Thursday, November 20, 2014

dataZoa Makes Big Data Easy

The Library is pleased to bring you a new platform to manage your statistics, data and create custom graphs.

The perfect tool for the age of big data, dataZoa has multidisciplinary utility and is user friendly.

Many different statistical series may be imported into dataZoa from the web. Simply install dataZoa, look for the dataZoa icon and get started!

dataZoa lets you: • import statistics from dataZoa friendly web sites, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census and many more. • create graphs that continually update • customize graph & table parameters

Getting dataZoa: You may install dataZoa by going to and providing your Texas State credentials.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Finding International Statistics @ Alkek

The video explains how to find economic and development stats for many different countries worldwide on:

GDP, employment, military expenditures, research and development, wages, industry composition, the environment, capital investment, and many more statistics.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Impact Factor 2: Journals Ranked By Field

In an earlier post we talked about how to get the impact factor of individual journals.  Here’s how you find out the most influential journals by field.  Once you get into this section of citation analysis, you’ll intuitively see how to rank by most influential authors, institutions, conference proceedings and so on.  Have fun.

Go to an ISI Citation Analysis database (different ones for different disciplines). Choose Journal Citation Reports at the top.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

TV Ratings - Including Cable

Need to find out the current ratings for popular network and cable tv shows?

The best one is Nielsen weekly ratings from Zap2It. It also includes the top cable shows.

Rating Intelligence - looks OK, but most content is for subscribers.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vemma Drink Biz Model Controversy

From Rolling Stone:
"Vemma is the latest mutation of an American invention. Multilevel marketing began in the middle of the past century with one company, a predecessor of Amway. The idea was simple: Instead of just selling a product, you could recruit people to sell it, too. Then, when they made a sale, you both shared in the profit. Recruiting soon became a lot more profitable than merely selling, a shift in incentives that produced a first in American consumerism: Suddenly the pitch was more important than the product. In some cases it wasn't necessary to even have a product. For some 50 years, lawmakers, consumer advocates and lobbying groups have argued over whether this unique setup constitutes a legitimate business or something more sinister, like an illegal pyramid scheme"

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Foreign Country Laws Regarding Business

Researching business law can be tricky.  I recommend that you begin with article that summarizes business law on a foreign country in regards to a certain issue: labor laws, the environment, etc 

Go to these databases:
Emerald  (very useful for laws governing labor)
Lexis Nexis (search either foreign news sources or legal journals)
Academic Search Complete 

You will get material that summarizes how the law is actually applied and what matters. THEN you can look up actual laws here. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

History Of Video Games

As you probably know, Austin is a center of video game creation and the industry. 

Check out our books on the history of video games here.