Campus researchers now have online access to International Historical Statistics.
International Historical Statistics is a statistical compendium that was first published in 1983. The editors have collected statistics from a broad range of sources and this updated edition covers the years 1750-2010.
This work has previously been available only in print. This new online edition includes all statistical tables as Excel spreadsheets, which can be downloaded for further analysis. Topics include population, national accounts, labor force, agriculture, external trade and industry. Each section has a full description of the sources used to compile the statistics.
Access International Historical Statistics here
University of Chicago alumni are now able to access five important research databases and thousands of publications from any off-campus computer with an Internet connection. These electronic resources for alumni are being provided by the University of Chicago Alumni Association and the University of Chicago Library.
The Library is providing alumni access to thousands of journal articles, book chapters and other materials through Project MUSE and SAGE Journals Online:
- Project MUSE is a full-text database of over 100 scholarly journals published by university presses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
- SAGE Journals Online offers peer-reviewed journals in business, humanities, social sciences, sciences, technology, and medicine published by SAGE Publications and participating societies. Dates of coverage and access to backfiles vary by journal. To verify availability of specific journals, search the eJournals list or ask a librarian.
The University of Chicago Alumni Association is providing alumni access to thousands of publication archives through EBSCOhost:
- EBSCO Academic Search – Alumni Edition offers full-text access to more than 2,600 scholarly journals and indexing of thousands more.
- EBSCO Business Source – Alumni Edition offers full-text access to more than 1,300 scholarly business journals and indexing of thousands more. It also includes country economic reports, company profiles, and backfiles of many journals.
- Articles Plus – Alumni Edition brings together content from EBSCO databases, Project MUSE, SAGE Journals Online and other sources to facilitate discovery across a range of subject areas. It lists full-text articles available to alumni, as well as articles available for purchase or available in person in the University of Chicago Library.
To access any of these databases, alumni must create a CNet ID and use it to log in. Those alumni who have forgotten their CNet password can reset it online or contact IT Services for assistance.
“Many alumni have expressed an interest in getting remote access to electronic resources, and the Library is very pleased to be partnering with the Alumni Association to make this possible,” said Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian. “We are particularly pleased to be able to offer access to a broad range of important resources that will help alumni in many different fields begin their research.”
For additional information about electronic resources freely available to alumni, visit our Library Guide at http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/alumni
The Library is now providing access to Statista, a source of data and statistics. Statista gathers data from a wide variety of government and commercial sources and presents it in an easy to search interface. Data can be exported to Excel and charts can be exported as picture files or directly into PowerPoint.
Statista also includes market research reports on selected industries. Look for the Search Filter on the results page and limit to Studies and Reports to access these quickly. You can also find reports related to your data at the bottom of the page.
Statista has a great deal of data on social media and Internet usage that can be hard to find in other sources. We like it for quick economic data, such as GDP or consumer prices. We also like the wide variety of reports and data available, such as data from the 2011 Brewer’s Almanac or the State of the Industry Almanac, which covers the US grocery market.
Access Statista here
Trial access is available to PrivCo, a source of private company information. PrivCo has private company financials and revenues, information on private M&A deals and deal multiples, private firm valuations, venture capital fundings, private equity deals, private and family ownership breakdowns, bankruptcies, restructurings, and more. The trial runs until November 30.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has released an Excel add-in for searching FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data). FRED is a collection of economic time series that are freely available through the St. Louis Fed web site. FRED includes series on GDP, interest rates, bank loans and reserves, major stock indices and much more. The add-in allows access to all of these directly from Excel and includes a graphing tool for creating charts.
Download the addin at the St. Louis Fed web site.
Trial access is available to Rand State Statistics until September 1.
Rand State Statistics is a collection of over 70 detailed state and local databases built by RAND. Databases range from Economics (employment, wages, foreign trade, airline operations, etc.) to Population/Demographics (populations, projections, immigration, mortality, etc.) to Education (enrollment, finances, teacher salaries, etc.) and more (Health and Socioeconomic, Government Finance, Energy and Environment, and Community).
The Library is now providing access to the Morningstar Investment Research Center. The database offers analysis on 1700 stocks, 2000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.
The Company Stock Reports include analysis written by Morningstar’s experts, up to 10 years of financials, bond information, ratios, SEC filings and information on insider actions and institutional holders. Reports are available for the top 2000 companies but other information is available for many more.
Another useful feature is their industry returns section, which is under the markets tab. This has total return for broad industry segments and identifies the top companies in the sector, with links to more information on those companies.
You can download financial data to Excel but you cannot download pricing data. Mergent Online does have price data for downloading, however.
The Library provides access to the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). Over 88,600 documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management from a wide variety of sources including federal, state and local governments, international governments and institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private entities.
Topics covered that might not come to mind when thinking about homeland security issues include information about the defense industry, the insurance industry, social media use in emergencies, agroterrorism, technology and security, and disaster preparedness for business.
You may access this database via our Database Finder, the Library Catalog , or Lens.
Passport GMID is a rich source of market research and analysis from Euromonitor International. Don’t let the name fool you, Euromonitor covers major markets world wide. You can now register on Passport GMID to gain access to some great new features.
- Custom news feeds
Select industries, market segments and geographies to get custom news when you log in or get email alerts when new research and analysis is available.
- Save research reports to Saved Research for easy access
- Save data to My Downloads for quick retrieval at a later date
Connect to Passport GMID here
At the home page, look for “Register for My Pages” in the right column. You’ll need to use a uchicago email address to register. Off-campus users will still need to authenticate through the proxy server to get access to the database.
Registration is not required but it is the only way you can get access to these features.
Tobias Moskowitz, Fama Family Professor of Finance, recently published Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
Scorecasting looks into the statistics behind sports and challenges notions such as home field advantage, “defense wins championships” and why the Cubs are (or aren’t) cursed. The book is currently on 24 hour reserve at Regenstein Library. A selected bibliography of Professor Moskowitz’s work is available here.
You can find similar research in journal articles indexed in EconLit. “Sports and incentives” is a good starting point.
The Chicago Tribune reported on March 28 that Anheuser-Busch is taking over Goose Island. To find out more about Anheuer-Busch and the beer industry, try out a few of the library databases found on the Business and Economics Research Guide.
To see a full history of the acquisitions of Anheuser-Busch, take a look in Mergent Online using the ticker symbol BUD. Mergent Online provides company financials and complete corporate histories of publicly traded companies.
Another source of information is market reports within Business Source Complete (BSC). For example you can read the 102 page Breweries & Beer-Making Industry Report for 2011 that was found in BSC.