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Archive | June, 2016

BrowZine: Online journal browsing


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BrowZine is a tool that helps you keep up with your favorite research journals. You can search for a specific journal title or use the subject listing to view titles in a general discipline and drill down to narrower sections. A new feature in BrowZine is the ability to link back to VCU Libraries and see all issues available of a particular journal title.

BrowZine is not a comprehensive list of all VCU Libraries titles but does represent a significant selection of the most useful titles. It is available from your web browser or as an app for iOS and Android devices. For more information on BrowZine and links to download the iOS and Android apps, visit the Use BrowZine guide.

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By Lynne Turman, head, Tompkins-McCaw Library Collections

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Rehabilitation Reference Center

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Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) is an evidence-based tool for practitioners needing point-of-care information on conditions, treatments, and patient education materials. Through a basic search, rehabilitation specialists can access articles on their topic of interest, as well as other information related to that topic, such as exercise images for patient follow-up, guidelines, excerpts from journals and books, and drug information. Specialists can even create folders to save and share materials from their search. For an in-depth look at RRC, be sure to watch the video tour (Adobe Flash must be installed to play the video).

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By Talicia Tarver, research and education librarian

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WRDS: Data Research Platform for Business


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WRDS is one of the leading data research platforms for business. It allows faculty and graduate students to access comprehensive data sources from a single interface. Datasets include:

  • Historical stock prices from the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP)
  • Company financials from Standard and Poor’s COMPUSTAT
  • Corporate governance data from MSCI (formerly KLD and GMI)
  • Audit and compliance research from Audit Analytics.

It has a powerful query interface and also works with PC-SAS, R, Matlab and STATA. Support is available from the WRDS community and a team of doctoral-level specialists.

Register for an account (account types include faculty, Ph.D students, research assistant, staff, visitor, masters students or class).

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

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