CCH OmniTax Library: new UML online resource

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added an annual subscription to the CCH OmniTax Library. The database is now fully accessible by all UML students, faculty, and staff. Links to this new online resource are available from the alphabet index list on the UML Library home page or from the Business Databases page.

The CCH OmniTax Library is a powerful compilation of top-rated research materials that includes CCH’s current and archival Federal and State Tax Reporters.

In addition, the Tax Library features the IntelliConnect search interface that provides functionality to aid and improve information search and discovery.

OmniTax Features

  • IntelliForms — Enables you to locate, view, fill out, save and print over 20,000 federal, state and city tax forms and related instructions, IRS publications and practice aids.
  • CCH@Hand — Searches multiple publications from one convenient location.
  • Tax Thesaurus — Locates all relevant documents in a search, without the need to enter all the possible tax terms separately.
  • Smart Charts — Quickly charts state tax issues in one jurisdiction or compares tax treatments across multiple tax jurisdictions.
  • Tax Rates and Tables — Supplies you with all the critical tax rates and amounts you need.
  • Depreciation Toolkit — Creates a depreciation schedule for any business asset and provides information on depreciation options.
  • Business and Tax Preparation Calculators — Provide quick access to common business and tax computations, including loan amortization, savings bond, mortgage comparison, auto lease/buy, tax rate/phase-out, federal withholding (Form W-4), employee auto inclusion and IRA comparison.
  • Interactive Tax Calendar — Creates customized calendars of federal and state tax due dates based on the tax types and jurisdictions you specify.
  • Election and Compliance Toolkit™ — Creates customized, filing-ready election and compliance statements to complete your compliance efforts.
  • Citator — Tracks the history of cases and rulings through the legal process with just a few clicks.
  • Client Letter Toolkit — Quickly finds and adapts appropriate client communications.
  • IRS Actuarial Finding Tool — Instantly finds or calculates the exact actuarial factor that you need for valuation purposes.
  • ZIP Sales Lookup — Finds state, county, and local sales and use tax rates by ZIP code.
  • Unclaimed Property Lookup — Locates detailed information on unclaimed or abandoned property in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Multistate Quick Answer Charts — Provides an efficient starting point for comparing state-by-state issues, and a fast way to check rates, exemptions, taxability or other state tax issues.

For more about using OmniTax and IntelliConnect, please view these short CCH  video tutorials.

 

INFORMS journals online now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added a subscription to all 12 INFORMS journals that is now accessible as of January 1, 2013.

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is the largest professional society in the world for professionals in the field of operations research (O.R.), management science, and business analytics.

INFORMS publishes 12 scholarly subscription journals, including the flagship journals Operations Research and Management Science.  In 2012, INFORMS began publishing its 12th journal, Service Science.

In addition, INFORMS also publishes two open-access journals: INFORMS Transactions on Education and Analytics.

What is Analytics?

Analytics is defined on the INFORMS web site as “the scientific process of transforming data into insight for making better decisions…. from wanting to know what it is and how you might use it to improve your organizational goals to applying it to a specific business problem you already have.”

INFORMS Journal List

Access to these journals is available by searching for the titles through UML Library’s eJournal and eBook Search Portal.

Analytics
Decision Analysis
Information Systems Research
INFORMS Journal on Computing
INFORMS Transactions on Education
Interfaces
Management science
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management
Marketing science
Mathematics Of Operations Research
Operations Research
Organization Science
Service Science
Transportation science

Trial access to Business Insights: Global

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Business Insights: Global, provided by Gale Cengage Learning, is available on a trial basis through October 31, 2012. BI Global provides all of the same content of Business Insights: Essentials (the new interface for Gale’s Business & Company Resource Center) PLUS almost 1,000 Case Studies  as well as global country and industry information.

Business Insights: Global Features

  • Case Studies from Gale’s CaseBase collection, as well as cases from partners worldwide
  • Interactive LiveCharts for economic and business indicators and user-generated custom charts for use in reports and presentations
  • Global industry research reports for specific industries within specific countries
  • Global company and country overviews full of detailed information, as well as interactive rankings and stats, with quick links to associated news, case studies and academic journal articles

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

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Entrepreneurship Database from ProQuest now available

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added ProQuest’s Entrepreneurship database as a new annual subscription database. ProQuest Entrepreneurship offers a multitude of resources for the budding new business startup — from full text articles from top publications to videos, market research, business plans, tool kits, and much, much more.

Also featured within ProQuest Entrepreneurship is full access to the complete Hoover’s Company Profile data.

Included in the Entrepreneurship database is the following content:

  • Video Clips: Featuring over 11,000 video clips – many of which contain transcripts for convenient reference and can be downloaded – watch and listen to entrepreneurs give firsthand accounts of their business experiences.
  • Market Research:  This valuable content contains market and company reports, key financial ratios, demographics, insights, benchmarks, statistics and more.
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms: give users an A to Z approach to entrepreneurship as steps are laid out from concept through management. These tools and can also serve as a checklist of items needed to secure financing.
  • Journal Content: Over 300 top publications relating to the practice of entrepreneurship are provided in the form of full journal runs plus selected articles with a weekly refresh from over 11,000 sources.
  • Business Cases: Structured plans outlining the feasibility of ideas.
  • Working Papers: Future articles which may appear in publications months or years down the road.
  • Conference Proceedings: These events reflect the latest in scholarly research spanning all topics.
  • Full Text Dissertations: Serve as a springboard for new research and ideas on which to build.

Access to this database and other business resources are available on the Library’s Business Database Subject webpage. Links are also available from the index alphabet list on the website’s home page.

Emerald eBook Series Trial for Management and Social Sciences

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Emerald Insight Publishing is proving UMass Lowell with trial access to two of their new eBook Series Collections:  Business, Management, and Economics and Social Sciences.

Access to these two collections is available until the end of December, 2011.

Emerald Business, Management, and Economics is a growing collection of more than 650 volumes from over 80 eBook Series titles in 15 subject areas. Featuring relevant, international and quality content, in many fields including strategy, economics, accounting and finance and human resource management.

Emerald Social Sciences provides online access to more than 300 volumes from over 40 book series titles. The collection features high profile, international authors delivering cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in the fields of education, environment, health care, language and linguistics, politics and policy and sociology and anthropology.

Access to these trials is available through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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ProQuest Business and Social Science Databases trial

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ProQuest has provided trial access to the following databases through December 6, 2011:

Banking Information Source
ProQuest Banking Information Source combines the currency of the Internet and the perspective of industry journals to provide over 640 authoritative sources of information from Industry and professional newsletters, School of BankMarketing Papers, and Stonier Theses. In addition articles from 470 full-text leading international journals are included.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
This database includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

ProQuest Entrepreneurship
ProQuest Entrepreneurship is designed to arm entrepreneurs with vital resources to develop and research their ideas while providing valuable insight to help progress and grow their product or service. It combines unusual collection of content types:

  • over 11,000 Video Clips of entrepreneurs giving firsthand accounts of their business experiences
  • nearly 400 business plans drawn from the well known University of Texas at Austin Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp)
  • thousands of market research documents
  • Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms
  • Business Cases
  • Over 48,000 premium company profiles from Hoovers

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

WRDS database from Wharton School added as new online resource

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Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) has been added as a new online resource available to faculty, students, and staff through the UMass Lowell Library website.

WRDS is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. WRDS provides users with one location for combined research to a variety of databases through a common interface. COMPUSTAT, CRSP, CUSIP, Dow Jones, Global Insight, are a few of the important business research databases available for searching through WRDS.

WRDS also features Eventus Software for performing event studies combining data directly from COMPUSTAT and CRSP stock databases.

For a complete list of databases available for searching through WRDS, view this Research Guide page. Highlights include COMPUSTAT and CRSP:

COMPUSTAT is a Standard & Poor’s database of financial, statistical, and marketing information. COMPUSTAT provides the annual and quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items on most publicly held companies. COMPUSTAT files also contain information on aggregates, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings.

CRSP is the Center for Research in Security Prices at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. CRSP compiles the CRSP Stock Database Files which provide security price data on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and The Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq). CRSP also provides a comprehensive database of government security price information. Additional CRSP files contain information on stock summaries (indices), treasury bills, maturity portfolios, fama-bliss discount bonds, Risk Free rates, cap based portfolios, S&P 500, mutual funds, bonds, bills, and inflation.

Access to this new resource is available through the Library’s Business Database Subject page.

RDS Business Suite available from the MLS

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The the Commonwealth of  Massachusetts through the new Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is providing regional affiliated libraries, including UMass Lowell, with access to multiple Gale Cengage online databases. The newest edition of these available resources is the RDS Business Suite.

RDS comprises three separate business information databases that can be searched through one single interface: Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices, and TableBase.

Business & Management Practices (BaMP) content focuses on practical approaches to management processes and methods. BaMP offers highly-focused coverage from more than 300 current professional and trade journals containing information relevant to the fields of management, planning, production, finance, marketing, information technology and human resources; as well as an additional 1,000+ more general business journals and newspapers.

Business & Industry (B&I) is a broad-based business information database that focuses on facts, figures, events and market information about companies, industries, products and markets.  It covers all industries and is international in scope.  B&I draws content from over 1,800 trade and industry publications, regional, national and international newspapers, business dailies and newsletters.

TableBase is a database comprised of tabular information of a strategic nature. Every record has a unique table title. Many of the table records also have textual content which supports the data in the tables.  The tables provide information such as: market share, market size, capacity, production, imports, exports, sales, product and brand rankings, forecasts, healthcare statistics and demographics.

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) provides services to 1,700 Massachusetts libraries of all types and sizes throughout the Commonwealth.  MLS was established in 2010 to consolidate the services of six former regional library systems. An Advisory Committee agreed to renew Gale database previously subscribed for state-wide library access by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In all MLS is providing 13 Gale databases, including the RDS Business Suite, through June 30, 2012.

ProQuest trial for EconLit — Oct-Nov, 2010

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ProQuest is providing trial access through November, 2010, to their EconLit database.

EconLit, published by the American Economic Association, provides bibliographic coverage that indexes economics-related journals, books, and dissertations. An expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), EconLit covers both economic theory and application. The literature covered is of interest to researchers, academics, product managers, advertisers, product development specialists, and public policy professionals.

In total, EconLit contains nearly one million records with coverage from 1969 to current. Over 80% of all current records within EconLit include abstracts. Also included are full-text of book reviews published in the Journal of Economic Literature since 1993.  In addition, links to full-text of some 40,000 working papers in economics are also provided.

For information about more trials and new online resources, please visit the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

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New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics available online

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UML Libraries has just purchased online access to the 2008 2nd edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. This is an 8-volume set available online that includes additional quarterly article updates.

Originally published in 1894 and later revised in 1923 and again as a “New” four-volume set in 1987, the Palgrave Dictionary of Economics has continuously drawn together eminent contributors from across the spectrum of methodological and ideological schools to produce an consistently valuable work of reference that has contained many individual classic essays of enduring importance.

In 2008, Palgrave Macmillan published The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. While some classic articles from the 1987 were retained, around 80% of the text was either entirely new or substantially rewritten to reflect the depth of change within the discipline between the editions. This new edition retains the tradition of bringing together the world’s most influential economists (including 25 Nobel Laureates in Economics) writing in their own voice on their areas of expertise, but in its online incarnation it has married this tradition with the benefits of a dynamic resource that is updated with new and revised articles on a quarterly basis.

The online edition not only provides unlimited-user access to the 8-volume print edition but does so using the full advantages of dynamic web functionality:

  • offers excellent search and browse facilities, both full text and advanced
  • contains hyperlinked cross-references within articles
  • features carefully selected and maintained links to related sites
  • enables users to bookmark searches and articles, along with their own notes, in My Dictionary, or add links to articles on social bookmarking sites
  • incorporates quarterly additions and updates

Links to the Palgrave Dictionary can be found in the Library’s Business Databases Subject page as well as in the pop-up alphabet index list of online resources available from the Library’s website home page.