Increase your Money IQ

Logo for Money Smart Week.

This week is Money Smart Week, and Brookens Library is highlighting some of our resources on budgeting, investing and personal finances. 

Did you know that one in four Americans spends $11 or more on coffee every week? That adds up to $572 a year. Or that the average person spends more than 40 percent of their food budget on food away from home? Money Smart Week encourages us to look at our spending habits and reflect on the hidden costs of college, food and finances. 

There are a lot of resources out there so if you are interested in honing your skills so you can pay your bills, here are a few to get you started: 

  • Ask CFBP: Find clear, unbiased answers to hundreds of financial questions. 
  • Paying for College: Find guides that can help you make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college and repay student debt. 

Here are some books you can check out at Brookens Library: 

Hidden Gems: Company Profiles and SWOT

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

Our 2nd Hidden Gem post highlights the company profiles and SWOT analysis within the Business Source Complete database.   

Company Profiles: Company profiles provide detailed information for more than one million of the largest U.S. and international companies with parent and subsidiary records.  The primary difference between the MarketLine company profiles and MedTrack reports is that Medtrack is focused on biopharmaceutical and medical business. MarketLine is focused on seven industry sectors: Automotive, Consumer Markets, Energy, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, Technology, Transport, and Logistics.  The data that these company reporting services provide is information such as description of company business, financial details including revenue, gross profit and net profit (when available), products (when available), top executives and administrative titles, subsidiaries, and similar information.  

To find company profiles (MarketLine Report or Medtrack Report) within Business Source Complete, select “Company Profiles” under the “More” pull down menu at the top of the page.  Then you can browse or search for the company of interest.   

Screenshot of the Business source complete database indicating the Company Profiles listing under the more tab.

SWOT Analysis: A SWOT Analysis provides detailed information about a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and provides a more in-depth analysis of a company or companies within an industry. 

If you are interested in SWOT analysis, the best course of action is to simply search by company name and then use the “Source Type” limiter to limit to “SWOT Analyses”. Under the the Source Type limiter first click, “Show More”.

Screen Shot of list of source type options under the limiters fields to indicate where to click for show more.

The look for SWOT Analyses in the list of source types.

image of list of source types that are provided after hitting the show more link in the previous image.

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Meet the Team: Kyler

photo of student employee Kyler.
Meet Kyler!

Name: Kyler

Major: Computer Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is being on a small campus. Since I first transferred here, I have gotten to know a lot of people here on campus. A smaller campus size allows you to get to know people and make friends more easily.

What are your goals for the semester? For the semester, my goals are to land a summer job or internship and get better grades than last semester. First of all, I want to keep myself occupied during the summer and gain actual on-the-job experience. Secondly, I feel I did not perform my best last semester academically, and want this one to be an improvement.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? The show would be called Imperfectly Perfect, because my friends and I like to laugh about the imperfections in our lives. It would document my day-to-day experiences at UIS and give a sneak peek at my interactions with everybody here on campus. It would also give a look at the imperfect situations I get myself into.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Aside from that, my hobbies are watching TV and movies, listening to music, and riding my bike when the weather is nice.

What have you learned since working at the library? Since I started working at Brookens Library, I have not only learned to be punctual but also ask for help whenever I need it. I have progressively gotten into the habit of arriving at least five minutes before my shift starts. Additionally, in some past situations, I have been too shy to ask for help. This job has improved my self-advocacy skills.

What are your post-graduation plans? After I graduate, I plan to return to the Chicago area and get a job in software engineering or something similar. When I find myself able to move out of the house, I will get a job in the Western U.S. and possibly work my way up to a higher position.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library are DVDs.

How to Tuesday: Whiteboards

We love getting feedback from our patrons! Every few weeks we write a question on one of our whiteboards asking for your suggestion for the library. 

Image of movie night advertisement indicating that Movie Night at the Library is on Wednesday march 27th at 9pm on the main level of the library.

Thanks to the responses on our whiteboard asking what types of events you would like to see, the library has a movie night planned for tomorrow – Wednesday March 27th at 9pm.

Come watch Jurassic Park with us and snack on some delicious popcorn!

One of our most popular collections is our Library of Things Collection. So this week, we’re asking you what items we should consider adding to the Library of Things. Some of the suggestions we’ve received so far are shown in the image below. If you’ve got a great idea, stop by and add to the list. There are many more questions to come, so be sure to check back in a few weeks to see how else you can help make Brookens Library even better. 

Photo of white board in the library asking patrons what they would like to see added to the library of things collection.

Hidden Gems: JFK Collection

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. Knowing that, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series. These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.

The John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection is the first in our Hidden Gems series and is available within the HeinOnline legal resources database. Simply, choose the collection under “Browse Databases by Name”.

Screen shot of collections by name in HeinOnline.

This database contains the National Archives and Records Administration’s complete collection of records on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It includes over 500,000 pages in almost 55,000 volumes and is fully searchable. Also included are books, hearings, other related works, and scholarly articles on this topic. If you are interested in primary source materials that were at one time classified “Top Secret”, government reports on the assassination, or scholarly articles related to the JFK assassination, take a look at this hidden gem. If you ever need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact your subject librarian.

Meet the Team: Jake

Photos of student employee Jake.
Meet Jake!

Name: Jake

Major: Finance

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is the class size. It is very nice to get to know your professors on a personal level. I find it very helpful being able to receive one-on-one help with projects if needed.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester my goals are to perform to the best of my ability on the track. Also, I am planning on receiving my highest GPA yet. My last goal is to actively become the person I want to be and not just think about it.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there was a reality show of my life, it would be filled with lots of hours on the roads or at TRAC! The show would feature loads of silly conversations being had with my teammates. However, it would also showcase hanging out with my friends and a fair amount of making sure books are in the correct order at the library.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Yes! My biggest commitment on campus is cross country and track. Running helps me excel in class as well as make many new friends. Another hobby that I love to do is collect coins.

What have you learned since working at the library? Since starting at the library, I have learned how to work better with others. The library has taught me to appreciate the amount of knowledge that resides at UIS. Working at the library has also taught me how to read call numbers!

What are your post-graduation plans? As of now, I am thinking about staying a 5th year and starting grad school. This would also allow me to use my redshirt year for track. However, things can change in a short amount of time so nothing is set in stone.

What is your favorite item from the library of things collection? My favorite thing from the library of things are the cameras.

Still Time to Submit Undergrad Research Award

This past February, the Library opened submissions for our fifth annual Undergraduate Research Award.  Materials are due on April 1, but there’s still plenty of time to submit your materials to us.

Every semester, we see firsthand the outstanding work UIS students generate.  Whether it’s the work we directly help with through our research consultations or the amazing presentations we see at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium, the Library knows firsthand what UIS students are capable of. 

That’s why every year since 2015, we’ve offered the Undergraduate Research Award. It’s an opportunity for UIS students to show off what we know they can do, an opportunity to recognize the work of UIS students for their excellence, and an opportunity to preserve that work in the long term.

As a reminder, the award includes a monetary prize of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.  The winners will be presented at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium luncheon on April 19, 2019. 

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a two-step process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form 

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using Box.

You can learn more about the award criteria and past winners here: https://libguides.uis.edu/research_award