Company Information Guide: Training Materials

A subject guide for Columbia Community to look into company information.

Databases at Watson

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CLIO (Columbia University Libraries Catalog)

CLIO is the Columbia Libraries' search interface. You can use CLIO to find books, articles, or databases (aggregate articles from multiple journals/newspapers). There is a CLIO search box at the top right of this and every other library page, or you may use the main CLIO page.

Check out the links below for useful tips, hints, and tricks as you begin to search with CLIO!

The sections below (and slides at right) provide more tips on how to search CLIO.


Bloomberg is a helpful tool for economic data analytics. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Make use of the <HELP> function: Bloomberg provides excellent customer support; make use of it by hitting the <HELP> key when you need assistance. Hitting <HELP> once describes the function you are using; hitting it twice will connect you to customer support via instant message.
  • Schedule a visit with a Bloomberg trainer: A Bloomberg trainer can walk you through the system and show you how to use some of the functions that might be helpful for what you intend to do.
  • Visit Bloomberg University: By typing <BU> into the system, you will be taken to a screen that offers a wide variety of training videos, informational papers and live seminars. The seminars are broken down by region, so you might be interested in attending one in your area (there is a fee for some of the seminars, but the majority are offered free to Bloomberg users).

For further assistance with Bloomberg functions and Excel add-ins, please feel free to talk to one of our research librarians in Watson or email us!

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