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CSER 3919: Modes of Inquiry

Professor Sayantani DasGupta

CLIO Catalog Searching, Borrow Direct, ILL, WorldCat, and LibX

CLIO

Catalog vs. Quicksearch

Other Libraries

Borrowing with CUID

Access with CUID

Require separate ID

EDUCAT for Teachers’ College Library
Pegasus for Columbia Law Library

ALEPH for the Jewish Theological Seminary
BobCat for NYU libraries

New York Public Library catalog.
NYPL Databases require library card number for access.

 

Catalogs: for a larger list of library catalogs in New York City and elsewhere, including the paid version of WorldCat, a catalog of catalogs that has holdings information from libraries all over the world and CRL, a catalog of rare and specialized materials, all available via Interlibrary Loan.

Borrow Direct and ILL

If you are looking for a book that is not listed in CLIO, or if all copies of that book listed in CLIO are checked out, request the book though Borrow Direct. Books requested through Borrow Direct usually arrive within four working days. 

If an item is not listed or is not available through Borrow Direct, you can often borrow it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), For a helpful table identifying differences between Borrow Direct and ILL, see this comparison chart from Columbia Libraries. More information about other ways to access texts and other items is available in Affordable Textbooks page of this guide.

WorldCat

WorldCat contains catalog records for over 2 billiion items held by libraries around the world. It includes records for books, manuscripts, websites and internet resources, etc. Searching WorldCat is an excellent way of moving beyond the range of what Columbia has collected to the larger universe of what is actually out there. You can borrow many types of items listed in WorldCat through Interlibrary Loan. You can click on the e-Link icon in the WorldCat record for an item to search for it in CLIO or Borrow Direct, or to connect to an Interlibrary Loan request form that will already be filled out with basic data for that item.

Library Extension

Library Extension is Chrome and Firefox extension that lets you instantly see book and ebook availability from your local libraries.