Resource of the Month: BrowZine

BrowZine is a free web and/or mobile application that allows users to browse, read, and follow academic journals from the Library’s collection. BrowZine allows users to read articles in a format that is optimized for their device. BrowZine is accessible via a Web browser and/or on Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices. You can also use this resource to find similar journals for ideas for new paper topics, to find places to publish or to just raise your awareness of what is being discussed in your field.

Users can:

  • Keyword search for journals (current and back issues) by subject, title, or ISSN, or browse via a subject list.
  • Curate their own collections using the My Bookshelf function to save journals for easy browsing
  • Use the My Articles function to save citations/articles for further investigation.

Expanded options for each citation include the ability to export citations to a citation manager such as Endnote or Refworks and the ability to share a link with a colleague or student.

Most of the titles available through BrowZine are available in full text through the current issue, but for a few titles, you may come across an embargo to online access indicated by an orange banner at the top of the journal’s issue.

For an embargoed title that the Bentley Library has in hardcopy, Faculty can use the Library’s Scan on Demand service to request a copy.

For more information about BrowZine: Check out

Getting Started with BrowZine Video

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Resource of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library resource, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance

Database of the Month: Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center

Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center (formerly BNA Tax Library) provides users with online access to expert Bloomberg BNA analysis, tax codes, court cases, and articles and commentary on accounting and tax planning. The “Practice Tools” section includes previous year’s tax forms, the Federal Tax Calendar, working papers and tables and charts. Bentley’s subscription to the Tax and Accounting Center includes selected Federal, state and international materials. Primary source materials include the Internal Revenue Code, state and Federal tax cases, and Treasure Preamble Decisions.

The link for the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center is located on the Bentley Library’s Databases A-Z page. BBTAC has a unique login for users. From on campus once a user clicks on the link to the resource they will be taken to a Bloomberg BNA login screen. When the page loads click on the “Go to My Product” button. Users do not need to enter a username or password or sign in to BBTAC.

Remote users will authenticate using their Bentley email address and username and then they will be brought to the Bloomberg BNA login page where they too will click on the “Go to My Product” button.

Once in logged in to BBTAC users can explore the the Federal tax tab which includes BNA’s Expert Analysis, with access to the U.S. Income Portfolios, Estates, Gifts and Trusts Portfolios, and U.S. International Portfolios. The News and Commentary section provides the latest from BBTAC’s editors, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress and executive branch tax news. The Federal content area also provides a search box for searching Federal tax cases and rulings.

The State tab also provides users with access to BNA’s State Tax Portfolios and Sales & Use Tax Portfolios. Primary source materials in the State section include state statutes, regulations and rulings. State tax forms are also available in this content area.

The Estate Planning section of BBTAC provides access to Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Portfolios. Those users interested in researching Transfer Pricing will find the BNA Transfer Pricing Portfolios for 27 countries and the OECD.

 

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is for those who wish to research law, business and news topics. Users will find rich full-text content including:

  • Regional, national, and international publications and wire services
  • State and federal court cases, constitutions, statutes, and administrative codes
  • Law review articles
  • Company profile and dossier information
  • Country profiles, risk information, and news
  • Biographical and news information on public figures.

 

 

Starting Your Search

LexisNexis offers both basic and advanced searching via the highlighted search box. Search keys include date, source/publication type, proprietary index terms, and content type. Users can also use Boolean terms and limiters to tailor and refine a search. Users can also view a list of custom search environments by clicking the box titled Search by Subject or Topic.

 

Lexis also offers three custom search widgets, representing the most common search types: news and current events, state and federal cases and court decisions, and company information.

 

Search the News

Extensive local, national and international news sources can be accessed by using the Search the News box. Search by keyword, source type, or publication title to view articles from more than 3,000 newspapers, uploaded on the day of publication. Lexis also contains radio and television news transcripts, political press briefings, blogs and websites, wire feeds, and magazines. Non-English language sources include documents in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Look Up a Legal Case

Search for court decisions using a citation number, names of plaintiffs and/or defendants, or by topical keyword. Cases from the US federal court system and all 50 states are included. Users can access federal laws and regulations, and the statutes, administrative codes, and constitutions for every state. The database also includes legal research materials such as newspapers, magazines and newsletters, and law review articles from over 800 journals.

Get Company Info

This search enables users to retrieve company information by entering company name or NYSE ticker symbol. The wide range of legal, financial, executive, biographical, and SEC filings information can be selected and printed in a custom report.

Save Your Searches

Documents can be printed, downloaded, sent to Dropbox and Google Drive, or emailed for later use. In addition, Lexis provides permanent links for bookmarking, copy-and-paste citations, and citation export to RefWorks or other bibliographic management software.

Get Database Help

Visit the Academic Knowledge Center page to read and follow step-by-step instructions for popular searches. LexisNexis also provides video tutorials via its YouTube channel.

Connect to the Database

Please visit LexisNexis Academic to begin your search. You may also view a complete listing of the Bentley Library’s databases.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

New Database: CIAO – Columbia International Affairs Online

CIAO logoColumbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a new addition to the library’s collection of databases. CIAO has a specific focus on international politics and related fields, such as security studies, global finance, diplomatic practice, humanitarian law, global governance, development studies, and environmental studies. CIAO is owned and published by Columbia University Press (CUP).

What’s Included?

Researchers can use CIAO to find scholarly journal articles, working papers, policy briefs, analysis and commentary, e-books, and videos. CIAO also provides basic country data from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The content provided in CIAO is aggregated from 300 international publishing institutions, including government research organizations, independent think tanks, NGOs, universities, and scholarly journals.

There are two ways to search for information in CIAO – a standard search box and the Discover Content navigation menu.

Search

Construct a keyword search using the single search box at the top of the screen. There are no advanced search options, but you can utilize these search tips to construct a targeted keyword search:

  • Boolean operators are supported, but they must be typed in all caps – AND, OR, and NOT. The default search is an implied OR, which will search for all terms independently.
  • Use quotation marks to restrict your search to an exact phrase rather than searching for individual words. For example, “European Union”.
  • Use the facets in the left column to refine your search results based on criteria such as topic, geography, or content type.
Keyword search example. Click to view larger image.

Discover Content

Use the Discover Content faceted browsing menu options to locate materials by:

  • Topic
  • Political Geography
  • Content Type
  • Journal
  • Publishing Institution
  • Author
  • Publication Year
Your search will be narrowed with each option you select from the faceted menu. For example, you may choose a Topic (e.g. Foreign Policy) and a Political Geography (e.g. China) and a Content Type (e.g. Working Paper) to get a targeted set of search results. To remove a facet from your search, simply click the “x” next to the term.
Discover Content search
Discover Content faceted browse menu. Click to view larger image.

How to Access CIAO

Access CIAO from the library’s Databases A-Z page. Please note that CIAO is currently only available to on-campus users, but we are working on a solution to provide off-campus access.  If you have any questions about this new resource, or would like additional help searching the database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this free web resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: IMDB.com

film reel and slate

Awards season is just around the corner when Hollywood bestows various honors related to film and television. Whether you are a cinephile or a casual viewer, the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, can be a wonderful resource to help you navigate the ins and outs of the industry.

IMDb (www.imdb.com) is a freely available database that originally started in 1990. The database includes millions of records and is considered to be an authoritative source for film and television.

Content includes:

  • Records for movies and television shows
  • Entries for industry professionals and celebrities including actors, directors, writers, composers, producers, and more (including filmographies and brief biographies)
  • Trivia
  • Quotes
  • Industry news & event coverage
  • Box office charts & trends
  • Release calendars

Found movies on IMDB that you would like to watch? Bentley Library has a number of DVDs and streaming films.

Search the Bentley Library Catalog to find our available DVDs or search one of our streaming film collections:

  • Films on Demand offers educational film titles in a variety of subject areas.
  • Kanopy includes many various collections including films from the Criterion Collection, documentaries, films appearing at various international film festivals, Academy Award winning films and nominees, and more! Browse collections or search for specific titles.
  • Swank Digital Campus includes both classic and contemporary films. Some past award winners such as American Beauty, Argo, The Hurt Locker, and The Departed are available in our collection. Can be searched by title or genre.
Image Credit: thumb_film_reel_2_1. By ScypaxPictures, 2010, (Flickr). Used under Creative Commons License BY-ND 2.0 with no modifications.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this free web resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: Project Euclid

Project EuclidProject Euclid is a mathematical sciences database that seeks to advance scholarly communication in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics through partnerships with independent and society publishers. It was developed by the Cornell University Library and is now jointly managed with Duke University Press. It was originally created to provide a platform for small scholarly publishers of mathematics and statistics journals to move from print to electronic in a cost-effective way.

Through a combination of support by subscribing libraries* and participating publishers, Project Euclid has made 70% of its journal articles openly available. As of 2015, Project Euclid provides access to over 1.2 million pages of open-access content.

*Bentley Library is not a subscribing library.

Content

Search results display all relevant hits. The tables of contents and article abstracts are freely available to all users, and the following icons indicate whether or not the user can also access the full text for these items.

Project Euclid Access Levels

While the library does not currently subscribe to any licensed content, full-text is available for the following open-access titles.

  • Annals of Mathematical Statistics
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Berkeley Symposium on Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (1891-1991)
  • Communications in Mathematical Physics (1965-1997)
  • Electronic Communications in Probability
  • Electronic Journal of Probability
  • Electronic Journal of Statistics
  • Hiroshima Mathematical Journal
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics Collections
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics Lecture Notes – Monograph Series
  • Lecture Notes in Logic
  • Notre Dame Mathematical Lectures
  • NSF-CBMS Regional Conference Series in Probability and Statistics
  • Osaka Journal of Mathematics
  • Pacific Journal of Mathematics (1951-1996)
  • Perspectives in Logic
  • Probability Surveys
  • Proceedings of the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications
  • Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series A, Mathematical Sciences
  • Stochastic Systems
  • Statistics Surveys

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this free web resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.

Database of the Month: PrivCo

Organizations that are family owned or private are typically hard to gather information on. PrivCo serves up private company metrics which would formerly have taken hours to accumulate.  It taps multiple reference sources, articles, and industry info.

PrivCo connects the user to company directory information, financial data on private companies, and investors involved in private company activity.

Who can use it? Who benefits?

Eligible users include Bentley students, faculty, staff, community users.  Beneficiaries are most likely participants in GB 320 who are assigned company research, and any future venture capitalists who will appreciate the due diligence that can be performed with this e-resource.

What’s inside?

Private company profiles and deals about them, laid out in tables. Find:

  • description and history of a business
  • known investors (for example, Uber Technologies’ largest stakeholder is Fidelity with 2.5 %)
  • revenue model
  • competitors
  • court documents

Why use it?

  1. Merger and acquisition information
  2. Venture Capital activity
  3. Private Equity deals
  4. Pre-search for an internship
  5. General private company searching

Sample search for venture capital information:

Imagine an entrepreneur seeking new sources for his next VC deal. He wants to identify companies and view activity within a specific geographic location (Massachusetts) and a certain dollar amount ($50K – $1M). He logs in to his PrivCo account and begins a search so he can analyze who has funded whom, for how much.

  1. In the screenshot below you’ll see the opening page to a PrivCo account. Note VC funding tab pointed out on left of the dashboard. Arrow on right displays log-in name within the profile (we recommend establishing a profile).

    PrivCo search screen
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  2. Input parameters: for the venture capital transactions in question, he wants rounds in the range of $50,000 – $1M in Massachusetts in the last 5 years.

    PrivCo search screen - funding parameters
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  3. There are 343 results for venture capitalist activity which meet the criteria of $50K-$1M, located in Massachusetts. The link labeled “deal details” is the heart of the search. See screen shot below.

    PrivCo search results screen
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  4. Within the “Deal Details” of the first result for Weave Visual Analytics, Inc., it says this company received $750,00 in funds from Breton Capital. Weave was in its 2nd year of business at the time of the transaction, June 2016.

Where does PrivCo get its material?

Company information is gleaned from public documents such as regulatory documents, court proceedings, reference materials, industry information, and articles in the news.

What sets it apart?

  • Private company information with many links between companies reduces search time
  • Profile data can be exported to an excel spreadsheet, or exported as a PDF
  • Watchlists. I think this is PrivCo’s biggest contribution, an alert system which can connect to your email, for company activity
  • Well organized and has an easy interface to learn
  • Built with redundant navigation making it accessible to many learning styles
PrivCo company watchlist
Watchlist adds value to this database. Above: Uber’s company profile, with “Add to watchlist” circled.
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Locating PrivCo

Well-developed Self-help

  • PrivCo lets you export company profiles as an excel spreadsheet or PDF
  • Rich dictionary of terms
  • 85 page PDF of the entire Knowledge bank (FAQ’s) can be down loaded for further exploration

One last thing

Create a PrivCo profile and accumulate previous searches in one place; it will save time and allow a user to pick up an idea where they left off last. This makes research feel easy.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this free web resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.