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Welcome to Database of the Month, a feature from the Parrish Library. Each of these monthly snapshots will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This month’s database is D&B Business Browser, formerly OneSource, brought to you by Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.

Link: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/businessdatabases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: D&B Business Browser is an aggregate database of company, business news, and industry information.

Tutorial: Click here to see the basics of searching D&B Business Browser.

Start with this hint: From the D&B Business Browser homepage you can do quick searches for Companies, Executives, News and Industries. Once you have your results you can use the OneStop Report to select specific financial statements and reports you are interested in. D&B Business Browser also allows you to build a list of executives based on job title, industry, company size, or geographic location.

Why you should know this database: D&B Business Browser provides information on public and private businesses, with access to SWOT reports for some companies.

Interested in Company Info?  

Some other databases you might want to check out, are:

  • ReferenceUSA, offers several searchable database modules containing detailed information on more than 14 million businesses and employers.
  • Nexis Uni, features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, some dating back to 1790.
  • UniWorld, contains up-to-date multinational business contact information with listings in over 200 countries.
  • Business Source Complete, provides indexes and abstracts articles in business and management, marketing, MIS, accounting, finance, international business, and related disciplines.

Database of the Month comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu. Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this monthly feature.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.


Students walking through snow on Purdue's campus

Winter break is over and classes are back in session, but Purdue’s campus still looks like a winter wonderland.  Students have been trekking through snow to travel between their classes, dorms, and activities, just as they always have.  The features in this photograph are no longer part of the campus landscape, but can you identify what campus landmarks appear here and approximately when the image was taken?  Take a close look and share your theories in the comments.  The full story of this scene will be revealed on Friday.


This picture of campus, circa 1909, shows students walking across The Oval along the hedge walk toward Ladies Hall. The Oval still exists today as Memorial Mall, but the hedge walks that used to circle The Oval have long since been removed.  Here’s another view of that scene during warmer weather:

Hedge Walk leading to Ladies Hall

Ladies Hall, also known as Art Hall, was the women’s dorm and for many years the site of home economics and art classes.  Its unusual architectural style and ivy-covered walls stood out among the traditional brick buildings on the rest of campus, making it a popular subject of campus imagery like the postcard below.  Ladies Hall stood along State Street on the site of what is now Founders Park between Matthews Hall and Stone Hall.  It was demolished in 1927.

Ladies Hall

This snowy photograph and many other views of Purdue student life in the 1900s can be found in the photo album of Loretta Mae Wallace, available online in e-Archives.

We’ll be back on January 29 with our next From the Archives mystery photo.

Purdue University LibrariesAll Purdue University Libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of the national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Individuals with a Purdue ID will be able to gain access to the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) via swipe card access.

For a comprehensive list of the hours of all the Purdue Libraries, please see www.lib.purdue.edu/hoursList.

Electronic Resources Alert

January 8th, 2018

There is currently a problem linking from EBSCO databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier) within Library Search to full-text articles. You may see the error, “A System Problem has Occurred.” The issue has been reported.

If you need help obtaining library materials, please use Ask a Librarian.

Electronic Resources Alert

January 5th, 2018

There is currently an issue with off-campus access to many of our electronic resources. When attempting to log in with your Purdue Career Account, you may see the following error, “That username or password was incorrect. Please try again.” We are working on a solution.

In the meantime, if you need help, please try Ask a Librarian or use Interlibrary Loan (please note that turnaround times for ILL vary during holidays and breaks).


Shofar: A 35-Year Retrospective

December 15th, 2017

In 2018, the long respected publication Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies welcomes a new look, a new schedule, and new editors. Purdue University Press reflects upon and celebrates the past 35 successful volumes in preparation for the Association for Jewish Studies annual conference, where the future of Shofar will be unveiled in our exhibit booth.

In recognition of the hard work of so many scholars over more than three decades, the Press has composed a special issue, “Shofar’s 35-Year Retrospective,” which is freely available via open access on Project MUSE through the end of January 2018. After January 31, the special issue may be accessed through your institution’s subscription to Project MUSE.

This special issue includes a 25-year retrospective article written by Shofar Founding Editor Joseph Haberer and published in 2008. It also contains a never-before-published 35-year retrospective article written by Shofar Editor Emeritus Zev Garber. Finally, the issue features the top 10 most downloaded articles from online journal distribution partners Project MUSE and JSTOR.

Purdue University Press will exhibit in booth 130 at the Association for Jewish Studies annual conference December 17-19. Please stop by the booth at any time and meet the new editors of Shofar, Eugene M. Avrutin and Ranen Omer-Sherman, during the Monday morning coffee break hosted by the Press. If you’re unable to attend but would like to learn more about Shofar, visit www.shofarjournal.com or contact shofar@purdue.edu.

Several Purdue University students showed the many reasons why they love Purdue Libraries in the Purdue University Libraries’ fifth “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest. This fall, we added a twist to the contest theme and asked students to produce video entries that show why they love the newly opened Purdue Libraries’ Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), home of the Library of Engineering and Science.

The contest–which was announced in Fall 2017 and is supported by the Purdue Federal Credit Union–was open to Purdue students and received 24 entries for the Fall 2017 competition. All entries were judged by members of the Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council.

Four videos – first, second, and two videos for a third-place tie – were selected as winners of the first $1,000 prize, second $750 prize, and third $500 prize. Five students produced the videos. They include:

  • First Place Cole Griffin, senior, industrial engineering major, and Anna Magner, junior, selling and sales management major: each will receive half of the $1,000;
  • Second PlaceJake Heidecker, sophomore, finance and supply chain management double major: $750; and
  • Third Place Tie Jason Kelly, freshman, engineering major, and Matt Schnelker, senior, computer information technology major; each will receive $500.

The winners of the Fall 2017 Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC Video Contest joined Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins and Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU) Vice President Jeff Love for a special presentation of their awards in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Library of Engineering and Science. The Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC Video Contest was supported by Purdue Federal Credit Union. Pictured (L to R): Anna Magner, Cole Griffin, Jeff Love, Jim Mullins, Jake Heidecker, Jason Kelly, and Matt Schnelker.

The winners of the Fall 2017 Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC Video Contest joined Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins and Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU) Vice President Jeff Love for a special presentation of their awards in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Library of Engineering and Science. The Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC Video Contest was supported by Purdue Federal Credit Union. The winners and Dean Mullins and Vice President Love are pictured standing on the third floor of the WALC, in front of the window overlooking the Mullins Reading Room. Pictured, L to R, are: Anna Magner, Cole Griffin, Jeff Love, Jim Mullins, Jake Heidecker, Jason Kelly, and Matt Schnelker.

View the winning videos on the “Why I Love Purdue Libraries’ WALC” Fall 2017 Video Contest YouTube Playlist at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfiLH31ZZsO136sTrEir-exeiBi1X30wI

First Place: Cole Griffin and Anna Magner

Second Place: Jake Heidecker

Third Place (Tie): Matt Schnelker

Third Place (Tie): Jason Kelly

From the Archives: Study Space

December 4th, 2017

In addition to Christmas and snow, Purdue students know that December means finals.  Students are filling study spaces across campus as they prepare for exams and term papers, just as they have throughout Purdue’s history.  Can you identify this location filled with studying students, what it was called, and where it was located?  Share your theories in the comments and check back on Friday for the full reveal!


The Bookstall on the second floor of the Humanities, Social Science, and Education Library in Stewart Center was a student destination.  The large open space, the result of a 1961 renovation, housed newspapers and periodicals and included ample room for dozens of students to complete assignments or study for exams.  It remained a popular study spot until a new Bookstall opened with the Hicks Undergraduate Library in 1982.

In addition to study space, the HSSE Bookstall was sometimes an event destination.  It hosted a series of “coffee concerts” as musicians performed and crowds assembled in the space.

A retirement reception held in honor of Dean of Purdue University Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor James L. Mullins is set from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the Mullins Reading Room, Library of Engineering and Science, Wilmeth Active Learning Center. Formal remarks at the event will begin at 3:45 p.m.

Mullins has been the dean of Purdue Libraries since 2004. He came to Purdue from MIT Libraries, where he was associate director for administration. Prior to MIT, he held senior administrative positions at Indiana University and Villanova University.

During his tenure at Purdue, Mullins’ leadership propelled Purdue Libraries to the forefront of academic and research library innovation, and he strengthened Purdue Libraries in all areas; championed the active-learning concept on campus; and established the W. Wayne Booker Endowed Chair in Information Literacy, a first of its kind in higher education, in Purdue Libraries. Additionally, Mullins was integral in establishing the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), the Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services Division to advance scholarly communication, and the Distributed Data Curation Center in the Libraries’ Research Data unit.

Dean of Purdue University Libraries James L. Mullins

Dean of Purdue University Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor James L. Mullins — with the view of the Mullins Reading Room behind him — is holding a dictionary he has owned for nearly 50 years. The well-worn edition of Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary was given to him by his late brother and sister-in-law for his high school graduation.

In late September, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced that the Reading Room in the new Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) is named after Mullins, who played an integral role in envisioning and designing the new building.

“Jim Mullins has dedicated his life to serving students and transforming and improving the way we educate them. It is truly fitting for his name to forever be a part of something as innovative as the Wilmeth Active Learning Center,” Daniels noted.

The Mullins Reading Room is among the many now well-used study spaces in the innovative new building, which opened in August 2017. The WALC—home of the Library of Engineering and Science and 27 active-learning classrooms—marries library and classroom space in a first-of-its-kind structure and is situated in the heart of the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

“Due to Jim’s vision and pioneering work, Purdue Libraries is internationally recognized as a creative and visionary leader in the academic and research library profession,” said D. Scott Brandt, interim associate dean for research, Purdue Libraries.

Mullins has served in leadership roles within the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and the International Federation of Library Associations. In 2016, Mullins received the prestigious Hugh A. Atkinson Award from the American Library Association in recognition of his outstanding leadership and his many contributions to research libraries. In 2017, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in Information and Library Science by the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University.

During his tenure, Purdue University Libraries received the 2015 University Library Excellence Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Mullins earned B.A. degrees in religion, history, and political science and his M.A.L.S. degree from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing (formerly the School of Library and Information Science).

Hicks Study Break Events Fall 2017Take a break from final exam stress with the Fall 2017 Hicks Study Break Events! Pet some therapy dogs or channel your inner baker and decorate cookies! Other Study Break Events include a popcorn bar, craft-making activities, as well as art-relaxation stations, bubble wrap, and
Lego-building resources available around Hicks.

All events, Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 5 and 7, and Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-13, are free and open to all Purdue students and will be held in the Hicks Undergraduate Library’s main common area.

Prep Week

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 — Pet Partners Therapy Animals
    Students will have the opportunity to mingle with therapy animals from Pet Partners, formerly known as Caring Paws.
  • 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 — Craft Night & Popcorn Bar
    Design your own ceramic mug and enjoy the popcorn bar.

Finals Week

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 — Craft Night & Popcorn Bar
    Create your own stress ball and enjoy the popcorn bar.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 — Pet Partners Therapy Animals
    Students will have the opportunity to relax and spend time with therapy animals.
  • 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Cookie Decorating
    A new event this year, students can stop by and decorate sugar cookies.