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Database Highlight

Business Insights: Essentials includes over 2 million investment research/brokerage reports, thousands of detailed financial reports (including fundamentals data and comparison tools), 2,500+ market research reports, 3,900+ full-text periodicals, 1,000+ SWOT reports (updated quarterly), nearly 25,000 industry reports and 11,000 company histories, nearly 70,000 associations, 500,000 detailed company profiles (with deep links to related content and statistical data), approximately 43,400 Market Share articles, thousands of interactive live charts, and much more! Don't miss this truly essential resource.

  • Check out these exciting new features:

    • - The ability to search across multiple data types from a single search box

    • - Interactive charting: Manipulate statistical data and customize your own charts

    • - Deep links within search results that get users to the most relevant content in fewer clicks

    • - New text-to-speech capabilities

    • - Translation tools: Translate the user interface and/or article-level translations

    • - Robust glossary with thousands of business terms


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    ReferenceUSA training: have lunch on us!

    October 5, 2012 - We're delighted to announce that ReferenceUSA trainer Eric Ebers from InfoGroup headquarters in Omaha, NE, will be at the Barrington Area Library on Thurs, October 25. Eric will provide training on the library subscription database ReferenceUSA, a popular resource for business owners, job seekers, people thinking about starting a business, and sales and marketing professionals. Eric will present search techniques and special capabilities of the database. Limited space available so register now!

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    EconWise App from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    September 27, 2012 - From the Federal Reserve of St. Louis:

    "With EconWise, a new mobile publications app, the St. Louis Fed continues its long history of publishing information on economic concepts, helping users to understand current issues and even make better decisions with their personal finances. Now users have "anywhere access" to the Fed's unbiased content, expert research, and down-to-earth commentary in the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, monetary policy, banking, finance, and personal finance.

    The free app can be used to browse the most recent publications, and filter by publication name or by level of expertise. The available materials range from the most accessible to the most technical. Users can read content immediately, save it for later, share their favorites by email or by posting directly to Twitter or Facebook accounts. EconWise is available through the Apple app store or directly from".

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    Business Program: Video Marketing on Oct. 2

    Bring your video editing questions and ask the expert! Register here.

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    Mastering Options Trading

    August 31, 2012 - Options Trading with Dan Keegan / The Chicago School of Business

    Workshop Date: Wednesday, Sept 19
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: Barrington Area Library, Zimmerman Room

    Options expert Keegan will present an interactive workshop on stock options: review the basics, learn about covered calls, long only positions and basic spread positions. Bring your questions to ask the expert.

    About the presenter:

    Dan Keegan earned an Economics degree from Marquette University. He started out in the options business in 1978 and worked his way up in the Chicago tradition, including 20+ years as an independent market maker on the floor of the CBOE. He is a founder and current President of the Chicago Floor Traders Alumni Association and a frequent contributor to Futures Magazine and Options News Network.

    Register here.

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    Advance Your Career with LinkedIn

    September 20, 2012 - LinkedIn for Job Seekers (Library Workshop)

    Workshop Date: Monday, October 29
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: Barrington Area Library, Zimmerman Room

    Join us for a workshop with LinkedIn expert Dan Piva and learn how to optimize your profile to further your career! Dan has worked with hundreds of job seekers across the country (entry level to C-suite level) and helped them find jobs at Kraft Foods, United Airlines, Staples, CVS, and more. This program will help you maximize your use of LinkedIn and also show you ways for potential employers to contact you with job opportunities.

    Dan Piva is a job search consultant for BPI, focusing on helping people use social media to gain traction in their job search. He demonstrates how "listening to the market" can help match job seeker's skills and expertise with the skills and expertise employers are looking for.

    Free workshop. Register here.

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    Standard and Poor's Capital IQ NetAdvantage


    August 23, 2012 - S&P Database Workshop

    Workshop Date: Monday, Sept 17
    Time: 10 AM, 2 PM (repeat), or 7 PM (repeat)
    Location: Barrington Area Library, Zimmerman Room

    The library is pleased to present a workshop on NetAdvantage, a database available for patrons with a Barrington Area Library card. Dan Sovocool, the S&P Capital IQ repesentative for Illinois, has nearly twenty years experience on Wall Street. He will introduce NetAdvantage and how it may help you:

    - make better investment and business decisions

    - understand business, personal finance, and economic maters more effectively

    - assist in preparing for job inteviews as well as developing business plans.

    This session is intended to help everyone understand NetAdvantage; questions will be encouraged. Limited number of laptops available for hands-on learning, or bring your own and connect to the library's wi-fi.

    Register here.

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    Barrington Business Survey 2012

    July 30, 2012 - Your thoughts and suggestions are important to us! Please fill out the survey below so that we can schedule workshop topics based on your business needs. Thank you!

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    For Job Seekers: Job Search Board

    July 24, 2012 - Currently in career transition? Check out Job Search Board for more tips on finding a job:

    "Job Search Board is a strategic job search management system that:

    Organizes and Manages the job search
    Provides a research proven Process
    Establishes Focus & Clarity to the job search
    Delivers Strategies to gain interviews and job offers
    Effectively incorporates the seeker’s social network in a relevant way
    Connects the seeker with their job coach/counselor (if applicable)

    Today’s job seekers need to be on a level playing field with the employer/recruiter forces that sometimes work against them. Job Seekers need a job search management system." 

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