Getting the Most Out of LibraryWeb

 Behind the simple facade of the libraries main page lies a wealth of information and assistance.  From locating materials in the Columbia libraries, to identifying and using electronic resources, to getting delivery of materials from peer libraries, to managing your research tools, to where to go for help when it all becomes too much….there’s a […]

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UWP sources

Here are some new, and not so new, encyclopedias that might be useful for students in UWP classes if they are having trouble coming up with a topic or need a brief discussion of a concept.  Often the bibliographies can help locate some useful titles for very general subjects, as well. General Encyclopedias Encyclopedia of Philosophy […]

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Citing Kindle

We recently received a question on ref-ref about citing works read on a Kindle, and found several sources which might help. The 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6042885   has this: 14.166Books downloaded from a library or bookseller The majority of electronically published books offered for download from a library or bookseller […]

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Proximity Operators for Full-Text Searching

Proximity operators are an important tool for focusing the results of free text searches, particularly in full-text databases.  Sadly, there is little uniformity in the syntax for proximity searching across various database families.  The chart below, created by DHC Head Bob Scott, provides a key to some of the databases found on the Columbia Libraries […]

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How to Find City Histories, 1910-1940

Reference Librarian Mary Cargill suggests: 1.  NHGIS (http://www.nhgis.org/)  This is a free service from the University of Minnesota.  Though I can’t find it on their website, the Map Division has the software, and has experience using it.  It will map and create detailed information based on the historical census statistics, and the students were finding […]

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