Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hoover's changes its search screens and makes other changes

You have probably noticed that Hoover's has updated their search screen and made other changes, summarized in "What's New." Our version of Hoover's doesn't permit most of the options listed in the right column--except one can sign up for their free newsletters. This may be confusing for our users.

A five-minute tutorial explains the basic searching, and the new blue bullets that indicate the depth of the record available on a company.

One nice feature in the SEC filings search is an option to search only for 10-ks.
You can now easily locate Baruch alumni, or other alumni, by searching the school's name in People.

Since Hoover's is now a Dun and Bradstreet company, the new version puts a great emphasis on Dun's numbers and reports that are offered for sale. Since this is a database used in the Basic Business Research workshop, I might suggest giving an explanation of Dun's numbers, in the event it hasn't been included in the past. When I have taught the workshop, I have used the fact that Datamonitor reports can be purchased on Hoover's to alert students that they can access the same reports by searching Business Source Premier.

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