Rolling Stone Columnist: Matt Taibbi at Snell Library

Posted by: Josef Bober


Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17th, Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi will be featured in Snell Library’s Meet the Author series with his new book Griftopia. Come for refreshments and a lot of laughs. Matt Taibbi takes a humorous and at times very serious stance on just about all of the big headlines of the news. Notorious for his political comments, Matt wrote Griftopia to report the inside scoop on America’s failing economy and who’s to blame. Come to learn about all of the latest struggles America is facing and some that undoubtedly will be challenges for the future. Want a taste? Check out his blog on True/Slant for a small dose of the excitement about to come. You can purchase a book at the event and even get it signed. Don’t forget to bring your questions and/or rants!

This event is sponsored by NU Libraries and the NU Bookstore.

Posted in: Economics, Library News and Events


Sept. 29, 2010: On This Day in History

Posted by: Brendan Ratner


On September 29, 1987, my lovely sister Jacqueline Ratner was born. Happy 23rd sis!

In other, more scholarly-related news, on September 29, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell a record 777.68 points after the House voted against a $700 billion financial recovery plan. It was a very somber day that wrote this 21st-century recession in stone. Two years later we are supposedly rising out of the recession, and a lot of valuable lessons have been learned by experts, businesses, and individuals alike.

As students, and for the future of this country, it is important that we learn from mistakes in the past so we can keep making that “cash-money.” The library has always had books on finance, as it is one of the most popular majors at Northeastern, but now you can find newly added post-recession books on how to manage your money. Keep that beer-money coming in all of your life by taking a look at some of the great new additions to the Snell Stacks.

The Roller Coaster Economy: Financial Crisis, Great Recession, and the Public Option

Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System

Guide to Financial Markets

Posted in: Economics, Information and Society, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity


New resource, Ageline, fills a niche

Posted by: Katherine Herrlich


Interested in the future of Medicaid? Intergenerational issues? The health and psychology of aging?

Newly available from the Libraries is a search tool called Ageline. Ageline is produced by AARP and is now one of the Libraries’ best resources for coverage of social gerontology.

Particularly timely at this historic moment– in which we are witnessing the passage of the new Health Care Reform law– it covers public policy and the delivery of health care for the population aged 50+.

 A truly interdisciplinary database, it will prove useful to students of psychology, behavioral sciences, human services, geriatric nursing, anthropology, sociology, and business, as well as others.

An example of an article I found here (which happened to be full text, thanks to the Libraries’ subscription to the journal Social Science and Medicine) is “The influence of national policy change on subnational policymaking: Medicaid nursing facility reimbursement in the American states.

Those who are interested in Ageline might also want to check out the Geriatrics and Gerontology subject guide and Human Services subject guide.

For more information about Ageline and other library resources and how to effectively search and make use of them, please contact a subject librarian or request research assistance.

Posted in: Anthropology, Business, Economics, Health Sciences, Library News and Events, Research Online, Sociology


Create High Quality Thematic Maps Using SimplyMap

Posted by: Emily Sabo


From trial to subscription! The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of SimplyMap, a web-based application that enables one to create high quality thematic maps, charts, and reports based on extensive demographic, business, marketing, and health data.

SimplyMap tools allow you to compare data across different geographical locations, down to the block group level. Included are variables such as ethnicity, transportation, language, housing, population, education, employment, and consumer expenditures. 

The data also includes estimates and projections so that you can analyze and plot current and future trends. SimplyMap also includes SimmonsLOCAL, a tool that tracks consumer behavior through over 200 media markets and includes over 450 product categories and 8,000 specific brands.

For the full press release, click here.

To get started with SimplyMap, click here.

Posted in: Anthropology, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Information and Society, Library News and Events, Political Science, Research Online, Sociology