Category Archives: Tools & Tips


Columbia’s Bwog recently launched a new series – BiblioBwog – to highlight the Libraries collections.

Bwog has hopped and camped in libraries, but we’ve never actually explored their contents. The Columbia libraries are a treasure trove of exciting history, so with the help of our lovely librarian friends, we’re going to highlight some hidden jewels.

The first BiblioBwog post features the Joseph Urban Exhibit, currently on display in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


The Digital Humanities Center in Butler Library

The ETS is now the Digital Humanities Center (DHC)!

This past summer, the Electronic Text Service, located in 305 Butler Library, became the Digital Humanities Center. The DHC brings together people, technology, and information resources in an environment where researchers can work with multimedia resources in consultation with humanities librarians and technology specialists.

Visitors to the DHC can make use of thirteen text, image, and film scanning workstations and six Mac video editing stations. A wide range of software is available for the creation, markup, and editing of electronic texts, images, and video, citations and notes management, database creation, and qualitative and textual analysis as well as an in-house collection of electronic textual resources are also available. Learn more about the full range of services and technologies offered at the DHC!


The DHC offers a series of research and technology workshops. For more technology assistance try the University’s subscription to which provides access to a rich array of software tutorials.

The DHC joins our other Digital Centers at the Libraries: the Digital Social Science Center in Lehman Library, and the Digital Science Center, scheduled to open February 2011.

Drop by 305 Butler Library, call us at 212-854-7547, or email to reserve a workstation or schedule a technology or research consultation.

New Digital Music Lab

The Libraries is pleased to announce our new Digital Music Lab in the Music & Arts Library. The Digital Music Lab enables you to compose, play, record, scan, notate, edit, program, and analyze digital audio and music. The lab consists of 4 Mac workstations, 2 digital pianos, and an 11"x17" scanner. We invite you to stop by and check out the new Digital Music Lab.

Expert help is available from library staff, just ask!


Try the Libraries FAQ

The Libraries FAQ can help answer your questions about using the Libraries and getting started with your research. Use the FAQ to find out about



Also, try the Business & Economics 24/7 Help for in-depth recommendations on business and economics research!

Have more questions? Ask a librarian!

Find Articles Beta Workshops

Come to a workshop on Find Articles Beta – the Libraries’ latest search tool. (What is Find Articles Beta?) The workshops will provide you with an overview of Find Articles Beta, how it relates to other library databases and resources, and how to get the most out of your searches using Find Articles Beta.

Friday, October 15 – noon-1pm, 306 Butler
Friday, October 22 – noon-1pm, 306 Butler
Friday, October 29- noon-1pm, 306 Butler
Friday, November 5 – noon-1pm, 306 Butler

No sign-up necessary, just stop by!


Try the New Find Articles Beta

Find Articles Beta allows you to quickly search, discover, and access content from hundreds of e-resources in the Libraries’ collections, through a single search box.

Find Articles Beta

  • searches content including journal articles, newspaper articles, e-books, book chapters, and scholarly publications.
  • returns search results quickly. 80% of all searches take one second or less.
  • provides easy access to full-text, linking you to Columbia’s e-resources.
  • allows you to narrow your search results easily by subject, format, date or language.
  • provides options to save or email citations of the resources you select.
  • exports citations to RefWorks, EndNote, and Bibtex.



How do you like Find Articles Beta? Send us your feedback.







Writing Center Drop-in Hours at Butler Library

The CU Writing Center now has drop-in hours in Butler Library. No need to make an appointment, just stop by to talk to a Writing Center consultant about your paper. Writing Center consultants can be found at the Reference Desk in Butler Library, room 301.

Writing Center Drop-in Hours at Butler Library

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm




What kind of writing can I bring?
You may bring any type of writing, at any stage in the process. You may even come to the Writing Center to brainstorm.

What happens in a Writing Center conference?
Writing Center conferences usually begin with the consultant asking you a few questions. Sessions run best if you come prepared to answer these questions. This means reading your paper over before the session and reflecting on your writing so that you may articulate your concerns to the consultant.

Who can go to the Writing Center?
The Writing Center is open to any person directly affliated with Columbia University. 

“Library Essentials” Video Tutorials

Library Essentials video tutorials can help you get started with your research. New tutorials include

NEW Borrow Direct Upgrades!


The Libraries is pleased to announce the launch a much-improved Borrow Direct website. You can now take advantage of the following improvements

  • more ways to search the collections of Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University
  • a 6-week loan period, plus one 6-week renewal
  • delivery services to more libraries on campus including Butler Library, Burke Library, Business and Economics Library, Engineering Library, Lehman Library, Social Work Library, Health Sciences Library, and Barnard Library
  • integration of your Borrow Direct books into your My Account in CLIO


New E-Journals Search!

The Libraries is pleased to announce a new and improved E-Journals search. The new search provides access e-journals through a browsable A-to-Z title list, title searching, and subject browsing. (Note: E-Journals search allows you to search for a particular journal, rather than for articles within a journal.)


New Search

Search options include

  • "Title begins with" search, also allows you to search using title abbreviations, such as "J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data"
  • A "Title equals" will do an exact title searc h
  • "Title contains all words" performs a keyword search within journal titles
  • Search by ISSN
  • Search by PubMed ID (PMID) – search results will link directly to the article, if available
  • Search by Digital Object Identifier (DOI) – search results will link directly to the article, if available

Search results will connect you to the online content of the e-journal. There may be multiple copies, as seen below with Nature, detailing the date runs held by each publisher.

Nature (London)  (0028-0836)    Look up Article    More full text options

from 1869 to present in Nature Journals Online
from 11/04/1869 to present in Nature Journal Archive
from 01/04/1990 to 1 year ago in ProQuest Central
from 01/04/1990 to 1 year ago in ProQuest Research Library (Legacy Platform)


New Options

To the right of the journal title in the results screen, the options for "Look up Article" and "More Full Text Options"  integrate the Citation Finder and e-Link to help you connect to the full-text efficiently.


Have questions about the new E-Journals search? Ask a librarian.