Business & Economics News & Announcements

New online resource: IBISWorld

University of Chicago researchers now have access to IBISWorld.

IBISWorldIBISWorld is a database that provides comprehensive industry reports for over 700 industries ranging from biotechnology to pawn shops.  These reports provide strategic insight and analysis which can be used to gain a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts, industry supply chain, and competitive landscape.

The reports include breakdowns of industry performance, outlook, products and markets, major competitors and operation conditions.  In addition to being able to download the complete report, key statistics can be downloaded to excel and specific infographics can be downloaded and inserted into your own reports and presentations.  

Questions? Ask A Librarian.
 

Meet new Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach Emily Treptow

Treptow Emily2014Emily Treptow joined the University of Chicago Library on June 1 as the new Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach.  She came to us from Michigan State University where she was a Business Reference Librarian from November 2012 to May 2015.

Below, Emily has answered questions about her plans for her work at the University of Chicago 

How do you envision working with faculty and students in your new role here?

I am very excited about my new role, which is also a brand new position at the library.  It was created with leeway for me to spend time outside the library to meet with students and faculty at the locations most convenient for them.  I will be available to travel to Booth’s Harper Center and Gleacher Center and to the Economics Department in Saieh Hall to provide research assistance via office hours and instruction.  I also envision leveraging this flexibility by attending relevant discussions and workshops on campus to better equip myself to build a program of outreach that will provide the research services that faculty and students need.  I hope to be involved in orientation sessions for new Booth and Economics students, in addition to providing increased point of need services and instruction.

Do you have a sense of what you’d like to accomplish in your first year at University of Chicago?

In my first year, I would like to spend time meeting with Booth and Economics students, staff and faculty to learn more about their needs and how I can create services to meet those needs.  I would also like use social media as another means for building these connections. 

UChicago faculty and students are encouraged to contact Emily with questions or requests for assistance with business & economics research, teaching and learning. You can reach Emily at etreptow@uchicago.edu or 773.834.3415.

Redesigned research guides are easier to use and navigate

This weekend, the University of Chicago’s Library Guides were migrated to a new platform that features a number of improvements. Most notably, use of responsive design greatly improves the user’s experience on mobile devices and assistive technology, such as screen readers.

Mobile view of a Library Guide

A Library Guide as seen on a smartphone

The new platform also uses navigation menus on the left side of the screen, rather than the tabs across the top, which should make it easier and more intuitive for users to locate content in the guides.

Our librarians have created guides on a wide variety of academic subjects studied at the University. In addition, Help Guides show you how to locate specific types of material, such as newspapers, and to use Library tools and services, such as interlibrary loan.

Visit our Library Guides page for a complete list of our guides. 

 

International Monetary Fund data now freely available

The International Monetary Fund recently announced that all of their data sets are now free to everyone. Previously, IMF data were only available through Library subscriptions. The subscription interface is still available, but will be discontinued in the near future. The new open platform allows registered users to download entire data sets in addition to data query results.

Access the new data portal at
http://data.imf.org

Extensive help files are available at
http://datahelp.imf.org/

If you created an account on the old system, your login credentials should work at the new site. Saved data queries will not be transferred, however.

New online resource: International Historical Statistics

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

Statista now available

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