Columbia International Affairs Online

Use

The basic search can be done by several criteria (category, date, subject) while more options are available for the advanced search (with appropriate results). A professional design enables easy navigation, and a detailed pdf User Guide is provided

Searchability

The local engine allows for several searching criteria, by category, date or subjects, along with more options (and a specific help) available for the advanced search. Results for all searches will turn up the first 500 documents sorted by relevance in descending order

Downloading

While search results show such data as document title, a brief description, URL, and file size, the free material can be simply viewed online. No dowloading option is available for non-affiliates

Navigational Aids

Beside a site index, available only to paying subscribers, there is an access help page for technical questions and basic subscription information. A free trial is available for platform testing

User Friendliness

Easy to navigate, even if mostly aimed at professionals and scholars. A new and detailed User Guide (in pdf) is quite helpful for new user