Category Archives: PhD Students

Welcome, Fall MAs, PhDs, China and Spencer Fellows, and Knight-Bagehots!

 pencilWelcome, Fall MAs, PhDs, China and Spencer Fellows, and Knight-Bagehots!

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.

World Bank Data Products Now Freely Available

wbGreat news for current students, graduating students, alumni, and faculty!  The World Bank has recently made their data products freely available without subscription through their new open data site (, with more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic, and human development statistics.  Most of these products were previously only available through subscription.

What kinds of data can you find here?  Over 300 indicators covering over 200 countries – some of the data going back 50 years:

  • annual fresh water withdrawals
  • electric power consumption
  • fertility rates
  • GDP
  • health expenditures
  • internet users
  • life expectancy
  • literacy rates
  • long-term unemployment
  • marine protected areas
  • methane emissions
  • military expenditures

…and much more!

The data come from a variety of sources including international agencies, private and NGO partners, and the World Bank’s 186 member countries. For more information about World Bank’s open data initiative, see this video of World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick.

2010 Census – be counted!


The Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.  The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds for things like hospitals, schools, bridges, tunnels, senior centers, and much more!  The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  And researchers, such as yourselves, use this data to analyze socio-demographic indicators.

Before March is over, the post office will be delivering a Census form to every household in the U.S.  

  • 10 Questions in 10 Minutes!  That’s how long it takes!
  • Who Gets Counted?  Everyone!  Citizens and non-citizens
  • What Do I Need to Do?  Complete the form and mail it back!

If you have questions about your participation, the form, or the importance of the Census, the answers are at the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census web site,


Columbia on iTunes U and YouTube EDU

butler2008-redbullColumbia University has audio and video content available on iTunes U and YouTube EDU!  Course lectures, workshops, events, Library Essentials videos, and much more – click above or bookmark the following links:

Grab your earbuds and join us!

Where to begin? Start with a research consultation!

Need help jump-starting your project or thesis research?  help button

Press the Help! button to set up a research consultation with the Journalism Librarian!  (or send email to: with your topic and some suggested dates/times for a meeting).

Welcome, Journalism MAs, PhDs, and Spencer Fellows!

Welcome to Columbia! Today’s library instruction presentation slides are available for download!  Please contact me if you have any questions as you start the year – – and don’t forget to check the Journalism Library website and blog for updates on resources and research tips.