Monthly Archives: October 2012

New database: Moody’s Default and Recovery Database

Moody’s Default & Recovery Database (DRD) provides comprehensive data on defaults, recovery from default, and rating changes (at both the security and issuer level) for all corporate issuers of long-term bonds. DRD is a great tool for credit research and model building.

According to Moody’s Analytics, DRD provides comprehensive data on:

  • Over 417,000 individual debt securities.
  • 40,000 distinct issuers
  • Corporate and sovereign coverage
  • Historical defaults back to 1920

Access to Moody’s Default and Recovery Database is restricted to current Columbia University students, faculty and staff.

Join us for Scopus day: October 31, 2012

by Amanda on October 23, 2012

Join us on October 31st for a catered research session to learn about the Scopus database.

Scopus representatives will be hosting research sessions that focus on how to use Scopus and Engineering Village in your research and studies:

Scopus/Engineering Village Lunch (free pizza!) and Learn
in the Davis Auditorium (room 412 Schapiro Center)
from 11:30am – 12:30 pm

Attendees will be entered to win a Kindle Fire!

What is Scopus?
is a large citation and abstract database, covering all subject areas. It contains nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers with a range of advanced research features.

See our registration page to sign up for the Lunch and Learn session from 11:30-12:30. Register and you will be eligible to win a Kindle Fire!

Aren’t able to make the Lunch and Learn session? Stop by the Scopus booth at the following times and locations for more information, and giveaways:

9:30am – 11:00am: Mudd Lobby; 4th Floor

1:00pm – 3:30pm: North West Corner Building; 4th floor Lobby.
Stop by in the afternoon to learn more about Scopus, Engineering Village, H-Index, or your Author Profile.

For more information, contact: Amanda Bielskas: asb2154 [at]

Open Access Week 2012

Columbia Libraries and Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program are hosting three events next week as part of the global Open Access Week 2012, so please mark these down in your calendars:

Monday October 22, 1:00 pm – Butler Library, Room 523

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing

This event is free and open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia’s online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons. Bring your questions!


Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager

 Tuesday October 23, 11:00 am – Butler Library, Room 523

Bountiful Harvest? Collection-building Opportunities With Open Access

This event is free and open to the public.

How is open access changing the way libraries build their collections? Has it caused greater shifts in opportunities in the sciences or humanities? What are the most pressing challenges it presents? Join Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program for a lively debate on how librarians can support open access and use it to enrich the collections and services they offer.


Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Megan Wacha, Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard College

 Wednesday October 24, 2:30 pm – Butler Library, Room 523

Webcast Screening: Open Access and Your Publications – What’s Copyright Got To Do With It?

The screening is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Web registration for the general public is available at the ALA Store here.

Join us for our webcast screening of an American Library Association (ALA) webinar with Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia’s Copyright Advisory Office.

For librarians, researchers and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications.  However, the success of open access hinges on the terms in the agreements between authors and publishers. The copyright language that spells out whether the public will have access to specific material might be buried in a cryptic, pro forma email attachment or even a click-through agreement. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews. This is the second of a series of occasional ALA webinars called “Crews on Copyright”.

(NB: These events are also listed on the Columbia Libraries website here, the Scholarly Communication Program website here, and the Open Access Week 2012 website here.)

Text, Chat, Email – There Are So Many Ways To Ask A Librarian For Help!

Do you need research assistance?

There are so many ways you can ask a librarian for help.

Librarians are available for everything from quick resource tips to in-depth guidance on research papers and final projects and it’s easier than ever to have your questions answered!

You can call, send an email, reach out with a text message, or chat with a librarian through instant message.

You also have the option to schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a subject specialist librarian in your subject area

Librarians are here to help!