Financial Crisis One Year Later (NY Times)

December 16, 2009

The New York Times site has a special feature that includes articles, video, audio, and interactive files showcasing the financial crisis and related developments over the past year:

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/business/businessspecial4/index.html


Database Spotlight: First Research from Dun & Bradstreet

October 15, 2009
First Research from Dun & Bradstreet offers In-depth industry research for over 300 industries.  The research reports are updated quarterly, and are given in a relatively simple, consistent format.  Each industry profile is broken down consistently into the following chapters/sections:
Industry Overview
Recent Developments
Business Challenges
Trends & Opportunities
Executive Insight
Call Prep Questions
Financial Information
Industry Forecast & Rating
Web Links & Acronyms
You can search for industry reports by NAICS and SIC, or you can browse from the main page under the following broad sectors:
Construction & Real Estate
Finance & Insurance
Food & Agriculture
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Public Services, Education & Recreation
Retail
Services
Technology & Communications
Transportation, Energy & Storage
Wholesale
As far as reports related to JWU programs, the reports for the retail industry are broken down into over 40 subcategories.  There is a Hotel and Motel Lodging report listed under the main sector of Services; there’s also a Bed and Breakfast Inns report in this same sector.  Also under Services you’ll see Advertising & Marketing, Direct Marketing, Trade Show & Event Planning, Security System Services, and Travel Agencies & Services.  Under Food and Agriculture, you’ll find reports for Bakeries, Breweries, Catering Services, Restaurants, and Wineries.
The Financial Information section includes benchmarking figures and financial ratios (and includes their definitions) for each industry.
The section for Web Links & Acronyms in each report offers links to associations and Web sites related to each industry, as well as a brief glossary for acronyms used in the report.
One useful feature from First Research is Call Prep Sheets section of each report.  In this section, you’ll find “conversation starters” that are relevant to the industry.  The conversation starters are designed to be used for sales calls, but they could be useful when preparing for job interview.
Another nice feature is the States & Provinces section.  It features a clickable map that lets you find monthly updates of industry, economic, employment, and real estate data & trends for each of the 50 states in the U.S.
To access First Research, go to the Databases section of our site, and scroll down to “F” in the alphabetical listings:

First Research from Dun & Bradstreet offers In-depth industry research for over 300 industries.  The research reports are updated quarterly, and are given in a relatively simple, consistent format.  Each industry profile is broken down consistently into the following chapters/sections:

Industry Overview
Recent Developments
Business Challenges
Trends & Opportunities
Executive Insight
Call Prep Questions
Financial Information
Industry Forecast & Rating
Web Links & Acronyms

You can search for industry reports by NAICS and SIC, or you can browse from the main page under the following broad sectors:

Construction & Real Estate
Finance & Insurance
Food & Agriculture
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Public Services, Education & Recreation
Retail
Services
Technology & Communications
Transportation, Energy & Storage
Wholesale

As far as reports related to JWU programs, the reports for the retail industry are broken down into over 40 subcategories.  There is a Hotel and Motel Lodging report listed under the main sector of Services; there’s also a Bed and Breakfast Inns report in this same sector.  Also under Services you’ll see Advertising & Marketing, Direct Marketing, Trade Show & Event Planning, Security System Services, and Travel Agencies & Services.  Under Food and Agriculture, you’ll find reports for Bakeries, Breweries, Catering Services, Restaurants, and Wineries.

The Financial Information section includes benchmarking figures and financial ratios (and includes their definitions) for each industry.

The section for Web Links & Acronyms in each report offers links to associations and Web sites related to each industry, as well as a brief glossary for acronyms used in the report.

One useful feature from First Research is the Call Prep Sheets section of each report.  In this section, you’ll find “conversation starters” that are relevant to the industry.  The conversation starters are designed to be used for sales calls, but they could be useful when preparing for a job interview.

Another nice feature is the States & Provinces section.  It features a clickable map that lets you find monthly updates of industry, economic, employment, and real estate data & trends for each of the 50 states in the U.S.

To access First Research, go to the Databases section of our site, and scroll down to “F” in the alphabetical listings:

http://library.jwu.edu/research/databases/az.htm


NEW DATABASE! Global Road Warrior

October 13, 2009

The library has purchased access to a fabulous new database: Global Road Warrior. Focused on countries and their cultures, this database is an excellent tool for looking up points of interest, travel essentials, business culture for women, and demographics. There are also maps and images!

Global Road Warrior (Charlotte, No. Miami, Providence Campuses)

on campus |  off campus


MarketResearch.com Academic (new resource)

September 21, 2009

MarketResearch.com Academic offers in-depth reports for numerous industries.  In general, the reports contain info on demographics, market size, market trends, growth & shares, forecasts, analysis of major brands, new product introduction trends, industry forces, company profiles, and consumer trends & buyer behavior.

The reports in MarketResearch.com Academic are written by the following publishers:
Kalorama Information
Packaged Facts
SBI
Simba Information
Icon Group International, Inc.
Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

The content includes current and historical information on markets and industries, ranging from Consumer Goods to Life Sciences & Technology.  Some reports that cover industries related to JWU’s programs include the following:
Food & Beverage
Food Service & Hospitality
Retailing
Travel & Leisure
Technology & Media

You can browse through 40 categories of reports, or you can search by using keywords that are related to your industry.

The advanced search lets you search by keywords in the title of the reports, or you can search for keywords within the full text of the report.  The results are displayed with the name of the report, a brief summary, and the year of publication. 

Warning: there are some reports in this resource that were published over 10 years ago.  For your projects, be sure to use the reports that are the most current.

Note1:  If your browser is set up with a pop-up blocker, you may want to disable it before using this resource.  Another workaround for the pop-up blocker issue is to follow the dialog boxes (“If the report does not automatically open after a few moments, please click here.”) to open your report in a new window.

Note2:  Don’t be intimidated by the cost listed for each report; the reports are free for JWU faculty, students and staff through our MarketResearch.com subscription.

MarketResearch.com Academic can be found alphabetically with the other JWU market research resources by going to:
http://library.jwu.edu/research/databases/research.htm

If you have any questions, pleases don’t hesitate to call or IM us.

Happy searching!


Films on Demand Streaming Video Collections

September 10, 2009
Business & Economics, Careers & Job Search
This is a collection of streaming video (Films on Demand) offering content from the Film Media Group, who’s most popular titles are under the Films for the Humanities & Sciences label.  Currently, we have access to the Business & Economics titles and the Careers & Job Search titles.  There are over 800 titles in these two collections.  The length of each film varies from 7 minutes to under 1 hour.
The interface, which is linked from our databases page (under “F” for Films On Demand) allows JWU faculty, staff and students access to these educational videos anytime, and anywhere there is a computer with access to the internet.  We are exited that JWU faculty will be able to utilize these online videos, both in their classrooms and for their assignments.
You can search for videos by subject or keyword.  The advanced search gives you more control for your search, lets you limit your search by date, and you can limit to titles with closed-caption.  You can also browse the collection by using the subject terms in the sidebar on the left, and you can create your own personal folders and playlists for videos that you will frequently use.  You can even create custom segments that show specific sections of the videos you wish to use.
To access the Films On Demand videos, go to the Databases section of our site, and scroll down to “F” in the alphabetical listings.Business & Economics, Careers & Job Search

This is a collection of streaming video (Films on Demand) offering content from the Film Media Group, who’s most popular titles are under the Films for the Humanities & Sciences label.  Currently, we have access to the Business & Economics titles and the Careers & Job Search titles.  There are over 800 titles in these two collections.  The length of each film varies from 7 minutes to under 1 hour.

The interface, which is linked from our databases page (under “F” for Films On Demand) allows JWU faculty, staff and students access to these educational videos anytime, and anywhere there is a computer with access to the internet.  We are exited that JWU faculty will be able to utilize these online videos, both in their classrooms and for their assignments.

You can search for videos by subject or keyword.  The advanced search gives you more control for your search, lets you limit your search by date, and you can limit to titles with closed-caption.  You can also browse the collection by using the subject terms in the sidebar on the left, and you can create your own personal folders and playlists for videos that you will frequently use.  You can even create custom segments that show specific sections of the videos you wish to use.

To access the Films On Demand videos, go to the Databases section of our site, and scroll down to “F” in the alphabetical listings:

http://library.jwu.edu/research/databases/az.htm


Greenwood Digital Collection

April 29, 2009

This recent addition to our databases has over 100 e-book titles on topics that range from the arts to women’s studies.  The collection can be browsed by title, subject or author.  You can also search the collection by keyword (to search the full text within the books), title, author and other fields.

There’s a Quick Search feature at the top of every page in this resource, but most users will find that the Advanced Search offers more robust and accurate searching.  The resource also has the American Heritage College Dictionary built into it for looking up definitions without leaving the collection.

Here are a few Greenwood titles that relate to some of the majors here at JWU:

BUSINESS
Building High-Performance People and Organizations
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Successful Leadership
Global Business Etiquette Marketing in the 21st Century
Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Battleground: Criminal Justice
Crimes and Trials of the Century
The Crime Junkie’s Guide to Criminal Law
Eco-Terrorism: Radical Environmental and Animal Liberation Movements
Offender Profiling in the Courtroom: The Use and Abuse of Expert Witness Testimony

CULINARY
The American History Cookbook
American Indian Food
The Business of Wine: An Encyclopedia
Controversies in Food and Nutrition
Food Culture in France (there are several other “Food Culture” titles featuring other countries)

FASHION
Fashion and Costume in American Popular Culture: A Reference Guide

HOSPITALITY
The Business of Entertainment
The Business of Sports
Encyclopedia of Sports in America
Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl

To access the Greenwood Digital Collection, go to the Databases section of our site, and scroll down to “G” in the alphabetical listings:

http://library.jwu.edu/research/databases/az.htm


Business Email Netiquette

June 12, 2008

It is important to remember that email communication in the business environment should be handled with the same level of professionalism as it would be in person. Adhering to some basic guidelines will ensure your email communications come across as professional and credible. In short, understanding business email netiquette can be good for your career!

Here are Ten Tips for writing professional business email:

1. Avoid using all capitals. Doing this is the same as SHOUTING.

2. Subject. Use a meaningful subject line that provides insight into the purpose of the communication. Never omit a subject line!

3. Salutation. Always use a formal greeting at both the beginning and end of your email such as: Hello, Greetings, Sincerely, Thank You, and Best Regards.

4. Language. Use complete sentences and proper grammar.

5. Content. Your message should be short and to the point. Most importantly, check for typos!

6. Formatting. Keep colors and stylized font to a minimum.

7. Attachments. Be cautious when sending large attachments as they may take a long time to open. For a file over 2MB, it is always good practice to contact the recipient to let them know you are sending a large file.

8. TO, FROM, BCc, Cc. The TO field should have the full, formal name of the recipient. The FROM field should provide your full name. When emailing to a large number of people add the group to the BCc box. This prevents recipients from seeing the e-mail addresses of the other recipients. Use the Cc field for a group of people who do not mind their emails being shared.

9. URL’s. Always use the entire Web address, including the http://. It is also good practice to leave a space between the URL and any other words.

 10. Signature. Always provide a professional “signature”. Signature files should include your title, phone number, and website link.

For further information on writing professional business email see the following resources available in the JWU North Campus Library:

Eats, shoots & leaves : the zero tolerance approach to punctuation / Lynne Truss PE1450 .T75 2004

Email etiquette [videorecording] / produced by Video Education Australasia ; written, produced, and directed by Tom Trikojus TK5105.73 .E42 2000 

 Get to the point : painless advice for writing memos, letters and E-mails your colleagues and clients will understand / Elizabeth Danziger HF5718.3 .D36 2001