Ignacio A. Sanchez

Research Support and Digital Services Librarian


Ignacio_Sanchez Ignacio Sanchez, Research Support and Digital Services Librarian


I provide general and in-depth research support in the areas of business and economics fields, which are becoming much more interdisciplinary. Prior to joining Columbia my library reference experience included general reference, earth and mineral sciences, humanities, education, and the social sciences. 

I currently provide outreach to MBA, EMBA, and Economic students, which includes the creation of online tutorials and research guides.   I also manage the Capital IQ accounts for Columbia Business School.  I am responsible investigating and researching new databases and datasets for the Business and Economics students and Faculty, this includes  liaising with vendors to acquire databases and negotiating licenses, terms and costs

As the Research Support and Digital Services Librarian, I collaborate with colleagues in the Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences Libraries division to provide coordinated support for using resources across the library's disciplines.  Examples of this coordinated effort includes oversight of "The Introductory to Bloomberg Terminals," instruction of  the "Crash Course in Business Reference" workshop, and the ongoing realtime online web training.


@ Columbia since 2015


For more information, please see the Watson Library of Business and Economics.  

Recommendations and suggestions from students, faculty, and scholars in the field are always welcome.



B.S., Human Development and Family Studies: Children, Youth and Family, Penn State University

B.S. Minor, Educational Theory and Policy, Penn State University

M.L.I.S., Information Technology & Academic Libraries, University of Pittsburgh



  • Bloomberg (available in Watson Library)
    Covers global securities markets, including equities, money markets, currencies, municipals, corporate and sovereign bonds, commodities, mortgage-backed securities, derivative products and governments. Also available in the Digital Social Science Center of Lehman Library.
  • Business Source Complete
    Provides full text for scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business.  
  • CapitalIQ (available in Watson Library)
    Provides profiles of public and private companies, investment firms, and professionals worldwide. Includes company financials, key developments, transactions, securities data, ownership, research and estimates, corporate governance, takeover defenses, regulatory filings, news, relationships among firms and professionals, competitors and suppliers, products, biographical, and contact data. Also contains segment financials and provides descriptive details for operating and business segments. Business school faculty and students can request an account by emailing: business@library.columbia.edu
  • Morningstar Direct (available in Watson Library)
    Research platform that unites global investment data and content with tools for highly customized investment analysis. Includes investment data on U.S. open-end mutual funds, separate accounts, and variable annuity investments. Data is also available on European mutual funds, including offshore funds. In addition, data is provided on hedge funds and hedge funds of funds. Faculty and PhD students can apply for an account (limited number) in Watson Library.
  • Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS)
    Interface to many datasets including Compustat, CRSP, OptionMetrics, RiskMetrics, Markit, and more. Current graduate students and faculty can request an account.  Also available on terminals in Watson Library.