Emerald launches new Beta site prior to official June release

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Emerald has been working on a new site design for release in mid-June, 2010, but is allowing public access to a beta version until the official site is available: http://beta.emeraldinsight.com 

According to Emerald, the new site offers a more intuitive, user-friendly design and enhanced search and browse capabilities, the site is easier and more efficient to use. Users will be able to pinpoint research in a more efficient manner, with fewer clicks than the current platform. In addition, users will benefit from searchable journal information pages and superior site performance from quick loading pages. Conducting searches within searches, opening, using and printing documents will be easier.

Researchers can copy abstract citations directly into documents for quick referencing. Recommended reading lists of related articles, based on keyword searches, can also be viewed.

Emerald states that these changes are the first in a series of developments to be introduced throughout 2010 that will see new and enhanced features, functionality and online services including:

  • E-mail alerts and RSS
  • Reference linking
  • Marked lists
  • Help Pages
  • Document updates (PDF & HTML)
  • Authentication

Factiva trial available for one month until March 12

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UMass Lowell Libraries has begun a one-month trial to Factiva from Dow Jones. The trial runs through March 12, 2010. For access please visit the library’s Trial and New Resources page.

Factiva offers information from more than 28,000 leading sources from 157 countries in 23 languages, including regional and industry publications, Web and blog content. Articles are supplemented with charts and graphs, timelines, themes and trends, that allow for quick analysis.

Translations of foreign publications are now available using advanced technology from Language Weaver that allow articles to be “machine translated” from Spanish, French,
Italian, German, Russian, Chinese (Traditional) and Chinese (Simple) into English or vice versa. 

User alerts are also provided that can be easily created for general or sophisticated topics with timed or continuous delivery to e-mail, RSS or mobile devices.

Trial access to Hoover’s First Research until Feb. 19, 2010

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UMass Lowell has been provided trial access to Hoover’s First Research available until February 19, 2010. For access details, please contact Donna Mullin or Joseph Fisher.

First Research is a leading provider of market analysis tools that synthesizes hundreds of sources into easy to digest formats. Its new enhanced site features a streamlined design, a more powerful search-driven platform, and usability improvements to Industry Profiles, Call Prep Sheets, State & Province Profiles and Email Alerts.

Key site enhancements include:

  • A centralized search box lets you search for Industry Intelligence by key word, SIC code or NAICS code. Industry Profiles are also organized by sectors to reduce the need for scrolling.
  • Improved navigation between and inside Industry Profiles, Call Prep Sheets and State & Province Profiles allows you to jump directly to the chapter or tool that you want to access.
  • The ability to sign up for Email Alerts with just one click via the “Add to my Email Alerts” button, which appears at the top of every Industry Profile and Call Prep Sheet.
  • In-depth usage reports let all customers see their specific subscription-level features, track usage, log-ins and Email Alert selections at all times.
  • Best practice tips and training guides that are just a click away under an easy-to-spot “Tools & Resources” header.
  • Industry Growth Ratings reflects the expected industry growth relative to other industries, based on INFORUM’s forecasted average annual growth for the combined years of 2008 and 2009.

You can also now easily access First Research content via your BlackBerry®, Palm® or Windows® PDA, or web-enabled cell phone by simply logging into the user site and clicking ‘Wireless Access’.

ProQuest ABI/INFORM adds new Content and Browse Tab

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This summer ProQuest Business Products added an abundance of new content to ABI-Inform, along with a new Browse Tab, and plan to add even more new titles in 2009.

New Browse Tab for Targeting Key Content

The new Browse tab inside ABI/INFORM helps researchers to quickly uncover valuable content types available within the database.

The tabbed Browse page enables quick access to highly sought non-journal content such as industry trends/forecasts, market research, market share, SWOT analysis, company profiles, industry and market research, commodity reports, company reports, country reports, dissertations and working papers.

The categories available under these headings allow users two different paths for discovery.

  1. Browse links lead to content from specific sources and publishers, such as First Research, EIU, BMI, Snapshots, Hoovers, Dissertations and more.
  2. Additional links allow users to launch ProQuest constructed search strings for locating results on industry trends and forecasts, market research articles, market share data articles and reports, and SWOT articles and reports.

New ABI/INFORM Resources

EIU Country Data Reports – Downloadable Data in Excel Spreadsheets –
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry users can now access downloadable Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Data Reports, with data formatted into Excel spreadsheets. The reports include comprehensive information with economic indicators and forecasts, covering close to 370 variables for G20 countries. Current reports cover 1980 through 2030, and are updated monthly.

Researchers will be able to select reports by country or subject. This new content allows users proficient in Microsoft Excel to acquire and review useful data for sorting, analyzing, creating charts and graphs and more. Key indicators relate to GDP, imports, exports, prices, debt, wages, plus hundreds more. Sources are included with the data.

Oxford Analytica Daily Brief Service – Daily Briefs from Around the World
Over 40,000 articles have been added to ABI/INFORM Global. These briefs provide daily updates on developments of major significance around the world. Each report provides consistent coverage of: the event, significance, analysis, and conclusion. These reports have a 90-day embargo.

Oxford Analytica Country Profiles
More than 130 Country Profiles have also been added to ABI/INFORM Global. Country Profiles provide summary overviews for 75 countries, including graphics, maps, data and charts and written by leading authorities and drawn from the Oxford Analytica worldwide scholar expert network. Profiles incorporate economic, political, and geographical data, and are updated regularly. These reports have a 90-day embargo.

Country Forecast Reports and Country Finance Reports from EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
Researchers can dig deep into analysis with rich data and summary coverage from these two sets of reports published by EIU. Over 140 reports have been loaded with financial data, market indicators, debt ratings, banking, currency and more. These summary reports are a must see!

Dissertations and Working Papers
ABI/INFORM has added over 5,000 dissertations so far through 2009 bringing the total dissertations to over 29,000. Along with significant growth to dissertations, we have also added to our collection of over 15,000 working papers from SSRN (Social Science Research Network). Working Papers provide insight into the research of tomorrow, by collecting and indexing scholarly work-in-progress before it is published.

ABI/INFORM Global – Coming Soon for 2009

  • Yale Economic Review (Yale)
  • International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management
  • The Economic and Labour Relations Review (University of New South Wales)