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.


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.


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:


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.


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.






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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Living the Dream: Researching the Fantasy Sports Services Industry using resources available to Wharton students

In the U.S., Fantasy Sports Services comprise a billion dollar industry with hundreds of component companies . Like many new industries consisting mainly of small private companies, data on the industry and its companies is allusive. Similar problems are encountered in researching such industries as Tattoo Parlors, Online Dating  and Mobile Apps.

The Lippincott sources for Wharton students described below will give you a good start in researching the Fantasy Sports industry and its companies

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Put our Services to the Test

Welcome to Lippincott and the start of a new academic year!  We have a number of services to help make your life at Penn a lot easier.  Some of these services are described here.



DOCUMENT DELIVERY. Available to MBAs,  PhD candidates and Faculty. Please send an email to docdel@wharton.upenn.edu to request articles and book chapters. Include the full citation for the fastest reply.

BUSINESS FAQ.  Your 24/7 librarian. Search by keyword to find resources on your topic such as financial ratios, consumer demographics, analyst reports and many more.

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE.  Email us, chat, call us at 215-898-5924 or contact a subject specialist on your topic. Ask for a Consultation for yourself or your team. We know where to find the academic resources that you need.

WHARTON LAB COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS.  Too crowded over at Wharton?  Come over to Lippincott and use the Wharton Lab Computers here.  These computers are reserved for Wharton students and have all the same programs and features that are available on Wharton computers.  Sign in using your Wharton account information.

GROUP STUDY ROOMS.  Have a team project or group presentation?  Reserve a room  for your meeting.  Some rooms are larger and can accomodate up to 12 people.

YABLON FINAYablon 1NCIAL RESOURCES LAB.  Bloomberg and Capital IQ are at your fingertips.  Log in with your Wharton account information.  First time you use Bloomberg, create your own account.  Librarians log you into Capital IQ.




DATAPOINTS is the Lippincott Library’s blog. Follow us to learn tricks and tips about Bloomberg and many other Library databases.  Look for postings on new Library resources.  See this post, for example: Top 10 Resources for MBAs .

WORKSbloomberg120611_2_560HOPS.  Wednesdays are Bloomberg days.  Every week we provide Bloomberg training from 3:30 – 4:30 in the Yablon Financial Resources Lab.  You can register here: Business Workshops.   It’s hands-on so be sure to come a few minutes early to create your own Bloomberg account.

We also offer other workshops on Job Search, Company Information and Business Research Skills.  See the training schedule to find out what workshops are being offered. Registration is recommended.

RESEARCH TO GO.  Every Monday -Thursday we come to you.  Reference Librarians are available from 12:30 – 1:30 in Huntsman Hall 251.  Drop in and get fast answers to your job search or research questions.8-27-2014 2-49-11 PM

TEXT BOOKS.  Available for many Wharton courses at the Lippincott Reserve Desk.  Most can be checked out for three hours and used in the Library.


SUBJECT/COURSE GUIDES.  Subject Specialist have prepared Guides by subject area or course.  Use these to find resources for your projects and assignments.  Contact a Specialist for additional information.

FRANKLIN is the Library Catalog.  Use this to search for books, journals, videos and more.

MARK’S CAFE.  Food.  Drink.  Comfort.

Take advantage of the services available to you.  Hope to see you soon.









Do You Have This Report? Finding Market and Industry Reports

Doing research on an industry? The Library has several databases that can help. Most Library resources can be accessed by typing the database name into the Findit box at the top of the Library homepage.


Net Advantage – Standard & Poors has been providing industry surveys since 1941. Older, print editions are available at Lippincott Library – Peck Collection (call number HG4921 .S672).  Recent years are available electronically. Once you are logged into the database, click on the Industries Tab. While coverage is mostly limited to the U.S. there are some international reports as well. The reports include industry profiles, trends, how the industry operates, key ratios, and how to analyze a company in this industry. Comparative company analysis is also available for industry leaders.


Moody’s Analytics examines industries from the standpoint of the bond markets. Not only does Moody’s provide very detailed reports on their methodologies for rating bonds in a particular industry, it also provides industry outlooks explaining what industry trends will affect the bond markets. Coverage is international in scope. Both types of reports provide deep insight into what is needed for an industry to thrive and what companies in that industry have the strongest potential for investment.Combined_2

Navigate using the Ratings and Research Tab. Next in the middle column, select Research Type and then choose Industry/Sector Research or Methodologies.

Use the filters on the left of the screen to limit to Corporates (under Market Segment) and then select an industry from the Market Segment filter. These are listed in alphabetical order. Continue reading

Thomson One & Browser Compatibility: The Case of IE9 and above

Thomson One only works with Internet Explorer (IE).  And it only works properly in versions IE8 and below.There are some problems for Penn users accessing materials in Thomson One using newer versions of the browser.  Some functionality, including downloading analyst reports, may not work properly. Fortunately, there is a work around.

Downgrade to an older version of IE.

If you are using a more recent version of IE it is easy to switch to Compatibility View.

Use the Findit box at the top of the Library homepage to access Thomson.  Type Thomson into the Findit Search box and then click the link to the database on the left of the screen. Authenticate with your Penn Key information. Once in the database, click on the Tools bar at the top of the screen. Scroll down to Compatibility View and click open.

Once you have clicked on the tab you will see where you can add sites to the Compatibility View.



Once you click Add you will see that Thomson One is now in Compatibility View.


Click on Close.  A small message box will appear.  Click OK.

ClickOKThomson One will reload. Begin your search. Thomson Reuters is aware of this problem and is working on a solution.

Also check out our post on: Thomson One and Browser Compatibility:  Using Chrome and Firefox. 


Where is She?

Women currently make up 46.9% of the labor force in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Household Data, annual averagesEmployment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years and over by sex, 1972 to date. In fact, 57.7% of all women 16 years and over are in the labor force.

Where can we find out where women are working, what are their occupations, and how much they earn?   A number of resources provide this information.  Below are a selection of resources.

Labor Force Statistics: U.S.

For the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a great place to begin.  Statistics are available nationally and by state.  Not only do they provide monthly and quarterly population surveys which include employment by gender, but they also publish the annual survey: Women in the Labor Force: A Databook. This survey provides data on women workers including age, ethnicity, occupation, marital status and children.

A complete listing of U.S. government data can be found here: women and work.

Labor Force Statistics:  International

UNSTATS (United Nations). The section on Gender Info provides statistics for developed and developing nations.  Participation in the Labor Force is available from 1985-2010.

The International Labour Organization, part of the United Nations, provides historical data (1969- ) on employment by sex and economic activity for over 200 countries.  The data is available from LABORSTA (1969-2008) and, more recently, ILOSTAT, (2009- ).

OECD iLibrary provides detailed statistics by gender on employment, occupation and other indicators for developed nations.  Under Key Tables, click on Employment and Labour Markets: Key Tables from OECD.

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Bloomberg LaunchPad: It’s Not Rocket Science – Part III: Adding Components and Pages and Organizing the Group View

This is the third installment of Bloomberg LaunchPad: It’s Not Rocket Science.         Part I provides an overview of terms and tools.  In Part II we learned how to create a basic Monitor and create a View.  Now we will add Components to our View and organize it using the Docking tool and the Group Monitor tool.

Once you have created the Monitor and saved the View, you can add components.

There are several Launchpad Tool Functions that will be used.


Add Components

Type BLP to open Launchpad.  Use the Tools Function and select Monitor Manager.

Launch the Monitor you want to use.


Now, just like creating a Monitor, use the Launchpad tool to search for other Components. Type a word in the keyword search box as shown below and a Component will appear on the screen.  For instance, type in Historical Price. An active screen pops up.


Launchpad4Or, use the Browse function to retrieve other Components. Click on the one you want. When you use the Browse function, samples appear to show you what is included in that Component.  Then click on Launch Component.

Next, use your cursor to physically move components close to the Monitor you have opened.


Customize Components

Continue to add additional Components such as News Panel (current news), charts or functions.

You can use the tools function in any Component to customize it.  For example, for Historical Prices notice the Amber colored fields in the graph below.  You can customize any of these such as date range or currency. Continue reading

It’s Not Rocket Science: Part II – Creating a Monitor or Watch List

Our previous post on Launchpad went over the basic structure of the tool. For those just joining, Bloomberg Launchpad BLP <GO> is a tool used to personalize your Bloomberg desktop. We opened up Part I by displaying an example Launchpad View, which is made up of several parts including a monitor, components, view, and groups.  In this post we cover how to set up a Monitor, which is a watch list of securities. Once you have your watch list, you can decide which components you would like to display, but that’s for next time.

Start to create a View by setting up a Monitor or selecting a Security. In either case you will then add other Components. In this example we will build a View by adding a Monitor. In Part III we will add additional Components to expand our View.

Creating a Monitor

There are several ways to set up a Monitor.

blank monitorType Monitor into the keyword search box in the Launchpad toolkit and click on the link.   A blank monitor screen will appear. Or, in Launchpad, click on Tools, and then click on the Monitor Manager.  Next, click on Create New.

This brings you to a sample Monitor so you are able to see how a completed Monitor will look. Next, click on Launch Monitor which will retrieve the same blank monitor as above.

Third, click on Browse in the Launchpad Toolkit.  You will be brought to a list of Components.  Select Monitor. Click on the link and a sample screen will appear.  Click on Launch Monitor to get the same blank Monitor screen. Continue reading