Instructor: Alexander Cooley
Personal Librarian: TBD. If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.
is the search and discovery system for the Columbia University Libraries. For tips on how to the QuickSearch feature works and what it searches, consult the QuickSearch guide
Tips on Finding Books
One strategy for finding books in CLIO is to start with keywords related to your research, then look at the subject headings that are listed in the catalog record. Start by entering concepts and/or the name of the country you are investigating. For example:
humanitarian crisis forced migration
From the list of results, you can click on a title, such as "Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses
" and look at the other subject headings listed. You can click on other relevant subject headings or refine your search using the terminology you see used as subjects. For instance, "humanitarian assistance" rather than "humanitarian crisis" might yield additional results.
If you are researching a topic that covers law or involves legal research, please note that the Columbia Law Library is now searchable through CLIO, but to check the status of a book (whether or not it is checked out or available), it is necessary to click on the link to Pegasus
, the catalog of the Columbia Law Library.
If you are researching a topic that covers education, please be aware that the collections of the Columbia Teachers College Gottesman Library is not included in CLIO. Be sure to consult the Gottesman Libraries catalog
when searching for education-related books and other materials.
Also keep in mind that if a book is checked out or not in held by any Columbia Library, you can request the book through BorrowDirect,
a consortium of the libraries of Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale, in addition to select libraries of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Chicago. Items requested through BorrowDirect are typically delivered within 3 to 4 business days with a 6-week loan period + one 6-week renewal.
Tips on Finding Articles
Use a similar strategy when looking for articles on your topic. For example, enter:
"humanitarian assistance" refugees "forced migration"
At the list of results, you can use the facets on the lefthand side of the screen to narrow your results to "Scholarly publications only." This will help you find articles from journals that have gone through a rigourous peer review
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Additional Article Databases
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provides mostly full text access to articles, with some abstracts. A wide range of sources on the topics of feminism, women’s studies, gender studies, and LGBTQ Studies are represented here.
includes page images of key scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular strength in Languages and Literatures. Coverage spans the mid-19th century to the present.
includes references to more than 460,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical sources, grey literature, research reports, conference proceedings, and publications of international agencies. Coverage from 1915 to the present.
includes full-text versions of peer-reviewed journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, as well as thousands of e-books, with an emphasis on humanities and social sciences.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
contains abstracts of books and articles from professional journals and major news magazines, devoted to North American and international politics.
Data and Reports
Armed Conflict Database covers international and internal conflicts, as well as terrorism, incl. information on refugees and returnees, internally displaced persons, weapons used and their flows, fatalities, costs, historical backgrounds, and timelines. Users can generate reports, download data, and browse through year-by-year analysis and fact sheets online.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs are reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.
Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounder Series provide up-to-date background information on the latest issues, international organizations, terrorist groups, and more.
CountryWatch provides comprehensive and up-to-date political,economic, cultural, business, and environmental information. Country Wire provides current country-specific news.
Economist Intelligence Unit includes full text access to the Economist, as well as Country Reports, Country Datas, Country Monitor, Country Forecast, Country Finance, and Country Commerce.
FAOSTAT is a collection of global food and agricultural statistics.
Global Market Information Database (GMID) contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts.
Janes.com provides analysis of events and trends in political, security and military affairs with a detailed breakdown of global military and political structures for reference.
OECD iLibrary is a portal for the online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Rand Reports contains citations and abstracts for Rand publications, 1946-1997; full text, 1998-present.
UNdata includes statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics.
U. S. State Department Reports
include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
provides a complete historical record of all foreign assistance provided by the United States to the rest of the world. It is a companion to the annual report to Congress, U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants, Obligations and Loan Authorizations—commonly known as the Greenbook.
is a complilation of a number of World Bank data products, including Global Development Finance (GDF) and World development indicators (WDI).
News, Legal and Government Information and Analysis
Digital National Security Archive
includes more than 80,000 of the most important declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. There are 36 complete collections, each offering specialized insights.
provides full text online access to legal journals and a wide variety of official U.S. government publications.
contains access to hundreds of information sources including the full text of newspapers, magazines, wire services, newsletters, journals, and broadcast transcripts.
World Politics Review
is a daily online publication and resource for foreign policy professionals and readers with a serious interest in international politics and foreign affairs.
Select International Organization Directory Information
Yearbook of International Organizations
provides the most comprehensive coverage of non-profit international organizations worldwide. It covers international organizations – federations, scholarly societies, associations and transnational actors of all types – in all corners of the world, over centuries of history, and is updated on a regular basis by a dedicated editorial team.