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News from the Gast Business Library - September 2009

As we look forward to another busy and exciting fall semester, here are important updates to keep in mind from the Business Library:

We Have New Doors!

Thanks to collaborative efforts from the College of Business, Libraries, and Physical Plant, the Business Library now has doors with secure keycard access. This will help prevent theft of materials and safety issues.

Fall Hours

Regular hours begin Friday, September 11. See http://www2.lib.msu.edu/branches/bus/hours.jsp for more details.

Collaborative Technology Lab Now Open!

The Business Library now has a collaborative technology lab open for use. This room is equipped with an interactive SmartBoard, videoconferencing capabilities, DVD player, two plasma screens, and a projector. A laptop is available for check-out when using the room. Priority use of this room will be given to faculty, students, and staff in the Broad College of Business and School of Labor & Industrial Relations. Priority will also be given to those groups requiring use of the room’s technology (plasma screens, SmartBoard, videoconferencing, etc.). To reserve this room, please contact Kara Rawlins at gustk@msu.edu or 432.4182.

Library Instruction Available for Your Classes

Business librarians are available to provide library instruction to your classes on a wide variety of resources and topics. To request, please fill out this form: http://www2.lib.msu.edu/branches/bus/sessreq.jsp.

New Databases

Several new databases have been acquired by the Business Library over the past few months. All are available off-campus (except where noted) from the Business Library databases page at http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/busdatabases.

Thomson Research Investext

Provides analyst research reports on companies and industries from top investment banks including J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities Ltd., brokerage firms, and consulting firms worldwide. Coverage is global, and dates from 1980 to the present.

ProQuest Entrepreneurship (one-year trial)

ProQuest Entrepreneurship is now available as a one-year trial. Provides a wide variety of resources for the entrepreneur--journal articles, video clips, business cases, blog entries, start-up plans, templates, market research, company reports, and statistics. Please send comments to gastbus@bus.msu.edu.


Provides advertising rates for business publications, consumer magazines, newspapers, radio, TV and cable, print media, and the Internet. Includes the Local Market Audience Analyst with demographic profiles for over 210 designated market areas.

New Research Guides

The MSU Libraries is converting its research guides to LibGuides, providing more interactive content—chat, videos, polls, and more! Check them out at http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/busguides.

Fall Seminars

The Business Library offers several free seminars on several library databases and research topics. All sessions are FREE. Enrollment is limited, "first come, first served." Classes offered this fall are:


Monday, September 21, 9:30am-11:00am

Monday, October 19, 9:30am – 11:00am

Monday, November 16, 9:30am – 11:00am

Landing Your Dream Job

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 6:30pm—8:00pm

Tuesday, November 3, 6:30pm—8:00pm

LexisNexis Academic: Searching for News and Business Sources

Friday, September 25, 9:30am-11:00am

Mergent: Finding Public Company Information (NEW!)

Thursday, October 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Friday, October 23, 10:30am-Noon


Friday, October 9, 9:30am-11:00am

To register, see http://www2.lib.msu.edu/general/events/workshops.jsp. Location for all classes is Room 22 of the Business Library.

Keep Up to Date!

Watch the Business Library blog at http://www2.lib.msu.edu/branches/bus/ for more news and updates.


We’re here to help! Please contact us if you should have any questions or need research assistance.

Nancy Lucas

Head, Gast Business Library

Selector: General Business, Hospitality, and International Business



Kara Rawlins

Assistant Head, Gast Business Library

Selector: Advertising, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, MBA Programs



Breezy Silver

Librarian, Gast Business Library

Selector: Accounting and Finance



Laura Leavitt

Librarian, Labor and Industrial Relations Library

Selector: Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship




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