Just in time for (the end) of mid-semester break… some new books at the Library, for your reading pleasure:
“Steven Levy’s new account [of Google], In the Plex, is the most authoritative to date and in many ways the most entertaining.”
—James Gleick, The New York Review of Books
A successful Wall Street trader turned Cambridge neuroscientist reveals the biology of financial boom and bust, showing how risk-taking transforms our body chemistry, driving us to extremes of euphoria or stressed-out depression. — book description
“Kirkpatrick gives the reader a detailed understanding of how the company grew from a 2004 Harvard dorm-room project into the world’s second-most-visited site after Google.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
In case you hadn’t noticed, Passport GMID underwent a “refresh” in October… the database maintains all the same functionality, with a cleaner, less cluttered look, as well as more prominent breaking news and industry updates.
Use Passport’s more user-friendly search to find in-depth market research reports on fast-moving consumer goods, industries, countries, and companies– and be sure to check out the current trial for information on Canada’s Industrial sector and a preview of the new Passport Cities, which profiles 850 cities, available for a limited period – look under Coming Soon.
Passport GMID: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BKOC/resource/11125
Company, industry, product, and market information is now even more easy to find in Business Source Complete.
OC Library has transitioned Business Source Complete’s search interface to the Business Searching Interface (BSI). BSI “provides business researchers with the highly refined tools they need, in order to conduct sophisticated searches for the business content that they require.”
Now, you can more quickly identify what source types you want and can browse company and country profiles, market research reports, business videos and more with just a few clicks.
As an added feature, BSI will also search the additional collections of Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Regional Business News, and, AP NewsMonitor Collection.
Here’s a quick video on how to use BSI’s basic search.
Let us know if you have any questions or feedback.
New! Search and find Hoover’s Company Profiles in OCtopus.
Company research just got more efficient thanks to OC Library’s search engine OCtopus. Hoover’s Company Profiles are now available via OCtopus. Now, when you search for company information, your results list will include information from Hoover’s (when appropriate) and provide you a link to connect to the full text of the company profile. Here’s a quick video on how to narrow your results down to reports and Hoover’s Company Profiles.
Of course, if you chose, you can still search Hoover’s Company Profile database.
You may have noticed some changes in Business Source Complete (BSC) and it’s a great way to pinpoint your research. There’s a new addition to the interface – just look in the top menu bar for “Company Information.”
Company Information will lead you to a new component of BSC called Company Views, which provides “detailed company information for more than 1.1 million of the world’s largest public and private companies” (EBSCO). Company Views are searchable by company name, parent company name, ticker symbol, or keyword. Additionally, Company Views provides a Content in Context feature that allows you to refine your search to related information and publications including industry profiles, SWOT analyses, articles, market research reports and more.
Please note: Currently company profiles are not immediately appearing in Company Views. The database providor is working on a fix and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, be sure to still look for company profiles. One of the quickest ways is to select the ‘More’ tab in the top menu bar and select Company Profiles.
For more information on company research, visit the OC Library’s Company Research guide.
Apple made some headlines today, releasing a working conditions audit that will be valuable to those researching corporate social responsibility and Apple.
According to the Globe and Mail, the audit revealed “a number of violations, among them breaches in pay, benefits and environmental practices in plants in China” (Gupta, 2012).
A 27-page version of the audit report is available from Apple, along with the list of global suppliers, here.
Gupta, P. Apple supply chain audit finds worker conditions not up to standards. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www.theglobeandmail.com
OC Library has reorganized its collection of local company annual reports.
OC Library collects print copies of select local companies’ annual reports. Generally, the Library collects available print reports of companies founded and currently operating in the college region. The Library also collects available print annual reports of local financial institutions.
Library users can now search for the location and availability of print reports in the library catalogue by company name (example: Sun-Rype). Online versions of public Canadian company annual reports are available via SEDAR.