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ENGL 1212: First-Year Writing, The Americas (Watson)

This guide supports both sections of the First Year Writing Course: The Americas

CLIO Catalog Searching

Finding Books and Media

Tips for entering searches:

  • When entering search terms, use the * symbol to search for variant spellings and endings. The asterisk stands in for one or more letters. For instance, theat* searches theatre, theater, theatrical, etc. 
  • If you're searching terms together as a phrase, surround them with quotes. For instance, "performance art."
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to search terms together. Find more on Boolean logic here.

Tips for exploring results:

  • Use the facet boxes on the left hand side of the results page. These will help you narrow down results by format, publication date, author/creator name, location, language, subject heading, and more. 
  • When exploring an individual record for an item, like a book or film, reaqd the table of contents and summary (if available) to help you determine the relevance of a source to your research goals. 
  • Use linked subject headings in item records to try out new searches. 
  • Text or email the call number to yourself. 

Beyond Barnard and Columbia

Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan are great options for requesting a book that isn't currently available at the Columbia libraries. 

Worldcat searches libraries worldwide. Using Worldcat, you can quickly find out if an item might be available at the NYPL, or another academic library (if the latter, try Borrow Direct or ILL to request from off campus).

The NYPL catalog searches the circulating and non-circulating research collections at the New York Public Library. The Archives and Manuscripts search page allows for exploration of special collections.