New Database–IMF Financial Statistics

We now have electronic access to IMF Statistics.

IMF Statistics is the statistical database from the International Monetary Fund. The 4 datasets include:

  • International Financial Statistics (IFS)—all aspects of international and domestic finance beginning in 1948
  • Balance of Payment Statistics (BOPS)—  international economic transactions data and International Investment Position, with history to 1960
  • Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)—value of exports and imports between countries and their trading partners, with history to 1980
  • Government Finance Statistics (GFS)—budgetary and extra-budgetary financial operations data of governments, with history to 1990

Holiday Hours

The Business Library will have regular hours on Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday, November 27th, we will be open from 9 am – 5 pm, and we are closed Thursday – Saturday.

We will resume normal hours on Sunday, December 1st, and will be open from 2 – 10 pm. Visit this link for full details of our hours.

Undergrad IB Students: Register for the Career Conference!

The 1st Annual International Business Career Conference is on November 22, 2013, from 1 – 6 pm at the BA Building. IB Undergrads register NOW here.

Learn how to leverage your International Business degree in your first job and as you progress in your career. Develop ways to articulate the value you offer organizations because of your IB education and cross-cultural experiences. Interact with some of our most successful international business alumni. This conference will include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions and a panel discussion with DMSB IB alumni representing different functional majors, graduation years and career paths! Break times and a final reception provide the opportunity to network with your classmates and the alumni.

More Bloomberg!!

Have you seen all the new dual monitors in the Business Library and wondered about the strange keyboards?

The Business Library and Finance Department partnered with Bloomberg to increase our access to Bloomberg Professional software. We now have 8 Bloomberg Terminals in the business library!

How does this help you?

Research: Bloomberg is no longer only a securities-based data resource. It contains information on industries, supply chain, networking, and much more.

Job Searching: There are over 2,500 companies in the Carolinas alone with Bloomberg terminals. Experience (especially the Bloomberg Essentials certification) with this resource increases your marketability. You can also use the People Networking module for job searching and prepare for interviews by researching companies. See the article below on how an Auburn student used Bloomberg for networking.

Email Emily Doyle for questions or help; you can also reference our Bloomberg Research Guide.

IMF Resources on Trial

We currently have several databases on trial (find the list and access points here), including the IMF eLibrary. The highlight of the IMF resources is the statistical databases, which includes the following:

  • International Financial Statistics (IFS): all aspects of international and domestic finance, with history to 1948
  • Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS): international economic transactions data and International Investment Position, with history to 1960
  • Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS): statistics on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners, with history to 1948
  • Government Finance Statistics (GFS): budgetary and extra-budgetary financial operations data of governments, with history to 1990

This database allows you to query across datasets, query withing datasets, or choose predefined data reports.


Using Google Scholar for articles at USC

Do you use Google Scholar to search for academic articles? Would you like to directly link to an article if it is in one of USC’s subscription databases? All it requires is adjusting your Google Scholar settings.


  1. From Google Scholar, click on Settings at the top of the screen.
  2. In the resulting screen, select Library links in the menu on the left.
  3. In the Show library access links for search box, type and select the following:
  4. After your selections are made, your screen should look like the one below (Open WorldCat is optional):
  5. Click on Save.

Once you have adjusted these settings, your search results in Google Scholar should contain a link to the right of the article if it is available through a USC database.

Note: These settings will need to be adjusted again if you use Google Scholar from another computer or account.

Trouble printing articles from Harvard Business Review?

Harvard Business Publishing decided that 500 articles from Harvard Business Review will be read only in Business Source Complete. The pdf of these cannot be printed or downloaded.

How can you tell?

When you click on the detailed record, there is a message at the top stating “The publisher offers limited access to this article. The full text cannot be printed or saved.”

If you go straight into the PDF from results you won’t see the message, but you will notice that the printer icon is grayed out in Internet Explorer or Chrome. If you try to print from Firefox, the text will be scrambled in some parts. Do not waste your money trying to print.

If you miss that message and click on either print or save from Tools, there is another message at the right stating “The full text for selected articles from this publisher cannot be printed/saved.”

Please call the Business Library (777-6032) or email us if you have questions or would like access to the print edition of Harvard Business Review.