately went along with what was going on....and ended up with a prison sentence.
Prof. Cherny is also looking for suggestions such as what weaknesses were apparent--for example, a lot of cash being handled only by one person, relatives-friends dealing with each other, but of course, perhaps there was nothing easily apparent, because of the nature of fraud.
Perhaps if any of these students come to the reference desk you could refer them to me. I don't know what the other 10 cases are that the students are working on. I think it is a semester project.
I think this assignment has information competency in it--for students and librarians.
Although Freeport had social and human-rights policies in place and set up a Partnership Fund for Community Development, it asked for the human rights audit in 2003. The report is the first of its kind. Business Week in an article, "Freeport’s Hard Look at Itself” (October 24, 2005), says the audit may set a standard for multinationals. Prof. Prakash Sethi is pictured in the article with the Freeport staff.
Friday, October 14, 2005
dates were chosen by Undergraduate Student Government in consultation with
the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management. The
library will open at 7:00 a.m. on October 19 and remain open continuously
until 11:59 p.m. on October 27. The same rules that we apply during
extended hours for final exams will also apply in this case. After midnight
access to the library will be restricted to Baruch College students.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
If students need to translate SIC codes or NAICS codes to ISIC, there is a Website, Jon Haveman's Industry Concordances , that links to translations of codes for various industry coding systems including ISIC, SIC, NAICS, NACE, HS, TSUSA, and SITC.
For more about the various industry and product coding systems used for trade data, Columbia University has a guide to Codes Used for Reporting Trade Data.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
At the moment, all the new PCs that have been set up do not have full web access (there is no address window in the browser), so users can't get beyond the library web site, the Baruch web site, and things like eSIMS and Blackboard. Saad's staff will change the browsers in these PCs sometime soon.
- Atlanta Constitution (1868-1925)
- Boston Globe (1872-1901)
- Chicago Tribune (1860-1969)
Monday, October 03, 2005
The closing bell was rung by officials of Procter & Gamble, which acquired the Gillette Company today. American Express's and the Procter & Gamble and the Gillette Company's homepages are a source of all the filings that are needed for spinoffs and mergers.
Among the most important things that I learned:
The Economic Census reports are the only census reports that include both businesses with employers and businesses without paid employees. The American FactFinder, a quick link on the Census's web site, and the other reports, do not include businesses without paid employees. Businesses without paid employees number in the millions--ma and pa businesses owned by the couple, taxi drivers who rent their cabs, many used car dealers, and perhaps consultants who own their own business, etc.
The Census Bureau also had good questions for examples of limitations of the data. For example, if one is trying to determine the number of casinos, one must also search for casinos in hotels. (I didn't know that New Jersey requires a casino to be in a hotel.) Connecticut is an example of a state in which the number of receipts from casinos is suppressed to avoid identifying single businesses--Connecticut has two casinos and if you knew the receipts of one casino, you can figure the amount of the other.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Social Explorer is based at Queens College of the City University of New York. They provide demographic data in data maps to track visually the changes that have occurred in the United States, from 1790 to the present, from the country level ot the county level.
Point to: http://www.socialexplorer.com
- word stemming
- phonetic search (will search for words that sound like the ones you type)
- proximity searching (within 16 words)
- clustering of results
- thumbnail images of pages in search results
- suggestions of related terms
- clickable filters for document/file types (e.g., you can winnow search results list to only PDFs, or only DOCs, or only PPTs, etc.
There's no pretending Exalead has as large an index as Google. The range of features, though, offered on Exalead's search results page (as well as on its advanced search page) make it an attractive alternative (especially considering that right now, as far as I know, it is the only engine that allows for proximity searching
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
We have a trial to the IMF International Financial Statistics:
The IFS database contains approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas and includes all series appearing on the IFS Country Pages; exchange rate series for all Fund member countries, plus Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles; major Fund accounts series; and most other world, area, and country series from the IFS World Tables.
You will need a password to get in.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Requested by the accounting dept., we now have access to Audit Analytics, a database which provides detailed audit information on over 1,500 accounting firms and 20,000 publicly registered companies. Users can create reports by auditor, fees, location, industry and more.
We have one concurrent user.
However each user must have their own individual password. To receive a password, please email Tom Hardy at email@example.com. On the main page, you will be asked to log-in using your email address and the password (on the left side of the screen).
Thanks to Saad, there is a page explaining this after users try to connect to the database from the information resources page.
You can get to that page from: http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu/info_resources/audit.htm
Friday, September 09, 2005
August 2005 demographic profile of the real median household income of US residents, along with material on the nation's official poverty rate and those persons without health insurance coverage. Notes that the nation's official poverty rate rose from 12.5 percent in 2003 to 12.7 percent in 2004. Also notes that the number of persons without health insurance coverage increased by approximately 800,000 to 45.8 million. Details such crucial research questions as how the Bureau measures income and poverty. Scout Report 9.9.05
- IEEE/CSLPe :
New database, for computer scientists and other interested...
Access to 22 periodicals published by IEEE and more than 1,500 conference publications in full-text, searchable formats.
- Physical Education Index:
These abstracts feature a wide variety of content, ranging from physical education curricula, to sports medicine, to dance. Other coverage includes sport law, kinesiology, motor learning, recreation, standardized fitness tests, sports equipment, business and marketing, coaching and training, and sport sociology/psychology.
Physical Education Index
- Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA):
ASSIA indexes and abstracts cover health, social services, psychology, sociology, economy, politics, race relations and education. It is updated monthly.
ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Thursday, September 01, 2005
The Help Desk said that they can get around this ONLY by getting to Blackboard the following way:
1. From the Baruch homepage, choose "Blackboard" from the drop down menu under the "Computing" tab
2. Click on the link that says "Login directly to Blackboard (for registered users only)" --- even though they are not registered yet.
3. Under the sign-in boxes on the Login page, you will see "If you do not have a valid active CUNY Portal username and password, please go here". Click on "here", which is a link.
4. This leads to the "Validate CUNY Affiliation" page. They will need to type in their last name, SSN, and DOB.
They should get into Blackboard after these 4 steps. The Help Desk thinks this problem will be around for another week or two.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Monday, August 29th at 10:30 am & 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 30th at 10:30 am & 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 31st at 10:30 am & 7:30 pm
Students must update their library record for Fall 2005 at the circulation desk before borrowing.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Why did I do this? This year's orientation had much larger tour groups, with a shorter time allotted for a library tour (only 10 minutes). I knew the students wouldn't have enough time to sign up for workshops using the library terminals during the tour, so I gave them a paper registration form. I was hoping they would fill them out either on-the-spot or later in the day, and then give them to me during the end of day cocktail reception. No one turned in the form on Saturday, as they were whisked around on tours, and didn't have the time to check their calendars. At least they left the library with a paper schedule of the workshops. I included instructions on how to register online, as well. Most students I talked to during the cocktail reception indicated that they will sign up using the online form. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
The court found that the director defendants did not breach their fiduciary duties. The introduction to the decision has a summary of fiduciary duties, which you might want to read. The judge states that these duties do not change, unlike ideals of corporate governance.
Much of the decision is taken up with the details of the hiring and firing of Michael Ovitz and the end of the friendship between Ovitz and Michael Eisner.
An appeal of the court's decision has been announced.
It turns out that the article was published in Accounting and Business Research, Summer 96, Vol. 26, Issue 3, p. 224, and this is available full-text only on Business Source Premier. It has been cited a number of times, so there is a possibility that this might come up again. I will alert ABI Inform about the error.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group II issues report: Toward Greater Financial Stability: A Private Sector Perspective
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Government Information Online (GIO) is a national pilot project sponsored by the Illinois State Library, OCLC, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. GPO is participating in the pilot along with more than 30 federal depository libraries from across the United States. Users of the service can interact online with government information librarians during a weekly chat schedule, or users can submit questions at any time using an email interface. To use the service, visit the project's website at http://govtinfo.org. The pilot is scheduled to run through November 14, 2005.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
You can find more of Schneider's earlier thoughts about the redesign here on the Free Range Librarian. (By the way, she often uses the abbreviation MPOW to as shorthand for "my place of work," which happens to be the Librarians' Index to the Internet.)
Monday, July 18, 2005
- Baruch Laptop
- Baruch Laptop - iBook
- Baruch Laptop - Latitude D600
- Baruch Laptop - PowerBook
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
Thursday, July 07, 2005
The correct address is:
http://nycserv.nyc.gov/nycproperty/nynav/jsp/selectbbl.jsp (This takes you to the page in which the information about a specific lot can be entered.) If they don't know their block and lot number, there is a link that allows them to search for it on this page.
I let the Financial Aid office know about the new address.
Although it was probably not following our policies, I set her up on a side computer at the reference desk to do the search and allowed her to print the one page out, on recycled paper. I mention this because there might be other requests and without a Baruch student account, she couldn't sign on, and getting a vendor card and printing to the vendor print seemed like a bit much to me, but I can understand that others might think otherwise. Perhaps most students will have access to other computers with a printer.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Tonight a Baruch student whom I had previously helped on a Wednesday evening to gain access to the rankings told me that when she had inquired at the reference desk for help on another day to gain access to this listing, she was told that the access was possible because I was a business librarian. (When she asked if I were a "business librarian" I had to give a brief explanation of our library and its positions.)
This year the Fortune 500 list is 50 years old. On the Fortune website you can search by company name, among other options, and obtain a listing of the rankings of the company for each year the company has made the list. (You then have to select each individual year.)
The print copies of the Fortune 500 listings are cataloged under various titles, Fortune 500, and the Directory of U.S. Corporations, on CUNY+. (call numbers HG4057.A283 and HG4057.A282. The student discovered that the 2000 issue is bound with the Fortune magazines, March-April 2000, in periodicals on the third floor. The Fortune 500 listing is published in mid-April now, although I don't know if it has been for all of the past 50 years.
In addition, the following libraries are open on certain Fridays:
CUNY School of Law –Friday July 8
Hunter School of Social Work Library- Saturday July 9 and 16
John Jay College-Friday July 8
Queens College-Friday July 8
LaGuardia Community College- Friday July 8
For Baruch students, the best bet might be New York Public’s SIBL at 34th and Madison. They are open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 p.m.
For detailed information on summer schedules at CUNY, click on the links below. They go directly to the library hours or calendar page.
City College - Morris R. Cohen Library
City College - Science/Engineering Library
College of Staten Island
CUNY School of Law
John Jay College
Lehman College - Summer hours are not posted
Medgar Evers College - Summer hours are not posted
NYC College of Technology
And for the Community Colleges --
Borough of Manhattan
Bronx - Summer hours are not posted
Monday, June 27, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Supreme Court decision of interest to Public Affairs students re right of local governments to seize people's homes and busineses
One of those pilot projects they mention, the Ask a Librarian pilot in Open WorldCat, offers links to the digital reference service (e-mail and/or chat) of OCLC member libraries. Here's how it works. As you may know, OCLC records are now indexed by Google and Yahoo. When a searcher finds an Open WorldCat record via a Google or Yahoo search, the page for that found item includes a list of libraries that own the item. If a library in that list has a digital reference service, there is now a link to it from that Open WorldCat page.
For an example, see this Open WorldCat page for Jerry Bornstein's book, An American Chronology (look for the question mark icon to the right of where it says Baruch College in the local libraries section of the page).
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
A new feature is "CEOs on Camera" a collection of video interviews from CNBC. (This link goes to the CEOs on Camera directory). Other CNBC video interviews are in Analyst Watch. These are interviews with business leaders and Wall Street analysts. If you use the "Browse Industries" link from the home page, you can access these reports by industry sector.
With Hoover's SEC Filings you have the option to retrieve and print pages or segments of the reports as well as the full document. Unfortunately they must use an automatic parser because parts of the 10K are not labeled in any standard way and some segments are only identified out by page number.
Manhattan Market Overview , published quarterly by Prudential Douglas Elliman. Their Manhattan Market Report 1995-2004 looks at historical trends.
The Manhattan Residential Market Report, a quarterly from Brown Harris Stevens.
The Corcoran Report published 2x/year.
The Real Estate Board of New York also puts out data on Manhattan co-op and condominium sales in their Press Releases.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
- Amsterdam News [1962-present]
- Atlanta Daily World [1931-1987]
- Baltimore Afro-American [1893-1987]
- Call and Post (Cleveland) [1934-1987]
- Daily Telegraph (London) [1978-1979]
- Los Angeles Sentinel [1969-1987]
- Los Angeles Times [1980-1992]
- Michigan Chronicle (Detroit) [1943-1987]
- New York Times [1851-present]
- St. Louis Argus [1954-1985]
- Ticker (Baruch College) [1935-2001]
- Times (London) [1975-2002]
- Wall Street Journal [1889-present]
- Washington Post [1986-present]
Monday, June 20, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
- User must login using their username and password (Baruch students will type their Baruch usernames, Baruch staff and faculty will enter the same login info they use for the PCs in their own offices on campus).
- Once the user has logged in, he or she must click the "activate vendor printer" icon on the desktop of the PC.
- The user can then send print jobs to the vendor card printer whenever he or she clicks the "File>Print..." command. (For details on this step, see the "Network Printing: Non-Student Users" page that explains the vendor card printer.)
- Once the user is done, he or she should logoff as always and then click the "clear vendor printer" icon on the desktop.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
At present, Baruch students who are NOT enrolled in summer school can still log onto the Internet, email, etc. as they did before, but cannot use a vendor card to print from any computer that requires a student login. They can only use vendor cards to print from the eight "database-only" computers behind the reference desk.
According to the BCTC Help Desk, vendor cards cannot be used in BCTC labs.
- "Protecting Digital Rights"
- "Digital Rights Management Marketing Trends"
- "Digital Rights Management Company Directory"
- "Digital Rights Management Software"