PhD Candidates in Business and Economics: Resources

Useful resources for PhD candiates in Business and Econmics


   Use the Libraries' online catalog, CLIO, to search for print and electronic books and journals, databases, and datasets.

Research support

  • Consultations: set up an appointment with a librarian to review sources for your research.
  • Phone: 212-854-7804

Google Scholar

You can configure Google Scholar so that it auto-links to full-text articles at Columbia.

  • To configure this, go to Google Scholar and click on the gear icon for "Settings."
  • In the "Library Links" section, search for Columbia University.
  • Click the checkbox for Columbia when it pops up.
  • Now hit "Save," and you're done!
  • Now when you search, any articles that Columbia has in full-text will have an icon on the right marked “e-Link @ Columbia." 

Alternately, you can simply use this link:

Short list of databases

See our CLIO for a full list of resources.  To suggest possible acquisitions including data sets or databases for the library’s collection email:

Six terminals are available in Watson Library in Uris Hall. 
There are also two terminals in Lehman Library, one terminal in the Journalism Library and one terminal in the Social Work Building-Center On Global Energy Policy .

CapitalIQ All Columbia Business School students should have the Capital IQ account few weeks after fall semester starts. Non CBS students can visit to Watson Library to use the Capital IQ.

Available through WRDS .Large database of time series data covering stocks, bonds, commodities and economic data for numerous countries, along with company profiles. Request for an account through WRDS registration

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.

Available through Watson Library's workstations: Includes data on closed-end funds, equity ownership, exchange traded funds, hedge funds, market indexes, money market funds, offshore funds, open-end mutual funds, pension/life insurance funds, stocks, bonds,  information on Global Private Equity Firm Executives and Owners, and directory of Global Private Equity Firms.

SDC Platinum*
includes Global News Issues, Mergers and Acqusitions, VentureXpert and Global Public Issues; most data are also available through Watson Library's workstation.

Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS)
WRDS provides access to COMPUSTAT, CRSP, IBES, NYSE-TAQ, Bureau van Dijk (Amadeus and Osiris), Global Insight, OptionMetrics, Markit, RiskMetrics and more.