Important E-Resource Updates

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The following announcements are about changes to some of the e-resource subscriptions and products that Ford Library provides to Duke University. Some of the links in this post may require off-campus users to activate a Duke VPN connection.

EIU Publications – Due to their excessively high costs, we can no longer subscribe to the Economist Country Reports, and several other Economist Intelligence Unit publications. This linked graphic details the components of our subscription that we will be dropping (in red), and those we will retain (in green).

Ford Library will continue to provide Duke with other resources for strong coverage of globally focused economic and business news and data. Proquest has significantly improved its available resources in this area; and our IHS Global Insight database has comparable access to country reports, and better tools for macroeconomic data retrieval. ISI Emerging Markets also has excellent news and macroeconomic data coverage.

STAT-USA/Internet, a very popular source of US and global trade and economic data, will no longer be available as of September 30, 2010. According to a message we received from the provider, “STAT-USA/Internet’s historic role as a straightforward storehouse of static government information releases has become outdated.” STAT-USA/Internet will continue to be updated, and available in full through September 30th. Prior to de-commissioning the site, they will provide a temporary index page that will allow users to obtain their data directly from the source agency in the future.

New resource: KLD Global Socrates is a comprehensive research database, measuring the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of corporations. The web-based database contains ESG and controversial business involvement research on more than 4,000 companies in 50+ global markets. Ford Library is pleased to provide this product to all current Duke University students, faculty, and staff.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about these changes and updates. Your feedback is always welcome.

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