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Wikipedia blackout tomorrow

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
Posted in Databases, Services by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

Wikipedia is going offline for 24 hours – starting at 12:00 a.m. Eastern on January 18th.

Why? And, importantly, what can you do if you need to do research?

Why is Wikipedia going offline? In a statement released January 16, 2012, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, Sue Gardner explained, “The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.”

We know Wikipedia is a quick source to look up facts. However, the Library has many other authoritative sources for factual and reference information. You can access them from campus or from home.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    Includes the complete, renowned, encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year. You can also use EB Online to search an Internet directory that includes more than 130,000 links to Web sites selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.
  • CQ Researcher
    CQ Researcher covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more.
  • Credo Reference
    This database provides access to 100 reference resources that allows you to search across all content.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Search some of the most used reference sources in this database. Titles cover political science, law, education, nursing, social sciences, publishing, zoology, history, and religion.

Never limit yourself to one source for your information and explore all the resources the Library offers you. And remember, we are here to help!

New electronic resources in Business: JSTOR Business III; Advertising Red Books; New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in New resource by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

The following business related resources have been recently acquired. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition is funded by USF Sarasota-Manatee. The Advertising Red Books reflects work on the transition to online from print resources and the movement to online access on the part of publishers.

JSTOR Business III

The JSTOR Business collections bring together core titles in economics and finance, including publications from leading scholarly societies and a range of critical research journals in accounting, labor relations, marketing, management, operations research, and risk assessment. There are three JSTOR Business collections and the USF Libraries have acquired all three. The Business III Collection builds on the strong economics and business foundation of the Business I and II collections. Business III increases JSTOR’s coverage in core fields such as economics, business administration, and finance, and it includes a group of international journals. The collection also contains prominent titles in public administration, business history, accounting, management, marketing, and organizational behavior.

Advertising Red Books

The Advertising Red Books database supports research on advertisers and agencies worldwide. The database provides vital data on advertisers (large manufacturers of brand-name consumer products); the media (broadcast television, cable television, magazines, newspapers, and radio); advertising agencies, and services and supply vendors. The database is updated twice weekly.

Advertising Red Books database provides current, detailed data, including:

  • Agency accounts, specializations, gross billings by media, and contact information for agency personnel
  • Advertisers with significant spend on advertising annually
  • Specific advertising data such as approximate annual advertising spend by media and agencies retained by the advertiser
  • Information on nearly 125,000 brand names

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition

In 2008, Palgrave Macmillan published The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition. It retains some of the articles from the classic work of the same name that became a standard work for economists. Approximately 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 brings together the world’s most influential economists to provide a scholarly overview of economic thought today. The online format offers a dynamic, updated resource serving the information needs of a new generation of economists.

For these and other resources, visit http://www.poly.usf.edu/library. Click on “Search the databases” to begin.

Reference chat

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Services, Students by Diane Fulkerson | 2 Comments »

The USF Libraries, including the Poly Library, has joined the Ask-A-Librarian reference network. This is a state-wide service regrouping academic and public libraries. You can easily start the chat by clicking on the icon on the Library’s front page.

Services hours are

  • Monday – Thursday
    10:00 am to Midnight
  • Friday – Saturday
    10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    10:00 am to Midnight

When the service is not available, you can use the same link to send a question by email specifically to USF Poly librarians.

Welcome back!

Monday, January 11th, 2010 | Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Services by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

The Spring Semester starts today! The Library remains committed to helping you in your information-seeking needs, wether you need a fact, an article or book, need help using a database or creating a bibliography.

You can come in, call, email, text or chat. You can receive help face-to-face or in a virtual office. See http://poly.usf.edu/Offices/Library/Research_Help/Ask_a_Librarian.html for all the details. No need to sit there wondering, we can help!


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