Comparative Literature and Society: Find Books & Dissertations

Find Books, Journals and Dissertations

Start with CLIO to find books and journals in Columbia University library collections. (Use the Pegasus catalog to find books and journals in the Law Library collection.)

Then try WorldCat, the largest online catalog in the world, with over 100 million book and journal records.

To find dissertations, start with Proquest Digital Dissertations

Other essential resources include:

  • Center for Research Libraries
    The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) makes primary and rarely-held research materials available to Columbia affiliates via interlibrary loan and document delivery.  CRL holdings are strong in newspapers, foreign dissertations, and international materials.
  • Borrow Direct
    Borrow Direct enables Columbia University students, faculty, and staff with library borrowing privileges and active e-mail accounts to request material from Brown University, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.
  • Interlibrary Loan enables eligible Columbia University affiliates to borrow material from other libraries and universities and obtain copies of articles or book chapters from titles that are not owned or available at Columbia.

Using Subject Headings to Find Books

How to Use Subject Headings

1. Make sure you're in CLIO Catalog.

2. Change the dropdown menu to the right of the search box to 'Subject'.

3. Type in the keyword or phrase you're interested (or click on some of the links below) and your results will include books about your keyword/phrase (so it's not searching titles, authors, descriptions, just subject headings).


N.B. You can also click on the subject headings listed in individual CLIO records. These links will pull up all the results in CLIO that have the same subject heading, which can help you find other relevant sources that may not otherwise surface.

Virtual Shelf Browse

Virtual Shelf Browse allows researchers to browse the catalog as if all of our items, including titles that are at Offsite or online, were arranged by call number on a single shelf.   Start browsing from the foot of a CLIO catalog record, by choosing “Show” or “Full Screen.”

Choose  “Full Screen” for a larger display, to download to Zotero, or to select multiple items for emailing or saving.  One can browse forward or backward as long as desired.  To return to your original search, choose “Return to…” on the upper right corner.


When an item is associated with more than one call number, choose a call number to begin the browse: