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News from the Gast Business Library - September 2010

Breezy Silver

New Databases

Frost and Sullivan is here!

This database provides market research on emerging high-technology and industrial markets in 50 countries with the ability to search by market, technology, region, or keyword.

LexisNexis Statistical Datasets are here!

This one interface provides statistical information from over 590 government and private sources. Select and manipulate datasets, make comparisons, chart trends over time, and spatially represent data without having to use additional software programs.

Business Book Summaries are here!

This database has over 5,000 book summaries in all areas of business including advertising, human resources, international business, management, marketing, supply chain management, and more.

Elsevier backfiles are here! (Economics, Econometrics, and Finance journals)

All of the new titles including the Journal of Financial Economics (now available electronically) are available here.

International Directory of Company Histories
is now available electronically!

Available at our databases link: http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/busdatabases

ProQuest Entrepreneurship

(one year trial is still active)

Offers many resources for those interested in entrepreneurship including start-up plans, templates, business cases, video clips, journal articles, blog entries, market research, company reports, and statistics.

(Please send comments to gastbus@bus.msu.edu)

Go to http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/busdatabases for a listing of all of the Business Library databases.


Monday- Thursday 8:00 am – 1:00 am

*Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

*Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday 12 noon – 1:00 am

*Note: Saturday and Sunday hours have changed from last semester

Staff News

Librarian Laura Leavitt was promoted to Assistant Head of the Gast Business Library in July, 2010.

Also, in July 2010, librarian Kara Rawlins moved to Kansas, where her husband is stationed with the military. Michelle Allen has come aboard from the Main Library and is assigned the subject areas of management, marketing, and supply chain management.

Betty Holmer, library assistant, accepted a full-time position at the Main Library and her replacement is Nora Carr.

New Shelving Units and Furniture

Summer was a busy time at the Business Library! Compact shelving was installed and journals and books are now interfiled instead of housed in separate locations. More study carrels were added to the back of the library by the windows to expand the quiet area. New furniture will be arriving this semester so stop in and visit!

Library Instruction is Available for Your Classes

Business librarians are available to provide library instruction and research guides for your classes on a wide variety of resources and topics. To make a request, please fill out this form.

Library Instruction: Fall EndNote Web Seminar

The Gast Business Library will offer a FREE seminar on how to use EndNote Web on Friday, September 24 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in room 22. Register at this link.

Research Guides: Help Students Gain a Competitive Edge in the Job Hunt

Refer them to a business librarian to help them conduct company and industry research quickly and effectively. The Gast Business Library has a premier collection of electronic resources to help students focus their job searches, write targeted resumes and cover letters, and engage more effectively in job interviews. The following online research guides can help them get started today: Business Career Resources (undergraduates): http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/businesscareerresources and MBA Job & Career Research (MBA students) http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/MBAJobResearch

Collaborative Technology Lab Reservations

The Business Library's collaborative technology lab has become a very popular meeting space. This room is equipped with an interactive SmartBoard, videoconferencing capabilities, a 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 the School of Human Resources & Labor 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 e-mail a business librarian at gastbus@bus.msu.edu or call 355-3380.

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

Nancy Lucas

Head, Gast Business Library

Branch Libraries Coordinator

Selector: General Business and Hospitality



Laura Leavitt

Assistant Head, Gast Business Library

Selector: Labor Relations, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Small Business, MBA Programs and Career Resources



Breezy Silver

Collections Coordinator

Business Librarian

Selector: Accounting, Advertising, Finance, and International Business



Michelle Allen

Business Librarian

Selector: Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management



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