Kresge Library News: January 2010 Archives

January 22, 2010

Access to Governmental Datasets at data.gov

Thanks to the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative, hundreds of datasets from various governmental agencies are now available for free at http://www.data.gov. The release of these datasets marks a significant step towards open access and government transparency. Among the represented agencies are the departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, and Health and Human Services.

The site currently offers three data catalogs. The Raw Data Catalog contains downloadable datasets in XML, CSV, and other machine readable formats. The Tool Catalog links out to agency-specific tools or websites for datamining. The Geodata Catalog includes geospacial datasets with additional Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata. Each of these catalogs has a keyword search function; reports can also be filtered by agency or subject area.

Michigan-specific datasets are also available on the official state website.


January 21, 2010

New Financial Data in Business & Company Resource Center

New types of analysis data are now available through Business & Company Resource Center. A detailed Financials dashboard is available for many companies; this dashboard includes stock information, charting, related companies, and press releases and can be accessed by clicking on the Financials tab on each company's profile page in BCRC. In addition, nearly 500 SWOT analyses can be downloaded from individual company profile pages.

Business & Company Resource Center is available to those affiliated with the Ross Business School and the University of Michigan, as well as Kresge library guests, via the library's A-Z Database Listing. A help guide is available, but please contact a librarian if you have questions about access or use of this database.


January 19, 2010

Enhancements to Plunkett Research Online

Plunkett Research Online has introduced several new features. Users now have the ability to ability to export industry statistics tables directly into Excel for analysis. A new Manufacturing Industry Research Center provides company profiles, statistics, market research, and trend data. In addition, the Archives section now contains all Plunkett books ever published, back to The Almanac of American Employers 1985.

Plunkett Research Online is available to current Ross students, faculty, and staff on the library's A-Z database page.

If you have problems with Plunkett Research Online or any of the library's resources, please contact a librarian or chat with us via the Meebo box on our homepage.


January 17, 2010

New Features for Sports Business Research Network (SBRnet)

Sports Business Research Network (SBRnet) has launched a new homepage, which features easy navigation to all major research sections, sport-by-sport coverage, and an "in the news" section that highlights worldwide happenings in sport business and marketing.

In March 2010, SBRnet will launch a "Research in Focus" section. These reports will appear every two months, and will include in-depth coverage of issues including:


  • Who is the sports fan? An overview of the just-complete Sports Fan Market 2010 report

  • Analysis of online computer and mobile viewing, including league-by-league comparisons

  • Analysis of recent participation trends in sports

  • A Futurist looks at Sports: The Future of Sports: Top Down, Bottom Up or Both?

  • Analysis of purchases of logo sports apparel, including purchasing at sports venues

If you have questions about SBRnet or any library resource, contact us!


January 15, 2010

Updates to SNL Interactive

SNL Interactive has made substantial upgrades to their interface, including an improved search engine and customizable content.

To learn more, check out this guided tour, which includes a very helpful "Where is it now?" feature.

SNL Interactive is available to current Ross and UM students, faculty, and staff on the library's A-Z database page.

If you have problems with SNL or any of the library's resources, please contact a librarian or chat with us via the Meebo box on our homepage.


January 13, 2010

Improvements to Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan has rolled out some exciting improvements to their database.

Improvements in searching:


  • Improved handling of Boolean logic - which means you can use terms like AND, OR, NOT, or NEAR to refine your search

  • Wild card searching using the asterisk

Improvements in search results:


  • Improved relevancy rankings - find more useful materials faster!

  • Brief abstracts displayed on the search results screen.

  • Results can be filtered by industry, geography, or document type

  • A "Search this document" function available on the reports page.


Frost & Sullivan is available to current Ross students, faculty, and staff on the library's A-Z database page.

For assistance downloading full reports from Frost & Sullivan, please contact a librarian or chat with us via the Meebo box on our homepage.


January 11, 2010

International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation

The Law Library now has a subscription to the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation electronic library. IBFD contains full text materials relating to international economic law, treaties, foreign and comparative law, and taxation, among other subjects.

IBFD is available for all UM students, faculty, and staff on the Ann Arbor campus via the Law Library Electronic Resources List, and support documentation is available online.


January 04, 2010

Harvard Business School Videos

A collection of 55 videos from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series is now available in Business Source Complete.

These videos feature lectures from Harvard Business School faculty members, and offer groundbreaking ideas, insightful research, and practical advice on management issues.

Each video contains a table of contents, allowing viewers to jump to a specific topic, and many also provide a transcript in PDF format.

Business Source Complete is available to current Ross students, faculty, staff, and Kresge visitors on the library's A-Z database page.

For more information on accessing these videos, please read the provided documentation, search EBSCO's support site, contact a librarian, or chat with us via the Meebo box on our homepage.