Research Help


The Watson Library of Business and Economics provides assistance with research, databases, and general questions.

In-Person Help

See the hours page for the research help schedule. Librarians are on call.

  • Ask at the Circulation Desk for help.
  • Telephone for assistance: (212) 854-7804
  • Individual Consultation Sessions
    Consultation with reference librarians are available on customized research topics, such as company and industry research or international business topics: schedule a consultation.

Virtual Help

  • Search the Watson Library's 24/7 Help database for instant answers to frequently asked business and economics questions.
  • E-mail us - one of the best ways to ask us research questions is through e-mail.  Please note: e-mail is answered Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST.
  • IM a research librarian for help with your research:
    • Ask a Librarian (Columbia University students, faculty, alumni and staff only)
  • Consult our Research Guides for more detailed research help.