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Resources Available from New York City Public Libraries

A number of useful databases are available from New York City public libraries and you may gain remote access to many of these resources just by having a library card. (You may obtain a library card for all three libraries listed below if you live, work, or own property anywhere in New York State; for more information see the Web address provided below.)

New York Public Library

Go to http://tm9qt7lg9g.search.serialssolutions.com/ for information about electronic resources available remotely. Go to http://www.nypl.org/books/cards.html for information about obtaining a library card.

Resources of interest include:

  • Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, and Business Source Premier can be searched simultaneously through their provider, EBSCOhost. Together these three files provide access to the full-text of over 4,000 general, business, and academic periodical (this resource is also available from Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library).
  • Gale's Ready Reference Shelf - database providing access to thirteen of Gale's reference directories including Encyclopedia of Associations, Encyclopedia of American Religions, Research Centers Directory, etc.
  • Electric Library - database providing full-text access to a variety of periodicals including several academic titles.

Also note that NYPL's Science, Industry, & Business Library and Humanities & Social Science Library have additional electronic resources that are only available on-site. For more information visit http://www.nypl.org/databases/sibldb.cfm.

Brooklyn Public Library

Go to http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/eresources.jsp for information about electronic resources available remotely. Go to http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/borrowing_materials.jsp for information about obtaining a library card.

Resources of interest include:

  • Academic Search Elite, MasterFILE Premier, and Business Source Premier can be searched simultaneously through their provider, EBSCOhost. Together these three files provide access to the full-text of over 4,000 general, business, and academic periodical (this resource is also available from New York Public Library and Queens Public Library).
  • Newspaper Source - full-text coverage for over 170 national and international newspapers.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch - collection of full-text newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.

Queens Public Library

Go to http://www.queenslibrary.org/index.aspx?section_id=4&page_id=249 for information about electronic resources available remotely. Go to http://www.queenslibrary.org/LibraryCard/index.asp for information about obtaining a library card.

Resources of interest include:

  • EBSCOhost - described as a business database, this resource actually includes a wide variety of databases including Academic Search Elite, MasterFILE Premier, and Business Source Premier. Together these three files provide access to the full-text of over 4,000 general, business, and academic periodicals (this resource is also available from New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library).
  • Global NewsBank - database providing access to news from around the world.
  • InfoTrac - resource providing access to a variety of indexes and reference databases including "Expanded Academic Index ASAP" which provides indexing and some full-text for approximately 2,000 scholarly, trade and general-interest publications.

Other Catalogs

Catalogs are databases of bibliographic records of books, journals, newspapers, electronic files, and other media collected by a particular library (such as the Museum Library's Catalog). Union catalogs provide access to the inventories of multiple libraries and they indicate the items owned by each library.

Key:

idb_access_amnh.gif  Restricted use. Available only from networked Museum computers and off-site via the proxy server. Please see the off-site access instructions for more information. Also, please be aware of the usage restrictions that apply to licensed resources.

idb_access_amnh.gif  Unrestricted use. Freely available to anyone.


idb_access_world.gif  Libdex

 Worldwide directory of library home pages and online catalogs.

idb_access_amnh.gif  WorldCat Database

Database containing millions of records of books, journals, and other materials cataloged by OCLC member libraries.

idb_access_world.gif  WorldCat.org (free public version)

Database containing millions of records of books, journals, and other materials by a network of libraries. This version has fewer features than the subscription version of WorldCat (see above).

idb_access_world.gif Other Catalogs of Interest

New York City Metro Area Libraries

Natural History Library Catalogs

National/International Libraries

Union Catalogs

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