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"A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library." -- Shelby Foote



Thu, 11 Sep 2008 03:14:31 -0500

Please note that this site is no longer active. If you're looking for the library website for the International University of Monaco, please click this link: official IUM library website.

Library changes

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 09:42:11 -0600

As most of you know by now, your humble librarian, blogger and administrator of this website, is no longer employed by the International University of Monaco. Don't panic.....

You can still search the library catalog from the link on the official university website.

You can still read my blog with news, commentary and gossip about luxury goods and services, the Monaco business environment, and library, information and research activities on my new website, Monaco IQ. My contact details are there, as is some of the research help from this website. Please do contact me if you need help with research, writing lists of references and bibliographies, personal tuition related to the COMM 3004 Advanced Research and Communications class, or advice and help writing your thesis. I'm based in Monaco and would love to meet up for lunch, coffee or a chat. You'll find me on Facebook and LinkedIn too.

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Using Wikipedia

Thu, 08 Nov 2007 03:37:56 -0600

Wikipedia has been one of the great success stories of the Internet, but as you all know, we teachers prefer you to use edited, reliable and trustworthy sources for your assignments. Unfortunately, Wikipedia is not always reliable, but now, there's a new product being developed from it that provides expert validation of the content. This is a great benefit for both teachers and students. The new product, called Veropedia, has 4009 verified articles at the time of writing.

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Validate your research

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 04:41:47 -0500

One of the classes of my course on advanced research and communication, is about evaluating other people's research. It's really important to check how research has been carried out if you're going to use the results for your own purpose, whether that's for use in an assignment, or to help you make a real life business decision. In yesterday's Financial Times, there was a very good article written by John Kay relating to this. He comments that a great deal of market research today is carried out with the sole intention of promoting an organization's profile, rather than to genuinely add to our knowledge of the research topic.

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Do it in Monaco!

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 07:04:56 -0500

The Junior Chamber of Commerce in Monaco has organized its second investment forum, Do It In Monaco! The purpose of the event is to promote investment and entrepreneurship in Monaco and to bring together advisors, investors and business people. Last year there were presentations by successful Monegasque businesses, and discussions about the different company structures. So keep your diary free for Thursday, 15 November, at the Centre de Rencontres Internationales.

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What's new in the library?

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 07:16:12 -0500

If you want to know what's recently been added to the library stock, just click on this link to the What's new page. I'll be updating the page every couple of weeks.

French luxury goes to Russia

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 01:42:03 -0500

If you haven't already picked up the press reports, you may be interested to know that the French luxury food company Hediard, has been bought by a Russian businessman. The company was sold by our very own Monegasque Michel Pastor, and becomes part of the Luxadvor group. Will we start to see more caviar for sale in the stores?

Time's global luxury survey

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 09:25:38 -0500

The Fall 2007 supplement to Time magazine contains what they call the Global Luxury Survey, which investigates the markets for luxury brands in China, Russia and India. We have a paper copy in the library that you can consult.

Too many books, too little time

Sat, 01 Sep 2007 04:41:08 -0500

I just watched a great video (about an hour long) of a talk by Barry Schwartz, who wrote a book called "The Paradox of Choice". The gist of the presentation is that having no choice is bad, having some choice is good, but having too much choice is just as bad as having no choice at all. There were several references to research in the video, most of which boiled down to the fact that when you go shopping and you're faced with 50 different flavoured jams, you end up buying none of them. Whereas if you only have the choice of strawberry, raspberry or blackcurrent, you'll be more likely go home with one of them for your breakfast toast.

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What's the research question?

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 01:51:13 -0500

I was recently asked for help with research on knowledge management. The researcher left a brief message stating:

"I'm doing research on knowledge management and developing a questionnaire. Can you help to provide me with research and questionnaires on knowledge management?"

My reply went along the lines of "what is your research question?" which is something of a mantra for me when students and faculty ask for help. You can't do research effectively without having a clearly stated research question. And you certainly can't develop a questionnaire without having a specific problem to investigate. You'll find a bit more help on developing research questions here on our library website, under the research help menu for undergraduates. I'll be very happy to help with your research needs, but remember, my first statement to you is likely to be "what's the research question?"