Database of the Month: IHS Connect (formerly IHS Global Insight)

July 23, 2014 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

ihsconnectFor a number of years the Bentley University Library has relied upon IHS Global Insight to provide us with comprehensive economic and country risk data.  Recently IHS has transitioned the content we received via Global Insight  into a new product, IHS Connect.  The IHS Country Profiles can now be found under the “geography” tab at the top of each IHS Connect page.  User can search for Country Reports based on geographic location for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.   The country reports are comprehensive, updated reports across major factors shaping foreign investment: political, economic, legal, tax, operational and security environment.  Country reports has a content area labeled “Research and Data Center” that provides Bentley users with exchange rates and CPI tables, monthly forecast tables, and quarterly forecast tables.  The tabular data is downloadable with Excel.

The Growth Outlook content area provides users with a number of tables based on key economic indicators, such as production and inflation, trade and exchange rates.  Key indicator tables can be exported to PDF, Excel and PowerPoint.  IHS provides 6-8 month projections of key indicators.  The Country Rankings content area  provides users with the ability to build a rankings table for 206 countries.  Countries can be ranked by GDP, CPI, foreign Debt, International Reserves, Long-term Interest Rates, and a number of other categories.  Any table in this section of IHS Connect can easily be downloaded to Excel.

A full country report is provided for each country covered by IHS.  Each report includes a Country Risk Statement prepared by IHS.  Each report also includes a Short-term Outlook section as well as Medium- and Long-term Outlook. The Short-term Outlook provides key points and analysis with recent and projected key macro-economic indicators.  The Medium- and Long-term Outlook section provides for a deeper analysis of each country’s economic growth.   Growth, labor markets, inflation, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy, and the external sector of each country are covered in the narrative of each country report.

Under the “Insight” tab users can find the Risks and Ratings content area.   This section provides tables of the IHS Country Risks and sovereign risks.  The IHS Country Risks provide weighted  risks (Political 25%, Economic 25%, Legal 15%, Tax 15%, Operational 10%, Security 10%) for doing business in all of the countries covered in the database.  The sovereign risk content area provides a quick tabular view of medium term risk with ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P.

IHS Connect is a large, comprehensive database with some content areas that are  not available to members of the Bentley community.   When logged into the database users will notice that some content areas are “grayed out” or a “lock” icon is used as an indicator that we do not have access to that content.

IHS Connect can be accessed via the Bentley Library’s Databases page ( or directly at


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.

Get Your Summer Vacation Reading Here

July 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, general news

The first thing I did this morning?  Checked out a few books for my upcoming vacation. I grabbed two brand-new arrivals (Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta and That Night by Chevy Stevens) and my book club’s latest selection (Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love)  to supplement the pile of books I have awaiting me at home. I’m looking forward to having a lazy-days-of-summer vacation (think beach and backyard), during which I try to read a year’s worth of fiction in two weeks. beach-chairs

I hope that you all get time off from work and the other stresses of life this summer.  If your idea of a great vacation includes books, please visit us before you hit the road.  We have many new releases (and older favorites) for you to choose from – in hardcover, audiobook (CD and Playaway), and downloadable OverDrive eBook and .mp3 formats!

Get started by browsing the Popular Reading and Audiobooks shelves on the main level of the library.  If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device, check out our OverDrive downloadable library. Don’t forget, library staff can help you locate a specific title/author, offer book recommendations and help you download eBooks.


On Display: Our Animal Friends

June 30, 2014 by Donna · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France




The library’s new display features our animal friends like Marley the dog, Alex the parrot, and Babe the pig. The collection of nonfiction, fiction, and film focuses on the special relationship between humans and animals, exploring how animals affect us and how they can “awaken” our souls. Come by the library to make a new furry friend!


Visit the library to check out the display in person, take a look at the Pinterest board, or see the entire list of materials in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk. Enjoy!

Library Hours for Summer Session

May 19, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Summer session begins on Monday, May 19, 2014. Our regular summer session hours are:

1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hours are subject to change on holidays and holiday weekends and when classes are not being held.  The Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) has closed for the summer.  For more information about the library’s hours please view our online hours calendar.