Database of the Month: Statista

Need statistics for a research assignment? This month’s database of the month, Statista, is a great place to look!

Statista Logo

Statista is a portal for quantitative data and statistics. This database provides statistics related to industries, markets, consumer behavior, media, and more both in the United States and worldwide.

Screenshot of Statista homepage. Displays navigation menus and main search box.
Statista Homepage as of April 2019.

Use the search box to find information on your topic of interest or browse via the drop-down menus which provide access to different types of information available in Statista.  Statistics can be downloaded in Excel, PNG, PowerPoint and PDF formats.

Result page in Statista for "Number of recreational visitors to Boston National Historical Park in the United States from 2008 to 2018 (in millions)". Displays chart, download options, description of chart, and citation tool.
Example result in Statista. Visit this page on Statista’s website.

Each result page offers an exportable chart or graph, a brief description of the data, and points to the source of the data should you want to track down more information from that source. A citation tool is provided to make it easier to cite the material if you are using it in a paper or project. Suggested citations are available for APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and Bluebook citation styles. Other options provided by Statista include adjusting the chart type under “Settings” and you can also share this information on social media.  Some charts and graphs can even be embedded with HTML code into websites!

In addition to the individual charts and graphs, Statista offers a variety of reports that compile statistics that can help with your research. Statista Dossiers organize top sets of quantitative charts and graphs on a topic onto one browseable page. These collections can be exported as a PowerPoint or PDF file. Take a look at this Statista Dossier on Netflix as an example. 

If you have any questions about using Statista, please reach out to a Bentley Reference Librarian. You can also check out Statista’s Help & FAQ page.

———————————————

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: LinkedIn Learning

logo for linkedin learning

Whether you want to enhance your work performance with a new skill, round out your résumé, or learn something new for personal development, LinkedIn Learning can help! Choose from more than 6,000 individual courses and short videos, taught by industry experts, on business, creative/applied arts, and technology topics.

Get Started With LinkedIn Learning

Use the search box to enter keywords for skills, subjects or software. Alternatively, use the Library dropdown menu to browse course offerings.

Browse menu for LinkedIn Learning courses in English

LinkedIn also offers written and visual content in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. (Some audio tracks are by native speakers and some are dubbed.) Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the desired language to see what’s available.

Learning Paths

If you’d like to take multiple courses on a single topic, you can make your own lists, or you can let LinkedIn do the work for you with its pre-assembled collections related to specific job types. Choose from the Learning Paths browse list shown in the image above, or enter a keyword or two in the search box. Course lists and links are displayed along with the time needed for completion. Please note that LinkedIn Learning Paths lead to a LinkedIn badge of completion, not an official certification credential.

A pre-assembled course list for Project Management

Mobile Access

Courses may be downloaded to a mobile device. The LinkedIn Learning app is available for iOS and Android phones in the App Store and/or the Google Play Store.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click LinkedIn Learning to begin your search. This database appears in the Business Topics, Education, IT/CIS, and Marketing 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.

Database of the Month: Gartner Group Resources

Gartner Group Resources provides expert analysis and opinion on IT-related topics at the intersection of business and technology. Users can search Gartner’s proprietary research by market area, topic, or industry. Gartner also offers blogs and podcasts.

Gartner methodologies consist of research practices and procedures that distill large volumes of data into clear, precise recommendations so their clients can formulate plans or make difficult business decisions.

Gartner provides insights on major function areas including, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing & Communications, and Product R&D, in every market sector. Gartner provides a number of proprietary research products and services including the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Hype Cycles, Peer Insights, and Special Reports. IT related business topics can be found in the Research Library section of the Gartner database.

Gartner Magic Quadrants provide users with a graphical interface that examine four types of technology providers: Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers. Magic Quadrant industry areas include Communications, Manufacturing Technology, Services Technology, and Transportation. Topic areas covered include Business Applications, Software Infrastructure, IT Services, Business Objectives and Application Development.

Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications. Hype Cycle methodology provides a view of technology and applications as they evolve over time.   Hype Cycle topic areas include Technology, Society & Public Policy, Business Applications, Software Infrastructure, Business Objectives and IT Management. 

Access to Gartner is via Bentley University username and network password.


Database of the Month provides a 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.

Database of the Month: Mergent Intellect

Logo for the Mergent Intellect database

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.

Database of the Month: OverDrive

Read for Free from a Phone, Tablet or Laptop through the Bentley Library

December is a great time to highlight the Library’s OverDrive Collection. As you pack up to go home for the holidays, remember the OverDrive downloadable collection is available for you to enjoy on break, anywhere, 24×7 on any device.

This collection includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles including many bestsellers and award winners.

Simply click into OverDrive to view our newest additions or to browse the ebook and audiobook collections by subject, format or genre.  You may browse the available titles without logging in. You only need to log in when you decide to borrow a title.

Some features of OverDrive:

  • This service is free to you with your Bentley e-mail address and network password.
  • All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period which is 21 days. There are no late fees and if your time runs out, you can just borrow it again.
  • If a title is checked out, place a hold and you are e-mailed when the title is available.
  • For titles with multiple holds, the Library will purchase additional copies decreasing wait times.
  • The plus sign under a title adds to the title to your personal wish list and you can use your wish list to pull up available content when you have the free time to enjoy it.
  • Curated lists, available from the OverDrive homepage, include: Great American Reads, Newest Additions, Most Popular, Try Something Different, Banned & Challenged Books, and Presidential Biographies. Just scroll the main screen to view these curated lists.
  • Each title is selected and added to the collection by your Bentley Librarians, and new titles are added each month.
  • Bentley students, faculty & staff can suggest titles for purchase using the Suggest a Purchase form.

To get started enjoying ebooks & audiobooks on your device visit Getting Started with OverDrive.

If you need help with this service, help is always available at the Reference Desk and there is a special Overdrive Winter Break Reading session scheduled from 11 to noon on Reading Day in Group Study Room 102. Just bring your device and we’ll get you set up.

———————————————

Database 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. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Resource of the Month: Mosaic USA Consumer Segmentation

This month we are highlighting Mosaic® USA, a unique and valuable resource for students and researchers seeking consumer demographic and psychographic information for GB214, GB320, marketing projects, and corporate immersion projects!

About Mosaic® USAMosaic USA handbook cover

Mosaic® USA is a consumer lifestyle segmentation system developed by Experian that classifies U.S. households into 19 overarching groups and 71 unique types that share similar demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

Mosaic® USA profiles provide information about the sociodemographics, lifestyles, behaviors, and culture of consumers within each of the 19 groups and 71 segments.

Affluence and life stage, combined with property characteristics, socio-economics, ethnicity, additional financial measures, and the type of geographic location (e.g. urban or rural) are key components of the Mosaic classifications.

Access Mosaic® USA profile descriptions
The Bentley Library has access to Mosaic® USA profiles and population and household data via our subscription to the DemographicsNow database.

Follow these steps to locate the profiles:

  1. Select the Demographics Now database from the library’s Databases A-Z list
  2. Click on the menu icon in the top right corner
  3. Click HELP
  4. Scroll down to view [Mosaic USA Details]. You will see links to the 19 Mosaic® USA group profiles and the 71 Mosaic® USA segment descriptions.

example of a Mosaic profile
example of a Mosaic® USA profile

Find Mosaic® USA population and household data for a geographic area
Generate reports in DemographicsNow to identify the Mosaic® USA composition of any geographic region (zip code, city, county, state, etc.).

Follow these steps to generate reports:

  1. Select the DemographicsNow database from the library’s Databases A-Z list
  2. Click on the [Demographics] tab at the top of the page
  3. Enter a [Geography] in the GeoFilter box
  4. Select a [Report Type]: Summary, Comparison, or Rank
  5. Use the [Report] drop-down box to select a Mosaic® USA report. Report choices will vary according to your report type selection, but include Population, Household, and Workplace Population reports.

example of a Mosaic® USA Details summary report for a state

Get Mosaic® USA help and documentation
These sources will help you understand and use Mosaic® USA. 

Click to view video tutorial

If you’d like further assistance using this resource please contact the Reference Desk.

———————————————

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.

Resource of the Month: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Reports created by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) are now available to the public!

With the passing of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018” (H.R. 1625, 115th Cong.), CRS Reports can now be searched and accessed on Congress.gov at https://crsreports.congress.gov/.

Search CRS Reports Homepage

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a part of the Library of Congress, provides support for all members of Congress and congressional committees. The Congressional Research Service’s experts conduct research and provide analysis to assist legislators. CSR reports provide nonpartisan, objective analysis on a topic.

The reports and other research products produced by the Congressional Research Service cover a wide range of topics related to public policy and areas of interest to members of Congress. Some of the topics covered include issues related to foreign affairs, health care, environmental policy, trade, the economy, and much more.

Content on CRSReports.Congress.gov is available from 2017 to present, with new content being added frequently. Reports may be updated periodically, however prior versions may still be accessed.

Users can download the reports as a PDF. Previous versions of a report can be accessed by looking at the version history.

Record for CRS report

The last update date is clearly marked on each report. A table of contents and citations to sources are also included.

For assistance in using and searching CRS Reports, contact the Bentley Library Reference Desk.

———————————————

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: Films on Demand

Films on Demand is one of the Bentley Library’s premier online film databases, specializing in educational content that spans all academic disciplines and research interests. With enhancements such as segmented content, customized playlists, embed capabilities, and citation tools, this database is a valuable resource for both educators and students alike.

Content

Bentley University has access to the full Master Academic Collection offered by Films on Demand. This collection includes within it the Humanities & Social Science, Business & Economy, Science & Mathematics, and Health Video collections. In addition, these resources feature content from notable producers of quality programming:

Films on Demand producers

Subject areas covered by Films On Demand include:

  • Art  & Architecture
  • Biology
  • Business & Economics
  • Careers & Job Search
  • Computers & Technology
  • English & Language Arts
  • Health & Medicine
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Features

documentary "Two American Families" is available in Films on Demand

Playlists

Users have the option to create playlists to access and refer to later. To create playlists, click on the “My Films” option on the top right corner of the main page and follow the instructions to create an account.

Segments

Most films in this database feature segments, making it easier for both educators and students to isolate relevant content for instruction or research. Users can also create their own custom segments for use in research and presentations and save to their account to reference later.

Blackboard

Instructors can integrate films into Blackboard with ease by using the Embed/Link option, enabling the posting of assigned films (or segments) directly into the course learning environment without extra clicks or links. To do this, first cut and paste the Title URL link of the video listed below the brief description of the title Then place our proxy server prefix tag in front of this URL so off campus users can view the video.

Here is our proxy server prefix tag: http://ezp.bentley.edu/login?url=

Transcripts

For accessibility purposes, Films on Demand also offers closed captioning and searchable transcripts both available in multiple languages as an alternative way to experience content.

Connect to this Resource

Films on Demand is available from the library’s Streaming Films page and Databases A to Z listing. Contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or need assistance using this resource.

——————————————————————

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.