Electronic Resources in the Business and Economics Library
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ABI/INFORM Dateline (ProQuest Direct)
Contains complete articles from hundreds of local and regional publications that chronicle the day-to-day operations of thousands of U.S. and Canadian companies. Important business trends and events as well as regional market and economic conditions also receive considerable coverage. Coverage dates: 1985 - present
ABI/INFORM Global (ProQuest Direct)
Periodical database specializing in business literature, including full text of over 1920 of the 2890 ABI/Inform titles. All titles are indexed and abstracted. Also included in ProQuest are Newspapers and General Periodicals. Coverage varies from 1971 - present.
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (ProQuest Direct)
Search more than 1200 business periodicals and newsletters with a trade or industry focus. Provides users with the latest industry news, product and competitive information, marketing trends, and a wide variety of other topics. Contains publications on every major industry, including finance, insurance, transportation, construction, and many more. Coverage dates: 1971 - present
Accounting & Tax
Provides access to top accounting journals and trade publications, reference reports, proceedings, and dissertations, etc.
An online database that tracks millions of brands across 18 media and ranks top spenders by industry, parent, brand, etc. Please note: both on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Amadeus [Available via Wharton Research Data Service]
Contains financial information on public and private companies in Europe.
AmericanFactFinder (AFF) is an online source for population, housing, economic and geographic data that presents the results from four key data programs: Decennial Census of Housing and Population - 1990 and 2000, Economic Census 1997 and 2002, American Community Survey - 1996-present, Population Estimates Program - July 1, 2003-present
Database covering over 456,000 organizations worldwide. Also includes U.S. regional, state and local associations. Entries provide directory (e.g., phone, address, web address, etc.) as well as descriptive (e.g., organization profile, conference schedule, etc.) information. Updates: 5 times a year.
Balance of Payments Statistics [IMF]
Provides information on the balance of payments among countries and geographical areas of the world. Contains approximately 100,000 time series covering more than 170 countries and areas and includes all series appearing on the BOP Country Pages.
Provides very detailed information on over 30,000 public and private banks worldwide. It combines data from the main information provider, Fitch Ratings, and nine other sources, with software for searching and analysis.
Barclay Hedge Fund Directory [Available in Watson Library only]
Published twice a year, delivers in-depth analysis on the performance of the more than 1,800 hedge funds and funds of funds. Statistical data includes rates of return, expected months to new peak and probability of losing, projectability and comparison with benchmarks.
Barclays Capital Live [Available in Watson Library only]
Provides access to Barclays Capital's indices, global forecasts, market monitors, analytical tools, and research.
Online database providing 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. There is also one Bloomberg terminal available in the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library. Additional Bloomberg terminals are available in Uris Hall and Warren Hall.
BoardEx [For access information, e-mail email@example.com]
Information on companies, and nonprofits. Allows users to analyze current and historical linkages between companies, individuals, not-for-profit organizations and other private associations. Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates.
Business Insights: Essentials [formerly: Business & Company Resource Center]
This database brings together a variety of global business information. Resources in the database include: Company profiles (including corporate parent/sibling relationships), Industry ranking, Products and brands, Stock prices, Investment reports, Industry statistics, Corporate chronologies and histories, Consumer marketing data, Emerging technology reports, Industry newsletter news and analysis, and Business journal news and analysis.
Business Plans Handbook
Compilation of actual business plans.
Business Source Complete
Covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, international business, econometrics and economics. Contains full text of the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review and other important journals. BSP also includes country reports from EIU and Global Insight as well as company reports from Datamonitor.
Current non-Business School affiliates can use Capital IQ at one of the four designated terminals in the library.
Business School students and faculty must request individual accounts. For access information see: Business 24/7 Help. Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates. Capital IQ academic access can be used for academic purposes only.
CEIC Data Manager
CEIC Data contains economic, industrial and financial time-series data and cover 117 countries and regions including detailed data on China. Data comes from analysts on the ground and the prime national and regional statistical agencies and major industrial data issuing organizations of each country covered.
CEPR Discussion Papers
Over 3000 Discussion Paper Abstracts are currently available online and all Discussion Papers published since the beginning of 1999 (i.e. from No2050) are available as electronic PDF files. Discussion papers may have been presented at conferences or workshops, but will not have been published in journals.
China Data Online
Covers comprehensive economic and statistical data on China such as data on county and city levels. It also provides economic and industrial census data from the 1982, 1990, 1995, and 2004 China censuses. Additionally, it offers a series of unique China GIS data products with administrative boundaries of province, city, county and township.
ChinaScope Financial offers China-focused company, sector and macro-economic data as well as media reports and market developments.
CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
A wide range of scholarship that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences.
Compact Disclosure [Available at Business Reserves Desk]
This database contains extracts of the Securities and Exchange Commission filings from 12,000 public companies. Monthly CDs: 1990-2006.
Conference Board. Business Knowledge Research
Provides full-text research reports from the Conference Board on the latest issues in business management and on United States and global economics, covering topics such as business outlook, leadership decisions, performance excellence, corporate governance, human resource management, productivity, economic indicators and analysis/forecasts of regional, national, and international economic conditions.
Encyclopedic background articles, maps, selective up-to-date news, statistical data, financial data, and analysis covering 191 countries of the world. Organized for quick reference by region and country, and with full-text indexing for keyword searching. Service includes CountryReviews, Country NewsWire, wire service newsfeeds, Country Forums, currency converters, and other quick-reference resources for each country.
A globally integrated 5-year macroeconomic forecast for each country of the world, including concise economic overviews complementing forecast tables and graphs, 5-years of historical data on key macroeconomic variables, and an interface that allows one to change forecast input assumptions to create customized country forecast scenarios.
Datastream [Available in Watson Library only]
Large database of statistical time series covering stocks, bonds, commodities and economic data for numerous countries, along with company profiles. See the notebook at the workstation for instructions. Coverage varies by dataset. Please note: this resource is also available in the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library. Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates.
DealScan (via Wharton Research Data Service)
Covers comprehensive historical information on loan pricing and contracts details, terms, and conditions. In addition, DealScan provides contract information for high yield bonds, private placements and hybrid financial structures data which are compiled from SEC filings and public documents, as well as other sources. Coverage period: 1988 through 2009. Datasets Information includes borrower, lender, purpose, amount, fees, covenants, financials and more.
Direction of Trade Statistics [IMF]
Provides figures on the value of merchandise exports and imports by trade partners as well as area and world aggregates showing trade flows between major areas of the world. DOTS provides access to monthly, quarterly and annual trade data from 1948 to 1999 for about 180 countries and geographic areas.
Comprehensive, indexed bibliography of worldwide literature on economics from over 300 major economics journals, books, and collected volumes. Coverage: 1969-present ; Updates: Quarterly
Economist Intelligence Unit (also known as EIU.com)
Includes Country Reports, Country Monitor, Country Forecast, and Country Commerce as well regional newsletters, and a time series database providing information and data on over 190 countries. Information is presented as analysis, briefings, commentary, or forecasts.
Provides analytic tools and financial and economics data on public and private companies and their debt issues, private equity and venture capital firms and funds, macroeconomic series, global M&A deals, ownership details, and people data.
Full-text database providing timely and detailed facts, figures and analyses of companies, industries and financial markets. Includes industry and trade publications, news sources, and company and market data. Coverage varies by source.
Faulkner's Advisory for IT Studies
Virtual library of reports covering IT infrastructure, telecom, data networking, wireless communications, security, enterprise systems, the Internet and World Wide Web, as well as technology vendors. FAITS also links to technology and business news resources such as Nando Net, The New York Times, Financial Times, NewsBytes, and the BBC.
Forrester Research (includes Jupiter Communications)
Forrester's research publications analyze a broad range of technology areas such as new media, computing, software, networking, telecommunications and the Internet, and project how technology trends will affect businesses, consumers, and society. Forrester reports include up-to-date industry statistics, as well as illustrative graphs and charts. Please note: on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Fortune Lists [Available in Watson Library only]
Fortune 1000 available in Excel format from 1996 - 2004; Fortune Global 500 available in Excel format from 2001 - 2004. Spreadsheets may be downloaded or emailed.
Foundation Directory provides descriptions of grant makers, including private grant-making foundations, community foundations, operating foundations, and corporate grant makers.
Foundation Grants to Individuals
Comprehensive directory of grantmakers to individuals.
In-depth market research reports on information technology. Topic areas include: computing hardware, software infrastructure, IT services, communications, semiconductors and business objectives.
Global Development Finance Online
Global Development Finance Online (GDF) provides data on more than 200 external debt and financial flow indicators for the 134 countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt to the World Bank Debtor Reporting System. The time series data run from 1970 to 2016, where available.
Global Financial Data
Global Financial Data contains historical financial and economic data on 200 countries. Data includes:long-term historical indices on stock markets; total teturn data on stocks, bonds, and bills; interest rates; exchange rates; inflation rates; bond indices; commodity indices and prices.
Global Insight contains time series, economic, and business data for the United States and international economies. Data is available for downloading into a spreadsheet. Includes Data Insight (Economic and Financial Data) and Country Intelligence.
Global Market Information Database (GMID)
GMID contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts.Coverage: 1977 to present, forecasts to 2016. Please note: on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Governmental Accounting Research System (GARS) [Available in Watson Library ONLY]
Provides governmental accounting literature, including Original Pronouncements, Codification of Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards, Implementation Guides, Comprehensive Topical Index.
Government Finance Statistics [IMF]
Provides detailed annual statistical data on revenue, expense, transactions in assets and liabilities, and stocks of assets and liabilities of general government and its subsectors as reported by member countries.
Hoover's Company Capsules & Profiles (via Proquest)
Find information on 40,000 companies covered by Hoover's. Company Capsules and Profiles deliver information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers, and more. Use the title or company field to search company names.
IBISWorld provides industry research reports for all of the 723 industries in the United States as categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). IBISWorld research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, and industry growth rates. Each report includes leading companies, products and markets, industry outlook, competitive landscape, industry life cycle, operating conditions, and key statistics.
The IMF eLibrary offers direct access to IMF's periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. The topics covered include macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, and poverty reduction.
Access to statistics on health, higher education, agricultural and industrial production information, economic statistics, and tourism-related data in India. The database also contains information about bank and financial institutions, companies, co-operatives, crime and law, population, foreign trade, labour and workforce, housing, media, power, transport, urban-rural settlements and economy in India, and more.
Database of statistics about New York City from 1980 to the present. Consists of official statistical data from U.S., New York State, and New York City agencies. Includes population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, and more.
International Financial Statistics [IMF]
The IFS database contains approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas and includes all series appearing on the IFS Country Pages; exchange rate series for all Fund member countries, plus Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles; major Fund accounts series; and most other world, area, and country series from the IFS World Tables.
ISI Emerging Markets
Full-text news, financial and economic information on emerging market countries.
Full-text articles from more than 600 scholarly journals in several disciplines
Jupiter Communications (now part of Forrester Research)
Database focusing on the impact of the Internet and new technologies on commerce and marketing. Covers a variety of regions (e.g., Europe, Latin America, Japan) and industries (e.g., automotive, consumer goods, financial services, health, and media & entertainment). Coverage: 1986 to present; Updated daily.
Leadership Library on the Internet
Includes 14 Leadership Directories yellow books: Congressional yellow book, Federal yellow book, State yellow book, Corporate yellow book, and News media yellow book; and nine are published semiannually: Municipal yellow book, Federal regional yellow book, Judicial yellow book, Financial yellow book, Associations yellow book, Law firms yellow book, Government affairs yellow book, Foreign representatives in the U.S. yellow book, and Nonprofit sector yellow book. Updated daily.
Full-text database of over 6000 sources including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, SEC filings and international company reports, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.
Bibliographical citations to statistical information from the U.S. government, international intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), state governments, and private sources. Some items have links to full-text. Comprised of American Statistics Index (ASI),Index to International Statistics (IIS), and Statistical Reference Index (SRI). Coverage varies, updated monthly.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Provides financial data on companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ®, and the American Stock Exchange; in-depth research reports on companies; data on mutual, closed-end, and exchange-traded funds; analysts' reports on funds; exclusive investment tools and engaging educational features, including interactive training on basic and advanced stock, fund, and portfolio techniques.
Moody’s Default & Recovery Database
Provides comprehensive data on defaults, recovery from default, and rating changes (at both the security and issuer level) for all corporate issuers of long-term bonds. DRD is a great tool for credit research and model building. Please note: on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Provides consumer magazine audience data, measuring the readership of over 230 magazines in the United States; we also have access to Mediamark Reporter database [in MRI+] that provides summary tables of key audience and product usage data from national probability sample of 27,000 households. Registration of e-mail address required. Please note: on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Mintel Global Navigator
Contains market size, market share and forecast data for thousands of consumer goods categories worldwide. Please note: on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Offers yearly market research covering UK, Europe, US and International consumer markets in the CPG/FMCG, financial services, media, retail, leisure and industrial space. Market data including size, segmentation and forecasts. Please note: on-campus and off-campus access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
NBER Working Papers
Contains the full-text of working papers from the National Bureau of Economics Research. The NBER covers four areas of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals. Many of its publications, including NBER Working Papers, NBER Reporter, and NBER Digest, are available for download.
The online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Includes all OECD books, reports, periodicals and statistical databases. Coverage: 1988 to the present, updated weekly.
Orbis integrates data from all of BvDEP's databases. Includes data for millions of public and private companies globally.
OSIRIS is a comprehensive database of listed corporates, banks and insurance companies around the world. In addition to the income statement, balance sheet, cash flow and ratios it contains news, ownership, ratings, earnings estimates and stock data. Covers over 120 countries, includes 55,000 publicly listed corporates (12,000 US and 43,000 non US) 1,500 banks, and 350 insurance companies.
Contains citations to periodical articles, books, government documents and research reports in business, finance, government, international relations, banking, environment, health, social sciences, political science, law, and legislations. It is international and multilingual. Many items contain abstracts. Coverage: most recent ten years; updates: monthly
Pratt's Guide is a reference source to actively investing private equity and venture capital firms operating around the world. Continually updated with new fund-raising data, new investment and exit data and new contact information.
Preqin [Available in Watson Library only]
Provides current and historical data on the private equity industry covering compensation, deals, fund managers, funds, fund of funds, fund terms and conditions, LP investors, and fund performance. Subscription is for Performance Analyst database only. Please note: access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
Thomson Reuters Private Markets offers coverage and commentary on the world’s private equity and venture capital marketplaces. Private Markets provides access to the breaking news, industry research, and trend analysis from the editors of Buyouts magazine and Venture Capital Journal. Archival access is included.
An interdisciplinary database covering more than 2,000 professional, scholarly, trade and general interest periodicals, including full-text for over a thousand titles and indexing/abstracts for the others. The database also covers 27 primary and secondary US newspapers (including a 90-day rolling file of The New York Times), 11 of which are in full-text. ProQuest Direct represents titles found in ABI-INFORM (Global Edition), Periodicals Abstracts (Research II Edition), and Newspaper Abstracts. Coverage: varies ; Updates: Daily
ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. The online version includes monthly updates to tables, deep searching at the line-item level, powerful facets for narrowing search results, image and spreadsheet versions of all current and historical tables, along with links to provider sites.
Ratings Direct (Standard and Poor's Corporation)
Real-time database for global credit ratings, research and risk analysis. Provides historical ratings, research articles and breaking news.
Directory information on U.S. and Canadian business, health care, and residential listings. Search by company name, geographic area, business type, SIC code, yellow page listing, revenue, location, number of employees or any combination of the above. In addition to address and phone number, each entry includes officer names and titles, corporate affiliation, business type and size of yellow page advertising. Toll-free and fax numbers are given for some companies.
RGE aggregates information on many global economic and geostrategic issues.
SDC Platinum [Available in Watson Library only]
Also available through Thomson ONE (click on the Deals tab)
Data can be downloaded. The components of the Business Library's subscription to SDC are:
- VentureExpert, which has data on venture capital deals from 1970 onward. 70% of the companies are private;
- Worldwide Merger and Acquisitions, which contains data on all corporate transactions involving at least 5% of the ownership of a company, varied coverage from 1980 onward;
- New Issues, containing all taxable issues of debt, equity and taxable municipals since 1970;
- Project Finance, containing more than 10,000 worldwide projects announced and financed on a limited or non-recourse basis since the early 1990s.
Please note: Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT students, faculty and staff. There is an embargo period of 60 days on the data in SDC.
provides a powerful platform to create customized cross-tab reports to identify consumer demographic, psychographic and shopping characteristics and media usage of your target audience. The data comes from the Simmons National Consumer Study (NCS), Teens Study, and Kids Study. For information on using this database and interpreting your results see our quick tutorial.
Provides comprehensive data, news, and analytics on 4,000 public companies and over 5,000 private companies in North America, with in-depth standardized and as-reported financials, sector-specific templates, asset-level data, mapping and regulatory data.
Sports Business Research Network: SBRnet
Full-text database focusing on the sporting goods and sports marketing industry. Provides market research and industry news on all aspects of the industry including sports equipment sales, sports participation, sports broadcasting, sports sponsorship and sports marketing. Coverage: 1996 to the present, updated daily.
SRDS: Standard Rate and Data Service
SRDS delivers up-to-date media information, including detailed advertising rates, deadline dates and contact data for the print and broadcast.
SSRN: Social Science Research Network
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is composed of a number of specialized research networks in the social sciences. Topics covered by networks include accounting, economics, financial economics, legal scholarship, and management (including negotiation and marketing). The SSRN eLibrary consists of abstracts of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an electronic paper collection of downloadable full-text documents in PDF format.
Standard & Poor's Execucomp
Provides compensation data for U.S. directors and executives of S&P 1500 companies.
Standard & Poor's Leveraged Commentary & Data
Provides leveraged finance news and analysis, as well as information on loans and high-yield bonds. Please note that our subscription provides access to the commentary portion of the database only.
Standard and Poor's Net Advantage
Contains Computstat stock reports, S&P Tear Sheet Reports, Global Industry Surveys and data on mutual funds. Global industry surveys provide industry overviews and trends covering Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Each survey includes the following sections: current environment, industry trends, how the industry operates, key industry ratios and statistics, glossary, industry references and comparative company analysis. Updated annually.
Integrated access to thedeal.com as well as data on deals, and bankruptcies.
Thomson ONE [formerly "Thomson One Banker"]
Thomson ONE provides access to financial data on public companies, as well as merger and acquisition information and market data. Users can search and screen across databases to identify companies that meet your specific investment criteria as well as conduct peer analysis. Includes Investext, Private Equity database (Venturexpert) and Thomson Deals (SDC Platinum).
For step by step instructions on fidning analyst reports in Thomson ONE consult our quick tutorial.
ULI Development Case Studies
Access to more than 300 detailed case studies of completed projects ranging from low-income housing to mixed-use downtown developments to commercial and industrial projects. The case studies provide photographs and site plans, information on costs and rents, innovative features and strategies of the project, and an explanation of the entire development process. It covers projects from 1985 to the present. Thirty new case studies are added every year. Please note: access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) contains trade data (imports, exports and re-exports) from countries world-wide. For each country annual data can be retrieved by commodity and trading partner. Commodity is defined by either standard international product codes or international industry codes.
More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics. Descriptions of the international sources and definitions used in compiling the data are included.
USA Trade Online
USA Trade is a web-based product that allows for remote access to detailed trade data between the United States and its trading partners. Currently it is accessible only from Columbia network. Users can download data on the imports or exports of specific products in either Excel or ASCII format. Products are described at the various levels of detail within 10 digit U.S. Harmonized Schedule of code products.
Value Line Historical Reports
Contains PDF versions of the Value Line investment survey back to 1997.
Value Line Research Center Contains issues from the current year of the investment survey and small and mid-cap edition, covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.
For more information about Value Line see our short tutorial.
Available through Thomson ONE (click on the Market Views tab, then click on Deal Activity)
VentureXpert is a venture capital and private equity research tool from Thomson Financial. It contains detailed information on venture capital and private equity deals in the United States, Europe and Asia.
WARC [formerly "World Advertising Research Center"]
WARC provides access to advertising and marketing information from various sources. The searchable sources include organisations of various countries, monographs, conference papers, abstracts (including 'Market research abstracts') and the full-text of various journals, including the International journal of market research, the Journal of advertising research, the International journal of advertising, Admap, the Journal of advertising history and Market leader.
Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS) [Available in Watson Library only]
WRDS provides access to important databases in the fields of finance, accounting, banking, economics, management, marketing and public policy including Compustat, CRSP, Global Insight and OptionMetrics. Current Columbia faculty, graduate students, and research assistants may request an account. Access to this resource is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates.
Wilson Business Full Text
Provides indexing and abstracting of articles from over 800 English-language business magazines, trade and research journals, plus the full text of selected periodicals.
A Web-based software tool for doing text analysis of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. The tool searches SEC filings back to 2001.
World Bank e-Library
The World Bank e-Library is an online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 5,000 World Bank documents. The collection consists of over 2,000 World Bank publications and over 3,200 Policy Research Working Papers, plus each new book and paper as they are published. Searchable by region and topic; documents available as downloadable PDFs.
World Development Indicators
WDI Online is a comprehensive database on development data covering 575 indicators, 225 countries, and 18 regional and income groups. The extensive collection of development data includes population, income, social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators for more than forty years (1960 to 2000, where data are available).
Worldscope [Available at Business Reserves Desk]
Contains basic financial information on public companies worldwide; international equivalent to Compact Disclosure. 1991 – 2006 (quarterly)
Provides information on M&A, IPO, private equity and venture capital deals and rumours. Zephyr is updated hourly.