Monthly Archives: March 2015

CEIC India Enhanced Datasets

Web CEIC Data Manager is a subscription database of economic, financial and  industrial time-series indicators that covers over 117 countries and regions. It is available to Columbia University affiliates by online access.

CEIC chart on declining public sector undertaking in pharmaceutical sector

From CEIC dataset on India’s pharmaceutical sector

The India Premium module of CEIC has been expanded with enhanced datasets on India’s pharmaceutical sector including: detailed sector-wise operational indicator statistics; detailed breakdowns looking at the performance of six state-owned public sector pharmaceutical companies relative to the overall industry; data for assessing growth prospects of the pharmaceutical sector in relation to the availability of tertiary education courses; enhanced data series on the maximum sale price of prescription drugs set by regulatory policy; and related statistics on the monitoring and enforcement of this price ceiling, with cases of overcharging. These statistical datasets make it possible for users to evaluate the growth of the pharmaceutical industry in the Indian economy.

Other new data series in the CEIC Indian Premium Database include enhanced chemical and petrochemical statistics, expanded tourism statistics, expanded cement statistics, enhanced foreign trade statistics, enhanced metal and steel statistics, and enhanced transportation, post and telecom statistics.

Online resources for Hebrew language and the Israeli elections

In preparation for the elections in Israel, to be held next week on March 17, I’d like to highlight two new freely available resources.

The first, created by the National Library of Israel, relates directly to the upcoming elections.  The NLI has created an online portal to the “Election Chronicles,” an online exhibit and information page documenting elections in Israeli history up to the present.  The website includes basic information about Israeli elections and politics, as well as historic materials (archives, media, political cartoons, and more) from past elections.

Another resource recently made freely available in Israel is Ma’agarim: The Online Database of the Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language.  Formerly a subscription database, this project, created by the Academy of Hebrew Language, is now accessible to the public.  The dictionary cites the first existence of words in the Hebrew language, from the Bible through the Gaonic period, and in Hebrew literature from the 18th century through 1948.  This is a powerful resource for the study of Hebrew language.

(Cross-posted on the Jewish Studies Blog)

International Women’s Day 2015


International Women’s Day is observed on March 8th and in the U.S. the month of March is designated as Women’s History Month.   Here are some especially interesting and unique resources available in our collections, and out in the world.

Women and social movements, international: 1840 to present, “Online archive of published and manuscript primary sources focusing on women’s international activism since the mid-nineteenth century.”

Women's Day

Image of Xilonen, newspaper from Mexico City, 1970s. In Women and social movements, Alexander Street Press

Contemporary Women’s Issues.  A full-text database of articles and other information, global in scope and coverage.  

GenderWatch, a database of periodicals, magazines, and journals.

Women Watch.  United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women 

Women under Siege, a  project to compile reporting on the use of sexualized violence against women.  Includes a crisis map of violence against women in Syria.

Latin American Women Writers, a full-text collection of fiction, prose and poetry.


The librarians in Global Studies can assist you with research on women’s studies and gender issues pertaining to the regions of the world that we cover.  The Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian, Sarah Witte, is also available to help.