Bloomberg is Back on Campus!!! 

As of July 1st, Bloomberg is available on campus, as it was prior to Covid 19.  It is no longer available remotely. You can access Bloomberg at the physical terminals located in Lippincott Library or in Huntsman Hall.  

For those working away from campus, there are alternative resources available remotely, such as Refinitiv Workspace and S&P Capital IQ, which may provide similar information. 

Refinitiv Workspace, which covers financial market information, is a web-based application. While on the go, researchers can access the information they need, like stock and equity prices. For example, to find fixed income data, select Markets and then choose Fixed Income. You can then drill into areas like bonds, loans and credit default swaps. 

S&P Capital IQ also provides financial market information. Type in a company name to get started. Use the filters on the left to find information such as balance sheet data, investments, and relationships to suppliers and customers. You can also screen for companies by using the screening tool. Refinitiv has a similar function. 

For more information about any of these resources, please contact Lippincott Library for assistance. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Yablon Financial Resources Lab located in Lippincott Library.  

Diversity in the Workplace

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Looking for materials on Diversity in the Workplace?  The Lippincott Library has you covered.

Using Franklin, the library catalog, it is easy to find books and other materials on this topic. 

Search by keyword for organizational change and diversity in the Franklin catalog.
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A simple search in the Catalog for diversity and organizational change returns hundreds of titles.  Use the filters on the left of the screen to limit your search. You can limit by location (Lippincott Library), Subject (organizational change) and Publication Date (latest 10 years)

Finally, bookmark the titles of interest and then email these titles to yourself.   

The Conference Board provides reports, case studies and webcasts. Click on Centers and select the Human Capital Center. Further refine your results by selecting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

A screen shot of The Conference Board database highlighting the Human Capital Center and the link to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion resources.

Sage Business Cases provides case studies on a variety of topics including diversity. From the Discipline tab, select General Business and Management. From the Discipline tab on the left and open Human Resource Management and select Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Next click on Apply Filters at the bottom left of the screen.

Use the filters on the left to limit results. Under Disciplines, unselect All and then expand Business & Management. Click on Human Resource Management. At the top of the screen sort by Most Recent to pull up more current cases.

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For articles use ABI-Inform. Use a keyword search such as organizational behavior and workplace diversity. Like Franklin, there are filters on the left of the screen to help focus your search. In this case I limited to scholarly journals, subject terms and a date range. Keywords are highlighted in the results list to help with identifying relevant articles. You can select titles by using the check box nest to the title and save them to view later.

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These databases are a few of the library resources to search for content on your topic. Contact me for further suggestions!

Adaptogens and Cannabis: Recipes for Stress Relief

Let’s face it: we are all stressed out. According the CDC Household Pulse Survey in 2019 In 2019, 8.1% of adults aged 18 and over had symptoms of anxiety disorder, 6.5% had symptoms of depressive disorder, and 10.8% had symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder. By April 2021, 32.1% of respondents reported symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder. We need to decompress.

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Consumers are focused on health and wellness, including natural ingredients. In food, beverage, pain relief, and beauty products, adaptogens and CBD ingredients are becoming more popular and sought out by consumers. A simple search in PubMed for adaptogens and stress retrieved 317 articles discussing the efficacy of adaptogens in relieving stress.

Several Lippincott Library resources can help in exploring the opportunities for alternative or innovative ingredients.

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GLOBAL FINANCIAL DATA

Recently, I was trying to help someone get US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics back to 1915. The problem? GDP did not exist as a construct going that far back in time. However, there was a source that came to mind: Global Financial Data (GFD). This database specializes in providing long time series on stocks, bonds, and economic indicators. In the case of GDP for the United States, they have extended it back to 1789. You can use GFD anonymously or you can create a personal account in order to access certain features such as saving workbooks.

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Directly from the landing page, you access search options, GFD Power Downloads, and Help.

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It is easy to download data or to create graphs to demonstrate a point. Below is a sampling of what GFD has to offer.

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Consumer Marketing and COVID-19: Lippincott Library Resources

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Covid 19: CDC

COVID-19 has turned the world the world upside down and dramatically impacted the way we behave.  New conditions require new solutions. Some of Lippincott Library’s resources can help make sense of what this means for consumer behavior and marketing. Below is a sampling of some resources and the types of information available.

The COVID-19 guide from Penn’s Biomedical Library provides links to campus, city, state and national resources oriented to the crisis, as well as to areas of emerging research.

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Lippincott Library Resources: Social Impact Investing

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I came across some startling statistics recently.

The World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap report claims that, at the current rate of progress, it will take about 108 years to reach gender parity. Here are some surprising related statistics.

Research from the FAO shows that the number of undernourished people in the world has risen since 2015.

Image from the FAO showing that the number of undernourished people in the world has risen since 2015

These problems and more have prompted many investors to consider how their investments affect people and the global environment. Investors want to do good while doing well. It seems that impact investing is having an impact and may be worth pursuing. For example, the World Bank notes that the world attained the first Millennium Development Goal target – to cut the 1990 poverty rate in half by 2015 – five years ahead of schedule.

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CBD and THC: green light for investment

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A recent article in Bloomberg News instantly grabbed my attention.  Joe Montana, quarterback extraordinaire and football icon, now a venture capitalist, just participated in a $75 million funding for a company that sells marijuana products in stores throughout California.  Taking a risk on a controversial investment, Joe is positioned to win in an industry which he hopes can make a “serious impact on opiod use or addiction”.  In fact, cannabis related products could help football players or others in high impact, injury prone professions. This industry includes growers and retailers as well as medical and recreational products.

Like Joe, investors seem sweet on cannabis derived products that provide health and wellness benefits. But where is this industry headed as a business investment? How great is the risk? What are the opportunities? the library has a number of resources that can help to answer these questions.

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I Graduated!! Can I use the Library Databases?

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!!

“Why can’t I get access to the Library’s databases?” is the perennial question of the recent Penn graduate.

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Unfortunately, the library’s subscription databases are only available to current students, faculty, and staff members of the University of Pennsylvania. Once the school switches a student’s status from student to alumni – usually mid-August – access to the Library’s electronic resources ends. Below is a summary of the Penn Libraries resources that you can access as an alumni, both remotely and on-campus. We also have a few tips for finding business resources at your local public library or on the Web.

Alumni Services provides information on visiting the Library, Library Events and E-resources that are accessible remotely using your PennKey information.

Alumni also have access to some business databases on campus as shown in this list: Alumni Business Database Access on Campus.

Other options for Alumni include the local public library.  Many public libraries provide access to selected databases for members.  Check your library to find out what is available to you.   New York City’s Science Industry and Business Library, (SIBL) rivals many college libraries. The Free Library of Philadelphia also has a large collection of business resources.

There are also many useful freely available web resources.  Here are a few tips on locating and finding reliable information.  First, check our Library Research Guides.  Many guides include web sites carefully vetted by subject Librarians.

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Many Universities, such as Penn, provide Scholarly Commons where research by faculty and students are readily available.

Use Google filters.  For instance, when you are researching topics such as foreign trade or exporting, limit your search to government sites.  To search for trade regulations in Brazil, use this search:

TRADE REGULATIONS BRAZIL SITE:.GOV

You will retrieve resources about trade with Brazil from U.S. government sites only.

To search for information from associations or organizations use the filter SITE:.ORG.  Many organizations such as the World Bank provide free information. One great resource from the World Bank is the annual “Doing Business In survey of the ease of doing business in countries across the Globe.  The World Bank also provides detailed information on each country including business regulations and historical macroeconomic data.

Google Scholar contains many scholarly publications from around the world.  Many are accessible via the web.  This can also be used as a way to build a bibliography that can be used at the local library.

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The Library of Congress lists many resources, print and online in the Business Reference Services website.  Check out the Bibliographies & Guides as well as recommended Internet Resources.

Large consulting companies often provide free reports. PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry overviews and research and insights.  Real estate firms such as CBRE provide quarterly international market research reports.

An easy way to access government data is through American Factfinder.  Select your topic of interest such as demographics, economics or housing.

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FRED, the Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, is another depository of economic statistics and research.  This covers a range of countries as well as the United States.

The Thomas Register is the largest directory of suppliers in the the U.S.  Many companies include brochures.taking-your-biz-to-the-top2

 

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank providing information about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America.

Financial Data is also accessible on the web.  Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg provide data on stocks, bonds and other financial instruments as well as providing current news.

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Edgar provides free access to company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  It also includes information about the usage for various filings.

This is a sampling of sites that are available on the web.  Good luck going forward!!

For more detailed information about the Library’s business databases available to alums, please look at our blog post Library Database Access for Penn Alumni.

 

 

 

Clean Energy by the Numbers: Data Sources

WRIBusNeedsAccording to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Convention, “Never before have the risks of climate change been so obvious and the impacts so visible.” We could add that never before has there been such an interest in sources of information for climate change, energy use and “clean” (non-polluting)  technology.

 

 

In a previous blog post, Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy.  Are there any Alternatives? we described several  resources for  Penn students that cover clean technology. Here are some additional data sources on clean technology that may prove useful.

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