Research Tools - Spring 2000

GLOBAL ACCESS Gives Company Information

The Weinberg Memorial Library has recently migrated to an Internet-based version of the popular business database Compact Disclosure. The new service called Global Access has the same basic content and searchable fields used to retrieve financial information on publicly held companies as its predecessor. The standard company profiles, stock tear sheets, and financial ratios are all available for the firms traded on the New York, NASDAQ and American Stock Exchanges. But since the new product is retrieved via the Internet, the data is much more timely, with stock quotes available for the same day. The company's quarterly and annual filings with the SEC are also more up-to-date, since they are loaded onto the Global Access mainframe as soon as they are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Patrons can also access spreadsheet-ready financial statements (annual. quarterly and 10-year history files) and download them automatically in any of the popular spreadsheet software programs. As with the previous version of the product, you may search by company name or ticker symbol, select various segments of the annual report (such as officers, financial ratios, etc.) and print or download your results.
The newly enhanced Global Access has many value-added features that make searching across a particular SIC code or industry much easier and more sophisticated. Graphics have been added that allow the user to view the company's stock performance by clicking on a chart indicating the highs and lows of the stock for a specific time period. You may select a particular filing From an extensive list of quarterly and annual filings (8-K, 10-K, 10-Q, I 1-K) for each company. You may then retrieve the filing and print. or download your results. You may even search by keyword for a specific topic covered in an individual filing or report.
Global Access is available from any PC on campus equipped with Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher. Simply access The University of Scranton's homepage, select the link to the Weinberg Library, and then choose Electronic Indexes. Global Access appears on the grid of indexes. If you have any questions or comments about the new business database, please call the Reference Desk at. 941-4000.

Betsey Moylan