Archive for July, 2009

Book Review: How We Decide

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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Lehrer, Jonah. How we decide. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

For 35 years, my father designed and tested truck transmissions. Late in his career, his company sent him worldwide to analyze problems for customers. Sometimes he could pinpoint the problem after listening to the engine for several minutes. He always considered himself totally rational and would have denied that emotion could have played a part in his diagnostic skill.

How We Decide is about the recent discoveries in neuroscience that explain how decisions are made. Early cognitive science described the mind as operating in a deliberate and rational manner. Yet the mind is composed of a network of different areas, many of which are involved with the production of emotion. When someone makes a decision, emotional impulses influence judgment, no matter how carefully the pros and cons have been weighed. (more…)

Books To Manage The Business of Health Care

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

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Ford Library welcomes our students participating in the HSM Bootcamp Program this week at Fuqua. Below we’ve listed 10 leading new book titles that are part of our Health Sector Management Collection here at the Library.

Please visit us and check out any of these new titles to get a head start on managing the business of health care.

Click on a book title to see if it’s available, and to place a request in our online catalog.

Get Article Full Text Faster!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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Duke University Libraries is running a pilot of a new feature in Article Search. When you use Article Search from our home page, clicking the GetIt@Duke button in the results list should take you directly to the full text.

This pilot program is intended to test a new feature of our article linking software that will reduce the number of clicks you have to make to actually view the text of a desired article. Once Article Search has created a results list, clicking the GetIt@Duke button at the bottom of an article citation should take you to the actual article.

A sample search result is HERE.

Since this is a pilot project, this feature may not work perfectly. Please help us improve the new feature, and determine if it’s worth long-term deployment by contacting us when it doesn’t work the way you expect it to.

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us!

E-Journal Access Alert

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Access to all online journals provided by Wiley Interscience will be temporarily unavailable during the following dates and times while systems maintenance is performed:

Saturday, 18th July from 5am to 7am EST.
Monday 20th July from 4am to 5am EST.

Some of the electronic journals that will be unavailable from Wiley Interscience during the above times are:

  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
  • Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Applied Econometrics
  • Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
  • Journal of Futures Markets
  • Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
  • Psychological Science in the Public Interest
  • Psychology & Marketing
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • System Dynamics Review
  • Systems Research and Behavioral Science
  • and all other Wiley Interscience e-journals …

Please note that electronic full text from these titles and other Wiley Interscience titles, may be available from other sources.

Book Review: Meltdown

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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Woods, Thomas E., Jr. Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse. Regnery, 2009.

What happened to the economy and what are the necessary steps restore it are complex questions. Amazingly, Thomas Woods’ has the ability to answer these questions in simple laymen’s terms. He begins with the big picture of how the economy works and then provides the two main philosophies of regulating the economy. Only reading the newspapers and watching CNN, will lead you to believe that the diagnosis is greedy Wall Street employees and real estate financers, and the treatment is an artificial stimulus. This is the Keynesian school’s perspective which believes in the marriage of economics and politics.

According to Woods, this is incorrect on both accounts, and we are currently on the wrong course. Woods is the anti-Paul Krugman and from the Austrian school of economics which advocates the separation of money and state. (more…)

Movies You May Have Missed: Part 4

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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How many movie love stories are written by former Marines?  Bob Comfort wrote the screenplay for Dogfight which features River Phoenix playing Marine Eddie Birdlace.  Birdlace and his buddies are out on the town in San Francisco the night before they’re due to ship out to Vietnam.  They organize a callous “dogfight” at a local bar where each man puts in fifty dollars and brings the ugliest woman he can find.  Birdlace picks unassuming, self-contained Rose (Lili Taylor).  The scene where she finds out about the dogfight sets the film off in an unexpected direction.

Nancy Savoca’s direction, Bob Comfort’s script, and the lead performances make what initially appears a run-of-the-mill narrative into something more moving and honest.  The great soundtrack features a host of 1960s artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Pete Seegar.  This film had a very small release in 1991 but deserves a wider audience.

Welcome Incoming Students!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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The Ford Library welcomes you to Fuqua! We can help you reach your peak performance at Fuqua by connecting you with key information resources.

We’ve prepared a special web page to answer some questions we’ve received from incoming students regarding access to the Library’s print collection and online databases.

Topics covered include:

  • Book & DVD Check-out for new students
  • Activating your Fuqua Network and VPN access
  • Accessing Databases from on- and off-campus

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions about the Library.

Congratulations, and the best of luck as you begin your MBA!

Movies You May Have Missed: Part 3

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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Anyone who attended a U.S. high school in the late 1970s or early 1980s should see Dazed and Confused.  Even those who weren’t in school in 1976 should still see the movie.  Director Richard Linklater’s day-in-the-life of a group of friends on the last day of school ranks among the best high school movies ever made.  You’ll see early performances from Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck, and it’s great to see Affleck play a jerk rather than a square-jawed hero type.

The movie has no plot to speak of, but the characters keep things interesting and the soundtrack rocks (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, War, Steve Miller Band, etc.)  Not just a 1970s nostalgia-fest, the film manages humor and introspection in equal doses.  Jason London’s character Randall “Pink” Floyd offers up a perfect example with “All I’m saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself.”  Don’t miss it.

Outlook 2007 Books

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Does the conversion to Outlook 2007/Exchange Server have you down or struggling with your email, contacts, calendar, etc.?   Then check out one of these new Outlook 2007 books available from the Ford Library (click on the link to check availability or place a hold):