Researching Prospective Employers Using the Web and the Library <ul><li>Charles Lyons </li></ul><ul><li>Business Librarian...
“ So, tell me what you know about our company…” <ul><li>Researching companies can be tricky </li></ul><ul><li>Today, I’ll ...
Where Do You Search For  Business Information? <ul><li>Search Engines… </li></ul><ul><li>Financial SuperSites… </li></ul><...
The Company Website is a Great Place to Start Your Research <ul><li>A company’s web </li></ul><ul><li>presence says a </li...
On the Web… Information OVERload <ul><li>Hard to pinpoint </li></ul><ul><li>specific data </li></ul><ul><li>Information </...
Using the Web… Lots of Ads <ul><li>Targeted to consumers,  </li></ul><ul><li>not researchers </li></ul><ul><li>They wanna ...
Anyone Can Google…  <ul><li>This is my </li></ul><ul><li>daughter… </li></ul><ul><li>She’s 3… </li></ul><ul><li>She can </...
Google is Great for Everyday Info… Not So Great for Research <ul><li>Google can be like Wal-mart: lots of stuff but… </li>...
Use the Web, But Don’t Stop There… Make the Switch! <ul><li>Try the Business </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li...
Two Business Databases You Can Use to Get Unique Insights on a Company <ul><li>1 –  Hoovers </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and...
The Library Website <ul><li>It’s Easy to Find… </li></ul><ul><li>Google search on UB Library </li></ul><ul><li>“ My Librar...
Accessing Business Databases @ UB <ul><li>All Business Databases Can Be Accessed From Anywhere  </li></ul><ul><li>And at A...
Finding Business Databases @ UB <ul><li>Business Databases List </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotr...
Ask for Help! The Library is  Here for Research Assistance <ul><li>Get Research Assistance from the Library: </li></ul><ul...
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Researching Prospective Employers

  1. 1. Researching Prospective Employers Using the Web and the Library <ul><li>Charles Lyons </li></ul><ul><li>Business Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Lockwood Library </li></ul><ul><li>Office 222 </li></ul><ul><li>645-2814 ext470 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Library Website: </li></ul><ul><li>library.buffalo.edu </li></ul>
  2. 2. “ So, tell me what you know about our company…” <ul><li>Researching companies can be tricky </li></ul><ul><li>Today, I’ll show you some tips on finding high-quality business information, quickly and easily </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what’s available and where to find it can save time and make your job search more successful </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  3. 3. Where Do You Search For Business Information? <ul><li>Search Engines… </li></ul><ul><li>Financial SuperSites… </li></ul><ul><li>Business Publications… </li></ul><ul><li>Government Websites… </li></ul><ul><li>Company Websites… </li></ul><ul><li>More… Business Databases? </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  4. 4. The Company Website is a Great Place to Start Your Research <ul><li>A company’s web </li></ul><ul><li>presence says a </li></ul><ul><li>lot about how they </li></ul><ul><li>want to present </li></ul><ul><li>themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Look for these links: </li></ul><ul><li>-- “Investor Relations” </li></ul><ul><li>-- “About Us” </li></ul><ul><li>-- “Corporate Info” </li></ul><ul><li>What’s available: </li></ul><ul><li>-- Annual Reports </li></ul><ul><li>-- SEC Filings (10K) </li></ul><ul><li>-- Press Releases </li></ul><ul><li>-- Webcasts </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  5. 5. On the Web… Information OVERload <ul><li>Hard to pinpoint </li></ul><ul><li>specific data </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>UNDERload too: </li></ul><ul><li>hard to find info on </li></ul><ul><li>smaller private </li></ul><ul><li>companies </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu 18 million hits…
  6. 6. Using the Web… Lots of Ads <ul><li>Targeted to consumers, </li></ul><ul><li>not researchers </li></ul><ul><li>They wanna sell you stuff </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  7. 7. Anyone Can Google… <ul><li>This is my </li></ul><ul><li>daughter… </li></ul><ul><li>She’s 3… </li></ul><ul><li>She can </li></ul><ul><li>Google… </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  8. 8. Google is Great for Everyday Info… Not So Great for Research <ul><li>Google can be like Wal-mart: lots of stuff but… </li></ul><ul><li>Not everything is the highest quality </li></ul><ul><li>The best stuff is not available at all: you gotta pay for premium information </li></ul>= Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  9. 9. Use the Web, But Don’t Stop There… Make the Switch! <ul><li>Try the Business </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Available thru the </li></ul><ul><li>UB Library </li></ul><ul><li>1 - Premium content that is hard to get -- distinguish yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>2 - Reliable, high-quality, objective information created by business research experts  </li></ul><ul><li>3 - Good coverage of smaller, private, local companies </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  10. 10. Two Business Databases You Can Use to Get Unique Insights on a Company <ul><li>1 – Hoovers </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and get basics on companies </li></ul><ul><li>2 – Factiva </li></ul><ul><li>Recent events </li></ul><ul><li>There are many more! </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  11. 11. The Library Website <ul><li>It’s Easy to Find… </li></ul><ul><li>Google search on UB Library </li></ul><ul><li>“ My Library” link on MyUB </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Libraries” link on UBLearns </li></ul><ul><li>Library Website: library.buffalo.edu </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  12. 12. Accessing Business Databases @ UB <ul><li>All Business Databases Can Be Accessed From Anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>And at Anytime… </li></ul><ul><li>On Campus: anywhere including the wireless network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ubit.buffalo.edu/ubwireless/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Off campus: For Remote Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Login using your UBit name and password </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/announcements/remote.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But You Must Access Them Through the Library Website! </li></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  13. 13. Finding Business Databases @ UB <ul><li>Business Databases List </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/resourcesbysubject.asp?subject=Business+%26+Management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Guides and Lists of Resources by Topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/resourcesbysubject.asp?subject=Business+%26+Management#4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out BizInfo @ UB for an Overview of Business Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/bus-resources.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All Databases (all subjects) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/DatabasesbyTitle.asp </li></ul></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu
  14. 14. Ask for Help! The Library is Here for Research Assistance <ul><li>Get Research Assistance from the Library: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In person at one of UB’s 7 libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Librarian (chat service) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or contact me: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Charles Lyons </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business Librarian </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University at Buffalo </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lockwood Library, Office 222 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>716-645-2814 ext 470 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Charles Lyons – UB Library – [email_address] – library.buffalo.edu

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