How To Get Industry Reports

Is an industry growing, consolidating or emerging? Or is there declining demand for their products? Do people want different things from that industry – say, less white bread and more whole wheat? Are their raw materials and labor costs going up or down? Who has the biggest market share? Are demographics affecting the industry in any way? Is someone way out front with a killer product or service?

Our industry surveys are located in these databases:

ABI Inform
Business Source Complete
Marketline Advantage
Market Research
Mint
Standard and Poor’s (industries tab is at the top of the screen)

Featured Author: Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)

Our books here.

Background from this article

Murakami grew up, mostly, in the suburbs surrounding Kobe, an international port defined by the din of many languages. As a teenager, he immersed himself in American culture, especially hard-boiled detective novels and jazz. He internalized their attitude of cool rebellion, and in his early 20s, instead of joining the ranks of a large corporation, Murakami grew out his hair and his beard, married against his parents’ wishes, took out a loan and opened a jazz club in Tokyo called Peter Cat. He spent nearly 10 years absorbed in the day-to-day operations of the club: sweeping up, listening to music, making sandwiches and mixing drinks deep into the night.

His career as a writer began in classic Murakami style: out of nowhere, in the most ordinary possible setting, a mystical truth suddenly descended upon him and changed his life forever. Murakami, age 29, was sitting in the outfield at his local baseball stadium, drinking a beer, when a batter — an American transplant named Dave Hilton — hit a double. It was a normal-/enough play, but as the ball flew through the air, an epiphany struck Murakami. He realized, suddenly, that he could write a novel. He had never felt a serious desire to do so before, but now it was overwhelming. And so he did: after the game, he went to a bookstore, bought a pen and some paper and over the next couple of months produced ”Hear the Wind Sing,” a slim, elliptical tale of a nameless 21-year-old narrator, his friend called the Rat and a four-fingered woman. Nothing much happens, but the Murakami voice is there from the start: a strange broth of ennui and exoticism.

Finding Books Outside Alkek Library

Here’s how to find books and other materials that the Alkek Library doesn’t own.

Use Worldcat to search the world’s libraries at once. Request the item you want through interlibrary loan (for books, expect the process to take a minimum of 6 to 8 days). The tutorial below also shows you how to search area libraries if you want to get the item immediately (if you have a Texshare card).

Other Books Tutorial CLICK HERE

Featured Author: Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs was a fascinating thinker, economist, urban studies and public policy theorist. Her work addresses the growth of cities and their economies.

Here are some interesting ideas she poses in her work The Economy of Cities.

Why adding new work to old work is crucial to growing an economy (instead of merely dividing existing work more)

Why loosely structured and inefficient economies are better suited to survive change.
Why cities predated agriculture as we know it.
How cities can replace imported goods with their own industries.
Why some villages grow into cities and some do not.
How the design of urban spacies can either promote order or hinder it.

If you are studying urban studies, public policy or economics you need to read her.

For some reason, she has two entries in the catalog. One here, the other here.

Coming to the Wittliff Collections 10/9: Joe Lansdale, Wes Ferguson and Kasey Lansdale

Original release here

OCTOBER 9, 2014, THURSDAY 6:30 PM

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
EAST TEXAS IN STORY AND SONG:
with Joe R. Lansdale, Wes Ferguson,
and Kasey Lansdale  
Reading  |  Q&A  |  Musical Performance  |  Book Sale + Signing
Sanctified and Chicken-Fried
Join internationally celebrated author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale for a special event at the Wittliff Collections, which house his archive. The author of nearly 50 novels in a variety of genres, Lansdale has won an Edgar Award, nine Bram Stoker Awards, and in 2007 he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award. The New York Times describes Lansdale as having “a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.” Author of the cult classic Bubba Ho-tep, Lansdale’s latest novel to be adapted into film is Cold in July, starring Don Johnson, Michael C. Hall, and fellow Wittliff donor Sam Shepard. An anthology of his work, Sanctified and Chicken Fried, is part of the Wittliff’s literary book series with the University of Texas Press.

Joining Lansdale will be journalist Wes Ferguson, whose book, Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, with photographs by Jacob Croft Botter, is being compared favorably to John Graves’ Goodbye to a River.

Also on the bill is Joe’s daughter, singer-songwriter Kasey Lansdale, who will perform from her new album, Restless, produced by John Carter Cash. Her songs “Back of My Smile” and “Foolin’ Around” are featured in the film Cold in July, which was adapted from Joe Lansdale’s novel.

Books and other items will be available for purchase. A signing will follow the event.

ATTENDEES are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu to receive further information including parking instructions.

Finding Images Workshop 9/26/14 @ 2PM – Alkek 101

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668

The Merry Family, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1668, oil on canvas, h 110.5cm × w 141cm. From the Rijksmuseum: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Need to find good quality images for your presentations or papers? Come to the Finding Images workshop to learn how use the library’s image databases, books, and public domain/open access image websites to find high quality images in all different subject areas including art, advertising, journalism, popular culture and more. Presentation tips, copyright, and tech tools will be also briefly be covered. 9/26/14 @ 2PM in Alkek 101. Register here.

Alkek Library vs. Google (Video Tutorial)

Google does not search all the information in the world! Even though libraries and other institutions make their resources available full text online, Google does not search these web sites (otherwise known as the deep web).

Instead, what you’ll typically get on a Google search is a lot of random info that won’t be of use to you in writing an academic paper.

Video tutorial below: