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Watson Library Early Closing 7/22/2011

The Watson Library of Business & Economics will close at 7:00 pm on Friday, July 22.   We have a major construction project this summer to improve our service profile.    This closing will allow contractors to install extra connectivity and power in the floor of the main reading room where extra seating will be added.


A new search engine for finding data and statistics!

logo_barsLooking for data? Need that perfect statistic for your paper?

Try the new search engine, Zanran!

According to the website: “Zanran helps you find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. This huge amount of information can be difficult to find using conventional search engines, which are focused primarily on finding text rather than graphs, tables and bar charts. Put more simply: Zanran is Google for data.”

Hard to find consumer market information.

Richard K. Miller publishes a series of marketing handbooks on many aspects of consumer markets in the United States.  The Watson library has always acquired these in hard copy and now they are available also in a database – Business Source Complete. Typical titles are –

  • Leisure Market Research Handbook
  • Restaurant and Foodservice Market Research Handbook
  • Hotels and Resorts

To see all the titles go to and select Market Research Reports from the right hand sidebar.  Select the ‘Publisher’ tab and then click on Richard K. Miller & Associates.


Access to the New York Times

The New York Times announced to readers that it will be moving into the world of digital subscriptions beginning March 28, 2011. A number of details addressing how the new subscription model will work are detailed in an FAQ on the Times’ site: there will now be a monthly limit of 20 clickable articles (including blog posts, slide shows, video, and other multimedia features); access to the homepage and section fronts will remain unrestricted; accessibility on mobile devices and e-readers is also explained.

The New York Times is offering an initial subscription offer of $.99 for the first 4 weeks. Please visit their offer page for more details.

Please note that access to the Columbia University’s Libraries print and electronic subscriptions will remain the same:

We will continue to post more information about this change and its impact on Columbia University faculty and students as it becomes available. Additional questions are also being answered on the Times site.

Springer eBook Collection in Business & Economics

SpringerLink The Springer eBook collection in Business & Economics offers more than 3,700 business and economics titles, covering the fields of economics, management, marketing, finance, information systems, logistics, and operation research, etc.

Notable book series include:

  • Studies in Economic Theory
  • Springer Finance
  • International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship
  • International Series in Operations Research & Management Science
  • Contributions to Management Science
  • International Handbooks on InformationSystems
  • SAP-Excellence
  • ZEW Economic Studies
  • Advances in Spatial Science
  • Integrated Series in Information Systems

Excellent eReference Works include:

  • Lee: Encyclopedia of Finance
  • Gass: Encyclopedia of Operations Researchand Management Science
  • Swamidass: Encyclopedia of Production and Manufacturing Management

Notable authors include

  • Nobel Prize winners Reinhard Selten and Robert Aumann
  • Philip Kotler, the world-renowned marketing expert

To view the business and economics ebooks, click on “business and economics” under subject collection, then choose “books” under content types on the right hand side of the page.

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The second to last contest question!

The Columbia Libraries blog-based scavenger hunt continues!

What is the date of the last Bloomberg training session for the Spring semester?

The last question will appear tomorrow on the Journalism Library Blog!

The first five people who answer the question correctly will win a 1GB USB key which can be picked up at the Watson Library.  Winners will be notified via email the next day.


Enter the Libraries blog-based scavenger hunt!

The Journalism Library and the Watson Library of Business and Economics invite you to join in a virtual scavenger hunt on their blogs!

  • Beginning March 1st, one question will be posted on alternative days to one of the blogs – a question whose answer can be found on the blog – along with a link to submit your answer.
  • The first 5 people who submit the correct answer to the daily question will win a 1GB USB key!
  • The scavenger hunt will continue for 2 weeks, Monday-Friday. There will be ten opportunities to win a USB key!
  • Winners will be notified by email. The USB keys can be collected at Watson Library any time the library is open. Columbia ID is required.

Let the games begin!

Repeat winners are not allowed.
Columbia Libraries staff are not eligible for the contest.