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Charles J. Keffer Library, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Database for Analyst Reports: Investext

After a successful trial, I am happy to announce that we have subscribed to the Investext database. Investext provides the full text of investment analyst reports from major investment banking firms, as well as company and industry reports from major business information providers. Analyst reports are used in the real world to inform security buyers’ purchasing decisions, and in educational settings, in accounting and finance classes to help inform company and industry financial research projects.

 

Investext is provided as an add-on to our existing Mergent Online subscription. There are a couple of ways to access the content. The first way is through a regular company record. To see this, open Mergent Online, then search for and open a company record. Within the record, got to Reports, then select Broker Research Reports.
Investext reports via company record
The second way to find the Investext content within Mergent Online is to login to the database, and look for the Investext tab at the far right side.
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Once in the database, pick a date range, and then use one or more criteria to search. Possible criteria include company name/ticker, country, keyword, industry, report style (company, industry, ESG report, etc.), contributor (i.e. brokerage house), among others. Pick one or more items in the Search Criteria section, hit the Submit button, then hit the View link to display your search results.

Investext search criteria

Examples:
  • I searched for “best buy” in company name for the last 90 days, and got a list of 129 results, including analyst reports, company, and industry reports.
  • I used the Industry criteria and used the included lookup list to select Consumer Cyclicals>Specialty Retailers>Computer & Electronics Retailers, also for the last 90 days. I found 1716 results.
For best results, combine multiple criteria to tune the results to a manageable number. Reports are provided in PDF format.
The vendor turned on our access early so that it can still be of use in financial/investment analysis projects here as we wrap up fall semester. Please take the database for a spin and send me any questions.

 

John Heintz, Business & Data Services Librarian, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.
Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial: Investext

We are running a trial of the Investext database. Investext provides the full text of investment analyst reports from major investment banking firms, as well as company and industry reports from major business information providers. Analyst reports are used in the real world to inform security buyers’ purchasing decisions, and in educational settings, in accounting and finance classes to help inform company and industry financial research projects.

 

Investext is provided as an add-on to our existing Mergent Online subscription. Login to the database, and look for the Investext tab at the far right side.

 

Investext tab
Once in the database, pick a date range, and then use one or more criteria to search. Possible criteria include company name/ticker, country, keyword, industry, report style, contributor (i.e. brokerage house), among others. Pick one or more criteria, hit the Submit button, then hit the View link to display your search results.

 

Investext search screen
Examples:
  • I searched for “best buy” in company name for the last 90 days, and got a list of 129 results, including analyst reports, company, and industry reports.
  • I used the Industry criteria and used the included lookup list to select Consumer Cyclicals>Specialty Retailers>Computer & Electronics Retailers, also for the last 90 days. I found 1716 results.
For best results, combine multiple criteria to tune the results to a manageable number. Reports are provided in PDF format.

 

This trial runs through November 15th. Please take the database for a spin and send me any questions or your recommendation on whether we should subscribe by then.
John Heintz, Data Services Librarian, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.
Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial: Sage Research Methods Online Datasets

We are running a trial of Sage Research Methods Online Datasets. This is an additional add-on to our existing subscription.

This component provides test/exercise datasets to support the teaching of quantitative and qualitative research. Per Sage, “choose from over 500 datasets using data from real research, designed to support the teaching and independent learning of data analysis techniques.”

To access this trial, go to Sage Research Methods Online and then scroll down to hit the Datasets icon.

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The database allows you to search by keyword, or browse by:
  • Method (e.g. multiple regression, T-test, logistic regression, cross-tabs)
  • Discipline (e.g. Economics, Education, Social Work)
  • Data Type (e.g. Ethnographic interviews, numeric data, time series, interview transcripts; both quantitative and qualitative)
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The quantitative datasets are taken from large-scale surveys, experiments, or government data of various kinds. The qualitative datasets are taken from sources like interview transcripts and field study notes. Studies are accompanied by step-by-step instructions for quantitative statistical analysis or advice on how to approach analysis of a qualitative dataset, as well as teaching and student guides, and guides to performing the techniques in specific statistical software packages.

This trial runs through Oct. 31. Please take the database for a spin and send me any questions or your recommendation on whether we should subscribe by then.
John Heintz, Data Services Librarian, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.
Libraries, News & Events, Services

Faculty Workshops in March

We’re presenting three faculty workshops in March; they are designed to inform you about and help you use library content and services.  Take a look below and register for any of interest to you. We hope to see you there!

Using Library Resources in Canvas (John Heintz) Thursday March 22, 10-11 AM, LIB LL21  https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053327John Heintz

A hands-on exploration of how to add links to articles, book chapters, streaming video & audio, and fine arts images to your course. Bring lists of content you’d like to add and we’ll use them as examples.

 

Library Streaming Audio & Video (Cindy Badilla-Melendez) Tuesday March 20, 2:30-3:30 PM, LIB LL21 https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053329.
AND Wednesday March 21, 10-11 AM, TMH 442 Fox Center https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053333.  

Learn about our many streaming audio and video subscriptions(thousands of titles) for documentary, feature, and training films; opera, symphonic, roots, popular, and ethnic music. How can you use these resources in your course?

 

Research Online: The University’s Scholarly Repository (Meg Manahan) Tuesday March 20, 10:30-11:30, LIB LL21  https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053335.
AND Wednesday March 21, 2:45-3:45 PM, TMH 442 Fox Center https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053336.  Meg Manahan

Learn how we use the repository to showcase the scholarly output of our faculty and students, by storing and making discoverable online theses &dissertations from graduate programs; faculty papers & presentations; and fully online journals.

 

Libraries, News & Events

The Skeleton Dance

One of my seasonal favorites, as we prepare for Halloween: The Skeleton Dance.

“As we hear the chimes at midnight and bats flutter from a belfry; as a hound howls at the full moon and black cats brawl on the tombstones; Through the gloom, white skeletons pass, Running and leaping in their shrouds!” (Walt Disney Animation Studios).

The Skeleton Dance

News & Events

Research Online Usage Report

Here is the latest usage report for UST Research Online, the university’s online scholarly research repository.

Monthly Readership Totals:
Last month, UST Research Online had 11249 full-text downloads and 23 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 1566.
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota scholarship was read by 1534 institutions across 146 countries.

The most popular papers were:
A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Elementary Principals Involved in Dual-Career Relationships with Children (537 downloads)

Factors Influencing Student Placement Decisions in Elementary School Assignments (500 downloads)

The sky’s the limit: An activity for teaching project management: an experiential learning activity (347 downloads)

The most popular publications were:
University of St. Thomas Law Journal (3614 downloads)

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership (2233 downloads)

Professional Psychology Doctoral Projects (1562 downloads)

 

See the Dashboard for user maps, institution & country download counts, referrers, etc.

USTRO download map

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Libraries website launches

You may have noticed by now that our new Libraries website launched last night. We’ve moved our web content into a template that incorporates the University’s new web styles.  The look and feel is quite different, but the structure of the site is largely the same, so most of the features you’re used to seeing are roughly in the same place.

We now move on to “reskinning” many of the associated web applications you’ve likely used in the past: Research & Course Guides, the Get It and Journals A-Z pages, EZ Proxy login, Interlibrary Loan, and some others.  This will take a few days, and you may notice some minor hiccups as the systems are changed. If you run into difficulties getting pages to appear or function properly, try the following:

  • refresh your browser window
  • wait a few minutes and try again
  • contact us via Ask A Librarian

Sorry in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during this transition period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 2-5018 or jpheintz@stthomas.edu.

John Heintz
Associate Director for Digital Initiatives

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