Described as “a snapshot of America and its people,” The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the most comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Since its inception in 1878, it has been the most used statistical reference in U.S. libraries.
In 2013, ProQuest took over The Statistical Abstract when the U.S. Census Bureau ceased publication after 133 years. In the new online version, users can find the information they are looking for quickly in ProQuest’s familiar interface. Here is a quick overview of the database:
Researchers who used The Statistical Abstract online when it was hosted by the Census Bureau will find that ProQuest has improved the user-friendliness of the database and added a number of great features such as APA and MLA citations for each table. The Statistical Abstract is a core reference tool for business, government, and the social sciences and should be the go-to choice for any statistical inquiry about the United States.
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Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian
I cannot emphasize strongly enough the tremendous
benefits of owning your own business in whatever form it takes.
Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson
Anyone who has watched the 700 Club or listened to Regent’s founder and chancellor discuss financial planning knows that Dr. Robertson considers owning one’s own business to be the quintessential path to the American dream. As he writes in his 2009 book, Right on the Money, “in a free country, the field is always open and the opportunities available to you are unlimited.”1
Entrepreneurship actually encompasses more than operating a small business or starting a new one. According to Peter Drucker, the term “refers not to an enterprise’s size or age but to a certain kind of activity. At the heart of that activity is innovation: the effort to create purposeful, focused change in an enterprise’s economic or social potential.”2 In other words, entrepreneurship is an activity practiced by every successful organization.
Regent students, staff, and faculty now have access to ProQuest’s new Entrepreneurship database. ProQuest is one of the premier database vendors, known both for the excellence of the content it provides and the intuitive quality of its interface. The features of Entrepreneurship include:
- Video Clips—Over 11,000 clips of successful entrepreneurs giving firsthand accounts of their business experiences.
- Market Research—Access to thousands of market research documents with market and company reports, key financial ratios, demographics, insights, benchmarks, statistics and more.
- Start-Up Plans, Templates and Forms—An A to Z approach to entrepreneurship as steps are laid out from concept through management. These tools also guide users through various processes and can serve as a “checklist” of items needed to secure financing.
- Journal Content—Top publications relating to the practice of entrepreneurship are provided in the form of full journal runs plus selected articles with a weekly refresh from over 11,000 sources ensuring the latest information for users.