Early Morning Openings for Class Registration Period


The library will be opening at 6:30 am on the following days to accommodate the registration periods for Fall 2012 classes:

Thursday, March 29th

Monday, April 2nd

Thursday, April 5th

Monday, April 9th

Thursday, April 12th

Monday, April 16th

Thursday, April 19th

Monday, April 23rd

Remember that both your library and bursar’s office accounts will need to be free and clear of any outstanding fines or blocks in order to register for classes, so if you have any outstanding items and/or bills that need to be taken care of, get that done ASAP!


5 Reasons to Bookmark the WSJ Small Business Site


Some of the information in this post may be out of date. Please speak to a librarian for more up to date information. 

Anyone involved with small business–entrepreneurs, business students and researchers, or small business owners–should take time to bookmark the Wall Street Journal’s Small Business site.  Why?  Try the following 5 good reasons:

The Start-Up Calculator
There are a number of start-up calculators available on the web, but none I’ve found do as good a job as this one on estimating the true cost of starting a business.  No entrepreneur wants to find themselves short on cash.  This calculator will help prevent a cash crunch.

The Free On Small Business Podcasts
Want to learn more about what experts have to say about topics on starting and running a business, but feel as if you have no time to keep up on it all?  Subscribe free to the WSJ On Small Business podcasts and you’ll get this advice on a variety of topics from experts writing in the WSJ and Startup Journal.

The How-To Guides
These practical guides (written and video) offer free instruction on funding, technology, franchising, starting and running a business, hiring and managing employees, and buying and selling a business.  Examples of topics covered include How to Form an LLC, How to Shop for a Bank, How to Select a Franchise, and How to Hire Your First Employees.

The How I Built It Series
A great series offering first person stories on how entrepreneurs started their company and/or dealt with a problem.  Current postings have presented stories from founders of Dropbox, Pandora Media and Rebecca Minkoff, LLC.

The Community Polls
Voice your opinion on different questions posed on topics related to small business and then read over how the votes add up. Find out how voters responded to the most recent question on can entrepreneurship be taught?

Ask a reference librarian for more sources of information on entrepreneurship and small business or visit the Entrepreneurship Subject Guide.

Sources for Competitive Data


Some of the information in this post may be out of date. Please speak to a librarian for more up to date information. 

If you’re doing a paper requiring a competitive analysis and you need to find data on leading competitors operating in the same industry, 2 databases–Mergent Horizon and Mergent Online –provide quick and easy ways to locate the data you need.  Mergent Horizon provides comprehensive coverage for over 6,200 companies traded on the NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX and has the ability to display the relationships between a company’s major customers, suppliers and partners; analyze data for sector aggregates as well as individual companies; and screen companies with hundreds of quantitative and qualitative fields.  The Mergent Horizon Quick User Guide  explains how to run specific searches in the database.  Mergent Online provides a searchable database of 15,000 U.S. public companies (active and inactive) and 20,000 non-U.S. companies (active and inactive).

If you have selected specific companies to compare, and you need standardized data comparisons, try LexisNexis Academic database.  Select the Companies tab and the Dossier Compare Companies link.  Type in up to 5 competing companies at the landing page search box, and then select the red Compare button to display a comparison of balance sheet, income statement, and ratio data.  To view data comparisons on a list of companies operating within the same industry, select the grey Industry tab and type in an industry keyword or SIC code identifier.  Next, select the red Find button.  The landing page will display an industry overview and data comparisons of net sales, total assets, liabilities, cost of goods sold, and leading ratios.

For help locating more sources of competitive data or to learn more about the features of these databases, ask a reference librarian!

Library Schedule during Bryant University Spring Break, 3/9 to 3/17


Bryant’s Spring Break is almost upon us.  We, the library staff, don’t get to go anywhere, unfortunately, so maybe consider coming in and commiserating with us during our periods of open-itude in the coming week:

Friday, March 9th: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th: CLOSED

Monday, March 12th: 7:30 am to 9 pm

Tuesday, March 13th: 7:30 am to 9 pm

Wednesday, March 14th: 7:30 am to 5 pm (please note closing time – early closure for campus event)

Thursday, March 15th: 7:30 am to 9 pm

Friday, March 16th: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 17th: CLOSED

Normal hours resume Sunday, March 18th.

Herstory Month at the Library


At Bryant University the month of March is full of events highlighting the accomplishments of women in our society. The 15th Annual Women’s Summit on March 15th is quickly approaching with the theme of “Fifteen Years of Empowering Women.” With this and other events on campus focused on the accomplishments of women here are some resources available in the library for your perusal.

If you are looking for a general reference book on the history of women in business then take a look at the Encyclopedia of American Women in Business: From Colonial Times to the Present. There are fascinating entries in this collection that highlight key figures and important events relating to women in business. For another great historical work highlighting the contributions of women in business check out Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business.

In addition to business and entrepreneurship women have made invaluable contributions to arts and letters. Virginia Woolf is considered to be a proto-feminist and set the tone for what would become the Women’s Liberation Movement with her work A Room of One’s Own. Ms. Woolf along with women authors such as Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison and countless others have added much to ongoing discourse of art and letters. Virginia Woolf made a case for women’s place not only to develop intellectually and spiritually, but also for a place for women in a patriarchal world.

As the Women’s Summit approaches and other events on campus during Herstory Month check out some of the books and authors we have selected to learn more about the contributions women have made to society in business, arts and letters, society and democracy.