Inside the Perimeter is Moving to a New Web Address!

Photo courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/locosteve/Inside the Perimeter is moving…outside the perimeter! (Just kidding, we’re only moving to a new address and platform!) WordPress.com has served GPC Libraries well as a blog platform, but we’re excited to be moving to the new Edublogs platform provided by GPC. Hooray for new technology! Please update your bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc. with our new address: https://sites.gpc.edu/gpclibraries/

We’ll be leaving this WordPress.com blog active for a few more months while we’re in transition, but all of our new posts, beginning in summer semester 2014, will appear only on the new site. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to access our old content on the new site. The links on all of our webpages will soon go to the new site.

Thanks for following our blog, and please come visit us in our new digs!

Photo courtesy of Loco Steve.

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We’re in Business! Business Source Complete for Business Research

Whether you’re job hunting, looking for country information, or completing an assignment in a business class, Business Source Complete is likely to have some information you can use. In addition to articles from trade publications, scholarly journals, and other sources, Business Source Complete contains special reports about industries, individual companies, countries, SWOT analyses, and market research profiles. It also includes management videos from the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series.

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Browse Company Information, Industry profiles and more.

Let’s say you have an interview with the Teavana company. You can use the search feature in Business Source Complete to find out that Teavana was bought by the Starbucks Corporation in 2012 and that Starbucks plans to open 1,000 tea bars in the United States within the next ten years. You can also find out
the names of the executives at Teavana, that its headquarters is in Atlanta, how many employees they have, and information about their finances. You can look for information about other tea restaurants and about trends in beverages in general. Can you imagine how impressed your interviewer would be that you know so much about the company and the industry?

Country information is another great feature of Business Source Complete. By going to the “Country Reports” link and entering the name of a country, you can get an overview, key facts, information about the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental landscapes for the country, as well as an overall analysis of these, called a PESTLE analysis. While written from a business point of view, much of this information can be useful for those interested in the country for a variety of reasons.

Accessing Business Source Complete

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The Business Searching Interface accessible through GALILEO’s Databases A-Z

The best way to get the most out of Business Source Complete is by using the Business Searching Interface. You can get to the Business Searching Interface by going to GALILEO, selecting Databases A-Z, searching for Business Source Complete, then selecting the Business Searching Interface Option. There is another interface option that is The Business Search Interface accessed through GALILEO’s Databases A-Z. This interface is the usual EBSCOhost interface you may recognize from other EBSCOhost databases such as Academic Search Complete. You can also access most articles from Business Source Complete when you do a search with the Discover tool on the GALILEO homepage, but you’ll miss out on a lot of the specialized search tools in the Business Searching Interface if you search in Discover.

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How Can I Find Statistics For My Paper?

I need statistics for my paper …. I need data on the alternative fuel use in the United States … I need to know how many people jog or skate… Librarians hear these types of questions very often. There are a myriad of statistical sources available on the Internet, however it can be difficult to find where to start.

ProQuest-logoStatistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This resource is a great starting point to locate statistics on almost any topic. Statistical Abstract of the United States was published annually by the American government from 1878-2012 and is one of the best known statistical reference publications. Since 2013 it is published in print and online by ProQuest and is available through GALILEO. To access click Databases A-Z on GALILEO home page and select Statistical Abstract of the United States in alphabetical list. GPC GALILEO password is required to use this resource off-campus.

From the Statistical Abstract homepage you can both search and browse. Search using the box at the top of the table of contents. Browse any of the 30 sections by clicking on the section name.

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Results from browsing will include the section title and information, as well as the link to download the entire PDF section. Results from both searching and browsing include the number of tables in the result set, and the list of the individual tables in your results.
Use the facets in the left column to refine search results

The easiest way to find tables relevant to your research is to type your keyword in the search box. (For example, type “bowling” if you want to find out how many people participate in this activity.) Quite often the data in the tables is organized by year, age, gender or household income to help you get a complete picture.
The source information is just below the table, so you will always know what government agency collected the information you are using.
Publication information is also below the table. Sample APA and MLA citations are at the bottom of the page.
To learn more about this great reference tool, visit Quick Start: Statistical Abstract of the United States research guide created by ProQuest.

And please ask us if you have more questions or need help finding good statistical sources!

~Sofia Slutskaya, Librarian, Clarkston Campus

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Help Us…Help YOU! Take the Library Survey!

Take the library survey!From March 31- April 18 the GPC Libraries will be running a user satisfaction survey. You can click on the graphic above, which is also displayed on our library homepage, to take the survey. If you don’t want to fill it out online, you can fill out a print version at any GPC library on April 2nd and April 3rd from 10am-11am.

Our message is “Help us Help YOU,” which is exactly what we are seeking: information and opinions from our users, so that we may better help YOU achieve your goals.

The survey should only take a few minutes of your time to complete, but it will provide invaluable information on your library experience.

Thanks for your help!

~GPC Libraries Marketing Committee, on Behalf of all Library Staff

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Retirement of Christine Dennis, Clarkston Circulation Manager

Christine DennisChristine Dennis retires on March 28, 2014, marking the end of a long and productive career. She has worked at Georgia Perimeter College for 27 years, exclusively in Clarkston library’s Circulation Department. Christine began as a part-time library assistant, moving up in ranks over the years as Library Assistant II, Library Assistant III, Library Technical Assistant, and finally, Circulation Department Manager.

Christine has been married for 46 years to her high school sweetheart, Robert Dennis. They are parents to Lajuana Robinson and Terrez Dennis, and the proud grandparents of Mickell, Alexis, Amari, and Miyah. After her retirement, Christine looks forward to spending more time with her family. She will especially enjoy attending her granddaughters’ cheer competitions, as well as her grandsons’ baseball and basketball games. She looks forward to her two oldest grandchildren graduating from high school this year and attending college this fall. Christine is also a devoted member of her DeKalb County community. She plans to continue her volunteer work with the county.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with Christine knows that she is a remarkable woman: strong, kind, wise, funny, and thoughtful. It is with bittersweet emotions that we bid farewell to our colleague and friend. Thank you, Christine, for your years of service to Georgia Perimeter College! Congratulations and best wishes for your retirement!

~Susan Her, Library Technical Services

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Citation Puzzles: Solved!

Graphic by kreezzalee, CC BY 2.0 license.

Graphic by kreezzalee, CC BY 2.0 license.

The research is done, the sources have been gathered, and you are ready to prepare a list of References or a Works Cited page for your assigned paper. Puzzled about where and how to get started? The answer depends on the subject you are writing about. Why? Because different subjects will require that you use citation styles designed for that type of research.   For instance, an English research paper on the author John Steinbeck will use MLA (Modern Language Association) format.  If you are writing a psychology paper on psychologist Jean Piaget, you will use APA (American Psychological Association) format. Check with your instructor to verify which style to use for your paper.

Once you have completed your research and collected the information for your citations, Georgia Perimeter College libraries have some excellent resources to get you on your way.  Begin at the GPC Libraries “Cite Your Sources” page, where you can find several citation links.  You can print handouts or use them online.

Purdue University provides an excellent writing resource for students, OWL at Purdue Online Writing Lab. They offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing; Research; Grammar and Mechanics; and Style Guides.

For additional information on citing and organizing your sources, see our other blog posts on citations, and this research guide.

If you need more ‘face to face’ assistance with writing and organizing your paper, stop by the Learning and Tutoring Centers on your GPC campus. The Learning and Tutoring Center staff specializes in helping you with writing your paper, proofreading, format, style, grammar, organization. They are happy to help! Hours of operation vary by location, so check the hours for the location you’d like to visit.

Now that the puzzle is solved, it’s time to get to work! Remember there is plenty of help from your professor, GPC Libraries, and GPC Learning and Tutoring Centers. Good luck and happy citing!

~Ellen Barrow, Librarian, Clarkston Campus

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GALILEO News You Can Use

We all love GALILEO discovery service for the ease of use and the wide variety of results, however the long list of search results can be a little overwhelming sometimes. Recently, GALILEO staff made some improvements to help us find relevant results faster.

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discover_advanced3The Advanced Search link right under the search box, can be a handy tool if you want to limit your results to a specific subject area.

You can select one or multiple subjects to only retrieve results in those subjects. If you reconsidered your discipline selection after reviewing the results list,  click the little X in the Current Search box to remove it.

Some other features of Advanced Search include limiting your results to full-text only, to only scholarly (peer reviewed journals) or to specific publication dates.

Making Advanced Search the starting point of your GALILEO discovery will always help you arrive at better, more relevant results a little faster.

According to GALILEO staff, Research Starters is “...a new feature in Discovery search results that provides citable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. Research Starters appear at the top of the results list and include an overview of the topic, links to related information, helpful images, and a bibliography“.
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Not all topics have Research Starter articles associated with them. To investigate this new feature, GALILEO staff suggests to try one of these:  mythology, cancer, John Steinbeck, pollution, global warming, mitosis, Nelson Mandela, common core, cuisine, Ukraine, brain disorders, girl scouts, Olympics, Korean War, witchcraft, tourism, evolution of the universe, bipolar disorders, net neutrality, exercise physiology, nuclear fusion, or baseball. Research Starter articles offer all familiar and convenient features: they can be cited, printed, downloaded, e-mailed, saved in your personal folder or read to you.

Enjoy exploring new GALILEO features and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

~Sofia Slutskaya, Technical Services Librarian

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