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Archive for November, 2007

ReferenceUSA – New business & general reference database

Posted by lrath on November 15, 2007

The ReferenceUSA database contains information for:

  • Over 14 million U.S. businesses, 950,000 high-tech companies (look in the Corp Tech section), 1.5 million Canadian businesses
  • 210 million U.S. residents, 855,000 U.S. health care providers, and 12 million Canadian households

Why should you use ReferenceUSA?

  • Identify businesses based on employee size, sales volume, type of business, location, year established, and other criteria
  • Identify private and/or small businesses (many of our library resources focus on large and/or publicly traded companies).
  • Great for identifying local businesses in NYC!
  • Great resource for those seeking employment
  • Can do reverse lookups (search by phone number, address)
  • Some records contain images of business storefronts, SEC filings, credit ratings, and  more.
  • Can search for residential phone numbers/addresses



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Library Installs New Photocopiers – New Copy Cards Needed

Posted by lrath on November 9, 2007

The library has installed new photocopiers on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. The library listened and responded to student comments regarding paper jams, old machines, and other frustrations. We hope you will be patient as the transition with the new machines may cause a few bumps for now … but it will lead to better and more dependable service.

  • Black and white copies cost 10 cents per page using a copy card and 15 cents a page using cash. 
  • A color photocopier is available on the third floor (95 cents/page). 
  • A copy card dispenser is located on the 3rd floor. 
  • Please note that copy cards that were issued for the old photocopiers will not work on the new photocopiers, because the service is operated by a different vendor.
  • A few of the old photocopiers are available for use on the 3rd and 4th floors for a brief period (maybe up to two weeks). You can use the balance on your old Copico cards on these machines only.

The copy cards for the new photocopiers may also be used at the following locations on campus:

  • Newman Vertical Campus (2nd floor): accepts coins, currency, and copy cards
  • BCTC computer lab (6th floor of the Library Building): accepts copy cards only

Baruch College students may continue to print from computers in the library using their student technology fee printing allocations.  Other library users must purchase a copy card for vended laser printing (the new copy card system will be installed for vended laser printing soon). A new microfilm reader/printer using the new copy card system will also be available soon.

Let us know what you think of the new machines! Post comments here!

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Organize & Document Your Research

Posted by lrath on November 8, 2007

Ever misplace the “perfect” article you printed for a paper? And then spent an hour or two trying to find it again? Or do you feel overwhelmed with tackling all the resources at the library, and you can’t remember which ones you have –or haven’t– already used?

A good way to manage and organize your research process is to document it. Documenting will also help you save time if you need to retrace your research steps.

The Newman Library created a reference worksheet to help you with documenting and organizing your research.

You should also use RefWorks (read earlier post about RefWorks), which lets you create folders to “hold” your articles. You can export articles from library databases to your RefWorks account (and you can link back to the article in the database). You can also create bibliographies from the articles in your folders.

What type of information should you document?

  • Library databases you want to use, or already used
  • Identify the materials found in each database (scholarly articles, newspaper articles, statistics, case studies, etc.)
  • List of keywords describing your research topic. Please remember that a keyword may work well in one database, but not so well in another. So, note which keywords work well for each database you use.
  • Authors or producers of information that may cover your topic due to their interests (experts, academic researchers, organizations, government agencies, trade organizations, etc.)
  • Other resources, such as websites or reports from think tanks (these are often mentioned in articles)
  • Keep track of the databases and keywords that didn’t work so well for your topic (so you don’t waste time trying the same database/keyword again)
RefWorksheet page 1

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