On Display: The Art of the Book: Sustainability & Social Justice

“Small books are more durable than big ones; they go farther. The booksellers revere big books; readers like small ones. An exquisite thing is worth more than a huge thing.”

– Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

 

Books mean many things to many people. To authors they are the breath of life. To readers, books are places where adventures begin, comfort is found or learning leads to knowledge. Books open us up to a world larger than ourselves. Books sustain the soul and sometimes our livelihood.

Bentley Library is proud to partner with Professor Jane de León Griffin to present a display entitled, The Art of the Book: Sustainability & Social Justice. Dr. Griffin has done extensive research on alternative forms of literary production in Latin America and recently published a book on the subject, The Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile. Dr. Griffin’s book explores issues of literature publishing, Latin American culture, political and social movements that shape the literary world and what a book means to those who have limited access to the printed word.

The books and videos collected for this display include a variety of subjects that touch on Latin American culture and authors, the creative, emotional and artistic expression of books and book production, literature as a social movement and using the world’s cast-offs to create objet d’art. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Database of the Month: InCites Journal Citation Reports

How to find journal relationships in InCitesTM Journal Citation Reports®
from Web of Science

InCitesTM Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) measures research influence and impact at the journal and category, or academic subject, levels and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. In addition, the JCR® now includes an interactive graphic showing the relationship between citing and cited journals making it easier to visualize the strength of that relationship.

Here is a step-by-step guide to finding the relationships between journals in Journal Citation Reports®

  1. Choose Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) from the list in Databases A to Z.
  2. On the Web of Science page, click Journal Citation Reports® at the top of the page.
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  3. Type the title of the journal you would like to compare with other journals in the box under Go to Journal Profile and click the search icon.
    JCR2Within the Journal Profile you will be able to:

    • Sort journal data by clearly defined fields: impact factor, immediacy index, total cites, total articles, cited half-life, or journal title
    • Sort subject category data by fields such as, journal title, impact factor, JCR year, and publisher
    • Determine the cited half-life of a journal in a given JCR year
    • Determine how many citations a journal received in the JCR year (Cited Journal Data) and how many citations a journal made to other journals (including itself) in the JCR year (Citing Journal Data)
    • Graphically visualize displays of the citing or cited data relationships between the parent journal and the top twenty journals in its field
    • Link to Ulrich’s Global Serials Directory to find detailed information about the journal’s language of text, content type, abstracting & indexing coverage, online availability, audience and reviews.

     

  4. Let’s take a look at Cited Journal Data (inbound citations) and Citing Journal Data (outbound citations) to establish the relationship of the journal, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, to other journals in its subject areas through citation patterns and distribution.

    JCR3Click on Cited Journal Data – the Cited Journal Graph shows the distribution by cited year of citations to articles published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

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    The top (yellow) portion of each column indicates journal self-citations: citations from articles in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology to articles in the same journal.

    The bottom (orange) portion of each column indicates non self-citations: citations from Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology to articles in other journals.

    On the Cited Journal Data table, journals that cited Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology in a given JCR year are listed in order of occurrence.

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    The table above shows that in 2014, the journal PLOS One cited sixty-two (62) articles published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology in 2011.
  5. Now let’s look at the Citing Journal Graph. The Citing Journal Graph shows the distribution by cited year of citations from articles in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. All of the citing articles were published in the JCR year.
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    The top (yellow) portion of each column indicates journal self-citations – citations from articles in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology to articles in the same journal.

    The bottom (orange) portion of each column indicates non-self-citations – citations from Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology to articles in other journals.

    The Citing Journal Data table reveals a journal’s subject specialty, points to its closest peer or competitor publications, and highlights the network of journals within a particular field or fields. Citing Journal Data table identifies those publications that were most frequently cited by Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology for a given year – outbound citations.

    In this table, the citing journal is Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, and all of the citing articles were published in 2014. The journals cited by articles in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology are listed in the Cited Journal column.
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  6. Web of Science has made it easy to visualize the relationships between journals and their subject categories through its Journal Relationships link.
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    On the Journal Relationships diagram, the top twenty cited or citing journals are displayed as arcs on the circle. The size of each arc is indicative of the relative citation relationships to that journal. The thickness of the chords connecting the arcs is demonstrative of the strength of citation relationship between the journals. The Journal Relationships diagram includes several interactive features:

    • Hover over arcs to display the journal Impact Factor;
    • Hover over over chords to display the citation relationship to the parent journal;
    • Click the title of any journal in the arc to go straight to that title’s profile page;
    • Click the title of any journal in the arc to go straight to that title’s profile page;

     

  7. Let’s select Cited Data from the drop down arrow next to the word Data to find the top 20 journals that have the strongest relationship to Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The chords, connecting the citing journals, display the number of contributed citations. Click on another journal arc to reveal connections between that journal and others within Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology relationships. The widest arcs represent the strength of the relationships. The wider the arc, the stronger the relationship between journals.JCR9

    In the example above, the journals Animal Behavior and PLOS One each contributed a high number of citations to Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology than other journals in this network. Hovering over the chord between these connected journals will reveal the number of citations in the connection.

    Hovering over the citing journal’s arc in the circle will reveal a journal’s impact factor. For example, the Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, a citing journal, has an impact factor of 4.823.

    A journal’s impact factor (JIF) is an indicator of the importance of a journal to its field. The higher the impact factor, the greater the perceived importance of the contribution this journal – and in turn, its related journals – has on its academic or research fields.

Learn More

To learn more about what InCitesTM does and does not do, go to Angela Cochoran’s Interview with Thomson Reuters: InCites Platform Offers New Analytics and Transparency at The Scholarly Kitchen.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to library databases and selected web resources, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about.  If you would like assistance using this database, please schedule a research consultation using this form. For more information about the library’s databases contact the Reference Desk

Database of the Month: Thomson ONE

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Please note: Thomson ONE is optimized for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. It also works with Internet Explorer versions 8 or 9. It does not work in Firefox or Chrome, or on Macs. Thomson ONE uses pop-ups. Set Internet Explorer to accept pop-ups from *thomsonone.com before entering the database to avoid having to re-do steps. You can test your computer for compatibility through Thomson ONE Diagnostic.

Searching Analyst Reports and SEC filings in Thomson ONE

Thomson ONE provides company overviews, lists of executives (current only), earnings estimates (+/- 5 years from today), stock price charts, side-by-side comparison of competitors, debt overview, company deals, customizable stock price charts, real-time market news, current and past SEC filings (some dating back to the 1960s!), and analysts’ reports.

Bentley Library subscribes to the following types of information via Thomson ONE:

  • Research – analyst reports from investment bank, brokerage house, and research firms from 1982 to present with one week embargo (sometimes called Investext)
  • Company Filings – 10-K, 8-K, 10-Q, Proxies, and Prospectuses filed with the SEC
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Deals – data is available for over 400,000 M&A deals, including global transactions since 1977
  • Equity Deals – data is available for over 80,000 equity deals, including global transactions since 1970
  • Bonds Deals – data lists company-specific bond transactions since 1998
  • Loans Deals – data is available for over 92,000 syndicated loans, including global transactions since 1982

Locating an Analyst Report in Thomson ONE:

To locate an analyst report for Apple Inc., for example, enter the company name or ticker symbol into the search box on the left and click GO. Find the RESEARCH tab along the navigation bar and click on Company Research.

Click to view a  screenshot of the Thomson ONE search box.
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On the Company Research page, under Search Options, change the date range by clicking on the drop down menu and select Last 30 Days.

Enter the keyword “watch” next to Title to search for relevant analysts’ reports on the new Apple watch. Click SEARCH.

Reports are ranked by date, but you can change the list criteria by report title, contributor, or analyst. Analysts who receive a star ranking are those whose previous reports have been most accurate in predicting company performance.

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Click on APPLE INC. above the title you wish to read. Let’s look at the report by Piper Jaffray entitled, APPLE INC. – PJC Teen Survey: Watch Interest Remains Muted, iPhone Remains Dominant.

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A new screen will load. Check Select All Reports and then click View. Reports generally include:

  • price performance over one year
  • analyst’s conclusion about the saleability of a product and consumer intent with regards to the product
  • rating and price target history
  • company’s 5-year income sheet

Here is a snippet from PiperJaffray’s report on teen interest in Apple watches dated April 14, 2015.

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Locating a 10-K Report in Thomson ONE:

You can find a 10-K, 8-K, 10-Q, Proxy Statements, and Prospectus filings for many companies in Thomson ONE dating back to the 1960s in some instances. To locate a 10-K or 10-Q report for Apple Inc., enter the company name or ticker symbol into the search box on the Company Views page and click GO. Find the FILINGS tab along the navigation bar and then click on Company Filings (the library does not have a subscription to the Delta Reports).

The most recent filings are linked across the top of the page.

Click to view screenshot of Thomson ONE latest filings for Apple, Inc.
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Under Search Company Filings, use the dropdown menu beside Filing Date to change the date range to Last 12 Months. Type 10-K; 10-Q in the Filing Category/Type search box and click Search.

The results are returned by the most recent filing date. Choose the format for viewing or downloading the report.

Click to view the screenshot of Thomson ONE download options for filings.
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Below is a partial analysis of company risk as described by Apple Inc. under Item 1A. Risk Factors in its 2014 annual report or 10-K.

The Company’s operations and performance depend significantly on global and regional economic conditions. Uncertainty about global and regional economic conditions poses a risk as consumers and businesses may postpone spending in response to tighter credit, higher unemployment, financial market volatility, government austerity programs, negative financial news, declines in income or asset values and/or other factors. These worldwide and regional economic conditions could have a material adverse effect on demand for the Company’s products and services.

Thomson ONE is available through the Bentley Library’s Databases A to Z listing. For further assistance using Thomson ONE, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a database available from the Library’s website, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases), please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at awilliams@bentley.edu.

Database of the Month: Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete logoBusiness Source Complete adds much more content to the Ebsco family of business databases. Not only does it include over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, but it indexes and provides abstracts to the most important scholarly journals in business, dating back to 1886 in some instances. Some of these are the top ranking journals used in business school research, such as the Academy of Management ReviewAccounting Review, Econometrica, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, MIS Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, along with many others.

Business Source Complete journals

Business Source Complete includes:

  • More than 1,150,000 company profiles written by independent analysts from MarketLine, a leading business information company, and Medtrack, a biopharmaceutical corporate intelligence company. Business Monitor Reports make available information on 24 industries in 200 global markets.
  • There are 1,440 Country Reports  included in this database. These comprehensive reports provide past and current information on the business, economic, legal, employment, tax and political climate and risk of a country. Analysis and forecasts come from IHS Global Insight, Business Monitor International, Going Global Career Guides, and Country Watch information sources.
  • There are 28 Working Papers published by Yale School of Management, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, University of Michigan Business School, Columbia University and Harvard Business School. Neither Yale nor Harvard include the full text of the papers.
  •  7,648 Industry Profiles are from U.S. Industry & Market Outlook and World Industry & Market Outlook. These 250-page, up-to-date reports provide trends (reported and estimated) in industry sales, number of establishments, and number of employees for major global industries. Here is an example of information offered from a recent Services Industry Report.
Business Source Complete Services Industry Report
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In addition to all this, Business Source Complete includes more than 10,270 case studies, over 8,800 executive interviews, and 57 videos from the Harvard Business School faculty seminar series from leading business scholars including Michael D. Watkins, Tarun Khanna, and Amy Edmonson, to name a few.BSC-browse-menu

To access the videos, click on the Business Videos link under the Browse column, enter the search terms in the Find field and click Search.  To view all available Business Videos, search using the term Business.

You have the option of viewing the lecture in full or reading it in a PDF. Topics range from Brand Positioning to Business Leadership. The videos are between 30 and 60 minutes long, but may be viewed in 2-3 minute segments by subtopic.

Business Source Complete is located in the library’s Databases A to Z listing and may be accessed anytime, anywhere through the library’s webpage.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at awilliams@bentley.edu.

Database of the Month: Gale Leisure Collections (InfoTrac)

InfoTrac has created a collection of databases suited to searching journal articles and reference book chapters on topics in culinary arts, gardening, landscape design, horticulture, hospitality, tourism and leisure.

There are over 2,000 journals in these three databases – Culinary Arts, Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture and Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure.  Not all articles are full text, but by searching for a particular title under Publication Search, you will be able to determine if there is a delay in availability for a particular journal or magazine.  These databases are a rich blend of leisure and scholarly content. You will find industry information, travel guides, adult and children’s leisure reading magazines, textbooks, recipes, videos, web blogs, and government publications.

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The Culinary Arts Collection includes more than 300 major cooking and nutrition magazines, culinary journals and 20 Delmar Reference titles. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, industry information, and instruction for the practitioner.

The Culinary Arts Collection searches 287 journal publications, including some familiar full-text titles:

  • About Wine
  • Bon Appetit
  • Art Culinaire
  • Cheese Market News
  • Country Living
  • Food Policy
  • Gourmet
  • House Beautiful
  • Nation’s Restaurant News
  • Restaurant Business
  • Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery
  • Vegetarian Times

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Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture contains 3,839,147 articles published between 1980 and the present in scientific, trade, and popular journals, and government publications.  Some full-text journal and book chapters include:

  • Agricultural Research
  • Botanical Review (The)
  • Endangered Species Bulletin
  • Horticulture Magazine
  • Mother Earth News
  • Natural History
  • Old Farmer’s Almanac
  • Ornamental Horticulture, Science, Operations & Management, 3rd ed. (2001)
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Plant Ecology
  • Sunset
  • Victorian Naturalist (The)

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure contains 1,446 publications covering cultural and economic aspects of tourism and leisure activities in industry journals, travel guides and magazines. Such publications are:

  • Backpacker
  • Battlefields of the Civil War, Vols. 1 & 2 (2001)
  • Better Nutrition
  • Beverage Industry
  • Business Travel News
  • Fodor’s Travel Guides
  • Hotel Management
  • Leisure & Travel Week
  • Specialty Coffee Retailer
  • Travel Weekly

The Gale Leisure Collection is available through the Bentley Library’s Databases A to Z listing. For further assistance using the Gale Leisure Collection, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact the Reference Desk.

On Display: National Hispanic Heritage Month

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September marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  According to the Library of Congress, Hispanic Heritage Month was first observed under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Traditionally, it begins on September 15 to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The official celebration extends from September 15 to October 15 in order to acknowledge the rich and storied histories of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  It was enacted into law under President Reagan on August 17, 1988.

Come to the library to peruse Bentley’s collection of books and films relating to the history, culture, food, land and peoples of the Americas.  Also, check out our display on Pinterest.

Database of the Month: Cabell’s Directories

Friends, Faculty, scholars, lend me your ears;

I come to praise Cabell’s, not to bury it.
The manuscript that scholars write lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Cabell’s.

Okay, now that I have your attention, dear faculty, I want to make sure you are familiar with Cabell’s Directories online, a database that is designed to help researchers match their manuscripts with scholarly journals.

Cabell's home page
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The Facts:

  • Founded in 1978
  • Indexes over 4,000 journals
  • Each entry includes:
    • Journal submission process
    • Manuscript topics
    • Manuscript style and length
    • Acceptance rate
    • Type of review
    • Number of external reviewers
    • Type of readership
    • Whether journal is indexed in JCR / ERIC
    • Website link

The Plusses:

  • One-stop shopping for publication information in the following disciplines:
    • Accounting
    • Economics and Finance
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Educational Curriculum and Methods
    • Educational Psychology and Administration
    • Educational Technology and Library Science
    • Psychology and Psychiatry
    • Computer Science
  • Continuously updated
  • Off-campus access
  • Unlimited simultaneous users

The Minuses:

  • Undesirable color scheme
  • Podcasts may or may not be useful to new researchers and Ph.D. students
  • Facebook and LinkedIn pages not very informative, or fun
  • Not obvious where to begin

Cabell's log-in
Click on [Member Area] to begin your search.
Cabell’s Directories is available through the Bentley Library’s Databases A to Z listing.  For further assistance using Cabell’s, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact our Coordinator of User Education, Elizabeth Galoozis.

Resource of the Month: International Tax and Business Guides

The library has many databases to help students research global business conditions. You can find many on the library’s Databases by Subject: International Business webpage.  International Tax and Business Guides There are also several free, and mostly free, online services that are very helpful as well.  Deloitte’s International Tax and Business Guides is one such service.

There are two sections in this resource that offer quick overviews of the tax landscape for various countries.  The first one is called Taxation and Investment Guides, where you can find comparisons of corporate tax rates, withholding tax, and indirect tax for 65 jurisdictions.  For example, here is a side-by-side sample of the corporate tax environment for the United States and India:

United States:
Corporate Tax | Statutory: 35%
India:
Corporate Tax | Statutory:  30-40%
The federal corporate income tax applies to bands of taxable income at rates between 15% and 35%. An additional 5% tax (subject to caps) is imposed on certain bands. A branch tax is imposed on dividend equivalent amounts. An alternative minimum tax is also imposed, calculated on a separate tax base at a rate of 20% (certain credits may reduce tax). The alternative minimum tax is due to the extent a corporation’s tentative minimum tax exceeds its regular tax. The total maximum effective tax rate is 39.5%. The corporate tax rate for domestic companies is 30%, along with a surcharge of 5% (2% for nonresident companies) where total income exceeds INR 10 million. In addition, a 3% education cess (tax), including indirect and service taxes, is levied. The 3% cess applies to the aggregate amount of income tax, plus the surcharge. Nonresident companies and branches of foreign companies are taxed at a rate of 40%, plus a 2% surcharge where the total income exceeds INR 10 million, and the 3% cess. A Minimum Alternate Tax is imposed at a rate of 18.5% (plus any applicable surcharge and tax) on the adjusted book profits of corporations whose tax liability is less than 18.5% of their book profits (effective rate of 20.01%).

 

The second section in the International Tax and Business Guides is called the Highlights series, which offers a quick digest of the tax landscape of 150 jurisdictions, including Azerbaijan, Botswana, Brazil, Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, and Mauritius, to name only a few.  These reports include information about:

  • Corporate taxation
  • Business regulations & intellectual property
  • Foreign trade and investment
  • Filing requirements of doing business in a country
  • Personal & business taxation
  • Labor environment

Combine Deloitte’s International Tax and Business Guides with one of Bentley’s country intelligence databases, such as Global Insight, and you will be able to make informed decisions on doing business around the world.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian.  If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact our Coordinator of User Education, Elizabeth Galoozis.