Welcome, New Students! Penn Libraries Essentials

New StudentsKate, writing for Apps on Tap, put together a great list of key on-the-go resources and useful tools available to you at the Penn Libraries. She highlights some great services like Chat with a librarian online (select “Lippincott Library (Business)” to chat directly with a business specialist) as well as other resources you’ll need for your classes like the Blackboard app.  Take a look at the full list here and you’ll also have a chance to see a picture of someone crowd surfing in Van Pelt (Library Social!).

Checkout the full post at http://appsontap.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/welcome-new-students-penn-libraries-essentials-2/

Finding the Full Text of U.S. and Canadian Business Dissertations

PhD dissertations are often overlooked as a source of information.

Current dissertations frequently deal with cutting edge research, and provide extensive bibliographies of sources. The Proquest databases ABI/Inform and Dissertations and Theses Fulltext index U.S. and Canadian PhD dissertations related to business topics, as well as provide the full text of many of the publications.

The most comprehensive source of U.S. and Canadian dissertations is Proquest Dissertations and Theses Fulltext. It includes all doctoral level dissertations completed at North American Universities.

To retrieve Penn dissertations by subject, do this search:

Dissertations search optionsType “University of Pennsylvania” (in quotes) as the School Name/code.

Then browse subjects, and choose, for example, Finance, as the Subject heading.

There are some 24,000 Penn dissertations, on all subjects, in the database spanning the years 1889-2013. About 10,000 of these are available as full text.

The database also includes indexing and abstracts of dissertations completed at leading European universities. However, there is little full text coverage of this material. For example, searching for “England” as the dissertation location will retrieve more than 30,000 dissertations, but less than 200 include the complete text.

The ABI/Inform database provides the complete text of some 35,000 U.S. and Canadian dissertations on business topics. To search for dissertations in ABI/Inform: Continue reading

Top 10 Resources for MBAs

The librarians at the Lippincott Library are excited to have new MBAs on campus. We’ve put together a listing of 10 resources/services available through the library that we think you should know about.
1. Wall Street Journal – The library has full-text access to the newspaper through a number of our subscription databases (just not through WSJ.com). You can browse the latest 2 weeks of the newspaper in Factiva.  Other places to find the Wall Street Journal can be found here.  You can also access The Economist, and other news sources.

docdel00012. Document Delivery – MBAs have access to a special delivery service for articles and book chapters. Send citations of interest to docdel@wharton.upenn.edu and we will scan or download the items you need & send them to you via email. This service was previously only available to faculty and PhDs but we’ve opened it up to MBAs – saving you both the time and headache of searching for the full-text.

Business Databases3. Subscriptions to 100+ business specific databases. Some highlights include databases that cover market and industry reports as well as financial resources used in the industry like Bloomberg, Factset, SDC, and many more.

4. Wharton MBAs have remote access to S&P Capital IQ through MBA Career Management – click on “Students”, then select “Research Tools”. Remote access will become available at the start of the Fall Term. Capital IQ is also available in the Lippincott Library for students with a Wharton login account.

5. Business FAQ – Provides quick reference help on a wide range of questions relating to business research. The FAQ is a knowledge base consisting of 15 broad categories (e.g. “Finance”) and more than 600 specific questions (e.g. “How do I find Info on Venture Capital and Private Equity?“). Take a look at our recent blog post, Just the FAQs, to learn more.

Guides6. Research Guides – Helpful guides put together by subject specialists at the Lippincott Library. The guides cover industries, geographies, and other business topics. Each guide includes links to subscription databases, journals, books, and other helpful resources that relate to the guide’s topic. Research Guides are a good starting point if you are new to a topic or just beginning your research.

4557vitale7. Group Study Rooms – The library has study spaces that you can reserve for groups of 4 to 12 people for up to two hours a day. We hope that when you are not collaborating in 2401 Walnut, you know that you have a place to meet with your group in Lippincott.

Research To Go8. Research To Go is one of the many ways that you can contact the librarians at the Lippincott Library. From 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday through Thursday, you can find a librarian in JMHH 251. Drop in for a reference consultation, no appointment is needed. Please feel free to interrupt us!

Bloomberg1019. Financial Database Instruction – Over the course of the school year, the Lippincott Library will be offering a variety of 1-hour classes covering topics like financial databases (Bloomberg & Capital IQ), Entrepreneurial Research, and Business Research Strategies. Database instruction will be hosted in the newest space in Lippincott, the Yablon Financial Resources Lab, when it’s completed at the start of the Fall Semester. A full listing of offerings will be available on the website.

Librarians10. Last but definitely not least, get research assistance from one of Lippincott’s six Business Research Librarians. There are lots of ways to contact us and we hope that you do. We will gladly help you get started with your research and projects!

Visiting Lippincott Library  You can access most of our electronic databases remotely, all you need is your Pennkey ID and password. However, there are some perks to visiting the library.

  • What do textbooks, laptop locks, and headphones all have in common? You can check-out these items from the Lippincott Library Reserve Desk for three hours at a time for use within the library.
  • With your Wharton ID and password you can log into computers that have the same image as the computers in Huntsman Hall. This allows you to do the same work you do in Huntsman, but in the library.
  • Access a number of specialized financial databases like Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Factset, SDC, Datastream, Morningstar Direct and Prowess.
  • Wharton printer – You can print in the library using your Wharton print account.
  • Scanner – Scan documents for free directly to your USB or email.
  • And, of course, in-person research assistance from the Lippincott Librarians. Come visit us at the Reference Desk.