Seminar on Policy Practice I: Getting Started

This research guide identifies some of the major resources that support research in the Seminar on Policy Practice at Columbia University's School of Social Work.

General Library Resources

Research Support

  • Librarians are available to assist you with research support in person. You can email the librarian any time to schedule a in-person research consultation.
  • From 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday you can use the virtual reference Ask a Librarian. A librarian will answer any questions you have in real time! 

Getting Materials

If we don't have a resource you need:


Use CLIO, the libraries' primary search interface to find: books, databases, journals, newspapers, and DVDs. For guidance about finding scholarly articles go to the articles tab. 

  • EDUCAT the online catalog of the Milbank Memorial Library of Teachers College contains records for all materials cataloged since 1975, except current periodicals; selected educational materials published between 1900-1960; the Adelaide Nutting History of Nursing Collection; the American Curriculum Collection; the David Eugene Smith Collection in Mathematics Education.
  • Pegasus : catalog of the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library. The online catalog of the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library of the Columbia University School of Law. Contains U.S. federal and state law, selected commonwealth jurisdictions, major foreign language collections (e.g., the legal literature of Germany, France, Italy and Argentina) and, since 1983, vernacular and Western language materials pertaining to law in Japan and the People's Republic of China.
  • WorldCat. Contains over 48 million records, covering all materials cataloged by OCLC member libraries around the world.

Don't Forget

As a Columbia University student you have access to several newspapers: