UBC Library has negotiated trial access for a year  to the Alexander Street Press’s VAST: Academic Video Online, a multi-disciplinary streaming video collection: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?id=2140

This database currently contains over 17,000 titles and coves a wide range of subject areas, including business and economics and current affairs. 5,000 new titles will be added during this next year.

VAST includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

Access is available until July 31, 2014.  Explore and use this database by connecting through the information resource page: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?id=2140 

Please submit your feedback through the link on the resource page.

Sauder School researchers and students have trial access for the next month to two important databases of international public and private company information.

  • Mergent Online provides access to comprehensive business and financial information on public and private companies worldwide. Researchers can display and download up to fifteen years of detailed financial information for public companies, up to twenty-five years of equity data, as well get access to customized company reports, economic time series, industry sector reports, SEC and SEDAR filings, and data from the D&B 20 Million Plus Private Company Database. Test Mergent Online out via http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?details=mergent-online&id=477
  • Mint Global covers over 50,000 global publicly-traded companies and over 5 million private companies. It includes up to ten years of financial data for public companies, as well as links to Financial Times news stories and Datamonitor industry surveys. Test Mint Global out via http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?details=mint-global&id=919

Please test these databases during the trial period and send feedback by August 20th, using the feedback form on the webpages listed above.

SpringerLink is a multidisciplinary database of full text publications published by Springer. It provides access to over 2,700 ejournals  and more than 55,000 ebooks, as well as reference works, monographic series and lecture notes. Disciplines covered include Business & Economics, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Behavioral Science, and Professional & Applied Computing.There are over 5,000 full-text ebooks in the Business & Management collection.

The University of British Columbia Library is one of 21 institutions chosen to participate in Springer’s MyCopy pilot project, a print-on-demand service that allows UBC’s currently registered students and faculty to order a soft cover print copy of an ebook the Library has already purchased from Springer. The copy is to be used by the patron for personal use.The cost for an individual title is $24.95 USD (plus gst and pst, including shipping and handling).

Over 20,000 Springer titles published since 2005 are available for order through the MyCopy project. UBC researchers can find Springer titles through the library catalogue, via the library’s SpringerLink information page and directly from the SpringerLink website. Please visit SpringerLink’s website for more information on MyCopy, as well as for detailed instructions on ordering titles.

UBC students, faculty and staff now have access to the complete Project Muse UPCC e-Book Archival Collection.

Project Muse is a joint project of the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, and provides online access to prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.  The UPCC e-Book collection contains thousands of books covering a variety of subjects from noted university presses and scholarly publishers, including global cultural studies and policy studies.  Our subscription includes books published as recently as 2012.  

Visit http://resources.library.ubc.ca/65 to start exploring the collection. 

You can view publisher and title lists on the Project Muse website.

The David Lam Library has subscribed to Warc (formerly the World Advertising Research Center), a marketing database.  UBC researchers now have access to

  • Advertising expenditure data from 80 global markets, a comparison of global media costs and ad spending forecasts for 12 key countries, as well as a wide range of media usage statistics and benchmarking tools to help with the budget-setting process.
  • Case studies of the campaign strategies of leading brands around the world.
  • Articles, conference and research papers and best practice guides
  • Euromonitor company and industry profiles

Click here to connect to Warc.

The David Lam Library recently subscribed to three years of access to three modules from McGraw-Hill’s ebook library

  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (30 titles)
  • Finance & Investing (134 titles)
  • Leadership & Management (99 titles)

Many of the books are useful as introductory texts. Users can read full-text content online, as content cannot be downloaded.  Printing is available, one page at a time, for the first 10% of the book.

Once you connect to the database you can browse or search for books, as well as register to access personalized features like note-taking and bookmarks.

The main UBC Library Homepage provides access to library-wide services and collections, including the catalogue, online databases and journals, and many local digitization projects.UBC Library wants to ensure that students and researchers can use this page to easily find their way to relevant, high quality content.  In order to improve its homepage design the Library is gathering feedback from members of the UBC community (students, faculty, staff, alumni and those with an affiliation to the University) through an online survey.

Please visit http://www.library.ubc.ca/survey/  to fill out the survey.  It will be available until April 20, 2012 and should only take between ten and fifteen minutes to complete. To provide additional feedback on the homepage, please contact John Chan, Interaction Designer, UBC Library Systems and Information Technology. 

Three new transportation-related research guides have been added to the David Lam Library website. David Lam librarians designed these guides to provide researchers and students with credible starting points for researching transportation related topics.

The guides identify relevant books and media, article sources, databases, industry associations, government agencies, and scholarly resources.  They also include tips on effective search strategies for transportation topics, by using appropriate search terms and subject headings.

Click on individual guides for access, or visit the David Lam Library homepage (http://www.library.ubc.ca/lam) and find them by clicking on the Research Guides link.

If you have questions or feedback about the guide, please contact the David Lam Library.

The David Lam Library recently purchased access to the Business Expert Press Digital Libraries e-book collection.

This collection of over 150 practical and concise e-books on diverse business topics, such as supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy includes introductory textbooks for entry-level students, and numerous sources of primary research materials for doctoral candidates. The books available are published from 2010 to present, with 2012 titles being added throughout the year.

Once connected to the database, you can search for, identify, read and download selected pages or an entire book. While your book is open on screen, go to the InfoTools tab, choose Business Expert Press Options, and choose Download this title. The book is downloaded in Adobe Digital Editions format and accessible on most computers and devices (except the Kindle) for 14 days. This resource also enables you to sign in with your campus-wide login (CWL) to access additional features.

Films can be used effectively in classrooms to illustrate concepts, to spark debates and to frame discussions. UBC Library has recently purchased access to Films on Demand, a database of over 7,300 high quality streaming video titles suitable for both undergraduate and graduate level courses in a variety of disciplines within the arts, humanities, medicine, science and social sciences. Films on Demand contains over 680 titles in the areas of business & economics, including videos from PBS’s Frontline, the Clios, Open University, BBC, and Bill Moyers Journal. Business subjects covered include ethical markets, sustainable growth, advertising, consumer behaviour, jobs and careers, finance and investing, as well as profiles of global superpowers like India and China.

This digital delivery system makes it easy to bring video directly into the classroom. Videos can viewed in their entirety, or in selected segments. In addition to viewing the videos, more customizable tools are available via a free user account which enables viewers to create and share customized playlists, save favorite videos for quick access, and set default preferences.

Relevant business videos can be found in Films on Demand by browsing by subject collection or searching by keyword.

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