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Week of March 31, 2008

A Reminder About Security in the Library!

Just a reminder from the Library staff to please protect your valuables while studying. Most thefts of personal property in public places are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the leaving your stuff unattended. Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime!

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

Pardon the Noise on the 8th Floor

Library staff will be shifting materials on the 8th floor during the months of January, February & March 2008. Most of the work will take place in the afternoons and evenings. Some of the shelving adjustments will require us to make some noise. If you require a quiet place to study, you may want to choose one of the Library’s other floors during this time.

Spring Library Hours

Library Hours (January 22):

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: EDGAR

The SEC's EDGAR system (Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) is an online tool that displays financial and other information of publicly-traded companies online. EDGAR is the premier public source of information for all investors to who need to decide if a company's securities are a good investment.

EDGAR documents are available through several databases including: Lexis (database: EDGAR Online), LexisNexis Academic (database: EDGAR Online), Westlaw (database: EDGAR), and the SEC website (

Researchers may find the following forms especially useful:

  • 8-K (current information, including preliminary earnings)
  • 10-K (audited annual financial statements)
  • 10-Q (unaudited quarterly financial statements)
  • S-1 (general registration statement)

As with any other type of research, you should check to see if there have been any amended filings by looking for filing types followed by "/A" (i.e. 10-K/A).

In addition to general information about a company, EDGAR documents contain several filings that include information about the company's executive compensation policies and practices. Some forms that are useful for this type of research:

  • 8-K (current information, including preliminary earnings)
  • 10-K (audited annual financial statements)
  • Schedule 14A (annual proxy statement)
  • & any registration statements.

The SEC provides several finding aids that will help you find needed information, such as the "Quick EDGAR Tutorial" (, the "SEC Forms List" ( & "Researching Public Companies Through EDGAR: A Guide for Investors" ( In addition, specific company information can be quickly obtained through the use of the company's "CIK number", a unique identifier that the SEC assigns to all entities that file documents. You can find a CIK number through the "EDGAR Central Index Key (CIK) Lookup" (

One thing to remember about EDGAR, though: Most private companies do not file documents through the system since they are not required to do so by law.

EDGAR is available to all IIT users on campus & remotely through LexisNexis Academic & the SEC website. Special law school passwords are required for Lexis & Westlaw. As always, if you need further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk (; 312-906-5670).

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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