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Archive | September, 2015 Trial of streaming videos

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VCU Libraries offers a trial of streaming videos from Faculty are invited to access this item from the Trials web page.  Test this from home or remote locations to see how the streaming holds up. Feedback will be important to making a purchasing decision. The trial goes through Oct. 10. includes interviews, lectures and therapy sessions conducted by leading psychotherapists and counselors. VCU Libraries already holds many titles on DVD and online via Counseling and Therapy in Video. The collection in preview now includes newer titles but there is some overlap with existing products.

Features include the ability to search the collection by keyword or browse by client population, therapist, therapeutic genre or specific issue. There is also an easy way to create clips for classroom use or research by highlighting text in the transcript. Plus, users can further refine their search by looking for keywords in the transcript when they are viewing a particular video.

By Lynne Turman, collections librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

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Kanopy: Try new video streaming service

Kanopy News

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VCU Libraries introduces a trial of Kanopy, one of the largest, educational streaming video services, providing access to more than 26,000 documentaries, feature films, shorts and more.

The VCU academic community is invited to use the service, which VCU Libraries has licensed,  during the trial period (through October 14) and provide feedback to inform a purchase decision. Your feedback about research and teaching use of this new resource by you and your students is valuable, so please let us know what you think.

Included are many of the libraries’ most circulated DVD and VHS titles: Still Killing Us Softly 4; La Jetee; The National Parks; Race, the Power of Illusion; A House Divided; Rome, Open City; Apted’s Up series; Crude, the Real Price of Oil; Graduating Peter; Recovering Bodies; Art & Copy.

Collections include:

  • Feature and international films from: Criterion/Janus Films, New Day Films, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Kino Lorber Education, Flicker Alley (silent film classics), Film Movement
  • Documentaries from: Media Education Foundation, Green Planet Films, Roland Collection, Michael Blackwood, PBS, BBC, California Newsreel, Documentary Educational Resources,  

Access the Kanopy interface from Trial Databases. Soon, individual titles will be added within VCU Libraries Search. Kanopy features include closed captioning, tools for links, social media and embedding players. Create an account to save clips and playlists. Explore through searching, browsing and recommendations, then refine through the subject, date, language and other limiters at the bottom, left of the interface.

By Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian

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Markets of the Future: Explore next generation markets

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Euromonitor offers in-depth analysisGraph With Stacks Of Coins of the business environment and consumer markets for next generation markets including Africa, Cuba and Iraq. Comprehensive reports cover more than 50 consumer categories and extensive brand share data, as well as key economic, demographic and infrastructure factors. The research allows for real-life decision making and strategies for identifying new opportunities in geographic areas not covered in traditional sources.

How to use it? Login to Passport GMID, select any page under Industries, Economies or Consumers and look for Markets of the Future Reports.

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By Bettina Peacemaker, assistant head, academic outreach and business research librarian

Map It: Mapping tools for business research

Electronic mapping resources are fast becoming an important tool for researchers to visually communicate their scholarship. More and more VCU courses require the visualization of data to supplement academic efforts in effective and powerful ways. For example, while a list of bicycle sellers in the RVA may help someone who is looking to open a bike shop, that same information shown on a map gives immediate, graphical information that can help an entrepreneur identify opportunities. Or, when creating a marketing strategy, a company can use an interactive map to input data and highlight areas that meet the criteria for inclusion in the campaign. VCU Libraries has several mapping resources for a range of skill levels:

  • SimplyMap allows you to create thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data. SimplyMap has all the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States. It offers more than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences and public health. Find It
  • VCU Libraries owns many spatial and numeric data sets, most of which are produced by the Federal government. Use the VCU Libraries Search to search the collection, or browse a list of data collections.  Find It

To learn more about mapping resources and geographic information systems, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs offers a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Also, as part of the State of Virginia higher education site license for ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), VCU students, faculty and staff have free access to GIS courses offered via the ESRI Virtual Campus. For more information  and to register, please see the following:

By Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

The Business of Bicycles: Industry research resources


With the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in the RVA and excitement building about all things bicycles, VCU Libraries offers resources to help those who are interested in learning more about the business of bicycles and bicycling. You can find out about…

The sport

The local impact

The industry

  • According to IBISWorld, cycling events account for just over 16 percent of industry revenue for athletic event organizers in the United States. Find more analysis on related industries including bicycle manufacturing, bicycle dealership and repair and sporting goods stores. Find It
  • Research more than 26,000 companies in the Richmond area in Hoover’s. Build a list and limit the industry by NAICS: 336991 Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Parts Manufacturing, 423910 Bicycles merchant wholesalers or 811490 Bicycle repair and maintenance shops. Find It
  • Search for articles Business Source Complete on the bicycle industry from major trade and business publications. Find It
  • More sources for company and industry research. Find It

The consumer

  • According to Mintel,  those shopping for adults are more likely to purchase from a local bike specialty shop than a mass retailer.  Get insight on bicycles, outdoor enthusiasts and more.  Find It
  • According to Euromonitor, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden are the top countries for bicycle ownership. Explore more global markets with Passport GMID. Find It
  • More sources for consumer research. Find It

The opportunity

  • According to the Census, more than 2,000 Richmonders bicycle to work. Use Simply Map to find identify specific markets in the United States with the census and data from Simmons, Nielson PRIZM and Dunn & Bradstreet.  Find It
  • Use Privco to find information on over 100 private market investors in Virginia. Find It
  • Research start up and small business trends at the local and national level in Bizminer. Find it
  • More source for entrepreneurs. Find It

By Bettina Peacemaker, assistant head, academic outreach and business research librarian, and Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian