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Job-hunting? Company information search tips

Published on: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Target Corporation SWOT Analysis

Target Corp. SWOT Analysis

As the temperatures warm up and we move through spring, our thoughts turn fondly to – well, for many students, you’re thinking about job-hunting. You’re thinking about potential employers, maybe you have some interviews lined up. You want to know more about a company as a potential employer, and you want to go beyond what you find on the company’s website and some quick web searching. If you’re a business student, you’ve probably done a good deal of company research for class projects. But if you haven’t done it recently, or aren’t a business student, here are some tips and suggestions.

  • Get a good overview. Business Insights: Essentials and Business Source Premier are great places to check for a basic overview of a public company (one that sells stock or other registered securities to the public.) This can include a description of the company, financial information, and news stories. BSP, BIE, and OneSource Global Business Browser include SWOT reports, which summarize Strengths and Weaknesses of a business, and the Opportunities and Threats it faces in the business environment.
  • Focus your search. BSP and ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry each have a way to search for items about a company that’s more precise than keyword searching. This helps a lot with companies like Target or even Google, whose names are part of daily life. (The word “target,” for example, can refer to target markets, target dates, target-based pay, and of course target practice.) In BSP, you can use the pull-down menu to search for Target as a “company entity,” to get articles specifically about Target the company. And in ABI, you can search for Target as a “company/organization.”
  • Find those private companies, too. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, PrivCo is our newest business resource, covering privately-held companies that average around $50,000,000.00 in annual revenue. For smaller companies, ReferenceUSA is a “business phone book” covering 24 million U.S. businesses. In the Custom Search, you can look for companies by name, business type, business size, location, and more.
  • Don’t forget the news. Yeah, you can find news on the web, but some precision searching can help here as well. ProQuest Newsstand, like ABI, lets you search for articles on a “company/organization.” That helps focus your search in local news sources, like the Star Tribune or Pioneer Press, as well as major papers from other cities (the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times, just to drop a few names.) And my good friend BizLink has full-text coverage of 40 regional business journals, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and business journals from Atlanta, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, and Silicon Valley. It’s a great place to search for information on local or regional companies, and you get that local perspective that you don’t find in national sources.
  • Be sure to check our career and employment resources guide as part of your job search. And good luck!

    UPDATE: SERVICE INTERRUPTION — Includes Journals from Taylor & Francis, BioOne, and Annual Reviews

    Published on: Friday, February 28th, 2014

    Beginning on Saturday, March 1st at 10 a.m. and lasting up to 16 hours (until March 2nd at 2 a.m.), journals published by Taylor & Francis as well as journals found on the BioOne and Annual Reviews databases will not be available. This will affect almost 400 of our online subscribed journals, but is due only to scheduled platform maintenance.

    If you cannot access journal content during this window and it is from one of these three places, please try again after the scheduled maintenance window. Thank you for your patience!

    SERVICE INTERRUPTION – Taylor & Francis Journals

    Published on: Friday, February 28th, 2014



    Over the weekend, Saturday night into Sunday morning to be specific, journals published by Taylor & Francis will not be available. T&F is doing server maintenance.   Um… ok.  So what does this really mean?  It means that when you’re in Summon or another resource and click GET IT to get an article, and if that article happens to come from the publisher Taylor & Francis, you will not get it.  We have about 135 journals by them. Streaming Video Collection

    Published on: Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

    psychoterapy is a psychotherapy and counseling video streaming collection. The majority of the videos show therapists conducting therapy and demonstrating clinical skills, along with
    pre and post discussions. Includes most major theoretical orientations, including cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, family systems, existential-humanistic, motivational interviewing, and many others.
    Trial ends March 21.
    Please send comments about how this database could be useful for your classes, research etc. to Cindy Badilla-Melé 

    Service Interruption – Proquest

    Published on: Friday, February 14th, 2014

    Access to all Proquest products, of which we have over 30, will be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9pm until 5am.  These include,

    • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry
    • American Periodicals Series
    • British Periodicals Collection
    • EconLit
    • Engineering Research Database
    • ERIC
    • Ethnic NewsWatch
    • GeoRef
    • Historical Newspapers: Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)
    • MLA International Bibliography
    • Newsstand
    • ProQuest Civil War Era
    • ProQuest Congressional
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Irish Times, The (1859-2011) and Weekly Irish Times, The (1876-1958)
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922)
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times, The (1851-2010)
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Washington Post (1877-1996)
    • ProQuest Legislative Insight
    • ProQuest Sociology
    • PsycARTICLES
    • PsycBOOKS
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    • Sociological Abstracts
    • Statistical Abstract of the United States

    And RefWorks.

    RESOLVED: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – Cambridge University Press

    Published on: Friday, February 7th, 2014

    Cambridge University Press platform is experiencing technical difficulties.  We have a number of journals and reference books published by them.  Please note that access could be (is) spotty right now. Here’s what they had to say about it:

    Dear All,

    We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the ongoing technical issues that are currently affecting CJO, CBO and other online systems, which have been subject to intermittent outages and instability this week.

    Our investigations have revealed that the problems lie with the deployment of hardware and with industry standard proprietary database software.

    We would like to assure all of our customers and publishing partners that every available resource within our Infrastructure, Platform Technologies and Development teams has been committed to the resolution of these issues and the restoration of normal service.  Progress towards this goal is being monitored on a daily basis at the highest levels within the Press and we will provide another status update as soon as possible.

    Thank you

    CJO stands for Cambridge Jounals Online and CBO is for books. I saw another message that said, “A large team is working hard with database vendor support to resolve this problem.”  I’m glad they’ve got the large team handling it. Anyway, if you don’t get access and you see universitypublishing in the address bar, this is why.

    Welcome Back!

    Published on: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

    Happy first day of Spring Semester (and congrats on surviving the frigid January of 2014)!

    We’re excited to see everyone back on campus and hope everyone’s courses are off to a good start. Despite the cold, things were busy around here at the library this January and, as usual, we have some fun news to share.

    As you gear up for spring research projects, remember to check out our handy Subject Guides - what I like to call handy “mini library websites” geared specifically towards your course and subject content (and I’m not making that up – we  work with your professors to make sure we have what you need to do your assignments!).

    Other than Coffee Bene’s reopening this morning, we’re happy to report that the Media Resources Collection moved into its new home next to the reference collection over J-term.  Stop by to check out our wonderful collection of films and media – perhaps to find that perfect clip to add to a presentation?

    We’ve also added many more online resources, including these favorites of mine:

    • ASM Handbooks OnlineA little something for our engineers: ASM Handbooks Online is the industry’s best known and most comprehensive source of information on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and materials technology
    • Blackwell Reference Online: more than 50 online subject encyclopedia and handbook titles from 2013 have been added, increasing the collection to more than 570 titles. 
    • National Geographic Online: the full text content of the magazine and all of its spectacular photography; see Kate Burke’s blog post for more info. 
    • PrivCo: an excellent source for finding information on privately-held companies. PrivCo is the premier source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture-backed, and international unlisted companies.

    As I like to joke, you can stick a quarter in me and I’d go on and on about all of the wonderful resources we have here at the UST Libraries.  Maybe you can make it one of your 2014 New Years’ resolutions to finally stop by and check it all out?   If so, we’d love to see you! Make an appointment with your favorite librarian today find out more about what we have in your subject area.

    Oxford Bibliographies Online Trial until March 14.

    Published on: Friday, January 31st, 2014

    Talk about a sweetheart of a deal.  We now have a trial to Oxford Bibliographies Online, available through the end of the month.

    ” Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is an entirely new research tool for the social sciences and humanities. A scholar-curated library of discipline-based subject modules, OBO is designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. Each entry is a selective guided tour through the key literature on a topic, receives multiple peer-reviews as well as Editorial Board approval, and is designed to facilitate a research experience with no dead ends. All citations are linked through to your collection via OpenURL, full-text via DOIs, or to the web via links to OCLC, WorldCat, and Google Books, allowing users to locate quickly full-text content directly from OBO. OBO is the ultimate collection development tool for librarians and time saving tool for students and researchers.”

    OBO is a unique reference tool in which 95 broad subject categories are broken down into smaller and smaller subject areas, and individual books and articles important to the study of each subject is listed and described. Users can start their exploration with a keyword search or by browsing through a broad subject area, such as Art History and Medieval Studies.

    Remember Tommies love research and so do Tommie Librarians!

    Please contact me if you have any questions.  Kate Burke



    RIP Pete Seeger

    Published on: Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

    We lost a great man. peteseeger

    Early in my career I worked in Washington, DC and volunteered at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. I was working on a finding aid for the Italy collection and in walks Pete Seeger. He sat down next to me – I admit, I was star struck and just managed a “hi.”  He, however, was not star struck and just started chatting with me, asking me about the project. When Joe Hickerson, the head of the AFC got off the phone, Pete bid me adieu and went to talk to Joe.

    Years later, while working in NYC I ran into Mr. Seeger again at the Clearwater Folk Festival. Obviously, he didn’t recognize me and obviously, I was once again star struck – cuz  Pete Seeger and Odetta were standing right in front of me! Once again it was a “hi” from me and a warm hello from both of them, welcoming me to the festival.  It was very cool.

    Take a moment to honor the man by listening to a sample of his music or watching this video.

    Hercules, Hercules, Hercules

    Published on: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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    Due to the fact that Hercules is laying waste to much of the eastern part of the country, we are without tech support for all Ebsco products until “hopefully Friday, but it could be Saturday.”  Now that’s what I call a hopelessly (wonderfully) connected world.   I lived out east in both New York City and Washington, D.C.  D.C. was completely incapable of handling even 2 inches of snow*, let alone a named storm**.  New York could shovel its way out of a storm, but it took a while.  Either way, this big storm – as big as the hero/god Hercules – is gonna leave a mark. Ebsco, the company I was calling to give a piece of my mind to, is located in Massachusetts.  Their offices are already closed with the message that they will open “hopefully Friday, but it could be Saturday.”   Ebsco may have dodged my wrath, but not Hercules’!

    * I once got pulled over by the D.C. cops cuz it was snowing. There were less than 2 inches on the ground – I swear, it was not that much snow – and the cop, with chains on his tires, pulled me over and yelled at me, “What do you call this stuff on the ground!?”  And I’m all… snow.  He raged a bit, lecturing me about driving and then I asked if it was illegal or if he was going to give me a ticket.  No was the answer to both of those questions, so I just waited him out and then drove away.

    ** Who decided when to start naming winter storms like hurricanes?  Did the Weather Channel do this?  Did I miss the memo that we’re now naming winter storms?  Were you aware this was happening? What’s the point of naming blizzards?