Monthly Archives: April 2010

Summer 2010 Bloomberg introduction sessions

bloomberg terminal

This session will teach the basic navigation and searching skills necessary to begin using Bloomberg.

Spaces are available for the following sessions:

June 4, 11am ~ 12pm
June 25, 11am ~ 12pm
July 16, 11am ~ 12pm

All sessions will take place in the 1st Mezzanine reading room on the west side of Watson Library.

Reservations are required. Please email to reserve your spot.

World Bank Data products are now free!

CLASlite-brazil The World Bank has made their data products freely available through their new open data site.   Most of these products were previously only available through subscription.

The site includes over 300 indicators covering over 200 countries – with some of the data going back 50 years!

Image from; it is showing deforestation in Rondonia, Brazil and is one example of how Bank data can be visualized.

Export your citations to RefWorks!

You can now export citations directly from CLIO to Refworks, an online citation management program available free to all Columbia students, faculty and staff.

RefWorks allows you to organize your citations in multiple folders and to create bibliographies in a variety of styles. Endnote and Zotero users may also find this a useful way to harvest citations for their collections.

Watch this quick video tutorial to learn how!


Need really historical economic data?

Search the database Global Financial Data!
This database includes economic and financial series on over 200 countries.  Some time series go back to the 18th and 19th century!

For even more data check out the reference book series, International Historical Statistics, covering different regions of the world.

  • International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia, and Oceania 1750 -2005
    See the CLIO record for location information.
  • International Historical Statistics: Europe 1750 -2005
    See the CLIO record for location information.
  • International Historical Statistics: the Americas 1750 -2005
    See the CLIO record for location information.

Photo: The first campus of King’s College at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan
Credit: Columbia University Archives

Need to scan something?

The Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) in Lehman Library offers a variety of equipment for scanning.

For scanning pages up to 8.5″ x 11″ one page at a time there are:

  • scanners at 4 of the DSSC workstations,
  • 1 scanner at a dedicated scanning station near the CUIT consultant’s desk,
  • 1 scanner in EDS as describe in the next paragraph.

For scanning pages up to 12″ x 18″ either one page at a time or using a sheet feeder there is

  • one scanner on the lower level of the DSSC in the Electronic Data Service lab (available only during the hours EDS is open).

Beyond Lehman and the DSSC there are other options: