Instructional Assistance

Course Reserves

Create a list of Course Reserves items for students to access either in the library or electronically. Our Course Reserves policy provides guidance for acceptable materials and submission deadlines.

Class instructional sessions

Librarians can visit your class and provide customized guidance on how to get the most out of library resources. To schedule a session fill out this request form and we will get back with you in 24 hours.

Detect plagiarism

The popular internet based plagiarism detection service TurnItIn can be set up by contacting CUIT.

Research Assistance

Literature reviews

Librarians can assist you with developing, refining, and performing detailed, comprehensive literature reviews. Email us ( to schedule a consultation.

Customized research consultation

If you're not sure where to start or have run into a dead end, we can help you identify new resources and explore new search methods. Email us ( to schedule a research consultation.

Navigating the NIH Public Access Policy

Since 2008, research projects funded by NIH grants must submit the full text of resulting peer-reviewed articles to PubMed Central. To learn more about how to comply visit the Columbia University Library's Scholarly Communication Program's NIH Public Access Policy webpage.

Getting Resources

Interlibrary Loan 

If Columbia University does not own or have access to a book or article we can help you obtain it through Borrow Direct or interlibrary loan. 

Recommend a Library purchase

Fill out the 'Recommend a library purchase' form if there is a title you would like the Health Sciences Library to acquire. We can not guarantee that the item will be purchased, but all requests are carefully considered.

Deputy Borrower

If you don't have time to pick up physical materials from the library you can designate someone else, a deputy borrower, to do so on your behalf. Simply fill out the online application form with the Library Information Office in Butler.