New CBS Students Raffle Results!

Welcome to Columbia! Thank you all for attending the raffle hosted at the resource fair in Watson Library. We have our three winners here:

  • Amerder Chawlar – Winner of $10 Starbucks GC


  • Ruoyun Luo – Winner of $10 Starbucks GC


  • Pedro Barbara – Winner of $25 Starbucks GC


Congratulations again! Hope y’all have a wonderful semester!

Reduced & Labor Day hours

The Watson Library of Business & Economics will be open for reduced hours from 1pm-9pm on Friday, September 2nd to allow for the LEED Exam to take place in the morning.

Our Research Librarians will still be available for office hours on Friday between 1pm – 5pm.

Watson Library will be closed from Saturday 9/03 through Monday 9/05 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday weekend.  Regular Fall hours begin on Tuesday 9/06.

The Library’s full schedule can be viewed at… http://hours.library.columbia.ed/?library=business

Please contact us at 212-854-7804 or if you have any questions.

Business School Resource Fair

As part of new student orientation, the Business School will be holding a Resource Fair in the Watson Library of Business & Economics on Monday, August 22nd.

This event is open to incoming MBA students only, so the ground floor reading room and study rooms will be unavailable to library patrons between Noon – 5:30pm.

The 1M & 2M study spaces and mezzanine study rooms will remain open for library patrons between 8am – 7pm.

To view Watson Library’s hours of operations, please visit…

For questions regarding access to Watson Library, please call 212-854-7804 during our open hours.  Thanks.

[Metro SIG Meeting] Historical Corporate Annual Reports Digitization Project


This Wednesday, June 8 2016, Watson Library’s Interim Head Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen was invited to make a presentation at the Metro’s Economics and Business Librarians SIG meeting about the Historical Corporate Annual Reports Digitization Project in Watson Library.

Jeremiah provided an excellent summary of this widely-used digitization project, which was conducted by a group of Watson Library staff, led by our Collection Development Librarian Yasmin Saira from 2007 to 2009. The audiences were hugely intrigued by the fascinating stories Jeremiah extracted from these reports; everyone was also amazed at the visualization he created in the end, using one of the historical NYC maps:


If you want to learn more about this historical corporate report collection, here are some relevant links:

If you would like to request a full copy of this presentation, or had questions regarding our collections, please reach out to us at

Thomson One: Workaround for using Chrome and Firefox

Thomson One is a useful database for 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).

However it proves to be difficult because of its compatibility with only Internet Explorer (IE) pre-version 10.  However this is a workaround with an extension/Addins for Chrome/Firefox.

Please note that not all functions are supported with this solution (i.e. downloading analyst reports).

Please note, this information was gathered from a various business libraries. 


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 [24 hour 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.

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.