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Category Archives: Electronic Resources

Product Spotlight: LearningExpress Library

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library


At the Kirstein Library, patrons often ask if we have any test preparation material.  The answer is, “We sure do!”

Electronic Resource
Formerly known as LearnATest, the LearningExpress Library offers a nice selection of practice exams on College Prep, MTEL, Citizenship and more.

Jobs & Careers
For those needing to prepare for licensing or certification in their given field, you’ll find interactive practice exams for the Civil Service, Culinary Arts, Law Enforcement, Nursing, Plumbing, and Real Estate among others.

Job Search and Workplace Skills
Brush up on your Business Writing skills with one of their eCourses, or download an eBook on a topic such as Resume Writing, Social Networking for Career Success, or Public Speaking.

Circulating Test Prep/Study Collection
We also have many circulating test prep materials available for check out.  Speak with a Reference Librarian for further assistance or search our catalog for availability.

Sample Resources:  MTEL, Nursing Assistant, Civil Service, Armed Services (ASVAB)


Cruise Industry Statistics

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library

We’re glad to hear the passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph are back on land.  Cruising is big business.  Did you know that the cruise line industry generated more than $40 billion in total economic activity to the US economy in 2011, creating 350,000 jobs, and that 20 million global passengers went on a cruise in 2011?  Check out market researchissues, and statistical reports  from the Cruise Lines International Association.

For additional information on the cruise industry, the BPL has a number of resources to help you learn even more:


RDS TableBase

Posted on January 24th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library

TableBase is an electronic business product from Cengage that specializes exclusively in tabular data on companies, industries, products and demographics.  It is especially helpful when trying to find market share or rankings data.  This resource covers over 90 industries

Try running an Advanced Search when using this product.  Below is a sample result when searching on the Concept Term “Market Share” and the Industry “Beverage”:


For additional information on this product:

Biography in Context – Business Leaders

Posted on January 9th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library

Try using our Biography in Context electronic resource if you are looking for background information on your favorite business leader.  This resource covers biographies on over 525,000 individuals.  Biographical information is culled from various news, magazine, and reference resources.  For some profiles, you will also find additional links to  images, audio, and video content.

Some of the product’s sample profiles:

If you’d like to learn more about Biography in Context check out the following video tutorial:

Search the Boston Globe with Proquest

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library

Want to read back issues of the Boston Globe but their paywall is getting you down? 

BPL cardholders can search current and prior issues of the Boston Globe back to 1980 using our Proquest Electronic Resource.

Quick Tip:
To search just the Business, Metro, or  Opinion sections, enter one of the following in the Proquest search box:

  • sec(business)
  • sec(metro)
  • sec(editorialopinion)

Additional Boston Globe Electronic Resources: