Google Scholar retrieves references to books, abstracts, and ejournal articles from selected university and scholarly repositories. Columbia's Google Scholar link above also provides direct links to the full-text article for materials in our holdings.
Google Book Search searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. It provides online access to full text of public domain and out-of-copyright books, reproduced either from text provided by publishers or by the libraries.
Guide to Installing Columbia University LibX Firefox Plugin
Use the LibX toolbar to conveniently search Columbia Library catalogs, electronic books, journals and selected databases. You can also follow embedded visual cues from Google Scholar, Amazon, Wikipedia and The New York Times Book Review.
Bibliographic Management Tools
EndNote: Bibliographic Software
EndNote bibliographic software allows you to create bibliographies instantly, download citations from electronic resources, and insert formatted citations effortlessly into your Word documents. To learn how to use EndNote, go to the workshops page for a class schedule.
Zotero is a Firefox extension that helps you manage, cite, and collect research sources. It runs in your Firefox web browser and offers a range of research organizing tools. Consult the Quick Start Guide for tips and screencasts on how to get started using Zotero. Also, to learn how to use Zotero, go to the workshops page for a class schedule.
Other Tools & Plugins
If you often do your research from off-campus, we recommend you install the proxy bookmarklet on your browser's bookmarks toolbar. The bookmarklet lets you log into the proxy without having to browse from the Columbia University Libraries website.
Information about Mobile Resources at Columbia University Libraries
The Mobile Resources page offers a select list of resources for which mobile versions exist. These resources are mobile browser optimized unless specified by the iPhone or android app icon.
From Encyclopedia Britannica Webshare, these widgets, which allow you to quickly and easily explore a variety of topics, are pre-created and ready to embed into websites.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Browser Lookup Tools
Library tools help you customize your library experience, bringing library services to you. What tools do you use? What would you recommend to other library users? Send us your suggestions!