Fall 2015 Hours

Students Reading Periodicals

Students reading periodicals, image from Library of Congress

Welcome to all the new and returning students! With the fall semester officially upon us we will now be open every day of the week. Starting Tuesday, September 8th, we will be open the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 1pm-8pm
Friday: 1pm-6pm
Saturday: 10a-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-8pm

Please enjoy your three day weekend and we will see you soon to help you with all your library needs!

Spring Break Hours

26777rThe moment you have all been waiting for is here! The weather will be getting warmer and a week off of school is here to enjoy it. Our library will be open the following days and times during Spring Break.

Saturday 3/14 & Sunday 3/15: CLOSED
Monday 3/16-Friday 3/20: 1pm-6pm

We will resume normal semester hours Saturday 3/21. Hope you enjoy every second of this break and we will see you soon!

Spring 2015 Hours

3b49312rHello all you wonderful Journalism Students! We hope you had a restful and relaxing break! We begin our Spring Semester Hours Tuesday, January 20th, 2015. Our hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 1pm-8pm
Friday: 1pm-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-8pm

Winter Intersession Hours

c Congratulations on finishing a great semester! Our hours during the winter break are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 1-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

We will be closed Dec. 20 & 28 as well as January 1 & 2.

We will begin Spring Semester hours January 20th.

Master’s Projects & Theses: Tips & Tools for Your Winter Break!

Over the winter break, no doubt most of you will be hard at work on the first draft of your master’s projects and theses! Here are some ways to get help before your draft is due, along with some helpful resources and strategies for getting that draft done.

Where to get help:

Nott Terrace High School journalism students at copy desk of the Terrace Tribune. Schenectady, New York (collection, Library of Congress).

  • Lehman Library hours: Open December 24th, 29th, 30th, & 31st from 9am to 5pm; (directions)
    • Closed December 20th through December 28th.
    • Closed January 1st through January 4th.
  • Contact information for librarians, arranged by subject expertise.
  • For journalism help: email journalism@library.columbia.edu (While Starr’s away for the holidays, her colleagues will answer this email address. Starr monitors it while she’s in town.)
  • For help after 5pm or on weekends: use our Ask A Librarian service.

Writing and editing resources:

Project/Thesis tips and strategies:

Peg Boyle Single has some great tips on writing theses and dissertations, much of which is applicable to your project. She also wrote a great (and really short!) book on this topic.
How to Write a Lot by Paul Silvia; this book is geared toward academic writing, but it’s suitable for all kinds of writing, and how to make a habit of it. Best of all, this book is super-short at just 149 pages!
This Gradhacker article has a lot of great tips, primarily geared toward getting yourself in the right mental space to get the work done. The main take-aways:
  • You are not alone—all your classmates (and those before you) have faced feelings of anxiety, failure, and inability related to this project. You may feel like you’re the only one struggling, but all of us who have trudged the halls of graduate school have faced similar feelings. Reach out for the support of your classmates—they probably need to vent their frustration, too.
  • Work in small increments, like half an hour. Even a little progress is something. Facing the seemingly insurmountable goal of writing your entire project can seem daunting, but you get it done by just breaking it down into tiny pieces.
  • Don’t strive for perfection, strive for DONE.
This blog post on outlining shows a great way to break your project up into chunks. Outlines are key to breaking your project into small, digestable pieces, and for keeping you on track.
A focus statement can be helpful: write a one- or two-sentence summary of your project. Write or print it on a notecard or small piece of paper, and keep it in front of you while you work. Look up at it every once in a while, and use it to keep yourself on track. Often, while working on a story or research, your mind will take off on wild tangents—having your focus statement in front of you can help you maximize your time by keeping you focused.

Thankgiving Week Hours


Journalism Library will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 26 through Friday November 27th. We will reopen with our normal business hours Saturday, November 29th. Enjoy your Turkey Day!