New Enhancements in PolicyMap

See what’s new in PolicyMap, a GIS mapping tool, which is used at SHU in many programs such as Public Health, Political Science and Education for student assignments and useful data for grant applications.  There are fantastic new enhancements to make PolicyMap even more essential in your classroom and for your research including simplified data labels, histograms for ranges, an amazing number of boundaries and custom regions you can create, data benchmarks for context and the ability to add local data to PolicyMap that is important for your research. On  June 1,  the Libraries held a webinar that looked at new data including predominant race, mortgage denials/redlining, Social Vulnerability Index (CDC), andjh Medically Underserved Areas.  The recording of the June 1 webinar is located here.  Additional sessions will be scheduled over the summer.  Stay tuned to SHU Libraries social media.

Information about new features is listed below:

There are additional resources available with sample assignments about using PolicyMap in the classroom here:  https://policymap.helpdocs.io/academic-resources.

Please contact your liaison librarian for more information about PolicyMap.

Come Celebrate Shakespeare at the University Libraries

To mark the 457th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, University Libraries highlights resources focused on one of the world’s greatest playwrights.

If you would like to watch productions of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, please check out the BBC Shakespeare Plays. This collection features 37 plays produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The New Oxford Shakespeare presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare’s works, edited from first principles from the original texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship. The Oxford Scholarly Editions Online brings the content of all three print volumes together as one powerful resource.

Additionally, University Libraries subscribes to some of the top Shakespeare studies journals including: Shakespeare, Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Studies. Shakespeare is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of Shakespeare. It publishes articles on criticism, performance, and the history of Shakespeare and his works. Shakespeare Quarterly is peer-reviewed journal published for the Folger Shakespeare Library by the Oxford University Press. The journal publishes original works related to all aspects of Shakespeare studies. Shakespeare Studies is a peer-reviewed volume published annually with a focus on Shakespeare studies and theatre. The journal features the work of performance scholars, literary critics, and cultural historians.

Lastly, the Library provides access to subscription-based or open-access scholarly resources such as Folgerpedia, Open-Source Shakespeare, JSTOR Understanding Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in the Digital Age from the University of Notre Dame.

Kanopy Videostreaming Service Offered By Library For Faculty

Kanopy LogoKanopy, our on-demand streaming video service, is a wonderful resource and we are happy to see it being so well-used.  However, our library materials budget is limited and we cannot sustain the current level of spending. This academic year we have already spent over $14,000 to lease about 90 films (an important note here is that we do not own the films, we only purchase access to each one for one year). In order to continue this service we need to reduce the cost.

Previously, Kanopy films were automatically purchased after 30 seconds of viewing by any user with access to the library, including walk in visitors.

In an effort to eliminate purchases being triggered by casual users and focus on class-related use of the rich academic material included in Kanopy, we have made the following changes:

1. We removed films to which we do not have current access from the catalog. (We used to have all 21,000+ films listed, available for viewing and automatic triggering).

2. Kanopy films to which we do have current access still appear in the catalog for the use of the whole campus community. These will be removed at the end of the one-year subscription period. New films to which we have purchased access are added promptly to the catalog for immediate availability.

3. All films available through Kanopy can still be browsed via the database A-Z list; however, we have added a statement that films can only be requested by faculty:

Kanopy Database Screenshot

4. We moved the Kanopy films listing on Accessing Films at SHU so now Kanopy is part of Streaming for classroom use further supporting the idea that Kanopy films are for academic purposes rather than entertainment. Note that we have other streaming video resources listed there as well.

5. Faculty can browse, search and request Kanopy films directly through the Kanopy interface. Films to which we have access will appear first. To watch or request a video:

          • Click on the film you want, or mouse over it and click on “watch”. If we have access to the film it will open and give a prompt to play it. You will not know if we have access to a film until you click on it – do not assume we have access simply because you see a film’s cover shown on the Kanopy site!
          • Note that you will always see this message at the top of the page, but that does not mean the film is not available—you should be able to play the video:

Limited Access Message

          • If the film is not available, instead of the “play video” or “watch” option you will be prompted to fill in this request form:

Request Form Screenshot

Videos requested by faculty typically will be available within two working days and often less.

If you have questions about Kanopy, please contact:
Acquisitions Librarian Sulekha.Kalyan@shu.edu


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PIVOT Database Cancellation

#SHU_Libraries wishes to inform everyone that we will be cancelling our subscription to the PIVOT funding database, effective Sunday, March 31.

Our reasons for cancelling PIVOT include low usage, little interest in maintaining PIVOT from other campus stakeholders, and a significant financial cost to the library to provide access to Pivot.

Anyone who has an active account with PIVOT, will no longer receive funding alerts, and your login access to the database will expire on this date.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to PIVOT users.

Questions? Please reach out to:

Sebastian Derry
Assistant Dean for Public Services
sebastian.derry@shu.edu |973-275-2058

New Database: Sage Business Cases

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the acquisition of Sage Business Cases.  Detail from the publisher:

SAGE Business Cases provides faculty and students with cases to support their curriculum and independent research. Offering 1,700 cases from around the world—this collection will grow to 2,500 case studies by 2018. These cases are:

  • Accessible campus-wide, providing easy discovery for students and faculty for the use in courses and research
  • Critically minded, up-to-date, and developed to elicit discussion and further research
  • Accompanied by instructor-only teaching notes with suggested teaching strategies, target audience, and possible responses to discussion questions that can help facilitate classroom discussion
  • Contemporary and newsworthy. Topics include Marketing, Operations Management, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, International Business, Human Resource Management, and more
  • Designed to suit a range of academic uses: from short vignettes to narrative long form, written using both field research and publicly available sources.

This collection brings together cases selected from a variety of sources, including key university and association partnerships, to meet the needs of business faculty and students internationally.

Partner Institutions

The collection includes cases from a growing list of world-renowned institutions and associations:

  • Yale School of Management, Yale University, USA
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA
  • The Berkeley-Haas Case Series, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK
  • The Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • New in 2018! Institute of Management Accountants, USA
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA
  • Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), India
  • Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, China
  • Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, USA
  • Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, USA

ProQuest databases will be temporarily offline

Over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, January 28th-29th, one of our database vendors–ProQuest–will be upgrading its infrastructure during the following time period:

** Saturday, January 28th @ 10p through Sunday, January 29th @ 6a **

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest databases and services will be temporarily offline, including:

Research databases
•    ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
•    ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
•    ProQuest Dialog (dialog.proquest.com)
•    ProQuest Archiver
•    ProQuest Trials
•    Chadwyck-Healey US databases
•    CultureGrams
•    eLibrary (all editions)
•    ProQuest Digital Microfilm
•    ProQuest Obituaries
•    ProQuest Research Companion
•    SIRS (all editions)
•    Ancestry
•    Sanborn maps

Dissertation publishing
•    ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools
•    COS Funding Opportunities
•    COS Scholar Universe
•    Pivot
•    Papers Invited

We realize that some users may be affected, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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New Database: HeinOnline’s Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

We are pleased to be able to offer a new database to the Seton Hall University Community:

HeinOnline’s Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=slavery

This unique collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes: every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, and every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere.

Also included are more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century, modern histories of slavery, all modern law review articles on the subject, as well as word searchable access to all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880.

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New database: Passport–Euromonitor International’s global market research database!

euromonitorSeton Hall University Libraries have recently acquired a license for Passport, Euromonitor International’s global market research database.  Passport provides strategic analysis of industries, countries, and consumers and companies. It offers integrated access to internationally comparable statistics, full-text market reports and real time news analysis from industry and country experts.

Passport allows students to:

  • Use Passport’s global, regional and national statistics to measure market performance, recognize category growth potential, assess new country markets and identify new consumer segments
  • Understand the competitive landscape, evaluate competitor strategies, review issues driving change and consider future outlook scenarios
  • Recognize the impact and implications of events making the news

With Passport, students are able to put classroom theory into practice and create reports with real-world relevance for projects such as:

  • Scenario planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Market entry studies
  • Product and brand strategy
  • Competitor intelligence
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Route to market strategy
  • Marketing and advertising strategy
  • Export strategy
  • Consumer segmentation and customer profiles
  • Consumer insight
  • SWOT analysis
  • Mergers & acquisitions evaluation
  • Investment due diligence
  • Forecasting

You can find out about this database, as well as other business and economics databases, by visiting out Business & Economics Research Guide.

New Research Tool: PolicyMap

The University Libraries have recently acquired the online data mapping tool PolicyMap.  PolicyMap is a Geographic Information System (GIS) pre-populated with more than 37,000 continuously updated data sets including information on demographics, home sales and mortgages, health statistics, socioeconomics, jobs and employment, and more.

PolicyMap

From the company:

PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables government, commercial, non-profit and academic institutions to access data about communities and markets across the US. Use it for research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis.

Universities use PolicyMap in a variety of schools and curriculums, such as social sciences, urban planning, public policy and business administration. It allows them to focus on analyzing data – not collecting it or learning how to use expensive mapping software.

What can students and faculty do with PolicyMap?

  • Generate maps and tables to incorporate in reports and presentations
  • Search by address, city, state, zip code, county or census tract
  • Create topical reports by predefined region, radius, or custom-drawn region
  • Compare data across geographies or view trends over time
  • Find communities meeting up to 3 criteria on a map
  • Download select datasets as csv files
  • Rank geographies across an indicator
  • Create custom regions for unique analysis
  • Upload your own point level data
  • Incorporate work into papers and presentations

What kinds of indicators will they be able to access?

  • Demographic estimates and projections
  • Income and poverty measures
  • Employment by industry
  • Homeownership rates and affordability
  • Home Sales
  • School performance
  • Quick community profiles

What types of analyses can they conduct?

  • Compare obesity rates among states
  • Track mortgage lending patterns in a city
  • Understand the racial and ethnic composition of a community
  • Identify neighborhoods with certain income and household characteristics
  • Draw a unique geography on a map and generate a comprehensive report of the areas’ demographic and economic characteristics
  • Upload other data and leverage it against the trusted data available through PolicyMap

How could they use their analysis in class?

  • Make a case for a particular public policy intervention
  • Argue for a particular site for a business
  • Describe a market for a business plan or marketing strategy