Monthly Archives: January 2011

New Science & Engineering Library opens today!


The Science & Engineering Libraries are pleased to announce that the new Science & Engineering Library at Columbia University will open in the Northwest Corner Building on January 18, 2011. The new library will focus on research support for the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and psychology, as well as providing a collaborative environment supporting rapidly expanding interdisciplinary science and engineering research.  The library features seating and study spaces for 345 students and researchers with spectacular views of the Columbia campus and Morningside Heights.

The Reserves collections for Biology, Chemistry, E3B, Psychology, Physics and Astronomy are now available in the new Science & Engineering Library.

The Digital Science Center in the Science & Engineering Library fulfills the vision of Columbia Libraries to consolidate and redefine library spaces for the 21st century. The Digital Science Center will incorporate state-of-the-art technology, high-end software and research data sets for scientific analysis and visualization, and professional, discipline-specific consulting and support.

More information about the library:

Here are a few more pictures of the new library, come and check it out:

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There’s a new ProQuest platform


The all-new ProQuest platform will transform the old CSA and Proquest platforms into one consolidated search experience. The new ProQuest platform is designed to be user-friendly, intuitive, and engaging. Click here to learn more!

Simplified Access to Information
With a single, easy-to-learn interface, users will now have simplified access to the broad range of authoritative resources, content, and services that only ProQuest offers.  This means a holistic view of complementary content types and formats, including leading journals, periodicals, news content, rare and archival information, dissertations, research reports, ebooks, and multimedia. Powerful navigation tools will surface the most relevant content of any format, in context, to help guide users in their search. Sophisticated post-search manipulation features will make it faster and easier to refine the most relevant results.

ProQuest, CSA Illumina, and selected Chadwyck-Healey products will be available on the new platform at launch, and all ProQuest products will be accessible through the new platform over time.

Some new features include:

  • tools such as alerts, RSS feeds, and saving your search.
  • New Subject Area sets: mouse over any of the categories to see the list of databases available in that subject area.
  • You can search within your results, and even filter down to just figures and tables!
  • One click on Cite this will present you with 20 citation styles.
  • Click the Translate link corresponding to either one, and select a language.
  • Share lists, tags, public profiles, and more via email and popular social networks.

For more information, including user guides, please visit

And to test out the new Proquest integrated platform start searching it HERE.