Get Started

There are four ways to use the Health Sciences Library (HSL) website to locate information:

Type your query into the search bar at the top of the library website. The “Search Results” page consists of 3 sections:

  • “Website Content” lists results such as Databases, Ebooks and Journals. It also includes “Site Content Pages” about policy and tutorials, as well as insights from the library staff.
  • “PubMed Search Results.” PubMed is a search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. To see the complete list of search results in PubMed, use the “More results” link located at the bottom of this section.
  • “CLIO Search Results.” CLIO is the comprehensive Columbia library catalogue. This section shows the top 5 CLIO search results for your query. To see the complete list of search results in CLIO, use the “More results” link located at the bottom of this section.

Browse Resources

If you would like to browse the available resources, the main menu provides the following options:

Online Help and Advice

The library provides guidance for users in getting the most out of the website resources.

  • Knowledge Base Articles” are available to help you understand how to use the available resources.
  • Insights” are suggestions and advice written by the HSL staff to help you get the most out of the available resources.

Ask a Question

Still need help locating a resource? Use the “Ask a Question” link. This will take you to our contact form where you can describe your needs and send your request to our staff.