Friday, December 19, 2008
Thanks to the assistance of Aisha, Louise and the web master, Rasun, the new suject guide, "Biology and Envioronmental Studies," is now published on our web site for future student use.
Please refer our readers to the guide as you feel appropriate.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Yale Open Courses just released several new courses from the spring 2008 semester. One of the courses that might interest our students is Robert Shiller, author of Irrational Exuberance and The New Financial Order: Risk in the Twenty-First Century, teaching Financial Markets (ECO 252). Carl Icahn and Stephen Schwartzman are guest lecturers and Lawrence Summers lectures in two class sessions on “Learning from and Responding to the Financial Crisis.”
All courses are free and include video and audio clips of each lecture as well as the syllabus and class transcripts.
If you don't know Shiller, you can read a profile of him and his work in the December issue of the IMF's magazine, Finance and Development.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Recent student queries at the desk have included requests for inflation index data for
Collins Dictionary of Business defines a Central Bank as “a country's leading bank generally responsible for overseeing the banking system, acting as a ‘clearing’ banker for the commercial banks and for implementing monetary policy”. In addition, many central banks are responsible for handling the government's budgetary accounts and for managing the country's external monetary affairs, in particular the exchange rate.
Examples of central banks include the
Their websites often provide access to data related to their country’s currency, rate of exchange, price data, discount rates, and balances of payment. A comprehensive list of central bank websites can be found at the Bank for International Settlements Central Banks Listing
It should be noted that there is no standardization of what is reported directly by central banks.
Many countries also release economics statistics through a central agency. For example, the Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications provides a comprehensive selection of time series, including CPI.
Obviously, names of agencies and their URL’s are not intuitive. I have found the best way to search for them is to type the name of the statistic you are looking for, as well as the country suffix in the source parameter in Google. For example, entering CONSUMER PRICE INDEX: .AU returns the Australian Bureau of Statistics in search results.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) acts as a central bank for central banks. It was established in 1930 to manage the reparation payments imposed on
The BIS produces a comprehensive time series of exchange rates, as well as banking, debt, payment, and balance of payments statistics through their statistics page The BIS is also a sponsor of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) initiative, the goal of which is to develop a standard set of metadata for the transmission of global statistical data. Central banks, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, World Bank and the UN are also actively involved in the SDMX.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was founded in 1944 to oversee the international monetary system post-WWII and has continuously worked to ensure global economic stability through oil crises, and now the current global recession. It is now an organization of 185 member countries and engages in economic surveillance, technical assistance, and lending to countries which cannot find affordable financing. “The IMF publishes a range of time series data on lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. Manuals, guides, and other material on statistical practices at the IMF, in member countries, and of the statistical community at large are also available.”
The United Nations is a good source for national accounts and trade time series statistics. The UN database portal contains listings of economic data.
The World Bank was established in 1944 to manage the financing of post-war reconstruction. It has evolved to having the primary mission of working with developing countries to reduce poverty. Noteworthy statistics available on the WB website include world development indicators, such as debt of the 135 low and middle income countries, and GDP.
Other statistics such as poverty levels, education, etc. must be ordered.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
You can read more about the SEC rules at the SEC Website. A good article that provides backgound on the EMMA depository appeared in The Bond Buyer on December 7th under the title "SEC OKs EMMA as NRMSIR." The Bond Buyer is available through Factiva and LexisNexis.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
From this point forward, they will continue to produce annual 65k+ numbers every year, and they will also release 20k+ numbers each year by adding the latest year and dropping the oldest one (so next year, they will release annual 65k+ numbers for 2008 and 3 year 20k+ estimates for 2006-2008).
All of the American Community Survey datasets are available through the American Factfinder.
The Census Bureau is also in the midst of preparations for the next decennial census, which is the 100% count of the population for all geographic areas. The questionnaires will be sent out on April 1, 2010.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Having read it, you probably already know that Project Vote Smart is a great source for district information. It allows you to search by zipcode to see who your Senator and Assemblyperson is (and of course their district numbers).
However, if your zipcode happens to fall within two districts and you need to see a map showing the actual district boundaries, like I did, there is a handy little print publication behind the desk called They Represent You put out by the League of Women Voters you should know about.
It fits in the palm of your hand and contains legible and easy-to-understand district maps, as opposed to many of those available out on the web which I found to be either too small or too clunky to be of much use. The citation for it is included on the handout.
Thanks to Prof. Ellis and Prof. Yaremchuk for pointing it out on the shelf.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Points of View Reference Center is a direct competitor to the Gale product Opposing Viewpoints.
The trial runs until the end of December, so please take some time and try them out and let me know what you think of them.
I am especially interested in seeing what the feeling is between Opposing Viewpoints vs Points of View Reference Center since this would be a change from a product that is used quite a bit by our students.
Title comparison and product descriptions are available were sent via email or please email me to request them.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
B58) and the Cornell site (Basic Legal Citation). I was not able to find how to cite an indictment in either of these sources. Perhaps indictments are included under court documents or another term? Thanks.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The version on YouTube is a little fuzzy but you can find the original at the Robeson Library website where it comes with a quiz and a transcript of the text.
You can search by search by company name or description or you can choose to browse by country, industry sector, or category. Because the directory includes trade missions, consulates, cultural organizations and chambers of commerce, if you want your results list to focus on companies, use the category “Foreign Companies in NYC”.
I brought this to Michael Waldman's attention and he is working on the resolution of the problems.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
If students need industry ratios the two best sources are the RMA Annual Statement Studies and Dun and Bradstreet's Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios (both in the reference collection). Students will need to know the industry NAICS codes to use RMA and the SIC code for D&B.
Factiva and Mergent Online are good sources for company ratios. EDGAR Online I-Metrix probably has the most complete list as they provide ratios computed on an annual, quarterly, and trailing 12 month basis. Their data goes back ten years and can be exported to excel. To find the data, choose a company first, then click on "Ratios" under "Financials" in the left column.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Compass is a pre-algebra math class in which all homework is done on line. The message received on the computer was that a newer version of Adobe Flash needed to be installed and that required administrative rights. When I called systems help, it was suggested that perhaps she would be successful in the 6th floor lab. So I directed her there. I learned from the help desk that one computer could not be upgraded; that all would need to be done. I don't know if the student was successful on the 6th floor as my desk shift ended.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Also of possible interest to students might be the book, "Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: The Challenge of Piracy," also added to the database. The NYT had an article this morning about the recent occurrence of largest ship ever hijacked--a full oil tanker.
For a good background report on this issue, read the Congressional Research Service report of July 2008.
This article from the New York Times on "Gramm and the 'Enron Loophole'" discusses the role of former Senator Phil Gramm in the passage of the bill and points to additional sources including the Enron Explorer, a website that puts Enron e-mail in a searchable format.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I learned that these databases do not provide these proceedings for a number of reasons..in general they are decided in Family Court or Domestic Relations Courts, and the decisions are not available in the databases. Although I didn't check all 50 states and the District of Columbia, I learned that New York State Consolidated Laws on Domestic Relations states that divorce/dissolution of marriage rulings/decisions are to be kept private and only the court and the parties have access to the information. And, such records are to be private for 100 years. I am sure that there are many policy reasons for these decisions..the financial information and relationship/behavior of the parties, and minor children whose lives could be impacted.
However, sometimes one of the parties appeals the decision to a higher court, and these rulings are available. I tried in Westlaw Campus, "dissolution of marriage," and "child support", and limited my cases to state court in New York. There were 15 cases in the last 3 year.
There are many law review journal articles that are written on this topic but the student didn't specify what s/he was trying to locate.
I think the easiest way to find this information is to suggest that the student search the more recent 10K filing, or 20F (foreign company trading in the U.S) and search for the word inventory. Of our databases, Thomson Research and Edgar Online I-Metrix might be the easiest for a keyword search. There are two methods for accounting for the cost of inventory, first in , first out, or last in, first out. (Other words to search for, or for their abbreviations, FIFO and LIFO.)
here is an excerpt of the information from Barnes & Noble's 2007 10k:
(under Merchandise Inventories)
Merchandise inventories are stated at the lower of cost
or market. Cost is determined primarily by the retail
inventory method on the first-in, first-out (FIFO)
basis for 99% and 96% of the Company’s merchandise
inventories as of February 2, 2008 and February 3, 2007,
respectively. The remaining merchandise inventories
are recorded based on the average cost method.
Market is determined based on the estimated net realizable
value, which is generally the selling price. Reserves
for non-returnable inventory are based on the Company’s
history of liquidating non-returnable inventory.
The Company also estimates and accrues shortage for
the period between the last physical count of inventory
and the balance sheet date. Shortage rates are estimated
and accrued based on historical rates and can be affected
by changes in merchandise mix and changes in actual
I hope that this is helpful.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The 2003 article by Heckenberger et al about the discoveries can be found in Science.
With this in mind, you may be interested in checking out SourceWatch.org, a web site that tries to keep track, as they put it, of "the names behind the news." One interesting section of their site is the page on "Front Groups," which include the Greening Earth Society, the "grassroots" group committed to understanding climate change that also happened to be underwritten by the Western Fuels Association (many of us have brought up that group's web site when teaching in classrooms about evaluation of web sources).
Ryan Phillips comes to us from Booz & Company, a business consulting firm where he worked as Senior Consultant and Research Analyst. Ryan has an MLS from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He has an undergraduate degree in Marketing. You can contact Ryan at ext. 1621.
Jean Yaremchuk is a recent graduate of the Palmer School of Library Science, Long Island University. She has an MBA from NYU and an undergraduate degree in sociology. Most recently she worked as a Senior Business Advisor at ThomsonReuters. Her area of expertise is financial data management. You can reach Jean at ext. 1614.
Linda Eichler comes to us from the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a business reference librarian. She is one of the creators of their business knowledge base, the Business FAQ. Linda will be working with us as an adjunct Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons this semester.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I am trying to get a copy of the missing pages. The students will be working on their assignment regarding audit failures in a couple of weeks.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A better source is the Corporate Affiliations database. Use their advanced search page. When you search by job title they actually pull all jobs together with a "value" or number regardless of the the title used. This means that when you put in the value for Investor relations you will be searching for all the investor relations personnel regardless of whether they are VP's, managers, directors, etc. You can limit your results to public or private companies and parent or subsidiaries. Results can be downloaded into Excel. You can save either the company list or the "people" list. The people list includes name, title, company name, address, phone & fax, company URL and corporate e-mail address as well as a sales figure and the number of employees in the company.
Like a century ago, financing the library involves public and private funds.
While researching about the Carnegie Library program, I learned that it was a public-private partnership. The Carnegie Foundation contributed $30,000 (a formula of $2 each for the population of 15,000, and the town had to agree to contribute, also based on its population. There were 101 Carnegie libraries built in Iowa. (This information isn't in the article. I found it in books in our collection.)
If you want to attend Friday's free LACUNY-NYPL Greening Libraries Greener Communities at the Bronx Library Center, you can still register. It is the first green public building in New York City.
We realize that our exchange of comments on the blog on Monday and Tuesday might have left you puzzled. So, after further discussion, and better thinking because of a cooler office (thanks to the new fan), we would like to offer the following:
If there is a computer related problem in a classroom, please call the systems office (1640) for immediate help, or submit a library Helpdesk request to systems if it is something that can wait until the class is complete. (Note from Rita: I forgot to do this. I have apologized to Saad and the systems staff for my oversight, especially after posting to the blog about problems. It's lame but I don't think well a lot of times, but especially not when I'm hot.)
Please also blog about the problem so that others, who will be using the classroom, will know of the problem. (Include that you have alerted systems to the problem.)
The number on the computers to report to systems is the four digits number found on the side of the CPU on embossed label next to CUNY barcode. First digit indicates floor.
The two digit numbers on the computer monitors in Rm 135 are not systems’ numbers, they were probably added by the summer camp instructor. They will be removed.
The port for the computer that was not logging in is being reset by BCTC.
Saad and Rita
I know it's a bit awkward as the instructor to get down on your hands and knees to do this, but it does work.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Ethnic Newswatch for feature stories about Iranian Jews who have resettled in the U.S.
Many came after the Shah of Iran was overthrown; there are large communities in New York, including Great Neck, and Los Angeles (80,000 live in L.A.)
Factiva and the New York Times for features and news articles.
There are several memoirs that have been written that have been reviewed in the NYT and in Factiva. These include Wedding Song by Goldin and Journey from the Land of No, by Roya Hakakian. Other CUNY schools have the two titles.
I didn't locate much in the sociological or anthro databases that we have, or in SSRN. I tried WorldCat and found several books that included information about the resettlement of Iranian Jews. The student received the information. If anyone has other suggestions, please share them.
"Today, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs launched the Audiovisual Library of International Law. This website has three main parts:
The Historic Archives present documents, photos, and digital film
footage relating to the UN role in the development of international
The Lecture Series contains lectures by leading scholars on topics in
international law, and includes a bibliography of related materials;
The Research Library provides links to other web-based research
resources in international law, including other UN sources, national
treaty series, and selected scholarly articles provided by HeinOnline
(?still in pilot/beta).
The Audiovisual Library aims to provide free, scholarly resources to students and practictioners around the world, particularly in regions where there are few resources for the study of international law."
(Regarding HeinOnline, I had a request earlier this year by a faculty member for articles he had found on HeinOnLine, a fee based service. We had access already to many of the articles through our databases; two others were obtained via ILL. I realize that may not be the case for many users of the UN audiovisual library.)
Both guides have a lot of screen shots to helps students become familiar with the databases.
I did class related lectures for Prof. Lale Guler's Acc 3000 classes last week. They are doing the "gift card" assignment similar to last year's assignment. (This topic has been covered much more in the accounting literature in trade publications such those available on ABI Inform Global and Business Source Premier, which may be an easier way to start than the official FASB literature. The students know that the terms "gift cards" do not appear in the FASB literature.)
It is a team project, due Dec. 8, for Prof. Guler's class.
Some things to note:
I didn't order new FARS CDs this year as the information is available online through subscription databases. So, students should not be referred to the FARS disks as they are not current.
The format of CCH Accounting Manager and RIA Checkpoint remain basically the same.
Some revisions are:
RIA Checkpoint has added "Advance" to the FASB information new this year. So Advance FASB Original Pronouncements means pronouncements issued in 2008.
RIA Checkpoint has added a "text" feature for the options given with print, download, email. The Text feature allows you to highlight and then copy, print, or email, the selected text.
The handy U.S. Master GAAP Guide, is no longer available on Lexis-Nexis Academic. To research it, go to CCH Business & Finance, click Securities tab, scroll down to Accountant's Module, and it is listed in the resources. (We also have print copies. The print copies refer to levels of the GAAP hierarchy.)
The tax resources guide was updated from last year's guide. I did workshops for Prof. Korman's graduate class. They will have an assignment relating to capital gains. Next week I will do a lecture for Prof. Egan's graduate class. I think their assignment is going to be relating to whether a drama history professor is operating a trade/business or only a hobby when she is audited for her expenses relating to her play writing. (The factual situation is she has more expenses than income, and has had for several years.)
I think these assignments are good examples of requiring analyzing information resources.
Please let me know if you have any questions. The students have been told that if they need help from me that they are to call or email me ahead of time for appointments. They have also been told that help is available at the reference desk.
This is a nonpartisan, nonprofit site maintained by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. They have been around since 1994 and covered their first campaign in 2004. They monitor ads, speeches, debates and news stories.
This web site is sponsored by Congressional Quarterly and the St. Petersburg Times (Florida). Features a "Truth-o-Meter."
New this year is a blog by Michael Dobbs from the Washington Post that reports on news from other fact checking sites and tips from readers.
Several of the major network news web sites also have fact checking sites:
Monday, October 27, 2008
computers 1148A and 1216B. The student using 1158 said it was running very slow.
The graduate students were in a first semester tax class. Although this situation did not occur for workshops given Sunday to class members, of 20 attendees Monday night, only four knew their Baruch user name and password prior to the workshop. Some knew it had been sent to them, but they didn't have it and didn't know where to get the information. They had used Blackboard. I believe that many students attending the workshop tonight are working during the day but the lack of knowing their use name and password indicated their lack of use of library resources.
Computer problem in Room 135 during workshop and question about access to RefWorks on the classroom computers
The graduate tax students, who will have a paper to research and write for their course, were interested in RefWorks, which I was able to demonstrate very briefly and with some trouble. Most, but not all the students, were unable to view the RefWorks screen where they can log on for the first time and create their own accounts. The screen did not indicate it was RefWorks for CUNY-Baruch College. This did appear on some of the classroom computers. When I first used the instructor's computer,via Firefox I was able to log on, but RefWorks went directly to my list of references, so I was unable to demonstrate how to create a folder, the tutorials, etc.
If there is a solution, I told the students I would email them. They were very happy to see that this database is available for their use. They thought it would save a lot of time.
Friday, October 24, 2008
In addition, on 15 November, this application will be unavailable due to scheduled system enhancements including the addition of new functionality. Exact timing will be communicated soon.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
LC subject headings include:
Major League Baseball (Organization)
Baseball--Economic Aspects--United States
You might be surprised to see that Brookings has published several titles on this topic. We have their books: May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, and Sports, Jobs, and Taxes : the Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums.
In addition there is a business database devoted to the sports industry available at SIBL. It is the Sports Business Research Network. It includes statistical market research data for 63 sports, 85 product categories, plus full-text articles and reports in more than 10 leading trade publications covering U.S. and international sports marketing and sporting goods business.
Great service. I use it all the time. It is convienent and available. thank you for providing it. Baruch students are blessed.Since we started using QuestionPoint for our chat and email service, we've received nearly 600 surveys from our patrons. If you are viewing this blog post on the web and not in your email, you can see here a summary of how our patrons have responded to the survey questions:
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Friday, October 17, 2008
- Taking a 10 question quiz on the electoral college that is available on Blackboard. Students will login in to a special Red States Blue States group where they can access the full contest rules (available now) and the quiz (available starting Oct 22nd).
- Using the interactive map on page 7 of the exhibit to make their prediction of how they think the election will turn out. Students will then print out their map (it need not be in color), write their name, email, and phone number on it, and will submit it in a ballot box that we'll keep at the reference desk.
The ballot box will only be available when the reference desk is open, from the 22nd to the 31st. At the end of the night, whoever is working will need to take the box and place it in the reference office so that it is locked up for the night. The map-ballots will be removed and date stamped the next morning, and the empty box will be returned to the desk by 9am. The person working the first morning shift need not do anything - the ballots and box will be taken care of. We'll have to make special provisions for the weekend - stay posted for details.
An announcement and flier about the contest with the basic rules is available on the news portion of the library's website. The contest is open to Baruch undergraduate and graduate students (with the exception of library employees) who are currently enrolled and working towards a degree, but anyone can login to Blackboard and join the Red States Blue States group (if you were interested in seeing the complete rules). If students have any questions, you can refer them to the flier and blackboard.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them here.
So if you find a Gale Virtual Reference title on CUNY+ and the link does not take you there, please go to the database via the database page and find the book that way.
We are not sure why this is happening but it is being investigated.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Recent amendments to Americans with Disabilities Act expand protections to many more and redefines the laws relating to disabilities
These amendments had the support of groups advocating for the disabled, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and others, according to some news articles I located in Factiva. The amendments help reach the original intent of the Act.
Sometimes students come to the reference desk looking for human resources issues. This might be one to suggest as an Oct. 6 issue of Business Insurance quotes an employment law expert as saying, "I thought this was a big deal," said Gerald L. Maatman Jr., a partner in the Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P. "The amendments necessitate that employers will have to go back to the drawing board on job descriptions and protocols to provide reasonable accommodation decisions. The burdens will be significant but well worth the effort in terms of proactive steps to avoid future litigation," he said.
There will probably be much more information about these amendments in publications in the coming months.
FASB157, called the Fair Value accounting rule, requires companies to value their assets based on market prices. But what happens when there is no market because the credit markets are frozen? Here is how the SEC, FASB, and others are addressing the problem.
On September 30th the SEC offered clarification of the rules that addressed how to determine fair value when there is no active market for a security.
FASB issued a Staff Position Paper that addressed “Determining the Fair Value of a Financial Asset When the Market for That Asset Is Not Active.”
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act included a provision that the SEC, along with the Fed and the Treasury, study the impact of mark-to-market accounting on banks. Details are in the SEC press release.
A panel of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) produced a report on “Measuring and disclosing the fair value of financial instruments in markets that are no longer active.”
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
U.S. Census E-Stats Reports
Their E-Commerce Multi-Sector Report breaks out the value of e-commerce sales for industry sectors based on 3 or 4 digit NAICS codes. The data tables cover sectors in wholesale trade, retail trade, selected service industries and various types of electronic shopping and mail order houses (NAICS 4541). This is an annual report that has been published since 1999.
This publisher is an aggregator of market research reports on all aspects of e-business and online marketing. You can browse all the reports on their website but you will find that although some articles are free, all the market surveys must be purchased. SIBL subscribes to the e-Marketer database.
This website offers data and many articles of the “Top 50” type on various aspects of e-commerce including advertising, demographics, B2B, and retailing. The scope is global so you can find country focused reports here.
IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
These reports of about 15 pages come out twice a year and focus on measuring advertising revenue from various internet advertising outlets. The reports do contain data on internet ad revenues for nine major industry categories. These are broadly defined industries including retail, financial services, entertainment and consumer packaged goods.
Students should also search business news databases. Tablebase uses the concept terms "e-commerce" and "electronic commerce" which can be combined with either industry or product categories. Factiva has industry codes for e-commerce, e-business (B2B), and etailing (B2C).
Julie Strange, the administrator of the statewide chat service in Maryland, AskUsNow!, has a nice chart detailing when to use each of the codes (PDF). (Please note that I'd recommend you never use the "Followup by Me" resolution code.)
Make sure that when you select a resolution code and click the "Add" button, you pause for about 5 seconds to ensure that the code is actually appended to the chat transcript. If you click "Add" and then rush to close the chat session, your code will not get assigned to the transcript, leaving it adrift somewhat in the system.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Industry coverage varies by region. Only three industry sectors: banking, wireless telecom and oil and gas, are provided for Latin America. Two industries, computer hardware and consumer electronics are unique to Asia and the aerospace and defense industry is unique to Europe. Reports are available for 23 industries in both Europe and Asia. These industries are advertising, airlines, autos and auto parts, banking, biotechnology, boradcasting and cable, chemicals, construction and engineering, electric utilities, foods and nonalcoholic beverages, healthcare-pharmaceuticals and products and supplies, industrial machinery, insurance- life & health and property/casualty, publishing, real estate, retailing-specialty, supermarkets and drugstores, telecommunications-wireless and transportation.
You will find the Global Industry Surveys under the "Industry" tab.
For an overview of the credit crunch, type CCRU-GO. This page includes the short selling restricted list at SSR-GO. Credit defaults are at CXE-GO.
Use EXPO-GO for a list of companies exposed to short term rollover and interest rate risk. The top corporate bond issuers and the top government entities are ranked based on the value of their debt maturing in the next 30 days.
Students needing definitions of the many new structured products will find them at SND-GO.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Why would you want to use CreditWeek? CreditWeek covers credit market trends in-depth. These articles focus on specific credit instruments, the credit situation in specific countries or, a favorite of corporate librarians, an analysis of credit quality in an industry sector. Look at their analysis of the oil and gas industry in the August 27th issue. Often there are special issues like the recent ones devoted to the Housing Markets (September 24th) and Resurgent Russia (September 17th). Each issue includes the “Credit Spotlight,” short articles on recent rating actions, and the last piece in most issues is the “Featured Analysis,” an in-depth examination of the credit quality of a corporate issuer like Chrysler (September 17th) or a sovereign issuer like Brazil (October 8th).
Although each issue opens with a detailed table of contents, there is no index to the issues and the NetAdvantage “search” does not return results from CreditWeek. One work around is to use the Standard and Poor’s website which includes a browsable list of every issue from January 2006.
Here's what we looked at or considered as possibilities before ruling them out:
- Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage: Offers descriptions of the corporate bonds but no details on who owns them.
- Bloomberg: Doesn't have the specific info needed although it does offer some details on the bonds themselves.
- WRDS: There is a data set in WRDS called FISD (Fixed Income Securities Database) that we don't subscribe to and that isn't likely to have the specific info needed.
- Mergent Online: Also offers specific details on different bonds issued by corporations but not who owns them or in what percentages.
FYI: I found the Business FAQ from the Lippincott Library at U Penn to be a nice starting point in thinking about possible sources of info.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
The standard source for profiles of Japanese companies is the Japan Company Handbook. This title is now available through LexisNexis Academic. The easiest way to search is to access the handbook through our journal finder tool. If you go to LexisNexis directly, choose the handbook from the list of sources in the General Search.
If the foreign company is a large multinational, profiles could be available in Euromonitor GMID or Business Monitor.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Print and copy selections from a full-text eContent item. You are allowed to print one page at a time using your Web browser's print function or the print function on the Adobe Acrobat toolbar. Printing the entire eContent item violates copyright laws and precautions are taken to protect those copyright laws. If a suspicious usage pattern indicates excessive printing or copying, the activity is logged and you are sent a copyright warning message.Am I mistaken about NetLibrary's past printing policy being 5 pages? Is 5 pages the rule for one of the other ebook services (Books 24x7 or ebrary?)
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
She was using Guide Star, but to get all the info she needed she needs access to the premium edition (which I presume isn't cheap). She is also using a site called Charity Navigator, and said it has a lot of the info she needs, but not budget info.
I suggested that finding a single source that has the list of everything she needs is probably unlikely, and that she would have to compile data from several sources. Which ones?
I searched through this blog and found references to previous posts about this topic which suggest looking at the IRS 990 forms, and I gave her the link to those posts. I'm guessing that even if the NGO is international, they still have to file this form if they have an office in the US.
I looked in our business directories but there was no way to filter for non-profits. I had a hard time searching the encyclopedia of associations, and even if I was searching it correctly I don't think it has the info she needs. I tried some public websites, like idealist.org, but they don't go far beyond the basics of name, address, etc.
Then I searched CUNY+ and found this at BMCC:
Encyclopedia of associations. International organizations : a guide to more than 22,000 international nonprofit membership organizations including multinational and binational groups, and national organizations based outside the United States, concerned with all subjects or areas of activity.
It's a paper copy and is from 2002, which is rather dated for something like this. But NYPL Research has an electronic version which is updated. I am going to contact the student to let her know about this, but does anyone have any additional suggestions?
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The book has examples of business plans from a wide variety of libraries. The CD that accompanies the book has templates, worksheets, and samples, so that one can easily adapt the basics of existing plans to one's own library.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
This handbook provides excerpts from key texts on evolution. It covers the period before Darwin, from Darwin and his contemporaries, the period of the Scopes trial and opposition to evolution, and includes the current debate on intelligent design.
International Accounting and Reporting Issues (REF HF5686 .I56 I5497 2008)
This annual review, reporting on the proceedings of the ISAR, focuses on two issues: the practical implementation of IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and guidance on corporate responsibility disclosures in annual reports. IFRS issues are covered in case studies of Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey and the governance chapters include a case study of China.
International Encyclopedia of Adolescence (REF HQ796 .A7258 2007, 2 vols.)
This is the first encyclopedia to cover adolescence, broadly defined as ages 10 through 25, throughout the world. Essays, arranged by country, outline the period of adolescence and then cover beliefs, gender, the self, family relationships, friends and peers, love and sexuality, health risk behavior, education, work, media, and politics and military. All essays include a lengthy scholarly bibliography.
Manufacturing & Distribution USA (REF HD9724 .M332 2009)
This is a convenient compilation of data for U.S. manufacturing sectors (defined by NAICS). For each industry there is a list of leading companies (private and public) and data from the Economic Census such as materials consumed, value of product shipments, and industry concentration by state. The number of establishments and total employment in each industry are given in a table that covers twenty years.
Vital Statistics on Congress (REF JK1041 .V58 2008)
The Brookings Institution compiles this handbook of historical data on members of congress, elections, campaign finance, committees, congressional staff, workload, budgeting and voting alignments. They also document election-based trends. Most tables start with the post WWII Congress in 1946.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I learned that there are a lot of facts and issued involved with these cases, including whether the internships are required as part of a course of study, whether the programs are administered by the college/university or are through a private company offering paid employment, what "away from home" means, what being engaged in a "trade or business" means, and that "internships" and "temporary employment" situations differ in their treatment.
I didn't find any case that matched his fact situation, but I found two cases in which students were not successful in deducting expenses for travel to summer jobs:
These can be found at CCH Annotations 2008 Fed 8570.1252
What Is "Away from Home"?: Summertime employment of student
A law student who resided with her husband in Boston and attended law school there was not entitled to deduct the cost of staying in New York while employed at a ten-week summer job. The student's tax home was the city at which she was employed during the summer. (She had been unable to find a summer job in Boston and came to New York for the 10 week summer job.)
S. Hantzis, CA-1, 81-1 USTC ¶9144, 638 F2d 248.
Expenses incurred by an Iowa college student during his summer vacation in traveling to a job in Alaska and living at the job location were not deductible even though the job was temporary. The taxpayer did not travel to the out of state job because of the employer's business needs or interest. (The college student had traveled to Alaska for the construction job and had been told that the company wouldn't pay for his expenses before he went to Alaska.)
P.F. Janss, CA-8, 58-2 USTC ¶9873, 260 F2d 99.
- learning commons
- research consultations
- outreach reference services (i.e., setting up shop elsewhere on campus)
- reference in courseware
- using social network software for reference
- roving reference
- wikis and collaborative reference
- gaming and reference services
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It's available as a click-able web map, a poster sized pdf file (takes awhile to download, but has the most detail), and as image files that are suitable as wallpaper for computer screens. The "Buy Now" button is only for ordering a printed poster copy. The electronic versions are free.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Chain Store Age’s “Top 100 Retailers” appears in their August issue and is available through Business Source Premier and ABI. The best search strategy is to search for the word “top” in the title. Subject headings for “Rankings” and “Ratings and Rankings” bring up inconsistent results. Students might also want to read their ranking of “High Performance Retailers” which is published in November.
Stores magazine is not available full text in any of our databases although it is indexed in Business Source. The Stores website offers all their “Top 100 Lists” in PDF for free. Their report on the “Top 100 Retailers” from the July issue also breaks out the top stores in these categories: apparel, department stores, entertainment retailers, large-format retailers, small-format retailers, supermarkets, office supply stores, non-store retailers, home improvement retailers and restaurants. Stores also publishes rankings for the “Hot 100 Retailers” which measures store growth not size, the “Favorite 50” which is a list of top consumer rated e-commerce sites, and the “Top 250 Global Retailers."
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The library user suggested a sign immediately in front of the vendor card printer slot saying:
Use only a card that looks like this (image of current copy card.)
Earlier this week a student tried using his student id card in the vendor printer machine, and it got stuck, which I heard happens about once a week. I think the student tonight has a good suggestion about a needed sign. Perhaps we could add that such cards are available for purchase in Room 309.
THE MERGING OF MARKETING AND SPORTS: A CASE STUDY. By: Marber, Allen; Wellen, Paul; Posluszny, Susan. Marketing Management Journal, Spring2005, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p162-171, 10p.
The New York Yankees are a perfect example of the merging of marketing and professional sports. But why are the Yankees such a financial and secular success? Why does this team generate more revenue from ticket sales, merchandising, advertising and other sources than any other American sports franchise? Indeed, the Yankees, whether wittingly or unwittingly, appear to be a perfect example of effective marketing management. This paper examines how the Yankees, and their principal owner George Steinbrenner, utilized the 4Ps and, as a result, developed a highly successful global marketing program.
Gaming the Tax Code: Public Subsidies, Private Profits and Big League Sports in New York City.
Some news stories have begun to appear about the testimonies that are being given.
I looked at one of the prepared statements and there was some interesting information about ticket prices for the new stadium. (It is provided in the framework of if the public is subsidizing the construction then should prices be lower.) Some of the information being provided by those testifying is from previously private information.
I thought it might be of some interest to those students who have the marketing assignment related to the Yankees. It might serve as an example that information can be found in different types of documents and statements.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This is merely a starting point but possibly a helpful one. The search can be refined with "baseball" or "stadium" or other words or market or business oriented databases.
The student is currently employed as a physician's assistant at a NYC hospital.
Although the statistics are from 1998, the NYC Independent Budget Office produced some reports about attendees of games when NYC aid for construction of the new stadium was being considered. This report and others about the Yankees can be found at the IBO's web site and then search "Yankees."
HispanicBusiness had an article in July 2008 regarding the importance of Hispanic fans to baseball, which includes some information about the NY Yankees.
Hearing from Yankees fans, might also be possible through blogs. The economics of Yankees tickets, has some interesting comments, including that regular Joes have been priced out of the stadium, including many residents of the Bronx. Other comments include that regular families can only afford to attend one game a year.
I found some articles searching Factiva about how the Yankees led in attendance.
If anyone has any other ideas, please contribute.