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Academic Productivity and E-Books

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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Libraries’ spending for e-books is increasing dramatically; and Duke Libraries have developed a detailed and thoughtful strategy to help drive the development of optimal e-book functionality for researchers.

I reviewed An economist gets lunch last week in its Barnes & Noble e-book format to see how close this particular e-book tech and tool suite came to matching my own expectations for e-book functionality and academic productivity. I defined “academic productivity” as interacting in a time-effective way with the e-text to produce a semi-scholarly end product — the book review.

The “Bad” (No cloud storage or syncing) – Before starting the process, I had hoped that the highlighting and annotations features of the Nook for PC software would allow my interactions to be saved in the cloud and synced to my Nook Simple Touch e-reader. Alas, this is not the case. Highlights and annotations made on one Nook software platform or device, stay on that device and are not saved to the cloud and synced across a user’s Nook devices. This has been a known problem with Nook for at least a year, and may negatively impact its usefulness for academic work. I was limited to working productively on the Nook for PC software on my work computer.

No copy & paste available – It’s understandable that publishers and authors wouldn’t want large amounts of text to be easily copyable; but the inability to copy & paste small amounts of text for quotes in more scholarly papers means users will be re-keying text. A publisher of CD-ROM-based theological e-texts, Libronix, permits copy and paste, and automatically embeds a properly formatted citation following the copied and pasted text. E-books would certainly be more useful if this feature were more widespread.

The “Good (interface & highlighting tool) – The Nook for PC software has a clean interface and the collapsible side menus for the table of contents and tools make it easy to use. Text in an e-book can be selected for highlighting or annotation with a right mouse button click. Both highlights & annotations are saved to their own lists in collapsible side columns. A highlight will display about the first 15 characters of the highlighted text; and an annotation will display the same number of characters for a reader’s note. Both of these tools are handy when you need to navigate the text to re-locate key passages. But the highlight and annotation fill colors are exactly the same, and cannot be customized. This makes it difficult to distinguish between the two types of user interaction when viewing a page without the side columns expanded.

Suggested improvements – The lack of syncing needs to be corrected soon. While my personal preference for working with and producing digital text is still a standalone physical keyboard & mouse, more users than ever are interacting with e-books on tablets, phones, and e-readers. The inability to view and edit my interactions with e-text across devices was an annoyance, and tied me to a single device and location. Other users may find this defect to be a deal-breaker when choosing an e-reader product family for purchase.

Despite the above criticisms, I still found the experience of reading, and marking for later review, passages in the e-book to be a more time-effective way for me to interact with text than working with the print book when I needed to produce a deliverable. It will be interesting to see how well e-book publishers and their software developers react to the needs of the academic market, as opposed to the consumer reading market. Librarians have a key role to play in communicating and making sure publishers understand the unique needs of our users and market.

© Reviewer: Carlton Brown & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

Onesource

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

With only a few weeks before graduation, many of our students have accepted positions and look forward to a new employer.  However,  for those  still looking for that elusive company that fits their needs, I recommend Onesource.

A jack-of-all-trades database, Onesource allows students to build a list of companies meeting their needs for where they want to work, which industry, how large or small, and/or whether the headquarters are in the US with subsidiaries in Tahiti.  From that list, they can download the list and include data such as location, size, and officers names’ and titles.

Though Onesource can’t tell you if there’s a job opening within a company, it can help you pinpoint your search to a select list.  Need more information?  Feel free to ask us now.

Sister Jane Welcomes Thee!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

We’ve taken a vow to help you get all you can out of our services and resources.

New Research Tool

Monday, June 13th, 2011

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Ford Library has upgraded the “Articles” search tab in the Search & Find Box on our home page.

The new article search tool does a more comprehensive search, and delivers search results faster — results will display in around 2 seconds! The new system also searches more content, searching over 90 percent of Duke Libraries journal subscriptions.

When you use this new Article Search, you’ll be searching only for journal articles (the “Content Type” box on the left will be checked Journal Article). Any subsequent search from the results page will search across all content types, adding books, newspaper articles, etc.

You may search across all Duke Libraries collections simultaneously, but there may be times when you want to see only books, only journal articles, etc. You have complete control over this–-simply check the appropriate box under “Content Type.”

If you have any feedback or comments on this new search tool, please share it with us in the comments below, or send email to reference-librarians@fuqua.duke.edu.

– post content adapted from DUL Library News post made 3/4/11.

Using WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Earlier this fall, WRDS changed the procedure some users must follow to access data sets on the WRDS site.

This change has caused some confusion for users, and so we’ve created an entry in our FAQ to address the issue.

Please read the FAQ entry on accessing WRDS, and let us know if you have any questions.

Fuqua Job Seekers

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Knowing that there are students graduating who are still seeking permanent positions. If you are one of them, we’d like to remind you that the Ford Library can offer one-on-one assistance as well as a online tutorial.

For more information, contact the reference staff at reference-librarians@fuqua.duke.edu, or call 919-660-7874.

Off-Campus Job Hunters Workshop

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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Wondering how you can locate a job in a challenging economy?

Then you may want to attend the Off-Campus Job Hunters Workshop at the Ford Library which will allow you to:

  • find articles on a particular company
  • find industry reports
  • locate market research.
  • create a customized list of companies using variables such as geographic location, annual sales, industry, etc.

Classes will be held 1/28 through 2/25 in the Ford Library Data Resources Room.

Some of the databases covered will include ABI-Inform, Factiva, MarketLine and Onesource, plus a look at Vault, Wetfeet, and others. This class is designed for students who have not taken the basic library database class.

Click here to register online

Register soon since space in the Data Resources Room is limited.

Please feel free to send any questions about the class to: reference-librarians@fuqua.duke.edu.

Find Jupiter Content on Forrester

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

image courtesy Forrester Research

Where did the Jupiter Research content go?

Last Saturday, Jupiter Research ceased to exist as a separate web site and its content was integrated into Forrester research.

As a consequence of the merger, all Jupiter branding was removed from their research; but you can still browse the research products that were created for the Jupiter site.

  1. After connecting to Forrester, enter Jupiter in the search box at the top of the Forrester page.
  2. At the top of the results list, you’ll see an option to “Browse by Category instead: Jupiter”.see an example
  3. Clicking this Browse by Category list will return the content intially created for the Jupiter site.see an example
  4. You can also focus your search by clicking the subject or topic links to the left.

If you have difficulty locating what you need, please feel free to send any questions or concerns to: reference-librarians@fuqua.duke.edu.

Independent Job Search Class

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Wondering how you can locate a job in a challenging economy? Then, you might want to consider taking the Independent Job Search Class at the Ford Library which will allow you to:

  • find articles on a particular company
  • find industry reports
  • locate market research.
  • create a customized list of companies using variables such as geographic location, annual sales, industry, etc.
  • Beginning 12/3 at 10am and 2pm, the classes will be held in the Ford Library Database Resources Room.

    Some of the databases covered will include ABI-Inform, Factiva, MarketLine and Onesource, plus a look at Vault, Wetfeet, and others. This class is designed for students who have not taken the basic library database class.

    To register, click here. Note, space is limited.

    Big in Dubai

    Thursday, July 10th, 2008

    With the Fuqua School developing an MBA program in Dubai, I thought it would be interesting to look at the top 10 companies in the area:

    1. Emirates – airline, est. sales $7,798,600,000
    2. Emaar Properties – real estate, est. sales $4,783,6000,000
    3. ETA ASCON Group – diversified, est. sales $4,000,000,00
    4. National Bank of Dubai (NBD) – financial services, est. sales $2,860,300,000
    5. DP World Ltd – marine terminal development and operations, est. sales 2,731,400,000
    6. Jumbo Electronics – electronic and appliance retailer, est. sales $2,000,0000,000
    7. Dodsal Group – energy and infrastructure development, est. sales $2,000,000,000
    8. Mashreqbank – financial services, est. sales $1,819,500,000
    9. Dubai Islamic Bank, financial services, est. sales $1,636,100,000
    10. Emirates Bank International – financial services, est. sales $1,560,200,000

    If you would like to know more about these companies, contact us at: reference-librarians@fuqua.duke.edu.