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Week of October 29, 2007

Be on the alert!

Two wallets have been reportedly taken in the Library recently. Most thefts of this nature are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the leaving your stuff unattended. Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime! Please protect your valuables.

If you see someone acting suspiciously in the Library, please alert the library staff.

LLM Lexis & Westlaw Passwords

LLM students enrolled in the IP, Family, Financial Services, & Tax certificate programs who still need a Lexis or Westlaw password should contact Holly Lakatos at:; 312-906-5690.

Fall Semester Library Hours

Fall Library Hours

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Reference Librarian Hours

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Featured Resource: Industry Profiles

General business information about the aggregate of work, production, and research within a field is found in a specialized report called an "industry profile". Students and other professionals who want an overview of a particular industry often find such a profile a good place to begin research. For example, if you were researching renewable energy in the United States, you might want to know which companies invest in the area, the types of energy produced, the size of the market, and some historical facts about the industry. You could search through many different articles to find all this information, or you could simply start with an industry profile.

Many companies provide industry profiles free on the internet. However, like all other information, you should check the authority and accuracy of this information before using it. The Downtown Campus Library provides access to industry profiles through two databases that have already vetted the information for you: and Business Source Premier. provides industry profiles from the same companies that are used outside of academia (Icon Group, Packaged Facts, Kalorama Information, SBI, and others). Industry profiles from this database include both raw data and secondary analysis. To find a profile, you can perform a search, or you can click through the various industries listed on their front page. All reports are in a PDF format. However, industry profiles are not updated on a regular schedule, though most are updated at least once every five years. Most profiles include general overviews of the industry, a list of top companies, and information about the marketplace. Profiles in run anywhere between 10-150 pages, depending on how much information is available on the industry. Even though may indicate that a reports costs $300-$3,000--don't worry…it's free for you while you're attending IIT.

Business Source Premier (BSP) is one of the most popular databases for all types of business-related information. In addition to full-text journal articles, you can also find industry profiles from MarketWatch, Datamonitor, and other specialized industry publishers. To find a profile, browse through the "Industry Reports" or perform a search, then filter by "Industry Profiles". Like reports, most industry profiles are not updated on a regular schedule. Most reports run 5-25 pages long and are in a PDF format.

In addition to these two subscription databases, the Economic Census of the United States also provides "Industry Snapshots" for free through the U.S. Census website: and Business Source Premier are available to all IIT students on campus and available by remote access to students enrolled at the Downtown Campus through the Library's proxy server.

General Library Policies

Library Rules

While using the Downtown Campus Library, please observe the following rules and polices:

Guard Your Valuables

Please guard your valuables when using the library! Recently, two wallets were reportedly taken out of student backpacks which were left unattended.  Thefts of this nature are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the offender.  Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime!  Please protect your valuables.

Courteous Behavior

Please respect the rights of others who wish to study and work in the Library. Keep your study area neat and clean. Walk quietly through study areas. Don’t block pathways with your laptop cord (plug it in under your table). Erase the whiteboard/chalkboard in your study room when you leave. Don’t move the furniture around. Keep your feet on the floor, not on the chairs. Generally, treat others the way you wish to be treated. 

Food and Drink

You may bring any drink into the Library. We ask, however, that you pick up after yourself and use the appropriate recycling bin. Food is never allowed, so don’t bring it into the Library.

Noise & Cell Phones

Please respect the other patrons in the Library and whisper quietly if you need to communicate with others in the library. Please do not use your cell phone in the Library, computer lab, or study rooms. If you need to make a call, take your cell phone outside the Library or into one of the stairwells. Keep noise levels down on personal music devices, and always wear your headphones. If noise in the Library is bothering you, inform the Circulation Desk.

Unattended Belongings

Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended. The Library is open to the public and thefts, while not frequent, have occurred. Belongings that are left unattended will be taken by security. If you are missing any personal items, please tell the Circulation Desk on the 9th floor as soon as possible so that security can be notified.

Use of Library Materials

Please handle all library materials with care. Refrain from writing in or marking-up library materials. If you cannot reach a book on a shelf, please ask a member of the library staff for assistance. Move unwanted library materials to a re-shelving area or return to the Circulation Desk. Do not “hide” library materials in the stacks. If a book that you are using is damaged, please let a member of the staff know; most of the time, we can fix the problem. Please remember that library materials are for the use of everyone.

Other Reminders

  • No pets are allowed in the Library.

  • Persons under the age of 18 should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

  • Please do not disturb the “Emergency Heat” switches located throughout the Library.

  • Members of the public who do not follow these rules may be asked to leave and/or barred from the Library; students may be referred to their academic dean for appropriate disciplinary action.

  • If you observe suspicious behavior, please contact a member of the staff immediately.



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