Database of the Month: Mergent Intellect

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Mergent Intellect offers comprehensive data on companies, industries, demographics, consumer lifestyles, people, and jobs. Among its specialized offerings are:

  • Information on over 245 million domestic and international public and private companies
  • First Research industry profiles
  • United States census data, searchable by geographic area
  • Nielsen PRIZM demographic and consumer reports
  • Residential contact and lifestyle data for U.S. residents
  • Job listings for companies in the U.S. and Canada

Mergent provides both standardized reports and custom reporting tools that are perfect for building lists of competitors, viewing potential customers in a geographic area, and more.

Get Started with Mergent Intellect

Use the basic search box to execute a Company, Industry, Executive or New Business search. Alternatively, click one of the icons located below the search box for other specialized searches.

Other searches available in Mergent: Advanced Search, Residential Search, First Research Industry, Demographics, Consdumer Data, Learning (Help) Center and Key Business Ratios.

Company & Industry Data

Mergent provides information on domestic and international companies. Both public and private companies are included, as are inactive companies. Search by company name, ticker symbol or URL in the single search box to access company profiles, financials, industry profiles, and executive information.

To build custom lists of companies with specific criteria, use the Advanced Search. Both Company and Executive criteria are available. Lists may be exported to CSV or XLSX format.

Company criteria are displayed; click links in the highlighted box to add more fields

Demographics Data

Standardized reports provide an overview of the characteristics of a geographical area using data from the most recent US Census and the proprietary PRIZM segmentation system from Nielsen (Claritas 360). Search by ZIP code, city or county name to access eight different reports, ranging in complexity from quick facts to full overviews. Most are available in both PDF and XLS formats.

Household income for Middlesex county, MA: 2010 actual-2024 projection

Get Database Help

Visit the Help Guides for detailed instructions on searching and building reports. How-to videos help with navigating Advanced Search, Consumer Lifestyle searches, and more.

In-person assistance is available from Bentley librarians; our Bentley Library Research Help page contains contact information and Reference Desk hours.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click Mergent Intellect to begin your search. This database can also be viewed in the Annual Reports and SEC, Company Profiles, Consumer Demographics, Industries and Markets, and International Business subject lists on the A-Z page.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, 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 these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

On Display: Check Out a Book; Whip Up Something Delicious!

Looking for a new recipe to spice up your holiday table, or want to try creating a delicious meal from another culture? Maybe you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. This display of cookbooks and other food-related reading might just inspire you to think outside your comfort zone when it comes to being in the kitchen. We’ve also included a few select food films and chef biographies that might get you and your culinary skills into the kitchen to whip up something amazing and different!

To feast your eyes on what we’re offering, come to the Library to browse the display. You can also go beyond our lobby display by taking a look at the cooking titles in our OverDrive collection of ebooks and audiobooks, and searching our streaming film database Kanopy by typing the word “cooking” in the search box.

Bon appétit!

Database of the Month: IHS Connect

IHS Connect provides continuously updated analysis of general business conditions, economic information and general risk assessment for countries, continents and regions. Reports include political, economic, regulatory/legal, tax, operational and security considerations. Interactive maps, statistical data, charts, and graphs analyze and present data on specific geographies.

Users researching Global Studies, Economics, and business-related country and company topics will find this database useful. For example, information on the following common reference questions in those disciplines (and more) is included:

  • Risks associated with doing business in specific countries
  • World, regional and local economic forecasts
  • Current country and sovereign risk ratings from IHS Connect, Moody’s, S&P and other rating services
  • Headline Analysis, Risk Profile, Intelligence, and other analyst-authored reports naming specific countries and companies

Get Started with IHS Connect

To get started, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page and choose Show Subscribed Content to limit search results to Bentley’s subscription content. A basic search box for keyword searching is provided to the left of the gear icon; start typing a search term and a list of suggested topics appears below the search box. Results will be provided in one or more of the following subject areas: Global Economics, Risk, or Geographies.

Choose a Country

To see an interactive dashboard with comprehensive information about a specific country, click the Geography link of the navigation bar and enter a country name into the search box.

Partial view of Country Risk reports and data for Venezuela, showing Overview, Reports and Risk Ratings

Browse Interactive Risk and Economics Datasets

The IHS Data Browser organizes and displays Risk Rating and Global Economy data. Build reports by choosing from a detailed list of strategic or sovereign risk factors, or view economic indicators over time. The data can be exported to Excel by clicking the Export button.

Strategic risk ratings for South American countries

Get Database Help

View IHS Connect’s online help center by clicking the question mark icon on the main navigation bar.  Download the PDF user guide or view it online. User guides for a variety of in-depth tutorial information are also available. In-person assistance is available from Bentley librarians; our contact information and Reference Desk hours are available on the Bentley Library Research Help page.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click IHS Connect to begin your search. This database can also be viewed in the following Subject lists on the A-Z page: Country Research; Economics; International Business; Politics and Government.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, 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 these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Workshop: Citing Sources: Why, When, How

 

Why do your professors want you to cite your sources? Does it feel like busywork? Let us help. We’ll show you how to cite your sources in the format of your choice, and where to find citation templates and formatting style guides.

Do you have sources you need to cite, or a bibliography you need help with? Bring them with you and we’ll provide on-the-spot assistance.

When: Wednesday, December 6th, 2:30 to 3:30 or Thursday, December 7th, 5:00-6:00 pm
Where: Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, on the lower level of the library
Presented by: Greg Farber-Mazor, Director of the Writing Center; Macee Damon and Matt Van Sleet, Reference Librarians

To reserve your seat, send an email to refdesk@bentley.edu with “Citation Workshop” in the subject line, and tell us which session you’d like to attend.

We hope to see you there!

Diverse Voices: Book, Film, and Map Display. Culture Fest 2017 Event

Are you curious about the “world” of resources that the Library offers?

Visit the Library lobby all week to see a pop-up display of books and movies from across the globe! We’ll also provide search tips on how to discover new favorite titles by searching for diverse writers and filmmakers.

Do you already have a favorite book or movie from a diverse voice or place that’s not in our collection? Let us know by placing a title into our suggestion box, and we’ll consider adding it. If you can’t make it to the library, you can submit suggestions via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BentleyLibraryWishlist, post your suggestions on Facebook, or comment here.

We’ll also have a giant world map on display. While you’re browsing the books and movies, take a moment to pinpoint the location where you or your ancestors come from, and check out the diversity of our Bentley community.

Happy reading, searching, and pinning!

November 13-17, 2017
Bentley Library Lobby
Visit anytime during our open hours!

Database of the Month: Oxford Art Online

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Collage of art included in OAO

Oxford Art Online is a comprehensive art research database comprising encyclopedias, dictionaries, images, and articles written by art history and research experts. The database contains more than 1,500 thumbnail art images, with links to searchable image databases and art images on museum and gallery web sites around the world.

Users can find information about:

  • Art forms
  • Creators and biographical information
  • Geographical regions
  • Styles and art movements
  • Time periods

Browsing

Users may view a full alphabetical listing of all available articles and images by choosing All Content from the browse bar at the top of the home page. Select Biographies, Subject Entries, or Images to browse specific types of content.

Searching 

A basic search box for keyword searching is provided at the top of the page. Users can also take advantage of the database’s Advanced Search capabilities, including specifying category searches such as time period, art style or geography. Advanced Search indexes for images, biographies, and bibliographies enable users to narrow searches to particular types of materials.

Users can also refer to Subject Guides that compile available database content for specific topics. Selected topics are shown below.

EXamples of Subject Guides

Save Your Searches

Search results can be printed and/or emailed for later use. In addition, the database provides copy-and-paste citations in MLA and Chicago formats, and citation export to RefWorks or other bibliographic management software.

Get Database Help

Online Guided Tours (video guides) and tips for searching/browsing are provided. In addition, a full help document may be viewed and/or printed.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click Oxford Art Online to begin your search.

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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.

On Display: Words Have Power – Read a Banned Book!

According to the American Library Association website, “A [book] challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.”

child reading a book with fist raised
American Library Association

In 2016, 323 book challenges were recorded in the United States by the American Library Association. (It is worth noting that many challenges go unreported.) The majority of challenges occurred against materials found in public and school libraries, and were most commonly brought by parents and public library users. The most common reasons for book challenges are: sexually explicit subject matter, offensive language, and religious viewpoint. ALA does not track international challenges, but history records many instances in which books have been censored and/or suppressed based on political viewpoint and other reasons deemed offensive to the state or nation.

In conjunction with Banned Books Week 2017 and through the month of October/beginning of November, we’ve provided a selection of fiction titles that have been reported as challenged and/or banned by public libraries, school libraries, and countries. Also included are some nonfiction titles on censorship topics. Stop by to take a look at the books on display or view them online (and place holds on anything you’d like to check out). Books on display each contain a banned-books-themed bookmark, which readers are welcome to keep. We’ve also made some buttons which are free for the taking.

If you use our OverDrive Downloadable Books , a list of banned and challenged books appears when you log into that collection.

Exercise your freedom to seek and express ideas- read a banned book!

 

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.