Lehman Library Study Hall Hours

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Finals are approaching fast so we are keeping our doors open longer for your study needs.
From April 18-May 15 we will be open Midnight-4am as a study hall space. On Sunday May 4th and 11th we will also be open for study hall from 7am-11am.

The Library operating hours from April 18-May 15 are:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-Midnight
Friday: 9am-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-Midnight

Scanners at Lehman

There are six flat-bed scanners in Lehman library. One, with automatic document feeder for up to 12" x 18" material, is located in the Data Service in room 215.The five others are for 8.5" x 11" material and are located in the DSSC. Four of which are stand alone scanners, i.e for scanning only. The fifth is attached to a public workstation.

There is also one large-format sheet-fed scanner in the Data Service. The  Colortrac 5480e scanner has been acquired for digitizing maps and other large-format single sheet material.

For more information, peruse the Large Format Scanner page. For information on scanning at Columbia University Libraries see the Scanning Services page.

MaRLI for PhD Students and Faculty

The Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI), enables Columbia doctoral students and full-time faculty  to borrow research materials from New York University Libraries and New York Public Library. See the MARLI website for more information http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/projects/marli.html

In order to take advantage of this service, register with MaRLI for Borrowing Privileges at NYU and NYPL Research Division

If you have questions about MaRLI contact marli@columbia.edu

Polling, Surveys, & Public Opinion

Looking for opinion poll or survey information? Search these databases:

iPoll Databank US polls originally gathered by academic, commercial and media survey organizations such as Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and many more. From 1935 to present.

Polling the Nations Polls on a variety of subjects conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries from 1986 to the present time.

Peruse also this research guide on Opinion Poll Data

VOXGOV: New Database at the Libraries

A discovery platform with a wealth of analytics providing fast and reliable access to unfiltered original source news, media and information direct from all branches of the U.S. Federal Government. Voxgov enables researchers to easily find who in government is saying what and when on any subject throughout all phases of the political, legislative, and regulatory process.

Voxgov harvests nearly 9,500 U.S. Government web locations multiple times daily with new sites being continually added. In addition to an archive of over 9 million U.S. data files, voxgov adds an average of more than 13,000 files daily drawn from U.S. Government newsrooms (including: press releases, speeches, transcripts, stories, columns, etc.), Congressional Record, Federal Register and social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Newspaper Databases

Looking for current newspaper sources? The following databases provide access to local and foreign newspapers:

  • Factiva — a searchable collection of sources including English and non-English newspapers, wire services, and more.
  • Lexis Nexis — a searchable collection of over 18,000 sources including English and non-English newspapers, wire services, transcripts of broadcasts, and more.
  • ProQuest Newspapers — a searchable collection from US national newspapers, international English-language newspapers, and/or selected regional/state newspapers.

Looking for a historical newspaper perspective?  The following databases allow you to search historical newspapers:

Can’t find what you need?  Contact us at dssc@libraries.cul.columbia.edu for assistance!

Looking for Statistical Time Series?

The libraries provide access to both Bloomberg and DataStream.

Bloomberg Provides current and historical financial quotes, business newswires, and descriptive information, research and statistics on over 52,000 companies worldwide. Printing and downloading are available. For search help see our Bloomberg Help Guide.

Datastream Provides statistical time series covering stocks, bonds, commodities and economic data for numerous countries, along with company profiles. Coverage varies by dataset.

One Bloomberg terminal is available in the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library and many others are available in the Business Library. Datastream is available on both the  Digital Social Science Center  and  Business Library computers.

Military Retiree COLA Restoration (S 25)

The CQ.com House Reports Supplement to the week of February 10 describes S 25, Military Retiree COLA Restoration, which repeals the cost-of-living reduction for most working-age military retirees under the age of 62 enacted as part of December's Ryan-Murrray Bipartisan Budget Agreement — applying it only to servicemembers who first enter the military beginning this year.
 
 
The measure also creates a $2.3 billion fund to be used to temporarily "patch" or help pay for a permanently overhaul of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that is used to determine Medicare reimbursement rates to physicians. To offset those costs, it extends for one additional year, FY 2024, the requirement under the Budget Control Act that certain mandatory spending be sequestered each year, including Medicare.
 
GOP leaders on Monday originally proposed to package these provision along with legislation raising the debt limit, but have decided to move the issues separately. The measure will be considered Tuesday February 11, 2014 under suspension of the rules, as a House amendment to the Senate-passed bill.
 
For U.S. Congressional news, bill tracking, committee testimony, member profiles, roll call, and more search the CQ.com database.

The UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition, 1949-1953

Visualizing Universalism: The UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition, 1949-1953.

Symposium and exhibition sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research.

When       Thursday, April 17, 10am – 6pm
Where      East Gallery, Buell Hall, 515 West 116th Street (map)
 
This event is free and open to the public.