IDC research reports now available at Columbia

IDC provides global coverages on information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.  IDC reports provide industry data, analyses, and forecasts about the following technology markets:

  •     manufacturing
  •     retail
  •     energy
  •     financial services
  •     healthcare
  •     government

Our subscription to IDC provides access to IDC’s global portfolio of worldwide, regional and country technology research programs; Industry Insights Research Programs: Energy, Financial, Government, Health, Manufacturing and Retail; all IDC Webcasts, Monthly Newsletters and Community Blogs.

The direct method for searching for reports from within IDC is to select the “Advanced” search button on the homepage to use the advanced query options.


New database: Mutual Fund Links (MFlinks)

MFLINKS is now accessible on Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).

Description from WRDS:

“MFLINKS provide a reliable means to join the mutual fund performance and expense information in the CRSP Mutual Fund Database (MFDB) with the equity holdings information in the Thomson-Reuters Mutual Fund ownership database (TFN/CDA S12). MFLINKS allows a researcher to gather details on holdings for either particular funds or fund families and groups of funds at specific points in time. MFLINKS has been developed with Professor Russ Wermers from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, as a contributor and ongoing consultant to the project. Professor Wermers was one of the first researchers to use linked mutual fund data. A good example of how MFLINKS can be used is his article, “Mutual Fund Performance: An Empirical Decomposition into Stock-Picking Talent, Style, Transactions Costs, and Expenses” (Journal of Finance, 2000). It decomposes mutual fund performance into its various components based upon actual holdings.

MFLINKS provides links between the 98% of the domestic equity funds in CRSP and Thomson-Reuters. The database consists of two tables that provide the mapping between CRSP and Thomson-Reuters mutual fund identifiers, to a common Wharton Financial Institution Center Number (WFICN), which is a unique and permanent fund portfolio identifier. There are 23,340 WFICN-CRSP_FUNDNO pairs in MFLINKS Table 1, including 4,600+ new links added in the 2013 update. There are 8,476 FUNDNO-WFICN pairs in MFLINKS Table 2, including 1,850 new links added in the 2013 update.”

Worldscope data available via Datastream


Thomson Reuter’s Worldscope data are now available via Datastream on selected data workstations along the service area in Watson Library of Business and Economics.

Summary of the Worldscope database from Thomson’s website:

“The Worldscope database offers fundamental data on the world’s leading public and private companies. Widely respected for content quality, depth of detail, extensive company coverage and content presentation, Worldscope provides annual and interim/quarterly data, detailed historical financial statement content, per share data, calculated ratios, pricing and textual information. Worldscope database components include: Full constituent coverage of the major benchmark indexes worldwide; as reported and standardised financial data with dynamic data mapping; detailed business descriptions; business segment geographic sales data; interim financial accounts information; multi-share information; pre-calculated ratios and growth rates; exchange rates; fully adjusted pricing and dividends information, including high, low, close, price/earnings ratio, yield, earnings per share, market value, volume traded & shares outstanding.

Adjustments for corporate actions are also included and comprehensive annual history dates back to 1980.”

Guides/Documents on Worldscope

MBA orientation: key resources for research

cbs_center_financial_mWelcome MBA students!

See below for a list of useful databases that will help kick-start your research:

For competitors:

S&P Net Advantage
Thomson ONE

For issues in the industry highlighted by corporate social responsibility analysts:
GMI Analyst

ABI/Inform Global

Business Source Complete

A list of useful databases for interview preparation

For more information consult the handout for the library orientation session.

Welcome new and returning students!

Contact a librarian for research help:

  • In person: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – ask for help at the service desk
  • Phone: Call us at 212-854-7804
  • Email [same day response on weekdays]
  • Consultations: email to set up an appointment
  • IM a research librarian for help with your research.

Search library resources:

  • Consult our research guides
  • List of business and economics databases
  • Use CLIO, the Libraries catalog to search for books, journals, ebooks, ejournals, articles and more!  Watch this short video to make the most out of CLIO!

Use the Columbia Libraries:

  • Hours
  • Reserve a study room in Watson [Business school students only]
  • Reserve a study room in Butler, Lehman or the Science and Engineering Library
  • Find a study space
  • Course reserves information
  • Printing in the Watson Library
  • Information about access to the libraries, loan periods, fines, etc.

New database: Morningstar Direct

Morningstar Direct provides a global multi-asset investment analysis platform with Morningstar’s data, investment research, and analytics tools. Includes data on closed-end funds, equity ownership, exchange traded funds, hedge funds, market indexes, money market funds, offshore funds, open-end mutual funds, pension/life insurance funds, stocks, bonds, annuities, college-saving plans, information on Global Private Equity Firm Executives and Owners, and a directory of Global Private Equity Firms.

Access to Morningstar Direct is available on selected business workstations in Watson library.



University closings on Friday, January 3

Due to inclement weather the Columbia Libraries will be closed on Friday, January 3.

Please consult the University’s winter storm website for more details about closings across campus.

Many libraries are already scheduled to be closed over the weekend as part of shortened hours during intersession.

Please consult the hours page for more information.