Wednesday, October 29, 2014

4th Annual Business Plan Competition

Ready to write a winning business planPASSHE is sponsoring a Business Plan Competition for students' simulated business plans.

Prizes include:
  • $10,000 for 1st place
  • $5000 for 2nd place
  • $2500 for 3rd place
There is a research guide for this competition available through the Library's web site.

For more info, please contact Michael Coffta, Business Research Librarian, or Dr. Karl Kapp, Dept. of Instructional Technology.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Got feedback on any of the database trials currently being run?

Use this form to tell us what you think.

The Library currently has access to the following 5 databases, accessible on the Databases A-Z list > Trials page. The database vendors are providing free access to the databases so that our users can try them out. We welcome your feedback -- what you think of them and how you might use them in your courses?

The trials will be ending soon, so if you haven't tried them out yet, do so while you can.
As always, if questions Ask a Librarian.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trial to Online Cabell's Directories through 11/8!

The Library is offering an online trial to Cabell's Directories. Cabell's publishes a number of directories, both print and online, designed to "help professors, graduate students and researchers publish their manuscripts in academic journals." The Directories help researchers determine which journals typically publish manuscripts similar to theirs or which could be the best fit for their manuscript. The index in each Directory helps you match the characteristics of your manuscript to the topic areas that the journal emphasizes and gives the acceptance rate. 

BU has access to the following Cabell's Directories until November 8, 2014:
  •   Educational Directories:
    • Educational Curriculum & Methods
    • Educational Psychology & Administration
    • Educational Technology & Library Science
  • Psychology:
    • Psychology & Psychiatry  
  • Computer Science:
    • Computer Science - Business Information Systems Health Directories  
  • Health Administration:
    • Nursing
Please note: The College of Business currently subscribes to the four online Business Directories, which are also listed with the other trial directories:
  • Accounting
  • Economics and Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Complete Accessible Archives trial (ends 10/20/2014)

The complete collections of Accessible Archives historical primary sources is now available to Bloomsburg University for trial, until October 20, 2014. In addition to The Pennsylvania Gazette (to which the Library already subscribes), online full-text is available for these primary U.S. sources:

  • The Civil War Collection (news articles, editorials, Northeast Regimental Histories, memories and correspondence)
  • Frank Leslie’s Weekly
  • Godey’s Lady’s Book
  • The Lily
  • History of Woman Suffrage
  • African American newspapers
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard
  • Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
  • Twelve Years a Slave
  • The Liberator
  • National Citizen and Ballot Box
  • The Revolution
  • South Carolina Newspapers
  • The Virginia Gazette
  • Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalog (primarily a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries from The Village Record of West Chester, PA)
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Record : Delaware County
  • County Histories (entire country's worth)
Please give us your feedback here or contact a librarian with your questions.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trial to Data-Planet until 11/14/2014

Andruss Library is currently offering trial access to Data-Planet, through November 14, 2014.

Data-Planet is a large repository of statistics and datasets with: 
...more than 90 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. The over two billion time series in Data-Planet provide immediate access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form, via multiple points of entry. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository.   All of the data have been standardized and structured, and described with up to 37 fields of metadata, including a controlled vocabulary. (for more information about Data-Planet, visit
Data-Planet provides two interfaces for two types of users:
1. Statistical Datasets: for more advanced users, with more analytical Interface and tools  
2. Ready Reference: for novice user, a a discovery layer with a search box at the top, snap shots, and browsing of subject categories

Included in the trial are add-on modules for the EASI Market Planner, China Data Center and the four IMF Files: Balance of Payments, Direction of Trade, Government Financial Statistics, International Financial Statistics.

 Data-Planet also develops research guides on specific topis upon request; a current list is available at . Here are some sample guides:
·         International Comparisons (guides to countries in an A to Z List)
·         State Guides to Statistics: Pennsylvania (note tab showing A to Z list)

To see how Data-Planet compares to other statistical aggregators, check out this page:

As always, if you have questions or feedback, let a librarian know. Contact us using the Ask a Librarian link or the Suggestion Box on the library website. Happy searching!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trial to PolicyMap runs until 10/31/2014

Andruss Library has begun a trial to PolicyMap, which will run until the end of October.

PolicyMap is a national web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities. With easy-to-use menus, PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level. It is used in the social sciences, urban studies and regional planning, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration and policy, public health, political science, education, environmental studies, business and finance, economics, statistics and geography, among other areas.

Included in the tool is access to PolicyMap’s extensive data collection, with 15,000+ indicators used to understand communities, organized into general categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending activity, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines, and other analysis. In addition, students and faculty can easily upload and incorporate their data into and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap.

The database can be accessed via the Library's home page, using the link for Databases A-Z > Trials:

View the following videos or visit the PolicyMap Support Center for information on how to use.

If questions, ask a librarian for assistance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DSM-5 now available online through Library

Andruss Library is proud to provide online access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. A staple of academic libraries, the DSM-5 is described on the American Psychiatric Publishing website as follows:
The most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. DSM-5 is used by health professionals, social workers,and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders, and is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings-inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. 
Access the DSM-5 via the Databases A-Z page or Databases by Subject >> Psychology. The database also contains DSM-5™ Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM-5™ Clinical Cases.

Any questions, ask a librarian.