Need to Read the Wall Street Journal?

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If you’re trying to find articles from the Wall Street Journal but don’t have a subscription, look no further — the library offers full-text online access to the WSJ from 1889 to today!

Just visit our Articles & Databases page and choose the WALL STREET JOURNAL – Eastern Edition link for access to the WSJ from 1984 to the present.

If you’re looking for historical newspapers (1889 – 1996), try the WALL STREET JOURNAL – East. Ed. (Historical) link. This can be a great option for primary sources!

Still not sure how and where to find the Wall Street Journal on the library website? Watch this short video tutorial.

And if you’re having trouble finding a specific article, we can help! The print edition of the newspaper will sometimes use a different headline than the web version, making the article more difficult to find in the database. Ask a librarian for help tracking down those hard-to-find articles!

New Additions to the Reference Collection

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We at the library regularly order new reference books for our collection. The Reference Stacks are on the first floor of the library past the computer terminals. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, but do not let this dissuade you from using them. They have invaluable information that may help you with many projects and research. Here are some highlights from our recent acquisition:

First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia

Historical Dictionary of Tibet

Global Social Issues

DSM – 5

Research Methods in Anthropology

Historical Dictionary of Jazz

Encyclopedia of Terrorism

Scientists and Science

Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Updated collection of Who’s Buying

The reference collection is indispensable for your research needs. The reference collection has material that is not available anywhere else. See a reference library today for help with your research needs. We are available by phone, instant message, text, e-mail, and in person.

Ask a Librarian!

The Tax History Project: A History of Taxes in the U.S.

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The time is near when even the worst of procrastinators will file their tax returns, many of which will be accompanied by a large check.  The Internal Revenue Service website, at www.irs.gov, makes filing free, easy and simple for anyone with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $57,000 or less.  The site also provides pdf copies of many tax forms with instructions and links to state offices.  What the IRS site doesn’t provide you with is a history of how we all got where we are today.  Why do we pay taxes?  Did the Founding Fathers agree on ideas related to taxing citizens?   What were tax rates in colonial America and did all citizens pay taxes?  Try the following sources to answer these and other questions you might have about the history behind that predictable, unavoidable and inescapable ritual known as paying your taxes.

The Tax History Project
A site from Tax Analysts, a non-profit tax publisher known for its publications Tax Notes and Tax Notes Today, and its international publications Tax Notes International Weekly News and Worldwide Tax Daily.   Tax Analysts’ mission is to “provide the latest and most in-depth tax information worldwide,” but they also have an educational mission of teaching the public more about the tax system.  The Tax History Project does an excellent job of fulfilling this mission by achieving its goal to “provide scholars, policymakers, students, the media and citizens with information about the history of American taxation.”  The site contains everything from copies of recent presidential tax returns to a tax history museum  displaying a timeline showing important developments in taxation from 1660 on to a section titled Taxing Federalism that displays excerpts from the Federalist Papers where authors Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay argue in defense of a strong central government with unlimited taxing powers.  An interesting image display on the site includes U.S. 1040 forms from 1913-2006.

The history of taxation has probably not been given its fair due in the academic literature; however, the following books cover the topic and provide fascinating reads on its different aspects and periods:
Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy by C. Eugene Steuerle.
Federal Taxation in America: A Short History by W. Elliot Brownlee.
The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson, the Fierce Battles over Money and Power… by Steven R. Weisman
Redeeming the Republic: Federalists, Taxation and the Origins of the Constitution by Roger H. Brown.
Taxation in Colonial America by Alvin Rabushka.

For help finding these or other sources on the history of taxation in America, Ask a Reference Librarian!

Sources for Competitive Data

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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).   View the following short videos to see how to use these 2 databases to locate competitive data:

Finding competitive data using Mergent Horizon video
Finding competitive data using Mergent Online video

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.  View the following short video to view how to find competitive data on companies within the toy industry:

Finding competitive data using LexisNexis Academic

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

Mintel Oxygen Academic for International Marketing Research

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Are you doing research for an international marketing project and getting stuck finding information on marketing a product in a selected foreign country?  Or maybe you’re promoting a new business product here in the United States and you need to know the best customers for the product?  Or are you researching consumer groups and trying to find out more about that massive group of potential customers known as “baby boomers”…what they think, how much money they have, and how they intend on spending it??  Look no further than Mintel Oxygen Academic, a new library database that puts product, country, and demographic information at your fingertips.

Mintel, the company that created Oxygen Academic, describes themselves as a provider of “market and consumer intelligence”.  Indeed, you can use this great new database to:

  • research market sizes, market forecasts, brand profiles, and product innovation.
  • understand consumer trends
  • cite market data in research papers in business plans
  • monitor international developments

As a first time user you must agree to terms of use and then create a user profile using your Bryant email and a selected password.  Once your user profile is established, you’re “good to go” with searching for a report.  Reports in Mintel Oxygen Academic are displayed with the U.S. reports on one side and the International reports on another.  Users can either browse reports or use the search box at the top of the landing page to run a keyword search for a report.
Take a look at this very short video to see how to search for the market for cleaning products in Ireland.
http://screencast.com/t/sbiCkkIz9CY

If you need help with finding or searching Mintel Oxygen, ask a reference librarian for assistance.  Librarians have answers and can save you time!

HELIN Trials & New Business Databases

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It’s HELIN database trial time again and what that means for Bryant students and faculty is periodic access to awesome business resources.  These are databases the library does not subscribe to at the moment, but might consider if enough Bryant users provide the librarians with feedback indicating a particular resource is very useful for completing coursework.

We’d like you to give all the databases a try, but if you are working on a paper or project involving a business topic, the following products will be particularly useful:

EuroMonitor Passport GMID
Data, trends and information on particular products, countries and consumers.  For example, you need to find the market reach for pet products in Germany (or any selected country).  You would simply select your product category and a geographic area and view relevant reports.  In this example, you would be delighted to find an October 2011 report on Pet Products in Germany that includes trends, a competitive landscape, and prospects for the product in the country.  You can also view related reports such as this one: Spending on Pet Healthcare in Developed Markets Defies Hard Times.  The EuroMonitor Passport GMID also contains a vast amount of economic data on countries.  An essential trial for any student in economics, international business or marketing, marketing, or BUS101!

The Economist Historical Archive (1843-2006) and the Financial Times Historical Archive (1888-2006)
Search the archives of these two well-known publications covering the global financial news.   These are great resources for locating articles on a topic dealing with economic or financial history.

Gale Business Insights
A database to “research and analyze companies, industries and economies around the world.”  This new database has unique charting abilities that let users compare and contrast companies and countries.  For example, users can compare competitor’s revenues or the economies of selected countries.  A library of business cases supplied by the Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies and Global Business is also available through this resource.

Plunkett Research Online
A useful source to research the current trends and growth potential of a particular industry and compare financial information on competitors.  Plunkett Research Online is also a great resource for those looking for jobs in a particular industry, since contact information is given for top management in companies presented in each industry.  Create your own list of companies with contact information for the HR director or VP.

Proquest Statistical Insight
Data and statistics on agriculture, trade, money and interest rates, taxes and more.  Data is international in scope and taken from federal and state agencies, trade associations, & business and research organizations.   Users can run basic or advanced searches and limit results by geographic area.   Many of the data sets can be downloaded into Excel and/or displayed in pdf format.

Give these new trial resources a try and let us know what you think!  Send your comments to refdesk@bryant.edu and if you have any questions about the HELIN trials, Ask a Reference Librarian!

Search for Government Documents Using FDsys

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The Government Printing Office (GPO) has a mission to provide perpetual free access to the print and digital collections of the U.S. Government.  Public Law 103-40, passed in 1993, expanded GPO’s mission to include the provision of electronic access to federal government information.  Starting in  June 1994, GPO accomplished this mission using a web platform called GPO Access, but since 2004 a transition has been taking place to move documents from GPO Access to FDsys, the government’s new content management system.  The GPO ceased updating GPO Access as of Nov. 2011, and now new content will only be loaded into FDsys.

FDsys contains documents from 50 collections of Government information.  Popular publications used for business include the Code of Federal Regulations, the Economic Report of the President, Economic Indicators, the Federal Register, and the U.S. Code.  A full list of FDsys collections is available to browse.   This page also contains a link to Browse Federal Agency Internet Sites by Topic where users will find a Business & Economy category with links to popular agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The link to Federal Agency Internet Sites provides access to all the independent agencies such as the Federal Reserve, the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Enhanced search capabilities in FDsys let users browse collections, run basic and advanced searches, and search by citation.  Using the Advanced Search feature, users can limit their search by publication, date and document features such as title or government author.  The citation searching is guided by examples showing how to create the citation structure.

The archival capacity and multiple search features make FDsys a much improved site for searching government documents.  Give it a try the next time you need government data or information to support your paper or project.  If you need assistance, be sure to ask a reference librarian!