Attend a Zotero Workshop

zotero is a free citation management program that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources and enables the download, capture, and indexing of full text, web pages, and research notes.    It also allows you to insert citations in Word documents in a wide variety of writing styles, such as APA, Chicago, etc.

Download Zotero at www.zotero.org. To make fullest use of Zotero you will also want to download one of the plug-ins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice.  There are helpful web tutorials on the Zotero site, but the libraries are also here to help you use Zotero.

This month the Library is offering weekly Zotero workshops in 306 Butler LIbrary:

Tuesday, October 6th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in 306 Butler Library
Wednesday, October 14th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in 306 Butler Library
Tuesday, October 20th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in 306 Butler Library
Monday, October 26th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in 306 Butler Library

RSVP (dhc@library.columbia.edu).  If you’re bringing your laptop, download Zotero before the workshop.

Visit the Library Workshops page to see other workshops being offered this semester.

Welcome New Students

CLIO (Columbia Libraries Information Online) is our unified discovery system which provides a single search interface to four different sources: the library catalog; a large database of articles, dissertations, and ebooks; Academic Commons, our institutional repository; and the Libraries website.  A search for john jay revolution will return the following results.  Click directly on a record, click on the “view and filter” links at the top of each results list, or click directly on a datasource in left sidebar for additional features.

CLIObentoHave a question or comment about CLIO?  Click on “Help” in the upper right corner of each screen to connect to Ask a Librarian, view CLIO search tips, report an E-Resource problem or submit CLIO suggestions & feedback.

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Searching Government Documents in CLIO

It is now easier to search and browse government documents in CLIO (e.g. congressional hearings, executive reports, population projections). When using the catalog, there are two new formats in the Format facet on the left: US Government Document and NY State/City Government Document. The US Government Document format is restricted to information from federal government agencies. The NY State/City Government Document format is restricted to information from NYS and NYC government agencies.

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As always, we welcome comments and suggestions for improving CLIO. Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

Hathi Trust Holdings Now Display in CLIO

The latest CLIO release improves access to Hathi Trust full text by displaying item holdings in CLIO.  Full View indicates that the item is available in full text for reading or downloading; Limited View provides limited search access only.

Hathi Trust RecordsUp to 25 Hathi holdings links will display in CLIO.  When a list exceeds 25, a summary link will display, e.g. “show 245 more holdings…”.   Because we are displaying data directly from Hathi, there may be inconsistencies in the way holdings are described by depositing libraries.

Check the 7.11. 5 release notes to see a full list of updates.

One more change worth noting:  the “chain link” icon used to designate an online resource has been replaced by a globe icon.

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As always, we welcome questions, comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

 

 

 

CLIO Links to Library Information

Unsure where to find an item listed in CLIO?  Just click on the name of the library.  The latest CLIO release  adds updated maps and links to library homepages, call number guides, and library hours.

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We welcome questions, comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

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Virtual Shelf Browse

Virtual Shelf Browse allows researchers to browse the catalog as if all of our items, including titles that are at Offsite or online, were arranged by call number on a single shelf.   Start browsing from the foot of a CLIO catalog record, by choosing “Show” or “Full Screen.”

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Choose  “Full Screen” for a larger display, to download to Zotero, or to select multiple items for emailing or saving.  One can browse forward or backward as long as desired.  To return to your original search, choose “Return to…” on the upper right corner.

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When an item is associated with more than one call number, choose a call number to begin the browse:

MultiplecallnumbersOther developments in Release 7.11.1:

  • The rarely used Newspapers search, which was a subset of the Articles search, has been eliminated to make room for some anticipated new data sources
  • The four subsets of the Catalog search (archives, new arrivals, e-journals, and databases) are now listed directly below the catalog
  • Improvements have been made to the display and search functionality of author/title entries
  • A location note has been added for Burke Rare Collections

We welcome questions, comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

 

 

New Library Location Search

The latest CLIO release, 7.10.8,  introduces a library location keyword search in both the Basic and Advanced Catalog Searches, a feature requested by many Columbia librarians.

Some use cases:

A scholar in Avery would like to find books about hospitals in the Avery collection, but the “Avery” location facet only limits to material physically located in Avery.  That scholar may now search for hospitals and location: Avery to retrieve both Avery and Offsite Avery material.

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A Barnard alumna would like to see all the titles in the Barnard Alumnae Collection, which until now could not easily be separated from the overall Barnard location:

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More uses for this search:

  • Finding and sorting material in named collections: Plimpton, Kilroe, McAlpin, etc.
  • Quickly generating or linking to a list of Research Reading Room titles
  • Searching for reserves material in a particular library, e.g. Health Sciences Reserve
  • Searching for “reference” to find material in reference collections across the various libraries

Although initially requested by librarians, we think this new search functionality will be useful to researchers as well,  especially in the ability to easily search and facet within our named collections.

KilroeWe welcome questions, comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

Working with Search Results

Following on September’s update which targeted improvements to record emailing and printing, October’s CLIO release also focuses on what happens after a search is complete.

We’ve improved support for Zotero in the following areas:

  • better handling of e-book records
  • additional publication details have been added (place, year)
  • improved support for music, sound and video recordings
  • support for subjects and tags

For those who have not yet moved to Zotero we’ve also made some improvements to saved lists

  • very large lists are better handled
  • miscellaneous styling and design improvements

and finally, for  Endnote users:

  • multi-item exports have been fixed

We welcome questions, comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

CLIO Tip: Saving Records and Managing Lists

CLIO allows you to select CLIO records and save them to a list.

1.  Select the records you wish to save
2. Under “Selected Items…” choose “Add to My Saved List”

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3. You will be prompted to log in.
4. A blue banner will confirm that items have been added to your Bookbag, which lists unfiled items.

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5. New items are added to the end of the Bookbag.
6. It is easy to move items from the Bookbag to an existing or new Saved List.

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7. Click on “Edit List Details” to make a list public or private, or to delete a list.

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We welcome questions, comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Your feedback is invaluable as we develop the interface. Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.

August Release Improves Saved Lists and Relevance Ranking

Notable in this release are improvements made to book bag menus and processes, implementation of Bootstrap 3 style updates and a relevancy override for commonly searched terms.

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Details regarding the last of these may be of particular interest:

The CLIO catalog has around 9 million MARC records, supplied by a variety of organizations following a variety of cataloging practices.  For any given patron query, the top records returned from the search engine are not always those we’d like to see at the top of this list.

The CLIO implementation team is exploring approaches to relevance boosting in search results. Analysis of the top 100 most commonly executed searches identified an initial set of 20 queries where a search against the data as cataloged in the MARC record did not return the “right” record early enough in the search results.  There are various reasons for this, including:

  • Multiple records for the same resource, with one preferred by subject specialists
  • Multiple resources of the same name, with one preferred by subject specialists
  • A resource is commonly referred to by a name which not it’s cataloged title, or not even present in the MARC record
  • A common misspelling of the resource name

In our current approach, 20 bib records were given an artificial “999” field before being indexed, and the search engine was configured to boost terms matched against the “999” field more than any other field.

The result is that searches for boosted terms (“CLIO”, “Ancestry”, “The New Yorker”, “Web of Knowlege”, CAIM, RILM, etc.) return the librarian-selected bib records at the top of the search results.

We are still tuning our implementation, and evaluating whether the boosts of these resources adversely affect the discovery of other items.

We welcome comments and suggestions for improving CLIO.  Please comment below, use the Suggestions & Feedback form under the “Help” menu in the upper right corner of CLIO, or Ask a Librarian.