Alternative study tools : Multimedia resources via Columbia University Libraries

We have all had those days—readings never seem to end, lecture notes could use some clarification, research has hit a wall... A break from it all sounds nice, but there is no time!

Stress no more! The Library might have a solution for you. How about a break from textbooks, lecture notes, or journal articles, and turn to multimedia resources? In addition to widely used resources such as AccessMedicine, ClinicalKey, and Embase, Columbia University Libraries also connect you to abundant multimedia resources that might give you just what you need. Read on to learn about two such examples available via CLIO.

Alexander Street

Alexander Street is a publisher that provides curated and discipline-focused streaming video, audio, and text library databases for learning and research. We will focus on its video collection in this article. To get started, let’s look at two well-known collections on Alexander Street.

    1. The Docuseek2 Complete Collection™: Second Edition  contains nearly 1800 exclusive documentaries. This rich selection of issues-based documentary films has a focus on environmental studies and sciences, health, psychology, among many more.

    2. Filmakers Library Online features over 1500 issue-based documentaries that cross nearly all academic disciplines. The collection is known for educating students and researchers on critical and thought-provoking issues, figures, and cultures.

There are two ways to find content on Alexander Street: searching in CLIO or directly within their website. Like the two examples above, many collections on Alexander Street are catalogued in CLIO. To locate documentaries by topic, do a keyword search in CLIO, then use the facets on the left side of the page to limit results by Format (Video) and Author (Alexander Street Press). This method is particularly useful if you are off campus.

If you are on campus, you can also visit the website directly. It will automatically recognize the visit as being from Columbia University Libraries and grant you access. Given the sheer volume of the collection, use the search function to find content of interest (refer to this article for search tips and other help.) Alternatively, you can browse all channels, which are organized by disciplines. Within each discipline, you can further filter by subject or channel type. We have compiled a list of disciplines that might be of interests to you—

Merck Manual

Merck Manual started as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists and grew to become a comprehensive medical manual for professionals, students, and consumers. It is free to use both the professional version and the consumer version.

The professional version provides two main ways to browse content: by medical topic and by resource format. Under “Medical Topics”, information is organized hierarchically by specialty areachapterindividual topic (e.g. Pediatrics→Pediatric Cancer→Astrocytomas). Under “Resources”, information is organized by content type, which you can view by medical topics or in alphabetical order, and further refine it using keywords.

Studying procedures? The “Procedures” tab currently contains over 150 videos for your reference. Want to revisit what a particular condition sounds like? Head to “Resources→Audio” which has 44 recordings. Beyond video and audio, Merck Manual has images, podcast episodes, and 3D models, to name a few. New content is also being added every month.

We hope these multimedia resources will come in handy when you need a break from traditional study and research methods without sacrificing your productivity!

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