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Sign up for our Bloomberg Introductory Training

Students, welcome back!!!

Interested in learning more about the Bloomberg Terminal?  Sign up for Bloomberg Introductory Training Workshops.   To register visit the following link:

The dates and times for the sessions are as follows:

Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 9/15, 10:00-11:00a Business Library, 130 Uris Hall
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 9/22, 10:00-11:00a Business Library, 130 Uris Hall
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 9/29, 10:00-11:00a Business Library, 130 Uris Hall
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 10/6, 10:00-11:00a Business Library, 130 Uris Hall
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Thur 10/19, 2:00-3:00p Lehman Library
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 10/27, 10:00-11:00a Business Library, 130 Uris Hall
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 11/10, 10:00-11:00a Lehman Library
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Fri 12/1, 10:00-11:00a Business Library, 130 Uris Hall
Introduction to the Bloomberg Terminal Thur 12/7, 2:00-3:00p Business Library, 130 Uris Hall

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.


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.

New database: BMI Research

BMI Research provides:

  • in-depth market research reports on 24 industries and 200 global markets, emphasizing emerging markets
  • extensive economic and political risk ratings and analysis, macroeconomic analysis and forecasts, and financial analysis of debt and equity.
  • data tool that allows you access historical macroeconomic data and forecasts

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Congratulations graduates!

Remember your access to the Columbia Libraries continues after you graduate!

Access to our licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date. After this period the Libraries provide alumni with remote access to a small set of databases.  See the Libraries’ Alumni and Friends website for a list.

Recent alumni may use libraries spaces for a period of thirty days after the date of graduation using their student ID cards. After thirty days, alumni must obtain an alumni card in the Library Information Office in Room 201 of Butler Library.

For more information on alumni privileges, see:
Access to Columbia’s Libraries for Alumni


New resource: Euromonitor Passport cities

Passport Cities provides fully-comparable data and analysis on 1,150 of the world’s largest cities and includes reviews of 127 of the world’s major metropolitan areas.

Passport cities is available through the Euromonitor Passport database. Click on the “Countries & Consumers” tab and then choose “Cities”.

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Extended research support hours at the DSSC!

Until December 18, the research support desk in the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) in the Lehman Social Sciences Library will be open from 11am to 7pm, Monday through Thursday

The research support desk can be found in room 215 in Lehman Library.  If you need help finding it ask for help at the circulation desk!

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Need help with Capital IQ?

Did you know that you can get quick tips and an online reference guide online for Capital IQ?

Please check out this help page Quick Reference Guides and Tips.  Additionally, Capital IQ provides online training videos and archived webinars.

Please note that Capital IQ excel plug-in is only available on 10 library workstations in Watson Library.



Maximize your interview IQ

Successful interviewing is crucial in landing any job offer. Taking advantage of Columbia Libraries’ key resources is essential in preparing for an effective interview. The following is a list of important business databases that will help you research industries and companies.


Online database providing current and historical financial quotes, business newswires, and descriptive information, research and statistics on over 52,000 companies worldwide, and all traded instruments.


Capital IQ provides access to corporate information with coverage of both public and private companies, global M&A and PE/VC transactions, and background information on professionals with relationship tools. For more information on networking via Capital IQ, please check out this blog post.


Provides analytic tools and financial and economics data on public and private companies and their debt issues, private equity and venture capital firms and funds, macroeconomic series, global M&A deals, ownership details, and people data.


Thomson ONE provides access to financial data on public companies, as well as merger and acquisition information and market data. Users can search and screen across databases to identify companies that meet your specific investment criteria as well as conduct peer analysis. Includes Investext, Private Equity database (Venturexpert) and Thomson Deals (SDC Platinum). For step by step instructions on finding analyst reports in Thomson ONE consult our quick tutorial.


Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a great resource to learn about the major industries in the United States and globally. NetAdvange provides analytic tools and financial and economics data on public and private companies and their debt issues, private equity and venture capital firms and funds, macroeconomic series, global M&A deals, ownership details, and people data. Netadvantage provides industry surveys on 55 major industries ranging from Advertising to Transportation. The industry surveys are updated twice annually, and historical industry reports are available to as early as 1999. A typical industry survey covers the current environment and a detailed industry profile such as major industry trends, how the industry operates, key industry ratios and statistics, as well as how to analyze a company. Additionally there is an industry glossary, industry references such as key industry publications, associations and government agencies, and research organizations and firms, and comparative company analysis are included.


IBISWorld provides industry research reports for all of the 723 industries in the United States as categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). IBISWorld research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, and industry growth rates. Each report includes leading companies, products and markets, industry outlook, competitive landscape, industry life cycle, operating conditions, and key statistics.


Global Market Information Database (GMID) contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts. Coverage: 1977 to present;  forecasts to 2016.

Mintel Oxygen offers yearly market research covering UK, Europe, US and International consumer markets in the CPG/FMCG, financial services, media, retail, leisure and industrial space. Market data including size, segmentation and forecasts.


 Full-text database providing timely and detailed facts, figures and analyses of companies, industries and financial markets. Includes industry and trade publications, news sources, and company and market data. Coverage varies by source.

Networking via Capital IQ

The S&P Capital IQ platform provides relationship management tools such as Relationship Paths and Relationship Tree to manage, track and leverage key relationships.

Various “Six degree of Separation” Relationship Paths and Relationship Trees are available in Capital IQ to identify potential networking opportunities as the relationship management tools help create a map of relationships between people and companies, and manage contacts with detailed information on industry professionals.

For instance, users can quickly identify the relationships between Columbia Business School and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS).

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Furthermore, Capital IQ is very effective in finding alumni who work in a given industry or job function globally.  For instance, we can use it for screening companies such as:  Private Equity and Venture Capital firms in Hong Kong where Columbia business school alumni work.

To do this search:

1. Mouse over the “screening” tab, and then click on the “companies” link

2. click on “investment style managed” under “investment/advisory firms”, and select “Venture Capital” and “Private Equity/Buyouts” under “available items to “selected items”. Then click on “add criteria” button.

3. Click on “Geographic Locations” under “Company Details”. Search for Hong Kong.  Click on the check box left to “Hong Kong” and then click on “Add Criteria” button.

4.  Click on “Colleges/Universities” under “Education”. Put “Columbia” in the search box and click “Go”. Select “Columbia Business School” under search results and add it to the search criteria.

5. Click on “View Results” button to get the list of companies.