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November research workshops at Lehman Library!

Join our final Social Sciences workshops for the fall, and learn how to build your research and analytic skills!





Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held in room 215 on the lower level of Lehman Library.

Please RSVP using this link: (Note that you can only access the form through your Columbia LionMail account.)

Please email with any questions.

11/4, 1 pm – Qualitative Analysis with NVivo
Learn how to use NVivo software to code and analyze documents, audiovisual materials, and social media.

11/10, 10 am – Find Consumer Behavior Data [held in Group Study 2]
This workshop will provide an in-depth look into consumer surveys and how to use the data in your research.

11/12, 1 pm – Quantitative Analysis with SAS
Learn how to write and understand basic programs, using SAS software, for analyzing numeric data.

 11/17, 1 pm – Quantitative Analysis with R
Explore different packages in R to help you understand and analyze your data. Learn how to keep track of your work by writing and saving scripts.


October research workshops at Lehman Library!





Join our Social Sciences workshops and build your research, data, mapping, and analytic skills!

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held in Group Study room 2 on the main level of Lehman Library.

Please RSVP using this link: Please email with any questions.

10/1, 2 pm – Learn to Map: CartoDB

CartoDB has an easy, intuitive interface for quickly creating online maps. Bring your laptop and join us.

10/2, 2 pm – Learn to Map: QGIS [held in 215 Lehman Library]

A hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using QGIS open source software.

10/6, 10 am – Using Bloomberg & Capital IQ

Learn how to navigate, download data, and use basic commands in these popular business databases.

10/8, 1 pm – Making Sense: Qualitative Data Analysis 

Understand how to qualitatively interpret data collected through interviews, observations, and documents.

10/15, 1pm – Making Sense: Quantitative Data Analysis

Explore different quantitative methods for interpreting data. Learn how to identify appropriate methods for your data.

10/19, 11am – Making Sense: Spatial Data Analysis

Survey quantitative and geostatistical techniques for analyzing data.

10/22, 2pm – Learn to Map: Leaflet

Come learn Leaflet, an open-source JavaScript library for displaying spatial data in an interactive, mobile-friendly map.

10/28, 11am – Crash Course in Business Research

Get a quick tour of the basics of business research, covering resources for finance, marketing, and more.


Talk Zones come to Columbia Libraries!

Is Watson Library too crowded? Looking for space on campus to work in a group?

Check out the talk zones in these libraries:

Check out the study spaces page for details on the different study spaces available throughout the Libraries!

Congratulations to the winners of Watson Library’s raffle!

This month we held two coffee breaks in Watson Library for incoming students.

Students had the opportunity to participate in a raffle!

The winners are:

Zach Barbitta – $50 Amazon gift card
Courtney Asher – $25 Starbucks gift card
Sabrina Scandar – $25 Starbucks gift card

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who stopped by our coffee breaks last week!

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Welcome new and returning students!

Contact a librarian for research help:

  • In person: Monday to Friday, 1pm 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
  • Find a study space
  • Reserve a study room in Watson [Business school students only]
  • Reserve a study room in Butler, Lehman or the Science and Engineering Library
  • Course reserves information
  • Printing in the Watson Library
  • Information about access to the libraries, loan periods, fines, etc.

Fall workshops at the Libraries

Take advantage of workshops offered across the Columbia Libraries!

Workshops at the Digital Social Science Center (all sessions will take place in Lehman Library):

9/15, Noon to 1pm: Keep track of your research with Zotero
9/17, Noon to 1pm: Crash Course in Research Methodologies
9/23, Noon to 1pm: Find Free and Open Data

Learn to Map
9/25, 2pm to 4pm:  ArcGIS
10/1, 2pm to 3pm:  CartoDB
10/2, 2pm to 4pm:  QGIS
10/22, 2pm to 3pm: Leaflet

Making Sense Series
10/8, 1pm to 2pm: Qualitative Data Analysis
10/15, 1pm to 2pm: Quantitative Data Analysis
10/19, 11am to Noon: Spatial Data Analysis

Business Research Series
10/6, 10am to 11am: Using Bloomberg
10/28, 10am to 11am: Crash Course in Business Research

More workshops to come in November (days and time to be decided)!

  • Find Consumer Behavior Data (part of Business Research Series)
  • Find Finance Data (part of Business Research Series)
  • Qualitative Analysis with NVIVO
  • Quantitative Analysis with SAS
  • Quantitative Analysis with R

For more workshops check out the Libraries’ main workshops page.