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Have you got company research projects on your mind? Need to download financials for your finance class? Searching for company ratios or filings? Or would you just like to create a list of companies based on your own criteria? If any of these sound like you, check out our new business database, Mergent Online!
Mergent Online is an easy to use database filled with current and historical information on US and global companies. Here are some screen shots of what Mergent Online offers you. The first image is of a typical company profile. Notice there are some key facts on this page, but then there are all those tabs with additional information…
Clicking on the Company Financials tab brings you to company financial statements going back 5 years that you can download or print:
Or under Company Details > Business Segments, take a look at your company’s revenues by lines of business or geography, for up to 15 years:
Gleeson Library has contributed funds to support a project to digitize and provide open access to Ku Klux Klan newspapers from the 1920s, and we now have early contributors’ access to the newspapers that have been digitized so far.
The project is in its early stages, but is already being used for analysis in national media.
Overview from the project website:
From its birth immediately following the Civil War to its re-awakening inspired by the film Birth of a Nation in 1915 through today’s fractured organizations using the Klan’s name, the Ku Klux Klan has occupied a persistent place in American society.
The Klan’s national newspaper had a circulation larger than the New York Times.
To understand today’s version of American nationalism, we need to go back to the 1920s when the Klan re-emerged as a slick and successful recruiting and marketing engine that appealed to the fears and aspirations of middle-aged, middle-income, white protestant men in the middle of America. At its peak in 1924, Klan paid membership exceeded 4,000,000 and its national newspaper, the Imperial Night-Hawk, had a circulation larger than the New York Times.
The goal of this project is to assemble a comprehensive and hopefully complete collection of KKK newspapers into a fully-searchable open access database. The collection features national Klan publications (for example: the Imperial Night-Hawk and the Kourier) as well as regional and local Klan produced papers (i.e., Sgt. Dalton’s Weekly, Jayhawker American, and the Minnesota Fiery Cross). The collection will also include a smaller set of papers sympathetic to the Klan (i.e., The Good Citizen and The Fellowship Forum) and a few important anti-Klan publications (Tolerance and The Record). A complete title list may be found here.
The collection will be hosted on the Reveal Digital platform, which will provide controlled access to funding libraries until the collection moves to open access.
Why Digitize KKK Newspapers?
Contributed by Dr. Thomas R. Pegram, Professor of History, Loyola University–Maryland, and author of One Hundred Percent American: The Rebirth and Decline of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.
The degree to which Klan newspapers drew from ordinary currents in American life in the 1920s is stunning. These newspapers detail the extent to which the Klan movement was anchored in American traditions of fraternalism, sociability, business and civic practices. That makes the appeal to exclusivity, the anti-Catholicism, and the assumed white Protestant ownership of American institutions that are also apparent in Klan newspapers so powerful.
The Klan newspapers of the 1920s are a reminder of how current divisions over immigration, race, and citizenship are deeply embedded in American history.
Sentiments that are now considered radical or located on the fringes of American society actually existed side by side with mainstream American beliefs and practices. Openly bigoted and reckless publications such as Colonel Mayfield’s Weekly contrast in style with more conventional publications such as the versions of the Fiery Cross that appeared across the Midwest, but all Klan newspapers shared the same bedrock beliefs that American democracy existed for only white Protestant Americans. Some, like Chicago’s Dawn offered frank denunciations of ethnic and Catholic Americans that reveal the extent to which American pluralism was contradicted by American tribalism. The Klan newspapers of the 1920s are a reminder of how current divisions over immigration, race, and citizenship are deeply embedded in American history.
Top Image: From The Badger American, March 1924. KKK Newspapers database.
The Gleeson Library has a new, small (but growing!) collection of zines. What are zines? Zines are self published magazines. They are a great means of self expression for artists, writers, and anyone passionate about a topic. Zines are created in a variety of ways with drawings, comics, collage, hand written, or typed text. They are typically produced with a limited number of copies and are often just run off on a photocopier. Because they are self published they can make a space for marginalized voices to be heard. Common themes include art, poetry, comics, short stories, memoir, cultural criticism, politics, and social commentary.
The new Gleeson Zine Library is located on the second floor in the big reading room near the front of the Library. We have zines on a variety of topics with some emphasis on social justice and critical theory. Anyone in the USF community can check out the zines for 30 days, and they can be renewed up to 3 times.
We are planning a few workshops on zine making and are looking for ways to partner with USF classes and groups. Keep a lookout here for upcoming events! We encourage submissions by members of the USF community.
More information at the Gleeson Zine Library Guide
The database list at Gleeson Library has a new look! Find it from the home page:
Search > Databases and on the Databases page, click “A to Z List of Databases.” Here you will see the treasure trove of electronic resources.
Search by subject
Discover a subject-specific database beyond your old favorites.
Search by type
Looking for a particular kind of content? Narrow in on specific types of research studies, data, and other resources.
Search for a keyword
Do you remember part of a title or something about a database’s contents? Use the search box.
** Perhaps you can’t remember what it’s called but you know who publishes it. Give the Vendor menu a try.
The A to Z list augments the research guides created by librarians to assist you in finding resources on your subject. You’ll see the research guides getting spruced up as well over the next few months. Check them out from the home page:
Guides & Tools > Research Guides.
We welcome suggestions via our Email the Reference Department form.
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