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1 Introduction to Research Using UC Berkeley and Library –Managed Resources Labor Summer 2011 IRLE Library Presenters: Terry Huwe & Janice Kimball

2 Research Skills | IRLE Library Overview What’s available using the UC Berkeley Libraries The best starting points for database searching Janice will illustrate some practical examples using the most important business and employment-related resources—via UCB and on the open Web Guides you can use after Labor Summer is over Q & A

3 Research Skills | IRLE Library What You Need to Know About Online Resources at Cal This is a public university that promotes broad access Anyone who walks onto a UC campus is an “Affiliate” under UC database licenses That means you have access to 35 million dollars in licensed, electronic content that firms would have to pay for Union researchers: walk on campus to our library, get extensive access for no cost

4 Research Skills | IRLE Library Corporate and Business Research: Three Strategies Ask us for help—we can save you time Learn to take maximum advantage of the well- organized UC Berkeley Library Web Remember that people are often the best resource providers— “network” as you go, and keep track of contacts Past Labor Summer Cohorts have depended on us throughout the summer! It’s a good idea to develop systematic research habits now—they’ll help you for the rest of your life

5 Research Skills | IRLE Library 1. Ask Us for Help! Many of you are doing this—please don’t hold back We use the databases a lot and can provide both tips and research on demand We try to keep up with the changing landscape of the online industry—and they’ve changed a lot this year We are part of national and global networks of like-minded reference providers—we can ask them for assistance as needed

6 Research Skills | IRLE Library 2. The UC Berkeley Library Web The UCB Library Web is the best place to begin a search for: –The most useful Web-based databases (Business Source Complete, Lexis/Nexis) –A comprehensive listing of E-journals –Books and library catalogues –Branch libraries with guides to literature (like the IRLE Library and the Business Library)

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12 3: Network, Network, Network Effective research is a lifelong skill that will aid you in the Labor Movement and also in your own career and personal life! Start a list of contacts and friends who can help you do research Build it over a lifetime Example: Business information search involving 6 universities (April 2009)

13 Research Skills | IRLE Library Thinking About Your Projects… Some resources to consider: –News Databases: the press covers labor issues –Hoover’s Online and business information aggregators –Business Articles: Use the Library Web page shown today –The open Web: It has some good guides too

14 Research Skills | IRLE Library Within & Beyond the UCB Library Web: Topical Guides The Long Business Library The IRLE Library Business Library 2.0-Univ. of Florida Baker Library-Harvard Business School Janice will show some public library sites that will be helpful from any location

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25 Recommendations for Database Searching There’s a lot of variety in database structure—and Web screens may not convey the nuances Always take a moment to read the introductory material when tackling a new resource

26 Research Skills | IRLE Library Check the Default Search: Is It Keyword or Phrase? Either approach can be appropriate depending on the search: phrase for broad searches, keyword for narrow searches You may be able to “force” a keyword search by using AND: cinema and immigration You may be able to “force” a phrase with quotations: “gun control”

27 Research Skills | IRLE Library And Now: Some In-depth, Online Searches Janice will demonstrate some searches in some relevant databases She’ll also show you some public library business guides—for future reference Q & A

28 Research Skills | IRLE Library List of URLs Thomas J. Long Business Library - UC Berkeley Guides to Business Subjects Company Information - #4 No. 24 High Technology Companies and Industries No. 21 Nonprofit Organizations

29 Research Skills | IRLE Library URLs, Continued New York Public Library - Searching for Company Information New York Public Library - Online Class: Prospecting for Business Information Penn State University - Locating Company Information Tutorial US Securities and Exchange Commission - Beginners' Guide to Financial Statements University of Florida, Smathers Library: Harvard Business School, Baker Library:

30 Research Skills | IRLE Library Some In-depth, Online Searches Janice will demonstrate some searches in some relevant databases She’ll also show you some public library business guides—for future reference Q & A Adjourn at 4:45


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