Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stock Prices from 1984 - Present

Stock Prices from 1984 - Present are available in Standard and Poor's Netvantage.
Mutual Fund Prices from 1998 on....

Once inside, click on Daily Price Record. Voila!

Also: we have print records for stock prices going back to 1972.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

This is one of my go-to sources for in-depth introductions and entries on complex economic and financial topics. 

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics online here. You get the idea in the screen cap:


Thursday, June 11, 2015

NOLO Law Books Are Great Legal Overviews

NOLO Law Books are great overviews of topics like divorce, property rights, tenants rights environmental law and more. They give you a basic understanding of the area you're researching, crucial cases, and what to expect in court.

There are two different links in the catalog.

One section is here.
The other section is here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Data Planet and dataZoa Make Big Data Easy

It's the age of big data.  And learning to make attractive graphs and charts for presentations as an important job skill.

But data planet and dataZoa make it easy for you.  These databases allow you to easily import data from several different sources and easily make charts and graphs.  True, there's a way to do this in Microsoft Excel but it is much easier in these two databases.

dataZoa Computer Tutorials Database

Learn about here

Also available on the databases page. is a great database you can now access for computer help tutorials. Learn how to use spreadsheets, image editing software, and any other computer program! People really like this database.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Editorial: What Are Libraries Good For Anyway?

So I get this question sometimes.  Here's my answer.

The library does make its resources available on the Internet.  All you need to do is use our databases or if you are not affiliated with the university, you can get access through your local public library.

The library has a public institution, democratic mandate to make its resources available to all people. This is not true of for-profit companies, like Google, who have no ethical responsibility at all or legal mandate to provide you access to information.

When you find a good academic information on the Internet, it's because a library or a similar nonprofit institution put it there. Google didn't put it there.

You cannot depend on random people to post resources on the web.  First, they could take it down, die, or very likely do not own the copyright and will be forced to take the material down. Besides, random people more than likely do not own the back issues of important academic journals or rare historical material.

It's a really bad idea to digitize everything and then destroy the physical copies.  First of all, overcentralization leads to the risk of unforeseen system failure.  Then you have the risk of
cyber-terrorism.  Finally you have the risk that powerful forces decide to alter the historic or scholarly record in ways that will be undetectable to many people.  Or god forbid choose to destroy the cultural record of the people, as has been done many times throughout history.

Finally, print will always be relevant.  Internet-based databases are a wonderful finding tool.  But computer screens are not conducive to high level thinking and reflection.  When's the last time you spent more than 20 minutes reading something on a computer screen line by line?  Print and literacy produce higher-level abstract thinking and higher cognitive function.

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