Thanksgiving Break Hours


Whether you’re headed off this week to stuff your face full of turkey, Tofurkey, or some other foodstuff (personally, I’d just eat pie all day if they’d let me), you may still have work to finish before you head out (or when you come back), so here’s our schedule for the week:

Monday, November 21st: 7:30 am – 1:30 am

Tuesday, November 22nd: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, November 23rd: 8:30 am – Noon

Thursday, November 24th – Saturday, November 26th: CLOSED

Sunday, November 27th: Noon – 1:30 am

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and try not to assault anyone just to get at that cheap laptop on Black Friday, okay?


eBooks Abound!


The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library tries to make things convenient for students.  Most of our databases are accessible off-campus, we lend kindles and iPads, and we’re constantly growing our eBook collection.  The handiest thing about eBooks, is that you can read them anywhere.  Those cold winter nights when you dread leaving your dorm–those are eBook nights.

One thing to know about some of the eBooks that we buy, is that due to licensing restrictions, some are only able to be read by a single user at a time.  If you ever run into an issue with an eBook that won’t open, likely that will be the reason.

Here is a list of some of the new eBooks we’ve added to our collection.  You can click on the titles to be re-directed to the book record in the catalog and view the eBook!

International law and the Third World

Beyond biotechnology

Molecular ecology and evolution

Bioethics in Singapore

Bird migration and global change

Research handbook on the interpretation and enforcement of intellectual property under WTO rules

The limits of transnational law : refugee law, policy harmonization and judicial dialogue in the European Union

Understanding international law

Florida Bay research programs and their relation to the comprehensive Everglades restoration plan

Natural history of San Francisco Bay

Turning the tide : saving the Chesapeake Bay

Science for ecosystem-based management : Narragansett Bay in the 21st century 

Social and environmental impacts of the James Bay Hydroelectric Pro

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ReferenceUSA: Your Source for Finding Competitors and Customers


Some of the information in this post may be out of date, as the library no longer subscribes to ReferenceUSA. Please speak to a librarian for more up to date information. 

ReferenceUSA, a comprehensive business directory with entries on 14 million businesses ranging in size from small regional “mom and pop” operations to large national and international corporations, provides a search interface that makes this directory a powerful tool for searching for both competitors and potential customers.  Access the database on or off-campus (login with your name and 14-digit barcode number if off-campus) by selecting the database from the Articles & Databases link on the library website.

You will default to the quick search page when you access the database, and though this page will let you quickly search to locate a company or an executive, it is the custom search page that provides powerful searching capabilities.

To locate companies by industry type and located within a particular geographic area:
Select to search by business type (either by major industry group description or by NAICS code) and combine this search with a geography search to retrieve your list of companies.  View this very short video to see how a search is constructed to locate auto body shops in Rhode Island.   Once displayed, the list is sorted alphabetically by towns within the state.  This search is a great way to identify potential customers in a given geographic area.

To locate company competitors:
Select to run a company name search from the quick search page.  When constructing your search, include the company name and the location if you know it.  Run your search and select the headquarters entry if you are searching a large company and want to find competitors for the main business.  Next to the corporate headquarters entry, you will see a corporate family tree icon.  Clicking on this icon will display all the parent company’s subsidiaries and branches.
Once you locate your company, select to display the full company record and expand out the competitor’s report.  This short video will show you how to search a company (example: Hasbro) and view its competitors.

Each individual company record in ReferenceUSA also includes a Management Directory with names of executives that can be used when job searching, Business Demographics that include dollar sales volume and a credit rating, timely Company News articles,  a listing of Brands and Products produced by the company, and link to the current Stock Data (via Google Finance) if the company is publicly-held.

To learn more about ReferenceUSA and its content and search features, Ask a Reference Librarian!

Coming soooooooooon…


Yup.  We’re getting the Kindle Fire.  Several of them, in fact.  We don’t have an exact date to tell you, unfortunately, as they don’t get released to retail until November 15th, and Amazon is apparently honoring pre-orders in the order in which they were received, so while we’re hoping we get ours in that initial batch, we don’t know for sure.

But given how excited you all get for the Kindles and iPads we already have, we figured this e-reader/tablet lovechild would be the sort of thing that would also catch your fancy.  So, if that’s the case, consider your fancy officially caught.

More information as we get it, of course.

UPDATE:  The Kindle Fires now have an estimated delivery date of sometime between November 21 and November 29. Get excited.