Monthly Archives: February 2014

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 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 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 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.

Scan & Delivery Service

Need a book chapter or article from Columbia Libraries' print collections?

Scan & Deliver: Electronic Document Delivery enables you to request electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the general print collections of many of Columbia's Libraries. The service is available for book chapters and articles in the general print collections, with some exceptions.

To place a request:

1) Run a CLIO search for the book or journal you're looking for.

2) Choose the exact item you'd like from the results page

3) In the "Available from" menu on the item page, choose "Scan & Deliver"

4)  Follow the instructions and submit your request.

Visit the Scan & Deliver web page for information on which Columbia University Libraries participate in the service, detailed instructions for placing a request, delivery information, and frequently asked questions.

SIPA Research Tools

Attention: SIPA Students

Come learn about some of the many tools and research aids available for research at SIPA. Among the displays will be:

Interactive GIS display

Research  Resources

Statistical Software display

Zotero display

The SIPA Research Tools event, accompanied by morning refreshments, will be held on

Thursday February 13, 2014

10:00 am – 11:00 am and again 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

and hosted in the

Data Service, Lehman Library, Room 215

Please choose a session and R.S.V.P to