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March 4, 2014

Featured Database - IBISWorld Industry Intelligence Reports

Featured Database

IBISWorld Industry Intelligence Reports

IBISWorld has the world's largest collection of U.S. industry reports. It covers over 700 industries and identifies, quantifies and analyzes nearly 4,000 individual product segments. Its reports are written at the 5-digit level of the official North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Reports are fully updated three times per year on average, ensuring the most accurate data, trends and intelligence reach the students and faculty of SUNY Albany.

IBISWorld's report format is consistent across the collection, which allows you to find answers quickly, compare and benchmark industry data and analysis and transplant our data into your own research, reports and presentations.

The core product is the Industry Market Research Reports component. Each industry report is written at the 5-digit NAICS level - an unparalleled degree of granular detail covering over 97% of the US economy. The reports are updated frequently to give you the most up to date information available.

Each report includes 9 chapters, and 34 sub-chapters provides the most detailed supply chain information on the market; features historical and forecasted revenue data; operating strengths and weaknesses; analysis of external drivers; the competitive landscape and major players; and industry profit and cost structure benchmarks.

Also included in our subscription is the US Specialized Industry Reports component. The reports are written with the same format and outline as the core reports, but cover more niche and emerging sectors of the US economy with a little more product-focus and granularity. This section includes over 550 reports classified under Financial & Advisory Services, Consumer Goods & Services, Industrial Machinery, Gas & Chemicals, Online Retail, Life Sciences, Business Franchises, Technology and more. This collection continues to expand at a rate of about 10-15 reports/month.

It is one of the Key Business Databases found at may be accessed directly by clicking here.

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November 13, 2013

Featured Database - American History in Video

Featured Database

URL: American History in Video

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 6,005 titles, equaling approximately 1617 hours.

Historical coverage in the collection ranges from the early history of Native Americans, to the lost colony of Roanoke, to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century figures such as Benedict Arnold and Daniel Boone to modern day figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Helen Thomas.

Browsable by subjects, historical events, people, and places.

Nice features of this online video database:
·        Synchronized, searchable transcripts
·        Video clip-making tools
·        Annotated playlists--you can make, annotate, and share playlists for course or individual use, and you can include links to materials or resources outside of the collection to make this your one-stop resource
·        An embeddable video player and playlist for use on a class Web site or an electronic syllabus

October 15, 2013


As the most comprehensive resource available in its field, Humanities Source provides full text--plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing--for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. It Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.  Humanities Source contains the full content of: Humanities Index Retrospective, Humanities Abstracts, Humanities Full Text, and Humanities International Complete.


Content Includes:

  • Full text for more than 1,480 journals
  • High-quality indexing and in-depth abstracts for thousands of journals
  • Indexing for hundreds of thousands of articles, including book reviews
  • Millions of records
  • A unique subject thesaurus
  • And much more...

Subjects Include:
Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion & Theology, and many others.


Humanities Source is a valuable resource for students, researchers and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities. 
It is accessed through EBSCO’s easy-to-use interface by going to the Library’s website at  Click on “Databases” then the “Search by Name” tab, then select “H”.  It is also available through a number of Humanities-related database collections on the Databases’ “Browse by Subject” page.  Or just click here:


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September 9, 2013

DATABASE OF THE MONTH for SEPTEMBER - ProQuest Congressional

The ProQuest Congressional service provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online. This collection includes the full text of congressional publications, finding aids, a bill tracking service, and the full text of public laws and other research materials to enable both novice and experienced researchers to complete many types of research projects using a single, user-friendly interface. Since Congress is interested in all public policy, social, and economic issues, the database is an effective source for general research in many academic disciplines, in addition to research related to specific legislative proposals and laws. The University Library has been a United States Depository since 1969 and houses many of the congressional documents referenced in ProQuest Congressional.

ProQuest Congressional is available to current students, faculty, and staff under “Databases” at the University Libraries’ web site at Click on the “Search by Name” tab and look under “P” for Proquest. Or click on this direct link



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March 11, 2013

DATABASE of the MONTH for March - Women's Studies International

March is Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is March 8th.   Women’s Studies International is one research database to search for information relevant to women’s history and cross-disciplinary gender perspectives. From the core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research, this database supports curriculum development in the areas of women’s studies, sociology, history, political science and economy, public policy, international relations, arts and humanities, business and education.

Women's Studies International is a composite of nine contributing databases covering women's studies, women's issues, and gender-focused scholarship from throughout the world. The nearly 800 essential sources in Women's Studies International include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, websites and web documents and grey literature.  It is an excellent resource for finding articles from a feminist perspective.

To open up Women’s Studies International go to and type in the title in the box in center of page.

Try the search strategy: Celebrate and “International Women’s Day” to learn more about this international celebration of women.

Several other databases related to Women’s Studies can be found on the Bibliographer for Women’s Studies Gateway page at .

In related disciplines ( there are subject databases that may be relevant to Women’s Studies or Women’s History such as America History and Life, LGBT Life, Historical Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, GenderWatch, WorldWide Political Science Abstracts and several others.

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January 22, 2013

DATABASE OF THE MONTH for JANUARY -- ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts provides resources to serve the information needs of the caring professions - whether the members of those professions are practitioners, researchers or students. It is unique in its focus on the practical problems of society and also in that it covers both sociology and psychology. The core disciplines to support practice are covered in depth and so central areas of coverage in ASSIA are:

Social problems like poverty and overcrowding, abuse, crime and violence, disease and disability, mental illness and addiction, racism and sexism, inequality and discrimination.

Social and psychological issues concerning drugs, gender, women and the family, education and employment, housing, migration, child and adolescent development, ageing, citizenship, ethnicity and nationality.

The social services, including social work, welfare, counseling and probation, and the police and prison services.

Some of the major topics covered include:

• Child Abuse • Housing • Race relations • Communication • Immigration • Religion s Criminology •
Industrial relations • Sexuality • Education • Geriatrics • Social work • Ethnic and minority studies • Legal issues • Substance abuse • Family •  Mental health • Unemployment • Health  • Nursing • Urban planning • Health policy • Psychology • Women's studies


ASSIA covers journal articles from a wide range of over 500 English language journals published in the United Kingdom (about 46%), USA (about 43%) and a wide variety of other countries from Australia to Zimbabwe. The majority of titles are from academic publishers and learned and professional societies or associations.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstract is available to current students, faculty, and staff under “Databases” at the University Libraries’ web site at

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To find more resources relevant to Sociology, see

December 6, 2012

DATABASE OF THE MONTH - Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing and Education Reference Center provides resources for high school, college, and graduate school preparation, including ebooks and online practice tests.  The database includes important information about each test, such as test dates and deadlines, test-taking tips and strategies, and articles about the test.  Graduate school tests covered are the GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and MAT. Users need to set up a personal registration so that they can see their test scores and track their progress on practice tests.
The database also contains useful tools for international students.  There are ebooks and online practice tests for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), and the U.S. Citizenship test.
The section devoted to career tools covers test preparation for careers such as teaching, real estate, accounting, law enforcement, social work, and many more.
In addition to resources for these specific tests, the Testing and Education Reference Center includes information about compiling a resume, learning basic computer skills, and college and scholarship search functions.

Testing & Education Reference Center is available to current students, faculty, and staff. Find it by selecting “Databases” on the University Libraries’ web site ( or access it directly at

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October 23, 2012

DATABASE of the MONTH - GenderWatch

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - GenderWatch is one research database to search for information on this topic. Try the search strategy - “Domestic Violence Awareness” or another search.

>>>Click on the hyperlink GenderWatch or Go to

>>>Use search box at the center of the page to open GenderWatch or click on the hyperlink.

Find other relevant databases, information, and the Bibliographer for Women’s Studies through the Women’s Studies Gateway site --

GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas and has included LGBTQ focus since the inception of the database.  The database is a historical repository with information dating back to the 1970’s. The database focuses on in-depth coverage of the subjects that are uniquely central to women's lives, including family, childbirth, birth control, daycare, domestic abuse, work and the workplace, sexual harassment, aging, aging parents, body image, eating disorders and social and societal roles. Publications include academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, non-governmental (n-g-o) special reports, and archival material.

You can find a list a complete list of subject databases at


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