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Archive for October, 2007

ArcGIS software available

Posted by lrath on October 30, 2007

Need to create a map showing the number of bars and restaurants operating in a certain zip code? Or do you need to analyze asthma rates by neighborhood? If you have the data, ArcGIS can help you do this.

ArcGIS is a commercial Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software package produced by a company called ESRI. It is used for geographic analysis, geographic database management, and map making.

The software is available in several locations at Baruch, including:

  • BCTC lab: the south side of the 6th floor (to the right of the turnstile at the back of the room)
  • Newman Library: on the Graduate Student Workstations on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors (graduate students only)
  • Vertical Campus (VC): in several labs on the 6th floor

Current members of the Baruch community who are interested in learning ArcGIS can enroll for free online courses as part of the ESRI Virtual Campus.


Posted in BCTC, GIS, Graduate Workstations, Newman Library, Software | 1 Comment »

National Academies-The Sounds of Science Podcast

Posted by lrath on October 26, 2007

Listen to the weekly series of audio podcasts, The Sounds of Science, from the National Academies discussing a “wide range of critical issues in science, engineering, and medicine”. The 10-minute episodes present key findings and recommendations made by the Academies, and many cover public affairs and public policy issues. Some podcasts are companions to electronic books. (see below)

Example podcasts include:

  • Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future
  • None of Your Business: Privacy in the Information Age
  • Uninsured in America
  • Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World
  • Critical Issues in Transportation

To read about the National Academies free online books and a brief description about the academies, read the earlier post National Academies Press Electronic Books.

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Library Hours During Midterms – 24 hour access

Posted by lrath on October 25, 2007

Newman Library continues to be open 24 hours during midterms through October 30th. Please note, only Baruch students have access after midnight. Service desks (Reference, Circulation, Laptop desk) close earlier in the day.  Please view the library’s hours page for service desk hours. Starting October 31st, library hours will resume to 7am-12am (midnight).

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Research for Oral Presentations Tutorial

Posted by lrath on October 23, 2007

This 30-minute interactive tutorial, Research for Oral Presentations, was designed to help students incorporate online sources into their oral presentations. Students see how to use the Newman Library’s online databases, how to evaluate and reference articles, and how to cite these articles in their speeches. Interactive activities and downloadable assignments allow students to practice the techniques. Includes videos of oral presentations demonstrating effective use of citing information from articles and other resources.

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Bankscope database

Posted by lrath on October 11, 2007

Bankscope is a comprehensive, global database containing information on public and private banks. It includes information on 25,000 banks around the world. It combines data from the main information provider, Fitch Ratings, and nine other sources, with software for searching and analysis.

Newman librarians also like this database for the valuable bundled reports from Economist Intelligence Unit. EIU Country Finance Report and EIU Country Risk Reports are available by clicking on “Ratings Services” after connecting to the database.

Posted in Business Resources, Databases, Economics/Finance, Newman Library, Zicklin | Leave a Comment »

US Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Posted by lrath on October 3, 2007

The US Governement Accountability Office is an agency working for Congress that evaluates federal programs, audits federal expenditures, and issues legal opinions. The GAO website posts their reports and testimonies (from the 1960s – present) and legal decisions issued by the Comptroller General. Browse for documents by date, topics and government agency.

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