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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

 

Uniworld Online: Global company information

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Did you know that the Uniworld database is useful for budding entrepreneurs and locating details on business competitors, career opportunities and foreign internships?  This database covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries.

Uniworld is a basic and effective resource for locating company information.  The power of this database can be found in the combination of keyword searching and the following 13 search filters:  company parent, subsidiary or division name, product description, headquarters country, subsidiaries country, public, private, companies with career postings, zip code, industry code, revenue and employees.

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By Janet Reid, business research 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

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

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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