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Category Archives: Electronic Resources

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by gsmart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Have you explored the Norman B. Leventhal Map website yet?  This digital collection represents an ongoing project of conservation, cataloguing, and digital imaging of the Norman B. Leventhal Center’s collection of over 200,000 historical maps and 5,000 atlases.  View the collection by location, subject, date, publisher, author, or projection.

Here are a few of their business themed maps for Boston:

Be sure to check out the Map Center’s Made in Boston exhibition (through March 10th) which brings together, for the first time in decades, a majority of maps made in Boston in the century before the American Revolution.

‘Tis the season for donation giving

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by adeangelis in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources
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It’s that time of year again. Many organizations are vying for donations from consumers using ads and street teams. But there are so many charities and nonprofits, how do you know they aren’t a scam? Here are some resources you can check out to make sure you are donating smartly.

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Datamonitor Industry Market Research

Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by gsmart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Did you know:

  • US casinos had a total gross gaming win of $98.4bn in 2012
  • The US frozen food market has a value of $33.1 billion
  • The functional drinks market had total revenues of $25,173.9m in 2012

If you’re looking for market intelligence don’t forget to check for a Datamonitor Industry Market Report using Business Insights: Essentials.  With full-text coverage back to 1998, this resource offers analysis for the following six industry sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Consumer
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Logistics

To find Datamonitor reports, run an Advanced Search and limit your search to”Market Research Reports” under the “Content Type” drop-down box.

Researching Socially Conscious Mutual Funds

Posted on November 7th, 2013 by gsmart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library



Looking to invest your money in a socially conscious mutual fund?  Try running a screen using the Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Morningstar defines a socially conscious fund as:

“Any fund that invests according to non-economic guidelines. Such funds may make investments based on such issues as environmental responsibility, human rights, or religious views. A socially responsible fund may take a pro-active stance by selectively investing in, for example, environmentally-friendly companies, or firms with good employee relations. This group also includes funds that avoid investing in companies involved in promoting alcohol, tobacco, or gambling, or in the defense industry.”

To learn how to screen for these funds:
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New York Times – Access Back to 1851

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by gsmart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library

Have you used up your ten free articles for the month on the New York Times website? Don’t fret, the library offers patrons access back to 1851.

Have fun checking out business stories from years gone by.  Here are a few:

Calls Television ‘Economic Riddle”: Zenith Offical Says Industry Must Solve Problem to Enable Its future Growth
25 Jan 1945: 25
Television must solve its “economic riddle” if it is to fulfill its promise of becoming a great industry, and some method other than advertising revenue must be found to pay the terrific cost of …

Dow 1,000 By Year-End Seen Possible
20 Oct 1968: F1.
The strong momentum of the stock market, buoyed late last week by hints of a new proposal to halt the bombing in North Vietnam, sent Wall Street chattering anew about the Dow and it’s “magic” milestone.

Stereo-to-Go–and Only You Can Hear It: For the Thinking Man
By Ron Alexander
07 July 1980: B12
Josh Lansing and the young blonde woman had never even met before, but as they passed each other on Madison Avenue the other afternoon, she waved and smiled and he tipped his headphones in salute. This, it should be understood, was not your stereotypical pickup. It was, rather, a stereophonic encounter.