Architecture Research: Identifying Online Resources: eBooks

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Temporary Online Access to Columbia Print Collections (update as of 04/03)

HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries, announced an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which will allow students, faculty, and staff from eligible member libraries (including Columbia University) to have online reading access to materials that are currently unavailable to them in their library collections.
Because of this service, 40% of Columbia’s print holdings are now temporarily available in digital format.

See this blog post for more information on how to find and access these materials.

Searching for electronic books in CLIO

CLIO is the online catalog for the Columbia, Barnard and Union Theological Seminary libraries. (Read more about CLIO here). Doing a Quicksearch across all of CLIO will search:

  • Catalog
    Books, journals, U.S. government information, online resources, videos, and more
  • Articles+
    Journal articles, e-books, dissertations, and more
  • Academic Commons
    Digital repository of Columbia research
  • Libraries Website
    Information about the libraries from the Libraries Website
  • GeoData
    Columbia's catalog of geospatial data sets
To quickly search just for books, try searching in only the catalog section, as shown in the image below.
CLIO search screen showing catalog tab circled in red.
If you don't find results right away, try to use different keywords related to your topic. If you find a book that looks helpful, take note of the subject headings in the record, as shown in the image below. Clicking on these will take you to other books with the same subject heading.
CLIO record for "David Adjaye; houses, recycling configuring rebuilding" showing subject headings circled in red
Narrowing your search to ebooks
From your search results in CLIO, use the links on the left in the Format menu to narrow to Online sources.
Format menu in CLIO with "Online" circled in red
Ebooks in your search results will have the ebook icon as shown below.
CLIO search result for "African American Architects [electronic resource]", showing ebook icon.
Once inside the CLIO record, use the link on the right hand side of the page to access the book.
CLIO record link to enter ebook

Other eBook Resources

A&AePortal is an authoritative eBook resource, with over 180 titles, that features important works of scholarship in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography. The site includes many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from some of the world’s finest academic and museum publishers.

Torrossa: Casalini full text platform
Online resource offering full text access to Italian and Spanish books, conference proceedings, and journals by major Italian and Spanish publishers. Torrossa includes material previously available through Editoria Italiana online.

Recommending an ebook for purchase

If no ebook or temporary electronic access is available through Columbia Libraries, you may recommend an ebook for purchase using the form here. When filling out the form, please specify ebook in the format section.