Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ethnographic Videos

Ethnographic Video Online provides more than 750 hours and 1,000 films on the study of human culture and behavior. The collection covers every region of the world and features classic and contemporary documentaries, as well as the work of previously unpublished footage from anthropologists and ethnographers in the field.



6,908,700,000 and Counting

6.9 billion is the latest estimate of the world population from the United Nations Population Fund. The release of the 2010 edition of the State of World Population report coincides with the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325, which recognizes and seeks to address the vulnerability of women and girls to violence during and after armed conflict, and the absence or low level of women’s representation in efforts to prevent war, build peace and restore devastated societies. The report highlights how women in conflict and post-conflict situations—as well as in emergencies or protracted crises— are faring a decade later.


Service Notice: ProQuest Maintenance 10/30

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on October 30, 2010. The window during which ProQuest database products will be unavailable is Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 10:00 EDT.

The following products will be unavailable during this time:

  • ProQuest Newspapers – both current and historical products
  • CSA Illumina products, such as Sociological Abstracts
  • Genealogy and local history products, such as Ancestry Library Edition
  • ProQuest Digital Dissertations

Thank you for your cooperation.

From FBIS to World News Connection

Don’t let language limit your research. Search the Foriegn Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports (FBIS) (1941 — 1996) continued by World News Connection (1996 –present) for translations into English of newspaper articles, conference proceedings, periodicals, non-classified technical reports, and local media sources from around the world.



Trust Me …. Really?

Transparency International(TI) defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This definition encompasses corrupt practices in both the public and private sectors. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector. The CPI is an aggregate indicator that combines different sources of information about corruption, making it possible to compare countries.

In 2010, which country ranked as the least corrupt? New Zealand. Which ranked as the most corrupt? Look at the data and find out.


Research in International Affairs

The International Crisis Group reports that "the monsoon floods in Pakistan have caused massive destruction and turned a displacement crisis in the insecure western borderlands into a national disaster… The fragile civilian government lack the capacity and the means to provide sufficient food, shelter, health and sanitation without  international assistance…A population exhausted by conflict could become a soft target for militants, making stability in the northwest even more elusive." from CIAO

Search the Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) database for working papers, policy briefs, journals, Atlas with data provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and more to find information about topics in the field of International Affairs. 


The World’s Women 2010

The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics is the fifth issue of The World’s Women. The current issue highlights the differences in the status of women and men in eight areas – population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. Analyses are based mainly on statistics from international and national statistical sources.


Reception for PhD Students

Columbia’s PhD candidates are invited to join the Libraries for a wine and cheese reception this Thursday.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with PhD students and librarians from across disciplines.  See you there!

When: Thursday, October 21, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Butler Library, room 523


Sponsored by Columbia University Libraries.

Celebrate 20.10.2010


On 20 October 2010, the World is celebrating the first World Statistics Day. The celebration is to acknowledge the service provided by the global statistical system at national and international levels.

Visit the WSD 2010 page to learn more or visit the U.S. Census Bureaus Facts for Features tribute.

Also visit Columbia’s own Data and GIS data page which highlights many of the resources being acknowledged on 20.10.2010.