Friday, September 30, 2005

Mental Measurements Yearbook

Access has been restored.

Social Explorer

Presented at the last ERAC meeting, Susan showed us a new resource, free for now, called Social Explorer.

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:

Mental Measurements Yearbook

At this time there are problems accessing Mental Measurements Yearbook. I'm working on getting this fixed up and will let you know when access is restored.


Exalead: An Interesting Search Engine

After reading an interesting column by Mary Ellen Bates in EContent about Google falling behind in offering advanced tools for searching and results filtering, I tried out one of the alternative search engines she recommended: Exalead. This engine offers in one place a lot of nifty features not all found in one web search tool:
  • 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.
Here's a sample search for "death with dignity." As you can see, the list of related terms on the left side of the search results page is fairly comprehensive. The "related terms" feature alone may make this useful when trying help students brainstorm about other keywords to consider.

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

Euromonitor GMID

Our access to Euromonitor has been reactivated.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

TRIAL -- IMF International Financial Statistics

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

Guest Logins

Now that we've got a tool we can use for creating guest logins for non-Baruch library patrons (see Arthur's post on the blog for details), I've added a button on the browser toolbar for both of the PCs at the front of the reference desk. The button is labeled "Guest Logins." Clicking it will take you to the page that allows us to set up temporary logins for both the wireless network and for the public PCs that require login.

Monday, September 12, 2005

New database: Audit Analytics

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 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:

Friday, September 09, 2005

Income, Poverty, Health Insurance in US, 2004 Census

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004 (pdf)

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

New databases:

3 new databases:
  • 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.
Coming to us with Sociological Abstracts, we also have access to:
  • 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

Printing from Baruch laptops

Students who have borrowed one of the library's laptops can now use them to send print jobs to the student printers. Students connected to the wireless network using their own laptops, however, cannot send print jobs to the student printers.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Graphing calculators all loaned out

All the graphing calculators have been loaned out for the fall semester. There is one available for 2-hour loan (from the reserve window).

Blackboard Problem-- and temporary solution

New students are having problems creating their Blackboard accounts. (They enter their information but CUNY Portal/Blackboard does not confirm the account; or they get blank pages when trying to enter Blackborad).

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.

Guest Accounts for Internet Access

The college is testing its new guest password generator for network access accounts. The accounts are valid until 11:59 p.m. on the day following their creation. Any full-time member of the library staff may log into the application through the link below. Please feel free to provide an account to anyone who needs to use the Internet. The fact that someone has been admitted into the library demonstrates eligibility. We will announce the availability of guest accounts in the library, on our web site, etc. after we have tested the application and based on our experience, decided how to systematically dispense the accounts as a service. Please keep in mind that this is a test version of the application, so you may encounter bugs that you should report through the comments/suggestions form on the library's web site.