There are even more reasons to use e-books now with new features from Dawsonera. The main change I want to point out is the new look e-reader, but first a quick word on what you’ll see if you search within the Dawsonera site:
There are Enhanced Search Results that allow you to refine and it is easier to tell which content is within Sunderland subscriptions (there is a green padlock symbol which denotes this (a purple padlock means that the title is not within our subscription).
Now onto the new online e-reader. It seems a bit more intuitive, with improved navigation using side arrows, and the search and notes features in their own tabs beside the contents menu.
The print and copy buttons have moved to the top right of the e-reader and when you hover over them it indicates how much more you can print or copy (remember this is restricted due to copyright).
Don’t forget, we recommend that you start your search for e-books on the Library Catalogue.
The great thing about using the Library Catalogue is it too enables you to search across all of our providers at once, easily refine your searches and receive results that you can be sure are within our subscription.
If you’ve had a chance to use the new Dawsonera interface, let us know what you think, and if you have any questions about how to use the new features get in touch with us.
New look for some of our e-books…
If you’ve been using e-books recently you may have noticed that Dawsonera, one of the suppliers of our e-books has a new look and some new features. This week I’ll focus on the great ways you can use the new interface.
Sunderland Uni Library created this quick Tout video.
Resource of the month: Passport (Euromonitor International)
What is Passport?
Passport is Euromonitor International’s global market analysis database, which analyses the industry in countries around the world.
What types of information does Passport cover?
1) Industry data - multi-country relational database of market and category sizes, market shares, distribution patterns, sales forecasts and other measurements relevant to each sector.
2) Country reports - in-depth analysis reports on both developed and emerging national markets. Each report provides qualitative commentary on sales trends, new product and marketing developments, consumer preferences, national company and brand competition and market strategies, and the views and assumptions underlying national sales forecasts.
3) Global reports assessing the key issues affecting international market performance, with a focus on important developments by product sector and big picture competition strategy.
4) Company profiles - analytical profiles of the top international players in the industry, compiled in a standardised format for cross analysis.
5) Comment - articles and presentations on key themes and discussion topics around the dynamics of the category.
How can I access Passport?
Passport is available both on and off campus. Log in to DISCOVER (with your University ID and password)
click on the A-Z menu at the top left hand side of the screen.
Select the resources tab. This is an alphabetical list of ALL the databases we subscribe to, across ALL subject areas, so you will need to know the name of the database you want to search for. In this example we are going to look at Passport (Euromonitor International).
Whenever you access Passport you are required to accept the terms and conditions (for academic use only). Click on the ‘accept’ button.
Passport covers a wide range of industries, from consumer appliances to travel and tourism, and features global reports, analysis, company profiles, statistics and podcasts. It also contains information on over 220 countries, including population data, consumer trends and statistics on economy, finance and trade.
If you are new to Passport, there are some really useful introductory videos on the ‘help’ page that you should watch before you get started.
Passport is a great source of information, for your academic research and for future employability (to research industries, markets and companies you’d like to work in when you graduate). Passport is also used by many global businesses for their research, so it’s good experience for you to know how to search it…and looks great on your CV too!
Updated powerpoint for distance learning students
As many business and tourism students study at a distance, either as independent learners, or at partner organisations around the world, I thought you would find this presentation that our Distance Services Librarian, Leanne, has developed.
Budget 2013 - highlights of the coverage and analysis
As you will be aware, if you turned on the TV, listened to the radio, picked up a newspaper or went online, yesterday was Budget day.
Most UK newspapers and news channels publish special budget reports, explaining and analysing the Chancellor’s budget policies. These are a useful resources to help us understand the implications of the budget for the UK economy, tax system, retail sector etc. as well as how we might be affected personally.
Follow these links to some of the analysis and coverage of the 2013 budget:
Throughout March, library staff have been making short videos (the shortest has been 15 seconds) to tell you about our libraries, where they are based, what we do and how you can you can use our services.
This is an example of one of the video’s we’ve made:
Open Education Week is taking place from 11-15 March 2013 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide.
We’re big fans of open access learning here on the Business Blog, so here’s a reminder that there’s lots and lots of guides, YouTube clips and online tutorials freely available on the library website here
For example, here’s a short tutorial to help you identify keywords you can use when searching library e-resources.