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Archive for March, 2007

MEGI Quick Start

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007


You may have noticed a new additon to the MEGI site.  MEGI Quick Start allows you to search across several of our most popular databases simultaneously, including:

  • The Library’s catalog of books and DVDs
  • ABI/Inform (ProQuest)
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
  • Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
  • Econlit (EBSCO)
  • LexisNexis Academic – News
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

MEGI Quick Start is a great way to start your research if you’re not sure where to begin.  But it only searches a handful of our resources, and doesn’t allow for sophisticated searching the way each of these databases’ native interfaces do.  When you’re ready to get serious we recommend using one of the Subject Pages to access a specific database.

Downloading to Excel from Bloomberg

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

After some sweat and tears the Library’s Bloomberg terminal, located next to the MEGI Reference Desk on the first floor, is once again able to download data to Excel.  For example, if you want a spreadsheet of a stock’s daily high, low, close, and volume for the past five years you can open MS Excel and use the Bloomberg toolbar.  The History Wizard will walk you through the process.  Compared to the learning curve for Bloomberg itself, this is a breeze.

New DVDs

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

In addition to 3.5 million books and 3 million microforms, the Harold B. Lee Library boasts thousands of DVDs and videos available in the Learning Resource Center.  Requests for new purchases can be directed to your subject librarian.  Here are two examples of DVDs recently acquired by request:

Surprising Studies of Visual Awareness
Tests of visual memory performed by the Visual Cognition Lab at the University of Illinois.  Includes the famous “gorilla/basketball” video.  DVD 3075

Real life scenarios depicting how frontline employees can provide quality customer service.  DVD 3056

Other popular DVDs and videos include:

challenger.jpgGroup Dynamics: Groupthink
Dr. Irving Janis explains the concepts of groupthink.  A dramatic reenactment of how groupthink contributed to the 1986 Challenger disaster.  VC 5311 and VC 9708

Discovering the Future: The Business of Paradigms
Joel Barker shares stories that demonstrate the role of paradigms in resistance to change.  VC 8577 and VC 8954

The Abilene Paradox, 2nd ed.
Jerry B. Harvey illustrates the paradoxical phenomenon of groups arriving at a consensus directly opposite of each person’s preferences.  DVD 996 and VC 5310

The Goal: The How-to Version
The dramatic film version of Eli Goldratt’s landmark book.  VC 10174

The Apprentice: The Complete First Season
Because you love it.  DVD 1171

Entrepreneurs: Woman’s Day wants your story

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007


Woman’s Day magazine is collecting the stories of women entrepreneurs who have used library resources to help them launch their business.  Four essays will be selected for publication and will be seen by the over four million subscribers to Woman’s Day.

The deadline for submission is May 10.  Find more information here.

New Books: Marketing and Economics

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007


CoverOur Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions John Kotter and Holger Rathgerber HD 58.8 .K672 2006

What Sticks: Why Most Advertising Fails and How to Garantee Yours Succeeds Rex Briggs and Greg Stuart HF 5415 .B666 2006

Advertising Account Planning: A Practical Guide Larry D. Kelley and
Donald W. Jugenheimer HF 5823 .K344 2006



Not For Sale: Decommodifying Public Life Ed. Gordon Laxer and Dennis Soron HD 3850 .N67 2006

Appetite For Change: How the Counterculture took the Food Industry Warren J. Belasco HD 9005 .N44 2007

New Database: The Making of the Modern World

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

mmw.jpgThomson Gale’s The Making of the Modern World contains the Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850.  This collection makes rare primary documents accessible for research in economics, commerce, finance, manufacturing, banking, and political science.

Making of the Modern World consists of 61,000 monographs from the period of 1450-1850 and 466 pre-1906 serials.  That’s 11 million pages of primary sources for your historical research.

Whether you’re interested in Adam Smith or Thomas Malthus, the British South Sea Company (the Enron of the 18th century) or debates over the national debt in post-Revolution America, Making of the Modern World can supply the original documents.

Access this resource from the Economics subject page or by clicking here.