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Archive for March, 2008

Electronic Books in Newman Library Databases

Posted by lrath on March 31, 2008

Newman Library subscribes to a few databases providing access to ebooks:

  • Books24X7 – 3,000+ full-text electronic books on databases, programming, software engineering, networking, security, operating systems, hardware, office applications, multimedia applications, operating systems, and more from 80+ publishers. NOTE: To access Baruch’s subscription, register with your Baruch e-mail address. You will be sent an e-mail with log-on information.
  • ebrary – is a collection of thousands of online full text books and other materials in a variety of subject areas.
  • netLibrary – is a collection of full-text e-books, including 860 titles purchased by CUNY and the entire 4,000 volume netLibrary Public eBook Collection. netLibrary titles are listed in the CUNY+ catalog. netLibrary requires each user to register before checking out titles.

You can connect and search directly in the databases or find these books while searching in the library’s catalog, CUNY+ (it will be listed as an electronic resource). To access, just click on the link. If off campus, you will be prompted to type in your Baruch username and password. You may also be required to register with the database.


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Researching Industries: The First Step

Posted by lrath on March 24, 2008

An industry analysis is a common research assignment. If you are new to this type of research and don’t know where to start, I recommend that you begin by reading the Standard & Poor’s Industry Survey in the library database called Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. S&P publishes Industry Surveys covering fifty-two industries, pretty much matching the S&P 500 industry sectors. Reports are written by S&P analysts, many of whom are CFA’s, and include their evaluation of the current state of the industry, a look at future trends and background on the industry and how it operates in the U.S. The reports are supported with many tables and charts that draw upon statistics from the government, industry trade associations and market research firms.


The Industry Surveys aren’t just a place to get Standard & Poor’s opinion, the reports include two sections that students can use as a foundation for further research:

  • “How to research an industry” offers common characteristics and business models for the industry.
  • “How to research a company” talks about the metrics that are important to both qualitative and quantitative analysis of a company.

The reports also include key industry ratios, tables of financial data for comparable companies (based on revenues, net income,and other measures) and a list of trade journals, trade associations, market research firms, government agencies and other sources of information on the industry.

Reports are available back to 1996 if you need to examine trends. You will find the Industry Surveys in the database, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage that’s available from the Library’s databases page. If you are connecting to the database from off campus, you will be prompted to type in your Baruch username and password.

(Thanks to Prof. Louise Klusek, business librarian, for this post!)

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Reuters Terminal in the Library

Posted by lrath on March 18, 2008

The Newman Library now has a Reuters terminal for student use. The terminal has the same functionality and programs as the Reuters terminals in the Subotnick Center and offers access to Reuters, TradeStation, ThomsonOne Analytics and the supporting statistical software packages.

  • If the Wasserman Trading Floor is being used for classes or seminars, come up to the reference desk on the 2nd floor of the library building to use the Reuters terminal.
  • Students can use the Reuters terminal during hours that the reference desk is staffed, from 9 am to 9 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 4:50 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Reuters is a trading platform for real-time financial information that covers the equity, fixed income, currency, money markets and commodities markets. To learn more about Reuters, sign up for a free Reuters I workshop. Advanced workshops are offered that cover Futures, Options, Foreign Exchange, Technical Analysis, and Fixed Income. You can sign up online from the Workshops page of the Library website.

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SPSS upgrade

Posted by lrath on March 18, 2008

The SPSS software on the Graduate Workstations in Newman Library will be upgraded from version 15 to 16. The upgrade will start late Thursday (3/20) and continue into Friday (3/21). Access to SPSS will not be available until the upgrade is complete. Hopefully, there won’t be any problems and access will resume on Friday.

If you are not able to access SPSS in the library, you may want to try the BCTC 6th floor computing lab in the same building. Please note that the upgrade may effect access there as well.

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New Semi-Private Study Space – StudyPod

Posted by lrath on March 17, 2008

In response to student comments and surveys, the library has created more study space (and we are working on even more). This new space has 17 semi-private cubicles (StudyPods), comfortable chairs, and outlets for your laptop. Location: 3rd floor, near the Laptop Loan desk. studyspace.jpg

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Industry Analysis – Porter’s “Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy”

Posted by lrath on March 11, 2008

Michael Porter’s theory of the “Five Forces” is often used as the framework for industry analysis in business strategy classes. Porter wrote the classic article “How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy” in the Harvard Business Review in 1979 and followed in 1980 with the book Competitive Strategy. Ever since students have been testing the power of suppliers, the power of buyers, the threat of substitute products or services, and the rivalry among existing competitors. If you are doing an industry analysis you might want to read Porter’s latest article onThe Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy.” The article is practical (not theoretical) and uses contemporary examples from well known companies like IBM, Wal-Mart, Apple and Sysco. Porter gives advice on how to define an industry. He outlines the six steps in industry analysis:

  1. Define the relevant industry
  2. Identify the participants and segment them into groups
  3. Assess the underlying drivers of each competitive force to determine which forces are strong and which are weak and why
  4. Determine overall industry structure and test the analysis for consistency
  5. Analyze recent and likely future changes in each force, both positive and negative
  6. Identify aspects of industry structure that might be influenced by competitors, by new entrants, or by your company.

All issues of the Harvard Business Review are available to Baruch students in Business Source Premier, a Newman Library database. Porter’s article appeared in the January 2008 issue on pages 79 to 93. If you are connecting to the database from off campus, you will be prompted to type in your Baruch username and password. (Thanks to Prof. Louise Klusek, business librarian, for this post!)

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Library Hours During Midterms – 24 Hour Access

Posted by lrath on March 11, 2008

Newman Library will be open continuously from 7am on March 12 (Wednesday) through 11:59pm on March 19th (Wednesday).

Please note ….

  • Only Baruch students have access after midnight
  • Service desks (Reference, Circulation, Laptop desk) are not open 24 hours during this time. Please view the library’s hours page for service desk hours.

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Practice Tests in Library Database

Posted by lrath on March 7, 2008 is a Newman Library database containing online, interactive practice tests and tutorials to help you prepare for academic or licensing tests. It also contains tests to develop other skills for job searching, career building, reading comprehension/vocabulary, and more.

What is in Learning Express?

  • Graduate School Entrance Exam Practice Tests (GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE)
  • Career Skills (Business Writing Skills, Resume & Interviewing Skills, Job Search & Success Skills)
  • Real Estate Appraisal & Estate Broker Practice Tests
  • Other Skills (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary/Spelling, Math, History & Civics Review for US Citizenship)
  • E-books (study guides and tips for tests)

The database provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an analysis of results. After connecting to the Learning Express site through the library’s website, New Users will be asked to create their own account to log-in. Please log-out when finished.

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2nd Annual Census Workshop Series

Posted by lrath on March 6, 2008

The New York Census Research Data Center is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Census Workshop Series. This year’s workshops, which will focus on mapping and spatial analysis, will be held at Baruch College as follows:

  • March 25th, Mapping, GIS and Spatial Data: U.S. Census and Beyond
  • April 8th, Hands-on Introduction to ArcGIS
  • May 8th, Spatial Statistics, Spatial Research & Confidential Census Data

Sponsored by the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, Newman Library, and the New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC), the workshops are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, or for further information, send a message to

For descriptions of the workshops, click here.

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