This Spotlight is to shine a light on one of our newer databases, Statista.
“As one of the largest statistics portals worldwide, statista.com professionally gathers and compiles data from numerous institutes and sources”, providing “access to over 1 million statistics on 80,000 topics from 18,000 sources”
Statista offers the ability to download their charts in the most widely used formats: PowerPoint, Excel, PNG or PDF. Which means that you can download a chart in PPTX and then modify the contents, or download an image to easily insert into a presentation.
Statista also puts out daily infographics if you are looking for a quick visual to create a discussion point to add to your slides. For example this is today’s (Sept. 25, 2019) infographic:
I like Statista for quick keyword searches for stats, but beyond those, Statista offers more detailed compilations of stats in different formats:
Dossiers are “compilations of the most important statistics and forecasts regarding one specific topic”. Dossiers include compiled statistics on companies, industries and topics, for example find Dossiers about TD Bank, Wine Market in Canada, Hospitals in Canada, and much more.
From Statista: “For various industries, our toplists rank the respective top 100 private and listed companies by revenue. Along with total revenue they – in the form of an Excel table – also provide information about the number of employees, annual net profit and loss, and market capitalization in a 3-year time series. Furthermore, they – in addition to other essential industry KPIs – also include each company’s contact details.” For example, check out Top 500 Companies – Telecommunications
“The Statista Country Reports feature statistics, forecasts, survey results, and analyses in a form that is easy to understand and adopt. They allow regional comparisons than can be used for market research, risk assessment or for the strategy development, planning, and execution of business operations.” Check out Canada and China
“Our analysts and experts create reports on the individual topics, which include the most important key figures ready for direct use. Our reports provide an overview of trends, insights and important players as well as global market comparisons of the key regions of the USA, China and Europe.” Check out Alcoholic Drinks report and the Smart Home Report
Whether you trying to grab a quick statistic to back up some research, or trying to access more detailed information on a topic, Statista is a great one-stop-shop for statistics.
Welcome, and welcome back!
Here we go again… September. Start of term. Some things to get you off on the right foot…
The Library launched a new website. We think it is much easier to navigate, and it works well on all sorts of different devices. We hope you feel the same!
Come visit the library to print, scan, borrow laptops, book study rooms, use our computers, or just say hi!
Starting your research?
OCtopus is the search box that you see on the main page. It searches many places at once, for books, articles, and media, and is a great place to start your research.
The Research & Subject Guides tab has many librarian-created guides to help you find authoritative sources for your research, as well as tips on how to evaluate sources and avoid plagiarism!
Our citation guides can help you figure out the complexities of citing your sources in different formats: APA, MLA, Chicago and more…
Some books about about how to be a successful student:
Exams are upon us, and you’re probably already anticipating the break from school and stress, although holidays can bring on their own type of stress, with parties, gifts, visiting family and friends all becoming competing priorities. You are looking forward to winding down, but did you know: research shows that reading can be a great way to de-stress, while also improving your cognitive abilities and your understanding of other people?
This Wall Street Journal article discusses some of the known benefits of reading and suggests putting aside 30 minutes a day with a good book. We have plenty of books in the library to help you out with that. Check out my suggestions, some of which come from the Financial Times business book awards in the last couple years:
Here are some new titles available in the library, for more summer reading:
Happy reading 🙂
Many summer reading lists come out this time of year– if you’re looking for beach reads, check out Publisher Weekly’s Best Summer Books 2014, CBC’s Ultimate Summer 2014 Reading List, or TED’s Summer Reading List (recommendations from Bill and Melinda Gates and others).
For those of you looking for summer business reading, there are also lists out there for new business books worthy of perusing on a patio, beach or park:
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business: Top 10 Summer Reading List for Business Leaders
Below are links to books that have been in previous JP Morgan summer reading lists– these books are all available at the library to borrow (just don’t drop them in the pool):
And a few summer reads from other reading lists:
And… in case you’re finishing with school, and moving on to the next chapter… a book to help you out with whatever is next:
Happy reading 🙂
Pop into the Kelowna library to check out the display created by Fran Drummond, in time for the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival!
The display includes books and reports about the BC wine industry (including reports by faculty members in the School of Business), books about marketing wine, wine labels and making wine– and many interesting bottles (empty– too bad) collected from around the Okanagan… check out some of the links below for books available at the library about the wine industry:
Happy reading 🙂
We have recently re-subscribed to the Conference Board of Canada e-library. If you are not familiar with CBoC, you might want to take a look at some of their resources if you are interested in education, economic trends, human resources, risk management and trade policy in Canada. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit applied research organization. They publish research on the previous topics mentioned, as well as industry trends, travel and tourism, socioeconomic indicators and taxation.
Recent publications include:
Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation
Learning and Development Outlook 2014: Strong Learning Organizations, Strong Leadership
Overcoming Barriers to Leadership for Young Women
Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food
The Conference Board of Canada is a great place to look for information on the federal budget. You may often find newspaper sources referring to Conference Board reports– come take a look in their e-library to find access and download reports.