Category Archives: Electronic Resources

Your Alumni Library Resources

Now that graduation is around the corner (hurray!), you may be wondering about your future access to library resources. Here's a summary of what you'll be able to use as an alum!

Moving away? Get to know your local public librarians! They will be invaluable sources for you, particularly when figuring out how to find data and information in a new city. You can find listings of local public libraries through LibWeb or IMLS. Don't forget, even if you live far away, you can reach CU Libraries through online chat, or contact us at the J-Library with the email and phone info below. 

Need government information? Find your closest U.S. federal depository library.

Finally, remember that you can always contact your friendly Journalism Librarian, Starr!

  • journalism@library.columbia.edu
  • (212) 854-0390

Notable New Yorkers from CUL’s Oral History Research Office

Looking for audio recordings and interview transcripts of some influential New Yorkers?  Look no further than the unique digital collection of Notable New Yorkers at the Oral History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries, collected from 1955-2001.  This special collection includes interviews with influential figures such as Frances Perkins, Kenneth Clark, and Ed Koch. 

Congratulations, 2013 Graduates!

 

graduationCongratulations on your graduation!  Wondering what Columbia library privileges you'll have after graduation?  Here's the scoop:

Your Columbia UNI and password will continue to give you electronic access to library resources for a grace period of about 6 months after graduation (assuming you were registered during the spring semester).  The Library Information Office (LIO) encourages you to continue to use your UNI during the grace period for all eresource access (electronic databases, ebooks, ejournals), and after this time, you may obtain an alumni ID card through LIO.  The cost is $5 payable with Visa, MasterCard or personal check (cash is not accepted).  Borrowing privileges may be purchased for $30 per month.

Library Information Office
201 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-7309lio@columbia.edu

Once you are registered as an alum, there is a special libraries gateway for Columbia University Libraries Alumni & Friends through which you may access all electronic resources for alumni – https://alumni-friends.library.columbia.edu/eresources.html – including premium datababses made available by special arrangement just for you!  For a complete list, please go to the E-Resources for Alumni and Friends page.  And be sure to check the newspapers collection!

Internet Archive TV News Collection

The Internet Archive TV News now contains an online collection of all tv news since 2009 from national U.S. networks.  The collection contains 350,000 news programs and transcripts collected over 3 years and is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired.  Search from selected topics, or customize a search by keyword, network, station, and program title!  Try it, and let me know what you think!

Creating Search Strings Using LexisNexis & Factiva

Ready to create more advanced search strings using LexisNexis Academic and Factiva?  Learn how using the LexisNexis and Factiva Cheat Sheet.  Try your hand at connectors, proximity operators, and segment searching!

Win a Columbia University Libraries travel mug if you can answer the following:

  • how would you construct a search string to find articles by J-School Dean, Nicholas Lemann, in LexisNexis?
  • how would you find students and distance learning within the same sentence using Factiva?
  • how would you retrieve results only for articles that are longer than 500 words in LexisNexis?

Submit your answers to:  journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu for your mug!

[HINT:  all answers can be found on the cheat sheet!]

Alumni Library Privileges

graduationCongratulations on your upcoming graduation!  Wondering what Columbia library privileges you'll have after graduation?  Here's the scoop:

Your Columbia UNI and password will continue to give you electronic access to library resources for a grace period of about 6 months after graduation (assuming you were registered during the spring semester).  The Library Information Office (LIO) encourages you to continue to use your UNI during the grace period for all eresource access (electronic databases, ebooks, ejournals), and after this time, you may obtain an alumni ID card through LIO.  The cost is $5 payable with Visa, MasterCard or personal check (cash is not accepted).  Borrowing privileges may be purchased for $30 per month.

Library Information Office
201 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

(212) 854-7309, lio@columbia.edu

Once you are registered as an alum, there is a special libraries gateway for Columbia University Libraries Alumni & Friends through which you may access all electronic resources for alumni – https://alumni-friends.library.columbia.edu/eresources.html – including premium datababses made available by special arrangement just for you!  For a complete list, please go to the E-Resources for Alumni and Friends page.  And be sure to check the newspapers collection!

SOPA Bill Text from the Library of Congress

Interested in reading the full text of the SOPA bill?  Try Thomas at the Library of Congress, which provides legislative information.  Search for bills, resolutions, committee reports, and more.  And check out the Bills to be Considered on the House Floor digital repository from the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. 

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