Hunger & Homelessness

The link below takes you to a report that presents the results of a survey of 29 of the cities which comprise the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness.   Respondents were asked to provide information on emergency food assistance and homeless services provided between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. 
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International Monetary Fund: Global Financial Stability Report

Through the library, you have access to a report from the International Monetary Fund entitled “Global Financial Stability Report.”  Basically, the report discusses global market developments and issues.  The really nice feature is that we have access to some of the historical reports.

Here is the link and some quick instructions on how to navigate to the actual report. (Note: the June  link is just a quick update, click the April link to get an in-depth report):

Click the date of the report you want.   Click the ‘Full Text” link at the top of the page to see the entire report or under each chapter, click the “full text” link to see it.   (I know that sounds obvious, but I actually passed these up on the 1st go-round- maybe this is just a personal problem and you can ignore this paragraph) :)

For those who like to know more details, here is a sampling of some of the statistical data/chart titles in the April report:

  1.1 The Middle East: Geopolitical Risk to the Financial Stability Outlook
 1.2 Implications of Japan’s Earthquake for Financial Stability
 1.3 Examining the Ability of U.S. Banks to Absorb Mortgage Principal Reductions
 1.4 Are Debt Vulnerabilities Building in the Emerging Market Corporate Sector?
 1.5 Emerging Market Banks: Fueling Growth or Frenzy?
 1.6 Euro Area Crisis Management and Prevention
 1.7 Regulatory Reforms: Are We There Yet?
 2.1 How Well Does the Net Stable Funding Ratio Predict Banks’ Liquidity Problems?
 2.2 How Well Does the Systemic Liquidity Risk Index Explain Banks’ Liquidity Problems?
 3.1 The Danish “Balance Principle” Mortgage Model
 3.2 Legal Prerequisites for Housing Finance Systems
 3.3 Experience with Limits on Loan-to-Value Ratios for Residential Mortgages
 3.4 Housing Finance and the U.S. Housing Crisis
 3.5 Emerging Market Mortgage Securitization
 3.6 Empirical Analyses of the Relationships among House Prices, Credit, and Housing Finance Characteristics
 3.7 Mortgage Finance Unbundling and Incentive Misalignments


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iPhone and EBSCOhost databases

I haven’t actually used this myself, but thought I’d pass along instructions for the EBSCOhost Mobile apps.  For those who don’t know, EBSCOhost publishes these databases (and many more): Business Source Complete, Academic Source Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Agricola, EconLit, PsycInfo, Regional Business News, and SocIndex (to name a few).

Here’s the info sent by EBSCOhost (copied verbatim):

EBSCOhost Mobile is an excellent way to encourage your users to make the most of your online resources from EBSCO:

How do I create an EBSCOhost Mobile profile in EBSCOadmin?
http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4671

Exciting News! The new iPhone app is now available!

EBSCO’s new app is free, and offers the convenience and rich functionality that enables users to:

  • Choose which databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  • Email results to self or others
  • View cover flow display of results

To get started, simply click on the EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application link at the bottom of the EBSCOhost screen and follow the instructions.

Learn more about EBSCOhost Mobile and the new iPhone app here: http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/mobile-access

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Country Commercial Guides

Country Commercial Guides are published by the United States and Foreign Commercial Service.  These guides provide a tremendous amount of information about how to do business in another country.  Here are some of the major areas discussed:

How to do Business in a particular country

Political and Economic Environment

Selling U.S. products and services

Leading sectors for U.S. export and investment

Trade regulations and standards

Investment Climate

Trade and Project Financing

Business Travel

Contacts, Market Research and Trade Events

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IFRS vs. GAAP

Doing research on these topics for accounting?  Here are some suggested databases and search terms.

I would look in the following TCU databases (keep in mind that some of these databases have limits on the # of simultaneous users, so if a non-TCU password screen pops up, just wait and try again later):

Business Source Complete, EconLit, General Business File ASAP, Promt, Business Reference Suite (2 users), and Factiva (5 users). 

Here is how I would structure my basic search if you have multiple boxes on the page:

Box 1: ifrs OR “international financial reporting standards”

Box 2: gaap OR “generally accepted accounting principles”

Box 3: difference*

In box 3, you may want to replace the word ‘difference*’ with a keyword from some of the other criteria for your assignment, for example: impact*     In some databases, you need to NOT use the word ‘difference*’ in order to get results.  Try some variations and don’t give up on the first attempt.

If the database has a single search box, construct your search like this:

( ifrs OR “international financial reporting standards”) AND ( gaap OR “generally accepted accounting principles”) AND difference*

Good luck!

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