During May, June and July, the Library databases get taken out, shaken up, stirred and turned inside out by our MBA interns. You might say the same thing happens with the Lam librarians, as they perform their brain acrobatics, swiftly moving from one industry to another, one topic to another to support the intern research.

Virtually every MBA internship involves extensive research – market research, competitive research, venture capital research, M&A research. This is when we find out who was really listening in our library orientations and classes. Some projects are familiar, when employers hire interns every year. For these, we turn to the online industry guides which we created in previous years, and update them for the current need. For example, two years ago, an intern researched his company’s potential expansion into the US; this year’s intern is researching a European expansion.

During May, June and the first week of July, we responded to over 100 requests for research assistance from our MBA students. These consultations are rarely straightforward, and usually involve a broad-ranging list of questions that result in complex interactions that take place over several days or weeks. Themes we’ve noticed this summer include alternative energy, social enterprises, and healthcare management.

The students love their real world internship experiences, and the employers appreciate the valuable information and data which the students bring to their projects. Information that’s shaken, stirred and turned into very well-made projects.

The David Lam Library has acquired 8 new DVDs and videos in the past few months on a variety of topics:

  • Top ten tips for entrepreneurs
  • Bill Moyers journal: mortgage mess
  • Globalization and what it means for Canadian companies
  • 6 essential steps to getting that new job
  • Boomerism: business targets retirees
  • Organic entrepreneurs: competing with corporate giants
  • Financial reporting for business
  • Best of 2008: Clio gold plus

Click here for a more detailed list including summaries.

New books on the financial crisis at the David Lam Library

Bamber, Bill et al. Bear trap:  the fall of Bear Stearns and the panic of 2008, HB 3722 B36 2008

Cohan, William D. House of cards:  a tale of hubris and wretched excess on Wall Street, HG 4930.5 C64 2009.

Lewis, Michael M. Panic:  the story of modern financial insanity, HB 3722 P36 2009.

Shiller, Robert J. The Subprime solution  : how today’s global financial crisis happened, and what to do about it, HG 2040.15 S45 2008.

New Databases

Sage Journals Online

SAGE publishes more than 520 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine. SAGE Journals Online is the delivery platform that provides online access to the full text of individual SAGE journals.

Click here to access the database.

Oxford Journals Online

Oxford Journals is a division of Oxford University Press, which is a department of Oxford University. We publish well over 200 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations.

Click here to access the database.

Trial Databases

IMF e-Library

UBC Library has trial access to the International Monetary Fund e-Library until July 22, 2009.

The International Monetary Fund publishes information on its own activities and policies, as well as on its 185 member countries. The IMF e-Library contains publications from recent years as well as statistical resources: Balance of Payments, Direction of Trade, Government Finance Statistics, and International Financial Statistics.

Click here to access the database.

World Bank E-Library/Suite

UBC Library has trial access to the following suite of databases until August 31, 2009.

Click here to access the databases.

World Bank e-Library: An electronic portal to the World Bank’s full-text collection of books, journals, working papers and other documents on social and economic development. It is the most comprehensive collection in the area and brings together a fully indexed and cross-searchable database of thousands of World Bank publications.

Africa Development Indicators Online: Provides the most comprehensive collection of data on the African economy. It contains data for over 1,400 indicators and time series from 1965 for 53 coutnries. Data include social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, partnership, and enviornmental indicators.

Global Development Finance: The World’s Bank annual assessment of global financial conditions facing emerging markets. Offers external debt and financial flow data for 129 countries that report public and publicly guaranteed debt to the World Bank’s Debtor Reporting System. Time series includes over 200 indicators from 1970-2017.

Global Economic Monitor (GEM): Features up-to-date analysis of global economic conditions, including a daily brief and event-driven focus reports.

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*UPDATE* The links are now working for both the A-Z list and the eLink.

Feels almost like déjà vu all over again. MEDLINE with Full Text is displaying an error page when you try to link in from our A-Z list or via our UBC eLink button button (previous problem was a blank page). The authorities have been contacted. Meanwhile, it’s not a total washout. When you land on the MEDLINE page, you can always click “Publications” (upper left) and browse/search your title there. Stay tuned

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