Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I said I believed she had been misinformed, and showed her the Subotnick site that limits enrollment to Baruch students, faculty and staff.
She was also under the impression that if she went to www.Bloomberg, that was the same as searching Bloomberg. I explained that they were different, and that the Bloomberg terminals were a separate entity.
I don't know if anything can be done about the misinformation that she said she was given. But at least tomorrow she will not come a long way with an expectation of attending the workshop.
Several weeks ago a student had a similiar inquiry and I saw him later and he said that the professor for whom he is a graduate assistant was able to arrange for something.
On WSJ.com, there is a student discounted offer for 15 weeks.
If you know of anything else, please post to the blog.
Security Management Practices (SMP) is an expert resource on the Web for learning about how to confront and manage organizational risk, plan for disruptions, deploy network security appliances, employ biometric technologies, safeguard intellectual property, establish security best practices, protect and train students, staff and much more.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.
If you come across any records that end up with the "Document unavailable" message, please feel free to send them to me so I can check on them when the new file is uploaded.
Thank you for your patience.
At this point, if the students haven't looked at the tutorials and help on Blackboard, I am telling them that I will help them after they have looked at this material. Their assignment makes it clear that these materials are to be consulted by them.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Two will be kept at the reference desk and used in the reference desk computers.
The other is available in reserve for one day loan.
I will check with Saad to make certain that the CD works on the reference desk computers. (Administrative rights are needed for the initial installation.)
The same literature that may be searched on the FARS CD (current as of Sept. 1, 2007) may be searched on CCH Accounting Research Manager and RIA Checkpoint-Accting, Auditing & Corporate Finance. The CCH and RIA databases are update daily.
1. CUNY has a site license with ESRI, the makers of ArcGIS. You can put in an IT Help Desk ticket and request to have ArcGIS installed on your machine. You can then sign-up for one of the free online courses to learn how to use it. I would suggest the The 15-Minute Map: Creating a Basic Map in ArcMap, if you just want to get your feet wet.
2. If you're not up to getting the full ArcGIS, with everything and the kitchen sink, you can try downloading ArcExplorer, which is a free, light-weight data viewer and mapping application made by ESRI. Since this is an application, you will need administrative permissions in order to install it at work. You could try it at home if you have a Windows operating system.
3. If you're a Mac or Linux user (or a Windows user who wants to try a non-ESRI product), you can try Quantum GIS (or QGIS for short). It is a free, open source, and relatively simple GIS program. You can work with many of the same datasets (shapefiles, imagery, etc) that you can use in ArcGIS.
Check out the GIS Subject Guide for places to download data to use with these GIS programs.
Monday, October 29, 2007
This comes in handy when a student asks: "I'm looking for case studies about how companies handle the training and development of their employees," but the student doesn't have a particular company they want to focus on.
Rather than just searching "training and development" by subject and wading through lots of theoretical articles about training and development, you can find articles about cases of actual training and development occuring in real companies.
Use ABI's classification codes to do this. The codes are toward the bottom of the search screen. To browse these codes, click on the hyperlink that says "Classification Codes." Next, drill-down to the section called "Document Treatment."
Here you can pick the classification code "Company Specific" (9110), as well as a number of other codes to help you get as specifically unspecific as your heart desires.
In any case, thanks to Donna for pointing this out.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Printing guest log ins from the left computer, or anything else, is not working.
The problems have been fixed. Rita
- Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age (book)
- None of Your Business: Privacy in the Information Age (podcast)
- Learning to think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum (book and podcast)
- Who Goes There?: Athentication Through the Lens of Privacy (book only)
Some books have a price, but don't worry, you can also read them for free. (Either look for the icon in the shape of an eye that says "Read Free Online", or click on the book title and scroll down the record until you see the "Read" section and click on "Fulltext" to access by chapter.)
The site also includes the coding to include the book on your site (just cut and paste the code). This is great for instructors that want to imbed the book on a site. Just find the book image that says "Display this book on your site".
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have discovered that the 2007 FARS CD has not yet arrived (it was released later than usual) so I would encourage you to suggest to the students to search RIA Checkpoint or CCH Accounting Research Manager. I don't know if the answer to the assignment is so timely that the 2006 FARS CD would not have the most up-to-date information that would be correct, but the RIA Checkpoint and CCH Accounting Research Manager are updated daily.
Prof. Nurnberg put on his Blackboard site the tutorials and handouts that have been developed to help students search this literature. If the students have not yet looked at these handouts before they try to search, please suggest that they do so. (One student told me that she didn't think it mattered what she searched. I learned she had not looked at the handouts, and I encouraged her to do so.)
Prof. Nurnberg encourages the students to consult background information, such as the Miller GAAP Guide. On Lexis-Nexis this is now referred to GAAP Levels A, B, C, D. The easiest way to locate it is to search "GAAP" in Sources, and look for it. Some of the interpretative literature on CCH's Accounting Research Manager is labeled "Miller Interpretations," which I am assuming is based on the Miller GAAP Guide, although I couldn't find anything in the database stating that.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Homeland Reinvestment Act : Section 965
Limitation on Tax Deduction for Executive Compensation over $1M: 162(m)
Comparison of US Current Federal Income Tax System, Flat Tax Proposal and National Sales Tax.
I did a brief presentation of the tax related resources last night. These topics, he said, will be covered more in the secondary resources-journals, policy studies, law review articles, the WSJ, etc. I provided the students with an extensive handout. I also posted it on the shared Numan drive under the IS Division, Instruction, Instructional Materials and the folder Class Assignments.
Steinberg, who is the tax counsel for Lehman Brothers, told the students he thought CCH Tax Research Network was used by practioners more for the primary materials and RIA Checkpoint for the secondary materials and commentary and analysis.
To give you some heads up, the Homeland Reinvestment Act, section 965, was part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, also known as Pub. Law. 108-357. This is a brief explanation of the IRS Code section 965:
As part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-357), Congress provided U.S. multinational corporations with a temporary reduction in the U.S. tax imposed on certain dividends repatriated from their foreign subsidiaries. The stated reason for the tax benefit
was to stimulate the U.S. economy by triggering the repatriation of foreign earnings that would otherwise have remained abroad.
Relating to the executive compensation topic, in general:
For purposes of both the regular tax and alternative minimum tax, a publicly held corporation cannot deduct compensation (remuneration) to a covered employee to the extent the compensation exceeds $1 million per tax year (Reg. §1.162-27 There are some exceptions, explained in the code, cases and commentaries. One of the exceptions includes "golden parachutes." There is a division of opinion on whether this deduction should be increased or decreased, and policy questions in general about the deduction.
For the third, about the present U.S. federal tax system, and alternatives such as a national sales tax or a flat tax, there are many articles and studies on these alternatives. (These alternatives were proposed in a study prepared for President Bush that was done in 2005 by the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.
In the indexing of articles in ABI Inform Global, alternative names for a national sales tax are VAT (value added tax) and consumption tax.
The Congressional Research Reports, available on CCH Tax Research Network, have a number of studies on these topics. Other studies may be found in CIAO, NBER and SSRN. The tax treatises on RIA had information on these topics also. These taxes have been considered in other nations, and some countries have enacted them. The European Union has a VAT tax.
International tax treaties are available through the CCH database.
These topics all have many different stakeholders so there should be a wealth of research available.
Please let me know if you have any questions. The students just received the assignment and they will be working on the papers that are due at the end of the semester.
Click on the Federal Taxation tab, scroll and look in the Tax Legislation section, and the CRS Reports and other studies are listed in the right column. There are 12 pages of reports, arranged by date issued.
Jin wrote about the Congressional Research Reports earlier this year. They can be a valuable research source.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Machine is Us/ing Us
There's a nice little library of videos about the quickening pace of technology and how it is affecting the world on the Moving Forward site.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Please email me to let me know which session you would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 12, 2007
An excellent set of guidelines for students--and possibly faculty--presenting illustrated lectures is now on the web as a short (ten minute video). See Philip Bourne, “Ten Simple Rules for Making Good Oral Presentations.” SciVee. http://www.scivee.tv/node/2903. (Accessed October 11, 2007).
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
The article can be found at:
Unfortunately you can't any course credits!
Current students, faculty, and staff members of the Baruch community can get information about the requirements and procedures for registering for the courses, as well as a list of available courses, from the ESRI Virtual Campus Courses at Baruch page on the library's website. Feel free to refer interested Baruch patrons to this resource.
To take the courses, you would create an ESRI training account on their website and then follow the instructions on the Courses at Baruch page for requesting courses from me: email@example.com. I will email the course codes so you can register through the ESRI training website. To take take the courses, you need access to the ArcGIS software (students can access it from several labs on campus) and media for storing the data files used in the courses.
For more information on GIS at Baruch, and resources for GIS education and data, visit the recently updated Geography and GIS Subject Guide.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
- location and homeland
- major holidays
- rites of passage
- interpersonal relations
- living conditions
- family life
- cultural heritage
- entertainment and recreation
- folk arts, crafts and hobbies
- social problems
- Anglo Australians
- Anglo Indians
- Australian Aborigines
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Unique Content: WARC contains information not available elsewhere. Examples are transcripts and reports from advertising research organization conferences from Europe (ESOMAR - World Association of Opinion and Marketing Research Professionals, formerly European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research) and the
All Subjects Index: Allows employment of drill down technique and is, in many cases, the most effective use of the database. This may be the best search method when looking for broad or conceptual information (like advertising effectiveness or the long or short term effects of advertising, for example).
Classics: WARC will allow you to search for classics or alternatively, will denote on the results page which articles are classics.
Monday, October 01, 2007
When using "Search for a Database by Subjects & Type" on the databases page, you may be directed to a fake Google-looking page (Coooqle) promoting prescription drug Tramadol-- instead of a getting a list of Newman Library databases. I placed a Helpdesk request.
This happened to me during a workshop on Sunday. I assumed it was fixed since it was working fine earlier today, but it is happening again.