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Category Archives: Electronic Resources

TableBase – Electronic Resource Spotlight

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


Ever needed a table of leading bottled water companies? Maybe you want a ranking of cracker brands by sales?  Or perhaps you’ve wondered about the top 10 breakfast foods?  Well, you can find these and similar rankings via TableBase.

Providing statistical data on over 90 industries, TableBase can help you find company/brand rankings, market share information, consumption statistics, and demographic data.

redcheckWhen conducting a search, try selecting “Advanced Search” and choose from among the many drop-down categories.


Learn more about TableBase.

New Electronic Resources Alert

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library

We’ve recently acquired a number of new Electronic Resources for the business user and job seeker.  These sources can be used remotely using your library card.  For our full suite of Electronic Resources, check out our A-Z List.

starEconomist Historical Archive 1843-2006

The Economist Historical Archive delivers a complete, searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2006.

starFinancial Times History Archive 1888-2006

The Financial Times Historical Archive delivers the complete searchable run of the Financial Times from 1888-2009.

starGale Directory Library

The Gale Directory Library includes titles such as Business Rankings Annual, Consultants and Consulting Organizations, Directories in Print, Encyclopedia of Associations, Market Share Reporter, National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations, Ward’s Business Directory, and more.

starVocations and Career Collection

Offering content from nearly 400 journals, you’ll find articles on topics such as job hunting, career guidance, and  higher education.


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: