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January 2003 Web News
  
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Favorite Web Sites: Business and Company Information

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association. Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet. BigCharts is an investment charting and research web site that provides access to stock quotes, industry analysis, market news and commentary. The Historical Quotes area contains stock price information as far back as 1985. The BigReports section provides up to date information on the "Bigmovers," the "Bigpics," etc. "MarketPulse" news bulletins appear on the home page and pertinent news articles are linked to individual stock quotes and profiles. Of course, one of the major appeals of this site is the quality of the graphics used to present business information. It is not unusual to see BigCharts tables and graphs on other financial web sites. The interactive charting feature allows the user to customize charts to exact specifications, including the comparison or overlaying of data. Big Charts seems to set the web standard for graphic presentation of business data. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) CI: Corporate Information, which merged in January 2000 with the Wright Research Center site, offers both company profiles and more extensive research reports on selected companies. The global scope of CI: Corporate Information is especially noteworthy; it is an excellent jumping off point for finding international business information. In addition to providing a search engine for approximately 300,000 public and private company profiles drawn from sites around the world, the site provides access to research reports on approximately 15,000 companies in over 50 countries. It should be noted that most of the linked sites are free, but the user will run into a few that are fee-based. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) The Industry Research Desk brings together an extensive set of online tools, most freely available, for researching industries, markets, companies, and manufacturing processes. Included are links to portals for individual industries, home pages for specific manufacturing processes (like welding), search engines, and office tools (like phone books, shipping information, and maps). Unique to this site are step-by-step guides to finding information on a specific industry or company, including information on related print resources available in many libraries. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) Monster.com, which bills itself as "the leading global online careers website," is an extensive  site that helps workers  locate a job or advance within a profession. This site offers services such as resume help, salary data, and industry information. To post a personal resume, users create a free account and are allowed up to five resumes and cover letters. Monster.com also provides the user with a way to track online applications and with relocation tools.  Employers benefit by advertising positions and tracking applicants.  The small banner ads on the pages do not distract from the excellent content available here. Monster.com is for all levels of employees and employers, and is a great tool when patrons need help writing/updating resumes. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)
 

Wiley InterScience Offers Access to a Myriad of Online Scientific Journals, Books and Reference Sources

The IU Northwest Library recently added Wiley InterScience to its electronic database collection. Produced by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., this resource provides the full text of over 300 leading scientific, medical, technical and professional journals, major reference works, the noteworthy Current Protocols laboratory manuals as well as full text access to select Wiley print books online. Some subjects covered by this product include:
  • Business, Finance & Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Life & Medical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

The web site allows users to search journal or book titles and subjects, browse tables of contents or do journal keyword searches. One special feature of this database is Wiley InterScience Alerts. This free service delivers tables of contents via e-mail for any journal on Wiley InterScience as soon as an issue appears online. The service is offered to all individual Registered Users whether or not they personally subscribe to a journal.

To use Wiley InterScience from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY,  go to www3.interscience.wiley.com/index.html.

, Library News Web Editor