Monthly Archives: February 2010

America’s Historical Newspapers

Screen shot 2010-02-24 at 7.36.40 PMThis extraordinary collection provides full-text access to nearly every American newspaper* published from 1690 through the 19th century.  Search the entire database or limit a search to a specific region, state, town, or paper.  You may also limit by time period, language, and article type (including letters, news/opinion, advertisements, illustrations, cartoons, and announcements), or page through issues by date.

We’d be happy to offer tips and suggestions for searching America’s Historical Newspapers and other sources in American history at the reference desk, or via phone (212-854-2241), email,  or chat (butlerreference).

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*except for the New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, which are included in ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Use Google Books to Find and Download Full-Text


You can use Google Books to find full-text titles in the public domain, i.e. older titles whose copyright has expired.

  • go to Google Books; click Advanced Search
  • Next to Search click Public Domain only
  • Enter search term, i.e. willa cather; click Google Search button
  • Click title to see full text
  • Full text can be downloaded in pdf or epub format; use download button at top of page
  • Some of these Google book titles will appear in CLIO but not all

  • Remember that CLIO Beta now links to Google Books

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

With Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, standard authoritative Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish dictionaries are only a click away.

Features include sound recordings for each word, the ability to search in  English or in the original language,  a virtual keyboard for entering accents and non-roman characters (though this is not necessary for look-ups) and supporting sections on life & culture.

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Bookmark this link to access Oxford Language Dictionaries Online from on or off campus:

American History in Video

Columbia Revolt

Columbia Revolt

American History in Video provides a large and and rich collection of online video for the study of American history with more than 4,000 titles encompassing more than 1,000 hours. Many of the videos include fully searchable transcripts.  Create, annotate, and share clips and playlists.  The database  includes commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and documentaries, including Columbia Revolt (1968).

Library Service Changes Due to Inclement Weather, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Due to inclement weather,  Columbia University Libraries (CUL) facilities will close at 3pm today, Wednesday, February 10th. Butler Library’s 24-hour study spaces will remain open for CU students and faculty; however, all service points including the Library Information Office, Circulation, Reserves, Media Center, graduate reading rooms and the Butler book stacks will be closed.

All other library facilities will close. CUL facilities are currently scheduled to maintain regular operating hours tomorrow, Thursday, February 11th. Please check the CUL web site for updates about library hours. Check the University web site for updates on class and activities cancellations due to severe weather.

Twentieth Century Advice Literature

Twentieth Century Advice Literature : North American Guides on Race, Sex, Gender, and the Family brings together instructional, prescriptive, behavioral, and etiquette literature published from 1890 through 1980. The database includes hundreds of fully searchable handbooks, manuals, textbooks, etiquette guides, self-help books, instructional pamphlets, and how-to books.



Survival: How to Protect Yourself, Your Family, Your Community In Event of Attack!


ABC's of Credit for the Farm Family

CLIO beta: Placing Requests

In CLIO beta, request options are listed in the right sidebar.  Here are some options, with approximate turn-around times:

  • Offsite: When something is at Offsite, you may have the physical item delivered to campus, or ask that an article or chapter be scanned and delivered electronically.  Requests are generally filled within 2 business days.
  • Borrow Direct: When all copies of a book are checked-out, try Borrow Direct for delivery from a partner library within 4 business days.
  • ILL: For articles, videos, microfilm, music, and any items not available through Borrow Direct. Delivery times range from a few business for articles days to several weeks or more for items in foreign libraries.
  • Recall: Recalled items are generally available within 2 weeks.
  • Hold: In most cases, placing a hold is not a reliable way to get a book.  Placing a hold means only that the book cannot be renewed, and will be held for you when it is returned.  But if you place a hold, and someone else places a recall after you, the recall will take precedence over your hold, so it is always best to place a recall when possible.  If you do place a hold, be sure to extend the default expiration date, or your hold may expire before the book is due.