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a library reporter for business and hospitality management

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by Daniel Hanne, Business Librarian
909-869-4352; E-mail dhanne@csupomona.edu

Inform on World Wide Web:
http://www.cpp.edu/~library/publications/inform/home.html

No. 48

Fall Quarter, 2002

The successor to Dow Jones Interactive, and more!!!

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But first: a very high ranking for our Collins School of Hospitality Management:

Rather a Very Very high ranking!  We are ranked number two, 197 points to 200 for first place Purdue, for undergraduate programs.  This is according to “Ranking of U.S. Hospitality Undergraduate Programs: 2000-2001”, by Brizek and Khan in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education Vol. 14, No. 2 (2002): 4-8, in Library Second floor, TX 911.3 M27 H65.  The listing is of the top 25 institutions.
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The successor to Dow Jones Interactive:

We refer former users of the Dow Jones Interactive (DJI) database to Factiva, the successor that incorporates DJI with another database Reuters.  This combination brings some 9000 titles including publications in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology in addition to Business (DJI had 6000 titles).  For a search of publications select  “Search”, “Free-Text/Indexing” just below the Factiva logo (this will probably be the setting already when you open this database).  Select check box for “All Publications” to search publications of all types from newspapers to scholarly journals. Be sure to change the selection at Search for free-text terms in: to “Headline and Lead Paragraph.”  Factiva requires you type the Boolean and between words.  A search will bring a listing of “Headlines” (titles) with a brief description including the number of words in the article.  Select a “Headline” to retrieve the article (most are full text).  The “Source Browser” link, to the right of the check box for “Your Current Source List” will allow you to find out if a given publication is in Factiva and if available fill-text. Always access Factiva through MS Internet Explorer.
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And More:

Should your students use information from the Internet for their papers?:

Students often ask for information in the University Library and, when asking, add that the data they ask for cannot be from the Internet.  We librarians would advise against this restriction on sources for student research.  There are several reasons for this:
There are publications available in paper that are also on the Internet.  Examples include California State publications:  Taxable Sales in California, also in paper Ref HJ11 C27 Table #3 California Economic Indicators Ref HC107 C2 C223a Table #3, and the California Statistical Abstract Ref HA 261 C3 Reference Desk.
Some essential data is available only on the Internet.  Examples include the California Code (of) Regulations (CCR), our state’s administrative law.  The good offices of Congressman Chris Shays and Congressman Mark Green. provide links to the full text of Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.
The Internet provides data that, while it is available elsewhere, is in its most convenient form on the Internet.  Examples include Industrial Welfare Commission History of California Minimum Wage and History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938 - 1996.
These examples are from government agencies.  The Internet also carries reliable data from Universities, Associations, and, I believe, well-informed hobbyists.  The point here is not how the data is delivered (the Internet) but the authority behind the data.  See: Thinking Critically about Discipline-Based World Wide Web Resources and Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet.  See similar sites at the Internet page, Internet Reference, Library Home page:  http://www.cpp.edu/~dhanne/subjects.html.
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A statistical database for the telecommunications industry worldwide:

We have installed the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) World Telecommunication Indicators database, yearly.  This resource allows you to match 209 countries or areas with 85 different statistical time series into a table that can have 42 years of data.  You can match some of all of these choices together.  The time series include subjects such as “Residential Main Lines,” “Cellular Connection Charges,” and “Personal Computers.”  This database also contains a world map that will highlight a requested country.  And of course there are “Help” screens.  The ITU database is on CD-ROM, mounted on one stand-alone workstation, University Library, First floor.
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A Telecommunications page for Internet Reference:

We have also added a page for Telecommunications Internet sites to our Internet Reference database.  http://www.cpp.edu/~dhanne/telecommunications.html.  We hope to add sites to this page and welcome suggestions from readers of Inform.
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California County Economic Statistics online:

Two useful California Employment Development Department (EDD) statistical resources for California's counties ceased publication in the middle 1990s:
Annual Planning Information.  HD 5725 C2 (various)
Projections of Employment by Industry and Occupation. HD 5725 (various)
Much the same data is now available on the EDD Internet site: http://www.edd.ca.gov/.  See http://www.calmis.ca.gov/htmlfile/SUBJECT/indtable.HTM for projections of employment current, historical and projected wage and salary data by county and Metropolitan Statistical Area.  For labor force, employment, and unemployment by county see: http://www.calmis.ca.gov/htmlfile/subject/lfwia.htm.  And there are numerous other links to data on the California economy on the EDD site.
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