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Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  Mergent Online, from Mergent.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:  Mergent Online provides company information.

Start with this hint:  Enter the ticker symbol or name of the company of interest and Mergent Online will give you a list of guesses.  When you select the company from the list, the resulting page has tabs for more information.  Use the tabs ranging from Executives to Competitors or use the Report Builder for a specialized report.  Also try the links below the tabs.  For example, Highlights includes a balance sheet, management effectiveness, and liquidity indicators.

Click here to see the basics of searching Mergent Online or try our new tool Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database:  Mergent Online includes inactive companies.

How this will help students: Mergent Online can be a one-stop database for students looking for company information. There are also country reports providing economic, industry, and trade information, as well as basic history, geography, demographic, government, communication media information.

Cost: For information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.

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Database of the Week 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.  Database of the Week is archived at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/.  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database: Associations Unlimited, from Gale Cengage.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:Associations Unlimited is a source of information about associations, professional societies, and organizations.

Start with this hint:  Associations Unlimited begins at the main menu, where you select a search form based on what you know about the subject.  If you know the name or acronym of an organization, choose that option.  Try NRA, for example, and you’ll find there are 9 organizations with that acronym.  To see a sample of the entries provided by Associations Unlimited, click on the National Restaurant Association.  You’ll find contact information, including email and URL, a description of the organization’s purpose, awards, publications, and meetings, the SIC code of the industry, and promotional material from the association. Return to the main menu and try the options for Location, Custom, or Subject/Any Word to find organizations committed to almost any subject or issue from economics to politics, charitable organizations to fan clubs. Categories include educational, trade, and social welfare groups, and coverage can be limited to national, international, or regional.

Click here to see the basics of searching Associations Unlimited or try our new tool Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: Associations Unlimited is not a mere directory of organization names and addresses.  It provides details on over 150,000 associations, and includes IRS information on over 300,000 nonprofit organizations.

How this will help students: Students should become familiar with the professional societies that support the interests of their chosen careers.  Many of these societies offer student memberships. In addition, many research projects can benefit from information offered by special interest organizations.

Cost: $2,497.00 paid by the Libraries annually.

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Database of the Week 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.  Database of the Week is archived at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/.  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.

Purdue’s first annual Day of Giving is TODAY!  This 24-hour, online event invites anyone who loves Purdue to join together and grant opportunities for Purdue students.

Your gift to Purdue Libraries will help us earn extra funds that will directly support world-class research, scholarship and information literacy that is transforming education at Purdue University.  And, you will be joining together with alumni, friends and fans of Purdue across the globe to make a significant philanthropic impact.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Hicks Undergraduate Library will hold several “study break” activities in conjunction with prep/finals week:

  • Therapy DogsTuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Therapy Dogs, International will be bringing several dog teams to the main common area in Hicks.  Students will be allowed to visit with the dogs to help lower their stress levels.

Location: Hicks Main Common Area

  • Music TherapyMonday, May 5 – 7 p.m.

Julia Lopez – Kaley, MT-BC will provide customized activities with goals of decreasing stress and identifying ways to recognize and manage symptoms in a musical context.

Location: Hicks G980D

  • Game BreakWednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 8 – 6:30 p.m.

Hicks Undergraduate Library will offer a variety of classic board and card games to allow students to de-stress and have fun.

Location: Hicks G980D

  • A Taste of RelaxationThursday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 7 – 6:30 p.m.

Instructors from the Purdue Recreation center will provide instruction on various stress reduction techniques including meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

Location: Hicks G980D

Source: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries – walker81@purdue.edu; (765)496-9610

Related web site: www.lib.purdue.edu

 

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries will extend hours and offer special services at four facilities to help students prepare for final exams, which run from May 5-10.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday (April 27), the Siegesmund Engineering Library will remain open 24 hours a day through 5 p.m. May 10. The John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library, which is open to Purdue students 24 hours a day when classes are in session, will stay open from 1 p.m. April 27 through 5 p.m. May 10. Please see the Purdue Libraries website for details on special programming to take place in Hicks.

The Humanities, Social Science and Education Library will be open 1 p.m. to midnight on April 27; 7 a.m. to midnight April 28 through May 1; 11 a.m. to midnight May 3; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 4; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 9; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics also will offer extended hours and services.

During extended hours, Libraries staff will be on site to assist students, and refreshments will be provided.

All other libraries will maintain regular hours.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Beth McNeil, 765-496-2261, memcneil@purdue.edu

VOICEIf you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the display created by international students on the history of international students at Purdue, you are in for a treat! The display is currently up in the Hicks Undergraduate Library. The students who created it volunteered all of their own time, coming to the archives over many months to research student life and experiences of international students at Purdue from the first international student enrolled here. The exhibit charts the first international student organizations as well as ways the university responded to increased numbers of international students.

Congratulations to the Hicks Undergraduate Library staff for partnering with the students who are leaders of the VOICE (Chinese students at Purdue) magazine in making this a reality. You will be impressed by the efforts these students made to educate others about our history, and to help make international students at Purdue feel connected to our past. Neal Harmeyer, Archives and Special Collections Digital Archivist, also went above and beyond in assisting the students with their many digitization requests for use in the display.

The exhibit will be at the Hicks Library until April 17 and later be on display at the Dauch Alumni Center and Purdue residence halls.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eugene Cernan, the most recent person to walk on the moon, was recognized Thursday evening (April 10) during an invitation-only reception at Purdue’s Mackey Arena for donating an Apollo 17 Lunar Roving Vehicle mapbook to the university.

The event was part of a reunion of some of Purdue’s 23 astronaut alumni that will culminate Saturday (April 12) with a free, public forum.

Cernan, a 1956 Purdue graduate, donated his personal papers to the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives in January 2009. He followed up with the donation of the Apollo 17 mapbook this past December, and Thursday’s event will serve as the public announcement.

The maps are mounted in a custom-made book and are accompanied by several contextual documents and photographs. The maps provided the crew with bearings and ranges to each investigation site on the lunar surface during more than 22 hours of exploration.

The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives was established with gifts from Barron Hilton and the Conrad Hilton Foundation. It is part of the Purdue Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. In addition to being home to the largest collection of Amelia Earhart papers in the world, the archives include the papers of engineers, aviators, aviation professionals, scholars and alumni astronauts including Neil A. Armstrong and Cernan – the first and last persons to walk on the moon – Jerry Ross, the late Janice Voss and Roy Bridges Jr.

The public forum, titled “A Conversation with Our Astronauts,” featuring seven returning astronauts, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in Elliott Hall of Music. While free and open to the public, attendees must have tickets, which are available at the box offices in Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center or by calling 765-494-3933. Those expected to attend include astronauts Cernan, Mark Brown, Andrew Feustel, Gary Payton, Loren Shriver, Scott Tingle and Charles Walker.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Tracy Grimm, Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration archivist, 765-496-2941, grimm3@purdue.edu

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q2/alumni-astronaut-cernan-donates-mapbook-from-apollo-17-lunar-mission.html

 

 

Catherine Fraser Riehle, associate professor of Library Science and Sharon A. Weiner, professor and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy, Purdue University Libraries were recently selected as a 2013 Top Twenty Article from the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Library Instructional Round Table’s (LIRT’s) Top Twenty Committee for their article, High-impact educational practices: An exploration of the role of information literacy.

In selecting this article, the committee especially noted that:

[The authors] include a helpful appendix that maps the literature they reviewed to high impact educational practices and to specific information literacy competencies.  This chart would be helpful to librarians who would like to take an evidence-based approach to their outreach in these five areas.  In addition, the recommendations provide a general blueprint of how to expand the information literacy program in these areas on any campus.

Additionally, Amy Van Epps, associate professor of Library Science and Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor of Library Science Purdue University Libraries were recently selected  2013 Top Twenty Article honorees from the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Library Instructional Round Table’s (LIRT’s) Top Twenty Committee for their article, One-shot or embedded? Assessing different delivery timing for information resources relevant to assignments.

In selecting this article, the committee noted that:

this article provides librarians with evidence that “just-in-time” instruction may be a more effective alternative to the traditional “one-shot” session.

During the review process, the selection committee read over 160 articles this year.  LIRT will publish information about the 20 selected articles in the June issue of LIRT News.  You can find more information about the Top Twenty Committee as well as information about past selections at http://www.ala.org/lirt/top-twenty.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Water scarcity, food insecurity, energy dependence, global pandemics, and climate change are examples of the ill-defined “Grand Challenges” for which public policy makers look to researchers for solutions. Science and engineering can suggest technological solutions to some aspects of these problems, but real world implementation fails without the insights of humanists and social scientists.

Purdue University Libraries and Press, the College of Liberal Arts, the Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI), and Discovery Park have received a $539,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding will support an innovative program that combines interdisciplinary discovery led by humanists, social scientists, and STEM faculty with impactful delivery of research results to policy makers. Activities begin April 2014 and last for two years.

The first goal of the project to encourage humanities and social sciences (HSS) faculty to initiate and fully participate in research programs that address the “Grand Challenges” of the 21st century, large-scale, pressing, public policy problems which can only be solved through interdisciplinary research. $300,000 in grant money will be offered to fund up to six projects.

The second goal will be to facilitate the scholarly communication process in a way that maximizes the political and social impact of research. The remaining funding provides for information management and publishing support for the grant awardees, and builds on a growing program of public policy publishing at Purdue University Press.

A Call for Proposals open to Purdue University faculty is now available at: https://www.purdue.edu/research/gpri/research/mellon-grand.php. Interested faculty may also RSVP on the site to attend an informational workshop to be held on May 1, 2014, from 12 – 2 pm in the Discovery Learning Research Center.

Purdue Provost Professor Timothy Sands noted, “This is an important award at a critical time.   The comprehensive university model only works going forward if the disciplines are woven together across the university. This is a great step toward that goal.”

Further Information:

Amber Thompson, Senior Policy Associate, Global Policy Research Institute

765-496-6392 (office), 765-427-1908 (mobile), athompson@purdue.edu

Purdue University Press book, “The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality” is highlighted in Baker-Taylor Forecast along with an in-depth interview with Charles Watkinson, Director of Purdue University Press.

The issue goes to 22,000 booksellers and public librarians. 

Charles Watkinson is interviewed on page 20 and “The Deans’ Bible” is featured on page 21.

http://www.baker-taylor.com/pdfs/pub-forecast-201403.pdf