eResource Challenge Lite #3

We’re kicking off the new year with a new eResource Challenge!

confettiBefore we get to this month’s scenario, we want to congratulate Rita B. from CLP, the winner of last month’s challenge.  Her chances of winning were pretty good since only 20 people submitted a response.  Let’s all make a resolution to participate more in 2015.  That includes the Digital Resources Committee.  We resolve to do our best to post the monthly challenges on the day they are supposed to go live 😉 .

Despite the low numbers, the responses were impressive.  Many of you indicated that you would show the patron how to set their preferred maturity settings in OverDrive, disable cover images, point them to our eReading Rooms especially for kids and teens , and/or recommend other eResources such as TumbleBooks and BookFlix.

And now, on to this month’s challenge.  Here’s the scenario:

A patron calls and tells you he’s made a New Year’s resolution to start investing. He’s got a list of companies he’s considering investing in, but he wants to learn more about them.  He’d like to find out their current value, how they have performed in the past, and what the professionals have to say about them.  He’s also interested in whatever guides to investing we have to offer.

You know that Morningstar offers some great tools. What do you point him to specifically? Are there other resources you would suggest?

Submit your answer/tips in the comments section by Friday, January 16th to be eligible for a prize. (Comments are moderated, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your comment right away.)

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“Company Profies” in Business Source Premier

You can get  company profiles (thumbnail sketches, or in-depth) in Business Source Premier.  Simply click on “Company Profiles” located  on the blue toolbar at the top of the launch  page. On this next page you’ll see  a listing of companies  (international in scope) with numerical names like “7-Eleven, Inc.”,  “3M Company”, an “84 Lumber Company”. This is followed by an A to Z  list that goes form from  “A-Sonic Aerospace Limited” on through to  “ZeptoMetrix Corporation”.  To get a thumbnail sketch of the company  that you have chosen, click on that company’s name, and to get a more in-depth profiles click on “PDF Complete Report” that is located next to the company name. If you don’t want to search through the list a searchbox is provided.

 

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Don’t know the difference between a stock and an ETF?

Feel out of your element when helping a customer with business resource questions? Morningstar Investment Research Center actually contains an Investment Classroom!

To start access Morningstar from articles.einetwork.net under Business and Finance. Click on the Help and Education button. Choose from curricula on stocks, bonds, portfolios, or funds. Each curriculum has 100-500 level step by step courses with quizzes to test you on each section.

So, use the Investment Classroom to learn more for yourself or refer your inquisitive customers for their own benefit.

Dustin

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