Monthly Archives: October 2009

New York Real Estate Brochure Collection

yr0688br001The New York Real Estate Brochure Collection was donated to Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library by Yale Robbins, Henry Robbins, and David Magier in 1986. The collection consists of over 9,200 advertising brochures, floor plans, price lists, and related materials that document residential and commercial real estate development in the five boroughs of New York and outlying vicinities from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Columbia University Libraries is in the process of digitizing the entire collection. Brooklyn is now complete with over 3,000 images for approximately 800 buildings.

Digitized images for Manhattan are scheduled to be released in early 2010. The remaining boroughs will be made available on a borough-by-borough basis.

Researching the real estate market


Watson Library now subscribes to several important real estate publications:

  • Korpacz Real Estate Investor Survey [available at the reserves desk; HD1382.5 K67]
  • Mortgage Market Alert [available at the reserves desk; KF691.A3 C64] – many thanks to the Milstein Real Estate Center for their generous support in purchasing this subscription.
  • Real Estate Alert [available at the reserves desk; KF566.A3 R43]- many thanks to the Milstein Real Estate Center for their generous support in purchasing this subscription.

For more sources see Watson Library’s research guide on real estate and 24/7 Help database.

New resource:

lyndalogoThe Libraries, in collaboration with the School of the Arts, is pleased to offer the Columbia community with subscription access to is a great website for software training and online tutorials, including:

  • Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • CSS
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Flash
  • PHP
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Web development software like Dreamweaver and Drupal

You can access anywhere on campus, using this link

Or, from off-campus access, log in with your UNI and password,

FRED: more than just a name!

title3FRED [or Federal Reserve Economic Data], a database created by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, contains over 20,000 U.S. economic time series.  Data can be download into Excel or viewed as charts.

Make this your first stop for US macroeconomic data!

And while we are talking about economic data for the United States, another great source is the Statistical Abstract of the United States.  All editions back to 1901 [!] have been scanned and are available online from the US Census Bureau webpage.

WRDS downtime October 16, 8pm – 10pm

WRDS Scheduled Downtime: Friday, October 16, 2009, 8pm-10pm ET

WRDS has scheduled downtime to take place this Friday, October 16 from 8pm-10pm ET.  PCSAS and UNIX will not be affected.  However, web queries will be unavailable during this period.

This maintenance will complete the restoration of hardware, resulting in increased performance.  An update will be posted following the downtime.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Need industry overviews?

sp_screenshotTry the following databases:

Business Source Complete – click on the industry link for research and overviews from Datamonitor

Forrester Research – for market research on technology

Global Market Information Database – market research on consumer markets globally

S&P Net Advantage – click on the industry tab for comprehensive overviews of major industries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America

Also take a look at Watson’s research guide for industry sources.

Sources for SEC filings

All filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] are available at  The filings are available in html or text format.

For other formats such as Word or PDF documents use the databases, Thomson Research or Capital IQ [non-business school students can use this database in Watson Library; business school students with accounts should access the database via myGSB.]

For a description of the various SEC filings see