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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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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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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!

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.

A new way to search: CLIO Beta launches today!

The Libraries are happy to announce the launch of a new search system: CLIO Beta.  CLIO Beta, which over time will take the place of the current search tool CLIO, improves the discovery of information and delivers enhanced services for students and faculty.

CLIO Beta searches the same catalog as CLIO and CLIO classic, but offers more flexible search options, quicker filtering of resources, better results formats, and item-specific request options

It also enables searching across many diverse sources, including the Columbia Libraries catalog, articles, archives, Academic Commons, ebooks, the Libraries’ website, and more.

For more information, check out our video, visit the CLIO Beta blog or start searching right away!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We’d love to hear them! Just use the feedback tab at cliobeta.columbia.edu.

Need research help? Ask a librarian!

BLOGS_lehman.2009-03-09.DSC_4366There are a variety of ways to get help:

Email us! Send your research question to business@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Visit us! Research librarians are available Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm. Just ask at the service desk for help!

Call us! at 212-854-7804

IM us! @ askuscolumbia via AOL, Google, MSN, or Yahoo! or use the chat widget

World Population Day 2011

On October 31, 2011, the world’s population reached 7 billion people. For more information about World Population day see the United Nations Population Fund [UNFP]. The 7 Billion Actions Campaign sponsored by the UNFP has interactive world and regional maps.

The Watson Library has many databases for population and other important social and economic data including:

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from http://www.7bcampaign.com/data

New database: ChinaScope Financial

chinascope financialChinaScope Financial offers China-focused company, sector and macro-economic data as well as the latest media reports and market developments.

The database provides [from publisher website]:

  • Company Data – comprehensive fiscal, financial and operating data series as reported by companies and industry sources.
  • Sector Data – industry-specific indicators and statistics outlining over 40 sectors,
  • MacroEconomic Data – historical and forecast Chinese economic indicators for all provinces, regions and the country as a whole, with time series as far back as the 1970s.
  • Daily News – updates of key company and market developments compiled from hundreds of major global, regional and local Chinese media. All stories are translated and presented in English and can be crossed-referenced with relevant datasets on the platform.

Tips for using Google Scholar


It is possible to link from Google Scholar right to the full text of the article (if we subscribe).

Follow the steps below and start googling!

1) Click on the link at the top right of the page called Scholar Preferences.

2) In the section called Library Links, type Columbia in the box and click on Find Library. This brings up an option, Columbia University in the City of New York – e-Link @ Columbia, which if you check it, will provide you with links to the full text of the articles that you find in Google Scholar, if Columbia provides you access to the full text of those journals.

3) Click on Save Preferences.