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What's for Christmas?
November 20, 2018 - 5:23:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

It's the week of Thanksgiving, which means it's time to start shopping!


According to the National Retail Federation, "Consumers say they will spend an average $1,007 on gifts, decorations and more this holiday season." And while many holiday shoppers will invariably wait until the last minute, online shopping and same-day delivery have made last-minute purchases even easier. 


"Confidence is near an all-time high, unemployment is the lowest we've seen in decades and take-home wages are up. All of that is reflected in consumers' buying plans" - National Retail Federation, CEO...

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Hacking Blockchain
November 12, 2018 - 3:32:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Blockchain’s burgeoning popularity in the business world has attracted a lot of attention, but Blockchain currencies have also attracted a lot of hackers.


Cybersecurity firm CipherTrace estimates that the theft of digital currencies through the hacking of exchanges and trading platforms in 2018 amounts to $927 million. In September, hackers stole an estimated $59 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif. According to Reuters, Crypto exchange hacks are already 250% higher than throughout all of 2017.


"Increased fraudulent activity and attention of hacker groups to ...

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What is FinTech?
October 30, 2018 - 2:26:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Uncategorized

According to PwC, "Financial technology—FinTech for short— describes the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. The term can refer to startups, technology companies, or even legacy providers."


FinTech helps companies manage financial operations and processes. The term has become synonymous with all things finance; however, FinTech market segments generally encompass:


digital payments (Ex. PayPal; Google Wallet) 


alternative financing (Ex. Kickstarter; Indiegogo) 


alternative lending (Ex. LendingClub; Prosper)


personal finance (Ex....

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We Were Almost Michigania
October 29, 2018 - 8:22:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

This French-made map from 1785 was the first to bear forms of the word “Michigan” applied to a land area.  It was also one of the first to recognize the fledgling country by its chosen name, United States, here in the French, Etats-Unis.


Of the suggested names for 10 new states to be made of the Northwest Territory, only two came close to being adopted:  Michigania and Illinoia.*  


Additionally, a lake off the Mississippi River near today’s Memphis is called “Lac des Meichigamia.”  Nearby a line marks the supposed path of Ferdinand de Soto’s party more than 240 years...

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ProcurementIQ for Supply Chain
October 23, 2018 - 2:27:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Blogs, Business, Business Library, Electronic Resources

You've heard of IBISWorld for industry research, but have you heard of ProcurementIQ? 


ProcurementIQ is a division of IBISWorld that helps purchasing professionals and supply chain researchers gain valuable insight into almost any product or service category. 


Procurement research reports provide essential data on topics like pricing dynamics, product characteristics, supplier benchmarking, supply chain risks, and negotiation questions and tactics. 


Similar to other Gast Business Library resources, ProcurementIQ also provides independent data and analysis from trusted...

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Michigan With No Thumb
October 22, 2018 - 8:59:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

This map depicts Michigan oddly with no thumb and with a range of mountains extending down to Florida.  It carefully marks waterway portages that link the Great Lakes with the Mississippi river system and points out several mines including one of copper at present day Chicago. Everything west of the Mississippi is a complete blank.


The map is based an interesting amalgam of source material.  Dutch mapmaker Corneille Mortier closely modeled it on English bookseller Robert Morden’s 1695 map of the American colonies.  The English colonies, therefore have good detail, and it includes an...

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Citing Business Information
October 15, 2018 - 4:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Uncategorized

Formatting citations in a style like APA is a standardized means of giving credit to the person or company who created the content you use. If you've written an academic paper, or even a case study, you've probably been asked to cite your sources.


The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:


MLA style (Modern Language Association) is typically used by the Humanities 
APA style (American Psychological Association) is commonly used by Education, Psychology, and Business
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California as an Island
October 09, 2018 - 2:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

From 1622 to the middle 1700s European mapmakers were drawing California as an island separate from North America.  In 1701 Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino walked around Baja California and proved that California was not an island.  It took some time, however, for this knowledge to seep into the cartographic record.



On our exhibited 1700 map of the World, the Great Lakes appear in an early ambiguous form.  Other maps from this time had more accurate shapes for the lakes and documented their proximity (and lack of connection) to the Mississippi River system.  ...

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The Bloomberg of Private Companies
October 09, 2018 - 9:35:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Database Updates, Library News

If you're an entrepreneur, you've probably heard of PrivCo.


PrivCo is often considered the authority on private company financial data. The database provides coverage on more than 940,000 privately held firms, 19,000 investors, and 154,000 funding rounds, and it's one of over 100 databases that the Gast Business Library subscribes to. 


Recently, PrivCo added an additional 100,000 executive contacts! They've also improved export functionality within the database, and they're continuing to add and iterate private market content for researchers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who may...

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Brands in the World
October 02, 2018 - 1:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

According to Forrester Research, Business Intelligence is "A set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information…” 


One resource which transforms raw data into meaningful information is called Passport GMID.


Passport GMID provides information on countries, companies, markets and consumers. It provides comparable statistics for more than 200 countries, including economic indicators, health, consumer spending, lifestyles, and more.


This MSU Libraries database also provides valuable brand share...

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