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Some hints for finding business ratios

Recently, a good number of students have visited the library or contacted us looking for some business information. The students tell us that they need to choose a company and then compare that company's financial information to the industry average. Students can do this in a few ways. Here are two of them:
  • They can use Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios. The call number for this series of books is HF 5681 .R25 I 525, and they are kept in the library's reference area. These volumes contain ratios for many industries, which you can look up by SIC Codes. However, the books do not list all industries.
  • Students can also use the Mergent Online database. Find Mergent on the library's website by clicking on [Databases by Subject]. From there, click on the link for [Business and Technology]. Finally, click on [Company Information]. Mergent is on that list. Once on Mergent's front page, click on[Enter Mergent] to get to the database itself. The following steps then are to make a custom comparison report.
    1. Start by finding the company's SIC or NAICS code by doing a search on the Company Name or Ticker Symbol. Just type the name of the company, or the ticker symbol if you know it, on the small search box.
    2. Return to the main Mergent search screen and do a search on the SIC or NAICS code using the "2 Classification" section. If you are only interested in searching for companies on the US exchanges, click on the checkbox next to "US exchanges only" located below the company search box.
    3. Click on the option that says [Click Here to Add all companies from this search to add all the companies from this search (excludes private company results)]. right above the list of companies. The companies will now be added to the Company Analysis List.
    4. Towards the upper right of the screen you should see a section that reads [Company Analysis List (expand).] If you hold the mouse over expand, the list of companies will popup along with some options. Click on the [Create Comparison Report] link.
    5. A pop up window will appear with all of the companies checked. In the second section, choose a Category, then a Sub-Category, and then click on the [Add Report Item] button. Add as many items as you need.
    6. If necessary, choose the years that the report needs to cover.
    7. **IMPORTANT** Click on the checkbox next to "Include average in heading" which appears below the list of report items.
    8. Click on the [Create Report] button at the bottom. Another window will pop up with the financial information you requested for each of the companies listed. Above the numbers for each category is the peer average.
If you need to know more about SIC Codes, you can look them up on this site from the Department of Labor here. You may also come across NAICS Codes; find them at the Census Bureau, which also has a tool if you need to convert SIC Codes to NAICS and back, go here.
Published by root on 13 Nov

Library is Redesigning Website

We are in the process of redesigning our library's website. We want to make it more user-friendly, and we are adding some new features. The library's web advisory committee will host a small meeting next week. We are seeking some student volunteers to come view a new preliminary design for the library’s website. This would involve a brief written survey, and then some question-and –answer time with our librarians where volunteers can provide us with valuable feedback. If you are a UT Tyler student, undergraduate or graduate, here are the details: What: Library Website Redesign: Student Response Meeting When: Thursday November 15, 2007 Time: 5:00pm Place: Library Room 401 The process should take about 45 minutes to an hour. The library will provide some food and soft drinks for participants. If you have any questions, or to participate, you can contact Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, at ext. 7165 or via e-mail at arivera AT uttyler DOT edu (replace symbols accordingly).
Published by root on 05 Nov

New tool for legal research


      We’ve recently added a new database, Campus Research, to our collection. Published by Westlaw, Campus Research includes analytical sources - more than 700 law reviews and journals - and primary law sources – all federal and state cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases, state statutes and regulations, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.

Important features of Campus Research include:

Research Trail displays a list of task you’ve completed, including citations to documents retrieved and resources used. This list can then be saved/emailed/printed.
If you are researching a specific legal issue, KeySearch identifies terms and underlying concepts most relevant to your legal issue and creates a query to help you retrieve reported cases, as well as law reviews and unpublished cases.
KeyCite helps you determine whether a case or statute is good law. The status is indicated by little flag or letter icons which link to direct history, citing references, and other relevant documents.
--Eric Hartnett, Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian
Published by root on 31 Oct

Check out our Database Trials

From time to time, The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library gets short trials to databases so that we can try out the features and see if the database would be a good fit for our campus. A list of all trials available at any time can be found by clicking on the Databases by Subject link, then clicking on Database Trials link found below the list of subjects, or by going directly to

We currently have over 10 trials going on right now, including several streaming audio, music reference, and other humanities databases. Please take a look and let us know what you think.


--Eric Hartnett, Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarian

Published by root on 31 Oct

Welcome to our new library blog

On behalf of the library's staff, I would like to welcome all to the new blog for the University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library. I am Angel Rivera, and I am the Outreach and Reference Librarian here. I am looking forward to using this blog to better communicate with the campus community as well as other friends of our university. Here are some things you will see in our blog:
  • Announcements and news about the library.
  • Notices of new resources and materials.
  • Links to various interesting items.
  • Posts about reading and learning.
  • And a few other things we may find here and there.
Over time, we will add some useful links on our sidebars. We will also try out some new features now and then. Additionally, we would like your feedback. Please notice that you can comment on any of our posts. Feel free to just click and type your comments and suggestions in. One of the areas where we are seeking feedback is on a new redesign for the library's website. We will post news and information about the redesign, including announcements for focus groups and forums, in the near future. Please do visit again and often to learn more about the library, its mission, and our various activities If readers would like to contact me directly, my office is in the library, Room 216, and I usually keep the door open. My e-mail is arivera AT uttyler DOT edu (just replace the AT and the DOT for the @ and a dot. Typing it that way here is to keep the spam at bay). Readers can also contact the library via e-mail using the Ask-A-Librarian link on our website. Best regards.
Published by root on 31 Oct


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