Online business resources available at public libraries

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Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005

Editor's note: Jeremy Frank is filling in for Kathy Ward this week. Ward will be back with a column next Sunday.

Have you ever been interested in learning more about the world of business but didn't know how to get the information you needed? Well Juneau Public Libraries would like to help.

We have several online business-related resources and databases available for your use. You can evaluate everything from general business information to stock market performances with these online tools. Don't worry if you are not familiar with using online resources. Any of our reference librarians would be happy to help. Some of the resources available are: Hoovers is one of the world's premier business resources. The library's subscription gives our users access to a wide range of features not available to general users of the Web site, including company profiles, charting, complete listings of corporate officers and more. When using Hoovers online at the library, users have access to advanced search features, such as searching for companies by geographic area, by corporate earnings, or by SIC code, and are also able to print corporate profiles. Users can build company or executive lists and track ticker values as well as get stock quotes and recent company news. The coverage is in-depth enough that several Juneau based businesses can be found. Hoovers can be particularly valuable when teamed with another resource such as Valueline (see below).

Business Source Premier: This resource is provided through the EBSCO Database package. Business Source Premier contains full text for more than 7,400 scholarly business journals and other sources, 1,100 of which are peer reviewed. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and more. Some of the journals contained within this database include, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review. The database also includes other sources of full text information such as country economic reports from the EIU, Global Insight, ICON Group and CountryWatch, and detailed company profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies. Back issues, citations, and indexes are available for the top scholarly business journals dating back to 1965 or the first issue published. In some cases, indexing, abstracting and PDF coverage actually goes back further than 1965; for example, Academy of Management Journal is available back to 1958. More than 200 of the journals have PDF full text back to 1965 or the first issue published. And for those that don't, the library would be happy to get the articles through inter-library loan. As if that wasn't enough this database is updated on a daily basis.

Regional Business News: Regional Business News incorporates 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Included in this database are Alaska Business Monthly, Oregon Business Magazine, Crain's New York Business (and other Crain Communications editions), Finance Customwire, Energy Customwire and others. If you are interested in business around the country, in our region, or in interactions between the two, this is a great resource to work with.

Valueline: Valueline is one of the most trusted and prestigious names in the investment field. Many people know Valueline from the print edition available in the reference section of the library. The online edition is equally valuable, but is only accessible from within the downtown and Mendenhall Valley libraries, and use requires a username and password (available at the reference desk). This online site includes the Value Line Investment Survey, a resource including information on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market and additional information on the economy. The Survey is comprised of three parts: ratings and reports; summary and index; and selection and opinion. The survey also provides valuable information and education related to stock market investing for those new to the subject. Valueline also includes investment and market forecasting based upon tabulated data compiled by its research staff of more than 70 independent security analysts.

WilsonBusiness: OCLC provides several databases available under the topic search "Business & Economics." These include WilsonBusiness, ECO, and WilsonSelectPlus, etc.

However, the most useful of these resources for doing research in the business field is WilsonBusiness. WilsonBusiness provides indexing and abstracting of articles and book reviews as well as links to many full text articles. The database covers such diverse subjects as accounting, oil and gas, taxation and much more. The range of time covered is a bit less comprehensive than some of the other resources, stretching only from 1986 to present, but will still be of interest to those doing research in the business, marketing and finance fields.

For access to these resources from home or from the library, log on to and click on "E-Research" in the top bar. There are lots of choices besides "Business," and we'll have future columns to let you know about these.

Author Alert! The Juneau Public Libraries welcomes popular and prolific fantasy writer Tamora Pierce. She'll be conducting a writing workshop for young adults and adults from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, at the Douglas library. Then she'll have a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. at the downtown library. See our Web site for more details.

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