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 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 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 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

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

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

Mixon, F. G., & Upadhyaya, K. P. (2010). Blogometrics. Eastern Economic Journal, 36(1), 1-10. Retrieved from

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.


Researching demographic diversity in the United States

The United States Census Bureau continues to issue results and reports related to the 2010 national census.  The latest report is titled Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010.

The library has a detailed research guide, Finding Census Data that provides links to online data as well as listing our print holdings for both the population and economic censuses.

Social Explorer is a user friendly database for both downloading and mapping US Census data.  Social Explorer contains census data from 1790 to present (as the database announced that 2010 Census is now available as of March 25th).

If you are looking to compare United States demographics with other countries, try Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database) produced by Euromonitor.  We especially recommend the Consumer Lifestyles reports, which give detailed information on consumer demographics in over 70 countries.


Discontinuation of the Statistical Abstract of the United States

Continental United States Population Map (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it is going to discontinue the publishing of the print and online versions of the Statistical Abstract of the United States (first published in 1879). The proposed Federal 2012 budget does not include funding for the Statistical Compendia Branch which would mean the elimination of not only the Statistical Abstract, but all titles produced by that branch (State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, etc.).  Confirmation from the Census Bureau is listed at GPO Access under the topic “Statistical Abstract and the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, and other noted publications from the Statistical Compendia Branch (Census Bureau).”

The Statistical Abstract is a heavily used starting point for finding statistical information.   To see a 45 second video prepared by librarians at the University of Texas at San Antonio explaining what you can find in the Statistical Abstract, access

Anheuser-Busch takes over Goose Island

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.

Gender studies data available in OECD iLibrary

The University of Chicago Library subscribes to OECD iLibrary, formerly known as SourceOECD.  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  online library for books, papers and statistics.

By simply entering the term gender in the OECD iLibrary search box you will see a surprising amount of socioeconomic information on gender issues around the world.   Here are just a few examples:

Atlas of Gender and Development

Gender equality: Factors reducing women’s quality of life, scale 0 to 1

Gender, Institutions and Development

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is made up of 34 member countries from around the world with a mission “to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.”

You may access OECD iLibrary via our Database Finder, Lens, or the Library Catalog.

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