Business & Economics News & Announcements

New report from Mintel on recreational cannabis users

The Library has subscribed to market research from Mintel for many years. These reports focus on consumer markets in the United States and have detailed demographic information on users of products such as skin care, beverages, food, restaurants and more. Their primary customers are businesses selling products in these markets. Many of these customers wanted information on cannabis users and how they might impact their markets, despite the fact that cannabis is not legal for recreational use in most states. Mintel surveyed users and potential users in states where it is legal and produced a report last fall, which is now available to UChicago users. The report is aimed at marketers, but researchers in other disciplines may be interested in the characteristics of cannabis users that Mintel identified.

Cannabis Report Homepage

Access the report here.
You must agree to Mintel’s terms of use before you can access this report. These terms are more restrictive than our other databases and do not allow downloads of entire reports or sharing outside of the University of Chicago.

Select the Databook to download an Excel file with all survey questions and responses.

New marketing databases available

The Library has added access to three databases that cover consumer demographics.

The first database is a new segment of Statista, the Statista Global Consumer Survey. This covers 28 countries and has data on consumer demographics, brand share and consumer preferences. It has a built-in cross-tabulation tool, which lets users build their own reports using a wide range of demographic and market variables.
Access the Statista Global Consumer Survey here.  Click “Browse the Consumer Global Survey” to access the database

The second database is Consumer Brand Analytics, which covers brands and consumers in the U.S. It includes 19 major product categories and has detailed consumer demographics. It also features many different ways to analyze data and will soon include data on consumers switching brands within a category.
Access Consumer Brand Analytics here

The third database is Sports Market Analytics, which aggregates news and data on professional, college and recreational sports. It includes attendance figures and overall television viewership for spectator sports. It also covers participation, market and brand share for recreational sports.
Access Sports Market Analytics here.

 

Apply for the Library Student Advisory Group

Mansueto and Regenstein

Mansueto and Regenstein libraries (photo by Tom Rossiter)

The Library Student Advisory Group serves as a formal channel of communication between students and the Library administration. The group discusses matters related to all six campus libraries, including collections, spaces, and services, along with issues relating to the present and future needs of the student community.

The Library Student Advisory Group meets once a quarter and representatives serve for two-year terms with an option to renew.

We are looking for student representatives from the following schools and divisions:

  • College (Class of 2022)
  • Biological Sciences Division
  • Booth School of Business
  • Harris School of Public Policy Studies
  • Physical Sciences Division
  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Social Sciences Division
  • School of Social Service Administration.

Please complete our online application by October 26, 2018.

For more information about the Library Student Advisory Group, or the application process, please contact:

Rebecca Starkey
Librarian for College Instruction & Outreach
773-702-4484
rstarkey@uchicago.edu

Attend economics orientation programs

The Business and Economics Librarians at University of Chicago will be offering an orientation for new economics PhD students and an orientation for students in the College planning on studying economics this week.

The orientation for economics PhD students will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday, September 27th in room A-11.  After an overview of library resources relevant to the field of economics, a tour will be held.

Econ 101, the orientation for students in the College, will be held at 11am on Friday, September 28th in room 122.   If you are majoring in economics, this is a can’t miss 60-minute session.  Learn about all the services the Library can provide to aid your research, from accessing the major relevant newspapers and journals (think The Economist and The Wall Street Journal) to finding economics articles and papers.  An introduction to some of the best sources for economics data will also be provided.  The session will begin promptly on the hour.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter, Facebook, or through our reference services.

Entrepreneurship resources highlighted at Innovation Fest

UChicago Innovation Fest logoUChicago Innovation Fest (May 1-June 3, 2018) celebrates pioneering discovery and entrepreneurial endeavors at the University of Chicago.  Led by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the month of events, workshops, and accelerator programs, including the globally recognized Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, highlights the breadth and impact of innovation at UChicago in the areas of entrepreneurship and research commercialization, scientific advancements, and social impact.

In support of the UChicago Innovation Fest, the Library’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation research guide has been expanded to include new lists of recommended periodicals and books for entrepreneurs and innovators.  Starting points for company, industry, and market research as well as demographics and financing information are also provided.  The guide, as well as the schedule of events, are highlighted on the UChicago Innovation Fest website.  Business and Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach Emily Treptow also supports Polsky Center members during her monthly mentor hours at the Polsky Exchange.  See more about her work in our feature on embedded librarianship.

Questions about entrepreneurship and innovation research?  Ask us on Twitter, Facebook, or through our reference services.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation research guide

 

My Library Account improvements

The Library has released a new version of My Library Account (formerly My Account), offering enhancements and new features:

  • Displays have been improved, especially on mobile devices.
  • Checked out items are sorted by due date, so items due soon appear at the top of the list.
  • Checked out items can also be sorted by title, author, call number, loan type, etc.
  • Alerts appear for recalled items, items due soon, overdue items, etc.
  • Interlibrary loan, course reserves, and short term loans display information about their loan period and whether they are eligible for renewal.
  • Faculty can view which items on their accounts were checked out by proxy borrowers.
  • Requested items more clearly display whether they are available for pickup.
  • Quick links have been added to other Library accounts (Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections, Course Reserves).

See My Library Account Help for more information.

The new Checked out Items screen; items due soon appear at the top of the list.

The new Checked out Items screen; items due soon appear at the top of the list.

Burst the bubble: expanding the news sources you read

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Over the last week, major internet companies such has Facebook and Google have been under attack for their role in the circulation of ‘fake news’. Critics assert that these platforms publicize most-clicked content as news without verifying facts and claims. Some even say that publicizing this ‘fake news’ influenced the outcome of the presidential election. In addition, news on social media tends to be shared among followers and friends, so the news you see there often aligns with the political affiliations and perspectives closest to your own. For these reasons, using social media and popular news aggregators such as Google News, can put you in what has been called a ‘filter bubble’. Library resources can help you burst that bubble.

The Library will be offering 30-minute workshops highlighting databases available to the University of Chicago community that contain a wide variety of news sources.  Learn how to browse major dailies such as the Washington Post or New York Times in just a few clicks, search international newspapers online, and find transcripts from cable and radio news programs.

Burst Your Bubble: Making the Most of the Library’s News Databases
Regenstein Library, Room 207
Monday, November 21, 10:00–10:30 a.m.  Register Now
Tuesday, November 22, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Register Now

Can’t make a workshop?  Begin exploring the news databases available to you using our research guides:

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Starkey at rstarkey@uchicago.edu for assistance.

Attend business and economics research training sessions

Booth Information Technology is hosting several research vendors to conduct training on statistical software and data in October and November.  Emily Treptow, the Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach, will also be offering training sessions on business and economics resources.

University of Chicago researchers have access to top business news and company, industry and market research information.  Emily will be discussing and demonstrating library services and resources, including Mintel, Statista, IBISWorld and Factiva.  Some resources may be discussed that are only available to Booth students and faculty, including OneSource and Capital IQ.

Please register to attend any of the Booth training sessions.  All University of Chicago affiliates are welcome.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter, Facebook, or through our reference services

Attend economics orientation programs

The Business and Economics Librarians at University of Chicago will be offering an orientation for new economics PhD students and an orientation for students in the College planning on studying economics this week.

The orientation for economics PhD students will be held at 4:30pm on Thursday, September 22 in room A-11.  After an overview of library resources relevant to the field of economics, a tour will be held.

Econ 101, the orientation for students in the College, will be held at 11am on Friday, September 23 in room A-11.   If you are majoring in economics, this is a can’t miss 60-minute session.  Learn about all the services the Library can provide to aid your research, from accessing the major relevant newspapers and journals (think The Economist and The Wall Street Journal) to finding economics articles and papers.  An introduction to some of the best sources for economics data will also be provided.  The session will begin promptly on the hour.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter, Facebook, or through our reference services

 

Trial access to PitchBook available for Booth students

Booth students have trial access to PitchBook, a private equity and venture capital database covering a wide range of firms as well as startups.  With the PitchBook platform, researchers can track entire PE and VC lifecycles from fund initiation to company exits, PitchBook-logo-web-2public and private M&A transactions, and the limited partners, fund managers, advisors and other key players involved.  In addition to viewing firm and contact profiles, custom lists of buyers, targets, advisors, and more can be created using the advanced search function.  Researchers can also save custom searches and set up email alerts to come daily, weekly, or monthly.

For Evening, Weekend, and Full-Time students, please fill out this form to request access to PitchBook by June 26th.  PitchBook will send you an email directly once your account is activated.  Your account will remain active through 8/30/16.  You can also access this tool onsite at the Career Resource Centers at the Harper Center and the Gleacher Center.

Questions about leveraging this powerful tool?  Ask us on Twitter, Facebook, or through our reference services.