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Public Administration Abstracts is a bibliographic database covering essential areas related to public administration including theory and methods, administration and economics, administration and politics, administration and society, administrative structures and organization, public and social services, urban and regional planning and studies and public service personnel in the United States and worldwide. The resource includes more than 54,00 records selected from the most important journals within the discipline, dating back to 1964.

Its content offers access to more than 200 journals including:

  • American Review of Public Administration
  • Journal of Public Affairs Education
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • State & Local Government Review
  • Urban Studies

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By Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs librarian

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ICPSR: Consortium for Political and Social Research

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations. It provides leadership and training in data access, curation and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, political and social behavior, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, history, terrorism, economics and other fields.

ICPSR collaborates with a number of funders including U.S. statistical agencies and foundations, to create archives organized around specific topics. Thematic collections and the new services created for them bring a dynamism to ICPSR from which the broader social science research community benefits. The funders provide new data, in most cases free to everyone, and this stimulates more research. The funded archives and ICPSR collaborate to build additional infrastructure for effective data use and discovery.

For a breakdown of some of the types of data collected

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by Pattie Sobczak, business and public policy collections librarian

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Disasters touch many Wilder School interests

The moment a fire breaks out, a hurricane makes landfall, a tornado touches down, or a trickle turns to a flood, the clock starts on response, recovery and mitigation of the current disaster as well as planning for future events.

At the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy, each discipline has a role to play in disaster management and mitigation.

Emergency preparedness plays an important port in mitigating the effects of any disaster. Immediate response teams are set up using the principles of incident management command. Start with the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness guide that will lead you to these library databases to study after action reports: Homeland Security Digital Library , Web of Science, and Academic Search Complete.

In the first hour(s), maintenance of order and law enforcement become vital as regular legal structures may fail. Additionally, infrastructure complications can arise from failed power or incompatibility among first responders. To study the criminal justice aspects and police and other legal responses, the Criminal Justice Research Guide organizes databases such as Criminal Justice Abstracts , PsychINFO, and WestLawNext. Best databases to study failures in communications include Web of Science and Communications and Mass Media Complete.

Beyond the first responses, nonprofits play critical roles in immediate disaster relief and ongoing support. This often creates a sense of urgency to donate, however, it is important to note that not all nonprofit organizations are the same and some might operate in a less than ethical way. Nonprofits are not held to the same guidelines as publicly held companies; their tax exempt status is regulated by the federal government’s Internal Revenue Service under IRS Exempt Organizations, so there are some reporting requirements. This information is intended to help people make good donation choices, but it can also be used for research purposes. The Nonprofit Research Guide provides numerous resources for researching nonprofit organizations. These include Charity Navigator, Guidestar and Center on Philanthropy as well as Public Administration Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.

From the disaster’s first day and well beyond. Issues related to public policy and administration factor in. Public policy, as set by local officials, will determine the speed of normalization as recovery progresses. Studying the best practices in returning children to school, normalizing the traffic flows, and making government function outside disaster mode can improve the response in the future. The Public Administration Research Guide is a good place to start. Databases for studying these public policy effects including ABI/INFORM, Business Source Complete and Public Administration Abstracts.

Disasters also raise issues about Urban and Regional Studies. Disasters expose the weaknesses of populated infrastructures. Although the costs of catastrophes are often measured in loss of life or property, the impacts go far beyond that in terms of restoring an area to its former state. Urban and Regional Planning research about disasters can be found in the  Urban Planning Research Guide and in these databases: Urban Studies Abstracts, Index to Current Urban Documents and Access World News.

by Pattie Sobczak, business and public policy collections librarian and Stephani Rodgers, Iiaison to homeland security and emergency preparedness 

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IBISWorld Procurement Research Reports

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IBISWorld Procurement Research Reports provides valuable insight and analysis on almost 1,000 goods and services purchased by businesses every day. IBISWorld’s Procurement research was specifically designed to help purchasing, supply chain management and strategic sourcing students, faculty and researchers to identify price drivers and market characteristics that impact buying decisions. IBISWorld reports are designed to quickly and effectively answer the questions that arise while sourcing new and existing products and services.

Business students and faculty as well as entrepreneurs and consultants use the reports to enhance early-stage consultations with internal departments and execute thoroughly researched purchasing decisions.

Students and faculty of supply chain management and logistics programs find great value in IBISWorld’s procurement data, as the reports’ table of contents directly correlates to the curriculum including Supply Chain Dynamics and Risk, RFP Development, Negotiations and Price Forecasting as well as Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Product Development coursework. IBISWorld Procurement Research Reports are an invaluable tools for students researching market trends. Market data on environment pricing environment, supply chain, vendor statistics – and analysis of the strategies these companies pursue – help students understand real-world applications

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By Patricia Sobczak, Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian

 

GuideStar pro trial runs through September

VCU Libraries is offering a trial of the new GuideStar Pro Library Services. GuideStar’s current free program is being revamped and soon will not be available for free after the fall. In its place will be a new commercial version, GuideStar Library Services (Pro). This advanced level of data will allow VCU researchers the ability to access to the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations featuring information on more than two million nonprofits, along with numerous filters to refine extensive search results.

The trial of this new Guidestar product runs from Aug. 28, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2017. You can access the site via www.guidestar.org.

Two online demos of GuideStar Pro Library Services will be available. One takes place Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at 10 a.m. and a second one on Wednesday, Sept.  6 at 2 p.m. Users can sign up for either one 

Based on the results of the trial and feedback, it will be determined if the library will proceed with the annual subscription. Send your feedback to Pattie Sobczak. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pattie Sobczak at psobczak@vcu.edu.

By Patricia Sobczak, Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian

Social Explorer: Current and historical demographic data

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Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical demographic data. Easy-to-use online tools help users create custom maps and reports to visualize, explore and understand the patterns behind the numbers. The latest version offers new ways to explore and present data from 1790 to the present, from U.S. neighborhoods to across the globe. Users can access more than 220 years of census data with tens of thousands of maps, hundreds of reports, over 400,000 variables and 40 billion data elements.

The core data library includes U.S. Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2014. Users can examine this wealth of demographic information at the national, state, county, census tract, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and block group geographic levels (where available).

Specialized U.S. data resources include the FBI Uniform Crime Report data (2010 and 2012), American election results (1912 to 2014), Religious Congregations and Membership Study (1980 to 2010), Vulcan Project carbon emissions data (2002), and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program data (2010 to 2016).

International data resources include the United Kingdom Census (2011), Canadian Census (2011), Eurostat (1990, 2000, 2010 to 2013), World Development Indicators (2013), and Irish religion and population data (1911 to 2001).

Users can create detailed data reports with the Reporting Tools. Export one or thousands of variables and geographies quickly and easily. Excel, CSV, and other file formatting shortcuts allow you to work with data in a variety of software programs for further analysis.

Users are encouraged to create an account so that they are able to save their work and access it for later use.

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by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

Mapping data and checking facts

Electronic mapping resources are fast becoming an important tool for researchers to visually communicate their scholarship. More and more VCU research projects require the visualization of data to supplement academic efforts in effective and powerful ways. For example, while you can explain the concept of food deserts, having a way to visually show the large geographic areas that do not have access to a grocery store, paints a much more graphic reality. Or, when a nonprofit needs a list of zip codes that meet a certain criteria for potential donors, looking at that data on an interactive map, enables you to change the data and make adjustments to better focus on exactly the areas you need to cover.

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

by Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian Patricia Sobczak

Uniworld Online: The world of multinational companies

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Uniworld Online is a searchable database that covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. It provides contact information for headquarters, subsidiaries, branches and executives of multinational firms. Search by keyword, parent company name, subsidiary name, “division of” name, product description or by descriptive word. It is more comprehensive and more accessible than any other international business contact product.

Uniworld Online can be used for business research, career research and is a useful resource for academic career centers. It includes company information and key employees, job hunting information as well as research for those interested in study abroad programs. It also has access to research on careers, employment opportunities, economic research and tracking trends. Both public and private company information is included. It also covers all of the BRIC countries.

A Uniworld Online User Guide is available to get familiar with all of the capabilities of the resource.

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by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

 

Passport GMID: Global market information database

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Research global markets with Passport GMID.  From Euromonitor, a business intelligence company with more than 40 years of experience analyzing developed and emerging markets, Passport GMID provides in-depth analysis, statistics, surveys, and news for industries, consumer markets, and business environments all over the world. Find company and brand shares of leading companies; use dashboards and data to identify potential markets; and read full text market research reports for over 20 consumer product and services categories.

Passport Industrial research examines the industrial makeup of the 68 largest economies in the world. Each economy is broken down into 177 industries, providing cross country comparable data and analysis. Passport Industrial is our first major research effort of B2B markets. Data points include production, profitability, imports, exports, buyers, suppliers, etc. Reports are modeled after Porter’s Five Forces. In the near future, Euromonitor will be expanding its Industrial research to 20 additional countries. The added coverage will be a deeper extension of the current and well-received  Markets of the Future (MOTF) reports. The addition of these countries will bring Euromonitor’s premier research coverage to 98% of Global GDP and 91% of Global Population.

Passport Cities provides fully comparable data and in-depth analysis on 1,150 of the world’s largest cities. There are detailed reviews of 120 of the world’s major metropolitan areas. Datagraphics, opinion 1 pieces, and dashboards are also prominently featured.

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By Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

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VCU Libraries Leadership Resources

game-figure-598036_640Building leadership capacity in the public and nonprofit sectors is a major focus for the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy. In response to this emphasis, VCU Libraries has been working to ensure that our collections are in tune with the curricular and research needs of Wilder School students and faculty. The library holds more than 24,000 resources related to leadership of which over 22,000 are books and ebooks and 219 are journals.

Some notable book resources include seminal works such as:

More contemporary resources include:

Of course, every leadership collection should include:

Each of these resources offers a unique perspective on leadership and the challenges associated with the hard work and sacrifice needed to run effective public and nonprofit organizations. We welcome your comments about the leadership collection and encourage you to make suggestions for future additions. 

by Patricia Dillon Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

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Spring 2016 MURP Student Posters

Spring 2016 MURP Student Posters

This fall,  James Branch Cabell Library will showcase a set of posters  from the students of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy.

The posters will be displayed on the long wall on the east side of Cabell Library (the wall adjacent to Suite 121) now known as a Scholarly Display Wall. The posters are examples of the students’ final projects and address pressing local and regional issues. 

The posters will go up the week of Sept. 12.

Interested in displaying scholarly posters in Cabell? Contact the library liaison to your school.

By Patricia Dillon Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

Mergent Archives: Historical Company and Industry Reports

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Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents, containing hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. It uses a reliable and easy-to-navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs. The archive includes the following collections:

The Moody’/Mergent Historical Corporate Manual Collection provides every Moody’s corporate manual back to 1909.  This collection provides a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the history of corporate America. The online Manuals collection gives you access to corporate history, business descriptions and detailed financial statements. The set includes the:

  • Industrial Manual since 1920
  • OTC Unlisted Manual since 1986
  • Public Utility Manual since 1914
  • International Manual since 1981
  • OTC Industrial Manual since 1970
  • Bank & Finance Manual since 1928
  • Transportation Manual since 1909.

The Moody’s/Mergent Municipal Manual Collection provides every Moody’s manual back to inception in 1918.  They include approximately 16,500 issuers of municipal securities and the Special Features section in each volume includes:

  • Moody’s Municipal Bond Yield Averages (with charts)
  • Average Yields of U.S. Government Bonds (with charts)
  • Chart showing Comparative Yields on Municipals, Treasure Bonds and Corporate Bonds • Chart showing State Bonds compared with U.S. Treasuries
  • Analysis of State Highway Fund Operations
  • Income Statistics by State.

The Hoover’s Historical Manual Collection covering over 20 years of the various Hoover’s handbooks. The Hoovers products include:

  • Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies
  • Hoover’s Handbook of World Business
  • Hoover’s Handbook of Emerging Companies
  • Hoover’s Handbook of American Business
  • Hoover’s MasterList of World Business

You can also use Hoover’s and Mergent Online for the most recent company data.

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by: Patricia Dillon Sobczak, assistant professor and collections librarian

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Services Highlight: Interlibrary Loan

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When a book or article is not available at VCU Libraries,  students and faculty can request items through Interlibrary Loan. Through this system, VCU Libraries will deliver print materials to graduate and undergraduate students at the library of their choice (James Branch Cabell or Tompkins-McCaw) or electronic articles via email.

The libraries will also deliver materials to faculty and staff to their campus offices.

Request materials through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan and delivery service and materials will be delivered within a few days.

Nonprofit Studies: Library research resources

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People interested in careers in the nonprofit sector can pursue a degree or certificate at the undergraduate or graduate level through the Wilder School’s Nonprofit Studies Programs. These programs support the development of current and future executives, boards, staff and volunteers to become collaborative, thoughtful and ethical leaders in this growing field.

In support of the nonprofit studies curriculum, VCU Libraries offers a robust collection of books, ebooks, journals and electronic resources. An overview of these resources is listed below:

by Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian Patricia Sobczak

 

Map It: Tools for research in the Wilder School

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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 you can explain the concept of food deserts, having a way to visually show the large geographic areas that do not have access to a grocery store, paints a much more graphic reality. Or, when a nonprofit needs a list zip codes that meet a certain criteria for potential donors, looking at that data on an interactive map, enables you to change the data and make adjustments to better focus on exactly the areas you need to cover.

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 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 Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian Patricia Sobczak

 

 

 

 

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

Social Entrepreneurship: Solutions to societal issues

Social entrepreneurship, simply put, is the attempt to draw upon business techniques to solve social problems. Entrepreneurship becomes a social endeavor when it transforms social capital in a way that affects society positively. This growing area for research and discovering is becoming a new focus for VCU Libraries collections.

Resources in the collection:

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Current Business Data: Top five business databases

Get the most up-to-date business and industry research with these top five business databases:

  • Best’s Library Center offers full-text insurance reports, credit reports and other in-depth insurance industry information and statistics. It also provides industry news and a look at corporate changes dating back to 1819. Find It
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for more than 30,000 corporate, academic, government and nonprofit clients in 33 countries. WRDS gives access 200 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, finance, insurance, marketing and statistics. Find It
  • 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
  • WARC offers insight in global advertising and marketing trends through market intelligence, case studies, conference reports, expenditure data, profiles of major brands and consumer behavior, and a collection of advertising campaign videos. This publisher’s portfolio includes Admap, Market Leader, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research and International Journal of Market Research (full-text). Find It
  • Mintel is the go-to source for full-text market research reports covering US and global consumer markets. Reports analyze market share, segmentation and trends. Upon first login, you must register with your VCU email address. Find It

Compiled by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

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