Feature Story UChicago launches Kuali OLE and new Catalog

Academic librarians develop open-source software to meet faculty and student needs

The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce its launch of the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and a new Catalog based on VuFind.

An open-source, community-based library management system, Kuali OLE was created by a partnership of some of the nation’s leading university libraries, including the University of Chicago Library. Kuali OLE, which provides the Library’s technical infrastructure, is intentionally designed to function with a wide range of user interfaces chosen by various individual libraries, including Chicago’s new Catalog.

“We are especially pleased that by implementing Kuali OLE and VuFind we will be providing both a business system and a patron access module that are open source—planned, designed, governed and owned by the library community,” said James Mouw, Associate University Librarian for Collections Services at University of Chicago and Treasurer of the Kuali OLE Board. “Community ownership of key library systems affords us the ability to manage, develop, and enhance our infrastructure as new technologies emerge and the needs of our scholarly community evolve. The ability to move quickly and effectively, working in partnership with other academic research institutions with similar needs is something we have not had with commercial systems.”

Kuali OLE

Kuali OLE was founded by a partnership of research libraries that now includes University of Chicago, Indiana University (lead), SOAS—University of London, Lehigh University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. The partners pooled resources and expertise beginning in 2008 with several grants from the Mellon Foundation to develop this next-generation library system. Chicago and Lehigh University are the initial implementers. Other partners plan to adopt the new system in summer 2015.

Kuali OLE partners

Kuali OLE partners

UChicago Library staff members have played an integral role in the development of Kuali OLE since the design phase in 2008 and continue to do so by developing specifications, participating in software development, undertaking migration planning, providing subject specialist expertise, and testing new development. They hold several key leadership positions on the Kuali OLE team, and dozens more are participating in working groups supporting development activities. Development continues with the next Kuali OLE release due in summer 2015.

New University of Chicago Library Catalog

UChicago Library staff members have tailored VuFind, a library catalog originally developed at Villanova University, to meet the needs of local users. Design goals for the Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool meets the needs of researchers. Initial designs were refined throughout the first half of 2014, following the public beta testing of the Catalog by users beginning on February 14, 2014.

Alumna tries out the new Library Catalog

Sylva Osbourne, AB’14, tries out the new Library Catalog. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

“Participating in the VuFind open-source project has allowed the Library to take advantage of commonly requested features already developed by the VuFind community while giving us the latitude to create functionality unique to UChicago needs,” said Elisabeth Long, Associate University Librarian for Digital Services.  “The level of engagement by our faculty and students in helping us design this new Catalog has been especially gratifying.”

The new Catalog features a simple, clean visual design while retaining all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the pre-existing UChicago systems. It also adds new features requested during interviews, including display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

“The successful, coordinated launch of these two new Library systems, designed to improve discovery and management of growing collections, could not have been accomplished without the creativity and talent of University of Chicago Library staff,” said Alice Schreyer, Interim Library Director and Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections at the University of Chicago. “We are proud to collaborate with our colleagues to develop these new systems that will benefit researchers from around the world.”

Alert New Catalog launched, BorrowDirect restored

10/23/14 update: BorrowDirect is restored.

The University of Chicago Library has launched its new Library Catalog, and most Library services that were temporarily interrupted during the transition period are now restored.   As of today, Lens and the previous Catalog are retired.

We are aware that some system functions may be working slowly. This will be addressed in the coming weeks.

For information about how to use the new Catalog, visit the Catalog Help page or contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

If you have saved records using My Discoveries in Lens and wish to retain them, there is still time to place a request to have these migrated to the new Library Catalog.

We encourage you to report any difficulties you encounter in using the new Catalog, so that Library staff can quickly diagnose and resolve them.


Alert Library service interruptions begin July 15

7/24/2014 update: The implementation has been rescheduled to begin on August 1. See below for new service change dates.

The University of Chicago Library will begin implementing its new Library Catalog and new library management system, Kuali OLE, on August 1 at 5 p.m. In mid-August when implementation is complete, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired.

Accessing library services during the transition

From July 15 to mid-August, UChicago patrons will be able to search the current Library Catalog and Lens, check out materials, and place Scan & Deliver and online purchase requests, but some services will be interrupted, delayed, or delivered in different ways:

From July 15 to mid-August

  • Borrow Direct is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are not available locally.
  • Recall of materials from other borrowers is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are checked out during this period.

From August 1 to mid-August

  • Checkouts, returns, and other circulation information will not be updated in the Catalog and Lens during this period. If you discover that an item is not on the shelf, you may place an Interlibrary Loan request. For information about equipment circulated from the TECHB@R in Regenstein, please contact the TECHB@R staff in person.
  • You will not be able to view your current checkouts or renew your materials online using My Account. Users needing assistance with circulation matters may complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk in person.
  • Online requesting of items from the Mansueto Library will be unavailable through direct links from the Catalog and Lens. To request items from Mansueto, complete this circulation web form, select “Mansueto Library” in the “Library or Collection” field, and provide the call numbers of the needed items. You may also request assistance from Mansueto circulation staff in person.

When implementation is complete and normal services are restored, we will post a follow-up announcement. At that time, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired. Please visit our News site for directions on how to transfer records from My Lists in the Catalog and My Discoveries in Lens in July.

We apologize for the inconveniences that Library users will experience during the transition period but look forward to the enhanced features that will be available in the new Catalog. To preview the new Catalog, visit the Catalog beta site.

For the latest information about the implementation and launch of the new Catalog and Kuali OLE, visit our Library News site. If you have any questions about the implementation, please contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

Feature Story Get books from the Ivies: try Borrow Direct beta

University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff can now borrow books and other circulating materials from the libraries of Ivy League universities and MIT through Borrow Direct, which begins its beta implementation phase at UChicago on August 1. Borrow Direct will typically deliver books to UChicago users in approximately four calendar days—far more rapidly than items requested through traditional interlibrary loan.

Borrow Direct logo 200Borrow Direct can be used to gain rapid access to books that are checked out or otherwise unavailable from the University of Chicago Library. The service provides access to more than 50 million volumes from the circulating collections of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. It works very much like UBorrow, the year-old consortial borrowing program that rapidly delivers materials from other CIC (Big Ten) libraries.

Borrow Direct materials can be kept for up to 12 weeks, unless recalled by the lending library. Standard borrowing policies—including fines and account blocks—apply to overdue Borrow Direct items, and renewals are not permitted.

Borrow Direct materials will typically arrive in approximately four calendar days, but a few extra days may be needed during the beta phase as we test methods for exchanging books with our Ivy League partners.

Help us test Borrow Direct

Open bookUsing Borrow Direct during the beta phase is simple:

  1. Log in to the Borrow Direct catalog with your CNet ID and password.
  2. Search for the item you want and click on the “Request” link within its record.
  3. Select your pick-up location and click on “Submit” to complete your request.

You will receive an email once the item arrives notifying you that it is available for pickup.

For more detailed information visit our Borrow Direct library guide.

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

Alumni can now access thousands of journal articles, book chapters from off campus

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

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

Feature Story UBorrow: rapid loans from 13 research libraries

New UBorrow service provides campus delivery of books from regional research libraries in less than a week

The Library is launching a new service called UBorrow that offers rapid access to over 90 million books from the collections of 12 university libraries in the Midwest and the nearby Center for Research Libraries.  Books requested through UBorrow will typically arrive on campus within a week and can be checked out for 12 weeks, with an option for a 4-week renewal.

Like Interlibrary Loan, but faster and more predictable

University of Chicago faculty, students and staff can search for books directly at lib.uchicago.edu/h/ub or by following the UBorrow link in the FindIt menu within many Library resources, such as WorldCat and ArticlesPlus. In addition, Lens will display a “Request via UBorrow” link for any item that is checked out from the Library’s collections.

UBorrow searches the catalogs of participating libraries simultaneously.  If it finds that the University of Chicago Library already owns a copy of a desired title, it will give you the location and call number, so that you can retrieve the copy.  If a UBorrow library can supply a copy, you will be allowed to place a request for the item.  If a book is not available through UBorrow, you will be given the option to request it from additional libraries via traditional interlibrary loan.

Before you recall, UBorrow

In many cases, UBorrow provides a better option than recalling a checked out book from another user. You are likely to receive a book faster through UBorrow than by recalling it, and you can use the book without worrying that you are inconveniencing someone else. Perhaps best of all, books obtained from UBorrow will not be recalled before their due date, except under unusual circumstances (e.g., a book is needed for course reserve at the lending library).  UBorrow has the potential to dramatically reduce the frequency of “recall wars” that occur when multiple Library users vie for the same titles.

It is particularly easy to use Lens to request a book that has been checked out, as the “Request via UBorrow” link in the Lens record will automatically launch a search for that item in the UBorrow catalog. Since links to UBorrow are contained in Lens but not in the Library Catalog, users of the Library Catalog who discover a book is checked out are encouraged to visit UBorrow at lib.uchicago.edu/h/ub to search for the item.

Who is loaning the books?

University of Chicago has established this consortial borrowing program with the University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as the Center for Research Libraries.  The relative proximity of our partners, as well as the commitments made by each institution, allow books to be delivered through UBorrow far more rapidly than they usually are through our traditional interlibrary loan program.

Get started with UBorrow

To start using UBorrow, simply go to lib.uchicago.edu/h/ub. For more information, visit our online guide to UBorrow.

Campus-wide access to ICPSR is now available

The Library has teamed with the Social Sciences Division to bring access to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to the entire UChicago community. Access to ICPSR had been limited to some Divisions of the University. This new arrangement allows access from any computer on campus. Off-campus access is coming soon.

ICPSR is a repository of over 500,000 data sets that have been compiled by researchers in a broad range of disciplines. These data sets can be downloaded for analysis with major statistical packages, such as SPSS and SAS. Data sets range from broad topics like the U.S. Census to very specific topics, such as “Voting Results Under a Single-Transferable-Vote System in Malta, 1921-1996“, “The Evangelical Voter in the United States, 1983” or “Collective Memory in Lithuania, 1989


Access ICPSR here


You can learn more about ICPSR at an upcoming webinar, hosted by their training department.

Feature Story Scan & Deliver service brings the Library to you

A new Scan & Deliver service, being piloted beginning on January 18, will allow UChicago faculty, students, and staff to request that articles and book chapters from the Library’s print collections be scanned and made available online.  Requested material will be made accessible within four business days.

The Library expects that faculty and students who are conducting research outside Chicago, who are taking classes only at University centers outside Hyde Park, or who rarely come to campus for other reasons will find that Scan & Deliver helps bring the University of Chicago Library to them. 

Library users may make as many requests as they like, but the Library expects to be able to process no more than five requests per person each business day during the pilot period, depending on the overall volume of requests.  Scan & Deliver replaces a similar service called Gargoyle Express, which provided scans for a fee.  This new service is being launched at the request of faculty and staff.  Similar services are increasingly being offered at peer research institutions such as Harvard University.

The pilot will continue through June 2012 and is subject to modification as usage patterns emerge.  At the end of the pilot period, the Library will assess the value and sustainability of the service.  

How to request a scan

Library users can make requests by clicking on the Scan & Deliver link in Lens for items that are currently available from the Library.  If an item is checked out or otherwise unavailable, the material can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. For other requesting options see the Library Guide on Scan & Deliver.


Due to copyright guidelines established in consultation with University Legal Counsel, the Library will not scan more than:

  • a chapter or two from a book (amounting to no more than 20% of the entire book)
  • an article or two from a periodical or newspaper (amounting to no more than 20% of a single issue).

The copyright law of the United States (Title, 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of the photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproductions for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The University of Chicago Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


For information, visit our Library Guide on Scan & Deliver.

If you have additional questions or would like to provide feedback about Scan & Deliver, email scan-and-deliver@lib.uchicago.edu.

Wikipedia down? Use the Library’s online encyclopedias

You may have heard the news that Wikipedia will be going down for 24 hours starting 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 18.  During the blackout, take the opportunity to try out the Library’s reference databases, such as Oxford Reference Online and Credo Reference.  These databases provide searchable access to online encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference works from respected academic publishers.  In addition, the Library subscribes to many important encyclopedias online, from the Encyclopaedia Britannica to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

To learn more about what is available through the University of Chicago Library, view our Library Guide to Reference Sources.  Or, look for reference sources by subject area

Economist article highlights debate over value of economics blogs

A piece about the role of blogs in shaping economics dialogs appears in the December 31st issue of The Economist.  The authors relay a positive take on the growth of discourse resulting from increased economics blogging, but also lay out some broad dangers inherent in this relatively new model of participation.  The article includes a couple of examples of theories that have benefited from increased exposure on blogs (the Austrian theory of the business cycle and the move to restore “nominal” GDP).

The article can be accessed through the Library’s website:

Marginal revolutionaries. (2011). Economist, 401(8765), 51-54. Retrieved from http://proxy.uchicago.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=70093284&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Additional reading about economics blogs:

McKenzie, D., & Özler, B. (2011). The Impact of Economics Blogs. (CEPR Discussion Paper no. 8558.) Centre for Economic Policy Research. Retrieved from http://www.cepr.org.proxy.uchicago.edu/pubs/dps/DP8558.asp

Mixon, F. G., & Upadhyaya, K. P. (2010). Blogometrics. Eastern Economic Journal, 36(1), 1-10. Retrieved from http://www.palgrave-journals.com.proxy.uchicago.edu/eej/journal/v36/n1/full/eej200946a.html

Authored by Laura Pett, Regenstein Reference Intern

Trial access to PrivCo

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.

Access PrivCo.

Please send comments to Jeffry Archer.

Ask a Librarian IM service now in Chalk

Library Chat module displayed in ChalkThe new version of Chalk, launched on September 11, features a new service for faculty and students:  Ask a Librarian instant messaging.

The Ask a Librarian module is an optional tool that connects you to the Library’s instant message (IM) reference service directly from Chalk.  Chat live with a University of Chicago librarian via IM whenever the reference desk is open—right from your “My Chalk” page.   

Instructors and TAs can also add the Ask a Librarian module to their course sites, providing students with seamless access to this important service from their course menu.  

Instructions for adding the Ask a Librarian to Chalk are available online.  Librarians are also available to help you individually

To learn more about the various Library services available through Chalk, contact:

Rebecca Starkey
Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach

Access FRED data with new Excel add-in

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 of Rand State Statistics

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).

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006 now available

The Financial Times Historical Archive is now available online to the University of Chicago.

The interface delivers the complete searchable run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every item ever printed in the paper, from 1888-2006, can be searched and browsed article by article and page by page.

Founded to serve the immediate needs of the City of London, the Financial Times quickly broadened its coverage, recognising that global financial and economic issues were to become the predominant forces of the twentieth century.

Incorporating its rival the Financial News in 1945, the Financial Times expanded in the post-war years, reporting on topics such as industry, energy and international politics in full for the first time. In the final decades of the twentieth century, coverage of management, personal finance and the arts was added, to make the paper what it is now—a complete general newspaper for the businessman.

The historical archive of the Financial Times , which is today distributed on its distinctive pink paper to more than a million readers worldwide, is an essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the public affairs and financial history of the last 120 years.

A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy

The recently released government document Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy, prepared by the Congress of the United States Joint Economic Committee, contains lots of detailed information that might of interest to various researchers.

One important message is that women have made significant economic strides over the last several decades. Yet certain persistent issues documented in this report – the pay gap, under-representation of women in top corporate jobs, and the problems of working mothers – still block the achievement of women’s economic equality.

It also provides information relating to the recent economic downturn and how employers are dealing with it.

The full-text of the document is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office’s web site FDsys and also in ProQuest Congressional (search for the title Invest in Women).

ProQuest acquires LexisNexis Congressional and LexisNexis Statistical Insight

image of ProQuest logoProQuest has changed the names of their newly acquired databases to ProQuest Congressional and ProQuest Statistical Insight.   Access is available from our Database Finder, Lens, and the Library Catalog.

ProQuest Statistical Insight indexes statistical data from U.S. federal and state governments, universities, private associations and organizations, independent research groups, as well as international and intergovernmental organizations.

ProQuest Congressional provides access to bills, statutes, regulations, policies & issues, and legislative directories for the United States Congress. It includes full text of congressional reports, documents, prints, bills and the Congressional Record, as well as indexes to other congressional publications.

Try Articles Plus

The University of Chicago Library is launching a trial of Articles Plus, a research tool that allows simultaneous searching of a broad range of articles, books, and other collections.

The Library is evaluating this product for purchase, and we will be conducting the trial through fall quarter.

What does the Articles Plus search cover?

  • Hundreds of the Library’s article databases, including Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, Science Direct, and more
  • Over 40,000 journals and periodicals
  • The University of Chicago library catalog
  • Digitized collections of documents and images from many organizations

What are some suggested uses for Articles Plus?

  • As a starting point for finding articles on a topic
  • For literature searches in interdisciplinary fields
  • For conducting research outside of your field of expertise

Try out Article Plus and see if it is helpful for your research.  We welcome your feedback on this new resource.

To learn more about Articles Plus, including details of its coverage, visit our information page.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center now available

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.

Pain at the pump – tracking gas prices

Search any news site for gas prices and you are swamped with results.  There are a few sources for getting the data behind the news.  The U.S. Department of Energy provides current gas prices by region in addition to historical prices back to 1994.  To see how U.S. gas prices compare with other countries, use Passport GMID.   The data can be found using search, then select expand the menu for “transport and automotives,” and then select the countries to compare.  The lastest data in Passport GMID is 2010, but the data goes back to 1980.  The international units are in liters.

Homeland Security Digital Library

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.

New Features in Passport GMID

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.


Chicago Booth professor’s new book on sports and the statistics behind them

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.