Learn to Use Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage

Don’t miss an upcoming opportunity to learn about one of our business and investment databases, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage on Thursday, March 12 at the Central Library. There will be two 90-minute sessions, one from noon-1:30 and one from 6-7:30 pm.

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is an excellent resource for company, industry, and investment information. Dan Sovocool, S&P’s representative, will provide an overview of this service to demonstrate how NetAdvantage can supply high-quality business data.

Plan on attending if you are interested in such topics as:
– Business plan development, including in-depth company and industry analysis.
– Personal investments in stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s, or corporate bonds, including how to find appropriate investments based on your particular objectives.
– The latest commentary and analysis on business and economic events.

You are welcome to come with questions on how NetAdvantage may meet your specific business & investment information needs.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 and ask to register for Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage.

New Database: Value Line Research Center Online

The Seattle Public Library is now offering the Value Line Research Center Online!  It is available on all library computers and remotely through our website. 

The database features the online version of the popular Value Line Investment Survey that analyzes approximately 1,700 stocks in 98 industries, the stock market, and the economy. 

In addition, our subscription includes access to the 1,800 stocks in the Small and Mid-Cap Edition and provides access to additional data: 4,500 database companies, the Mutual Fund Survey,  Daily Options, Special Situations, and Convertibles.  Value Line also provides “How to Invest” guides in the Education section including a popular guide for new investors, “How to Invest in Common Stocks.”  Investors love the stock screening tools with preset and customized screens that help meet investing goals.  Online access includes tutorials that help navigate the site. 

To access Value Line Research Center, go to the library’s website and click on Databases & Websites.  Under Categories click on Business, Finance & Fundraising and scroll down to Value Line.  If you are outside the library or using a laptop, you will be asked to enter your library card number and pin number when you click on the link to Value Line.   

We hope you take advantage of Value Line Research Center Online!

Book Review: Real Food (and more)

 Now I know that my mom really meant well on our family’s liver dinner night after reading Nina Planck’s guide to why she eats lard, raw milk, and organ meats in Real Food: what to eat and why. An intelligent gathering of research on good eating, this book emphasizes traditional foods: whole foods, animal fats, and grass-fed meat and dairy. Having been raised on margarine, I was fascinated by the chapters on fats, real and industrial, that include a short history of the butter substitute. Most illuminating are the changes in what fats Americans have been eating since the turn of the last century and how they have affected our health. One chart illustrates that the top three fats consumed in the U.S. in 1990 were soybean, canola, and cottonseed oils, all of which were nonexistent in traditional diets. The top three fats consumed in 1890 were lard, beef fat, and chicken fat. Planck points out that as Americans decreased their intake of animal fats, heart disease and other modern health problems increased. One reason I find Real Food interesting is that it briefly records the history of major changes in the American diet and their subsequent effects on health.

Most compelling is Planck’s explanation of the nutritional differences between pastured and grain-fed beef. Because of the proliferation of corn and soy in animal feed, Americans are eating less Omega-3 fatty acids and more Omega-6 fatty acids in their diets. Planck attributes this historic imbalance to a wealth of relatively recent health issues that include inflammation, obesity, insulin resistance, and depression. Michael Pollan addresses the same issue in Continue reading “Book Review: Real Food (and more)”

Learn to use Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage Database

Don’t miss an upcoming opportunity to learn about one of our business and investment databases, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage on Thursday, June 12, from 6 – 7:30pm at the Large Computer Lab in the Central Library.

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is an excellent resource for company, industry, and investment information. Dan Sovocool, S&P’s representative, will provide an overview of this service to demonstrate how NetAdvantage can supply high-quality business data.

Plan on attending if you are interested in such topics as:
– Business plan development, including in-depth company and industry analysis.
– Personal investments in stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s, or corporate bonds, including how to find appropriate investments based on your particular objectives.
– The latest commentary and analysis on business and economic events.

You are welcome to come with questions on how NetAdvantage may meet your specific business & investment information needs.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Call 206-386-4636 and ask to register for Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage.

Need Computer & Business Books?

The Safari Books Online database provides easy online access to a wide range of business & computer-related books.  Safari includes books on software programming techniques, programming languages, IT, Web design and computer technology as well as books on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux operating systems.  It includes current books published by O’Reilly, Addison- Wesley and Pearson.

Safari allows you to search in book titles, section headings, programming examples, and even in the full text.  Once you locate your search term, click on it and go directly to that section in a book.  The programming examples are especially handy: to test them you can copy and paste directly into your programming environment! 

Check it out.  With it’s great user interface and selection of current books, it one of our faves in the Business, Science, and Technology department!