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Industry research and analysis from Bloomberg

Bloomberg Industries is a service that provides comprehensive data, trend analysis, thematic perspective, and Bloomberg functionality into one platform for more than 100 industries across 10 major sectors.  To access Bloomberg Industries, type <BI> and hit the green [GO] key.

For example, if you are looking for data and analysis for the defense industry, you can select “Defense Primes” under “All Industries” tab on the Bloomberg Industries default starting page.  Bloomberg presents the industry coverage under 3 main categories: Analysis, Data Library, and Monitor.  Continuously-updated industry outlook and analysis, and key data such as market share, cost analysis and segment analysis, as well as market news are all incorporated into one platform. Macro-level industry factors as well as company-specific operating, financial and valuation statistics are included in the Data Library.

For instance, detailed defense industry data such as recent U.S. Air Force annual procurement budgets for missiles are available via Bloomberg.

To learn more about how to navigate through Bloomberg Industries data and analysis, hit the green <help> key on any Bloomberg Industries page.

Faculty document delivery service is now available!

Full-time faculty from the Columbia Morningside campus, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary now can request electronic delivery of journal articles and book chapters from the general print collections on Morningside campus.

See the Libraries’ website for more information!

Mobile resources available from the Libraries!

CLIO and many databases can be used via your mobile device!  Check out the Libraries’ website for more information!

Useful resources include:

  • CLIO Mobile
    Access Columbia University Library’s catalog from your mobile device.
  • EBSCO iphone/android apps
    The iphone and android apps provide access to all 90 databases on the Ebsco platform.  Two relevant business and economics databases from EBSCO are Business Source Complete and EconLit with Full Text.
    With more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world’s most trusted sources for academic content.

MBA orientation: Resources for Parker Petroleum case study

cbs_center_financial_mWelcome MBA students!

See below for a list of useful databases that will aid you with the assignment for the case “Parker Petroleum in Jumandia”:

For competitors:

S&P Net Advantage
Thomson ONE

For issues in the industry highlighted by corporate social responsibility analysts:

ABI/Inform Global

Business Source Complete

For more information consult the handout from the library orientation session.

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!

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The best one will win a Kindle Fire. Up to ten other contestants will win an awesome, library approved water bottle!

Deadline is October 15! More information about contest details and how to submit.

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Five things you need to know about doing research in Watson Library

Welcome new and returning students!

1. Your Columbia University ID Card is your library card!
Have your card on you at all times. You need it to enter the library, check out materials, and use the copy machines.

2. Librarians are available to help you with your research in person, on the phone, via email or on IM!

3. The Watson Library’s website is a great place to start your research.  Avail yourself of our research guides organized by subject or browse our extensive collection of databases.

4. The Library’s 24/7 Help database contains frequently asked questions collected from students.  Another great starting point!

5. CLIO is the online catalog of Columbia.  CLIO has all of the Columbia Libraries’ holdings for all materials both print and electronic.

Google docs adds a new research tool!

There is a new feature available in Google Docs called “Research Tool.”

The Research tool makes it easy to add information from the web to your documents. To access the tool:

  • Select the Research option from the Tools menu.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut (Cmd + Opt + R on Mac, Ctrl + Alt + R on PC).
  • Right-click on a specific word and select Research.

The Research tool will appear along the right-hand side of your document. You can start a search by typing into the search bar. You can narrow your search to specific types of results (e.g. images, quotations) by using the drop-down menu in the search bar.

Researching different types of information relevant to your document

When conducting a search, the Research tool will show you different types of results — web results, images, quotations, maps, reviews, and more.

Use the back arrow to the left of the search bar to return to the previous page of your search results and the forward arrow to move forward in your search results.

Click here for more information about the new Research Tool for use in Google Docs.

Happy Researching!