Category Archives: Cheat Sheets & Guides

Need Resources? Try a Subject Guide

Still looking for articles for a research paper? Subject guides are a great way to identify resources when writing a  research paper or working on a class project.

A subject guide is a bibliography of (mostly) online resources for a particular subject area, for instance Human Rights, Public Administration, Security Studies, or Sociology. These resources are selected by subject specialist librarians, who are experts in that subject area.

Of course, you can always ask me, Fadi Dagher, if you have questions about your research.

Citing Datasets

Citing datasets in your work is just as important as citing journal articles and books. IASSIST, an international organization which supports data for research and teaching in the social sciences, recommends minimum elements required for dataset identification and retrieval. Peruse the IASSIST Quick Guide to Data Citation for examples in APA, Chicago, and MLA citation styles.  Make sure all your sources are properly cited.


International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly  by the General Assembly Resolution A/RES/36/67 and  reinforced by Resolution A/RES/55/282  declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The UN's Peacekeeping web site provides information on all UN peacekeeping activities. Lehman Library has created and maintains a subject guide, International Conflict Resolution, which has links to many resources about conflict resolution and peace.

Library Subject Guides


Did you know that the librarians at Columbia University have created and maintain guides for research in numerous different subject areas? There are currently 140 subject guides, ranging from African-American Studies to the World Trade Center Attack. Many of these subject guides were created by librarians in Lehman Library especially for use by students in anthropology, political science, sociology and the School of International and Public Affairs. The guides point you to the best academic sources for books, journal articles, databases, background information, statistics, primary resources, reports, government documents and more. Try one of more of them the next time that you start a research project — and let us know if they were helpful!


Google Scholar Tips


Everybody is using Google Scholar to find relevant material for their research papers, right? *

But are you getting the most out of Google Scholar? Here are some tips:

1) Click on the link at the top right of the page, Scholar Preferences.

2) In the section called Library Links, type "Columbia" in the box and click on "Find Library." This brings up an option, "Columbia University in the City of New York – e-Link @ Columbia," which if you check it, will provide you with links to the full text of the articles that you find in Google Scholar, if Columbia provides you access to the full text of those journals.

3) A little farther down the page is a section called Bibliography Manager. If you use one of the bibliographic citation software packages that Columbia provides for you for free (and you should!), you can click on the button to activate a link for each item you find in Google Scholar which will allow you to download that citation into your bibliographic citation folder. Easy!

4) Click on Save Preferences and these options are now saved on that computer forevermore.


* Please don’t tell me that you’re using plain Google for serious research …. please …


Bloomberg Basics

 lehman2009-03-09dsc_43911Bloomberg Basics will teach the basic navigation and searching skills necessary to begin using Bloomberg.  Instruction sessions are offered at the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library, and be sure to check out the Bloomberg Help Guide for navigation commands and tips.

These sessions will be in 321A at the DSSC in Lehman Library.  Space is limited – please register at the links above.  Can’t attend to one of the sessions above?  Request an individual or small group consultation.

To view all library workshops and training, go to the Library Workshops & Research Help page.

Beware of Plagiarizing

Don’t get caught plagiarizing other’s ideas or words. You must differentiate your own thoughts from those that you read in other sources. Make sure to properly cite ideas you rely on to support  your arguments. "But I didn’t know I was plagiarizing …,"  is not an excuse.  For a brief outline on properly documentating your work check out the Library Compass.  



Welcome New Students!

The Lehman Social Sciences Library welcomes the new students in the departments of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as new students at the School of International and Public Affairs. Lehman is your library. Here’s a quick overview of the resources available:

Check out the Guide to the Libraries (PDF) for more information about the CU Libraries.


Columbia on iTunes U and YouTube EDU

butler2008-redbullColumbia University has audio and video content available on iTunes U and YouTube EDU!  Course lectures, workshops, events, Library Essentials videos, and much more – click above or bookmark the following links:

Grab your earbuds and join us!

Looking for a specific journal article?

If you know the name of the journal and have some information about a specific article, try these.

Citation Finder

Fill out as much of form as possible.  Results will show all available access points to the journal. Citation Finder is found under the “E-Resources” pull-down menu on all the libraries website pages.

CLIO – The Libraries’ catalog

Search for the name of the journal within “Journal Title (begins with)”.  The results show both online and print options. To limit your results to just online, click on the “All Electronic Resources” link in the “Limit Your Search” options listed on the right. CLIO is accessible from all Libraries’ web pages either as the Quick Search default or in the “Catalogs” pull-down menu.

For further assistance ask at the DSSC Library Consulting Office or email