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New York City: Libraries & Reference Sources

This guide provides resources related to New York City.

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Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.

NYU Libraries' online catalog.

Finding NYC Materials in BobCat, NYU Libraries' catalog

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Search BobCat, NYU's library catalog, by author, title, or subject to find books, pamphlets, videos, sound recordings, archival collections, e-books, e-journals, reference sources and other materials relating to New York City. 

You may also browse an alphabetical list of Library of Congress Subject Headings in BobCat Standard.  The main LCSH subject heading for researching New York city is:  New York (N.Y.).

As you browse the subject headings, you will see that main headings are subdivided. The following list is a sample of some of the subdivisions that may be added to subject searches for more specific results.

Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works
Buildings, structures, etc.
Description and travel
Economic conditions
Emigration and immigration
In art
In literature
In motion pictures
Pictorial works
Social conditions
Social life and customs


Reference Sources

AIA Guide to New York City, 4th Ed. / Norval White & Elliot Willensky. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010. 

Civic Bibliography for Greater New York / edited by James Bronson Reynolds. New York: Charities Publication Committee, 1911. 

Encyclopedia of New York City / edited by Kenneth T. Jackson. New Haven, Conn : Yale University Press; New York: New-York Historical Society, c2010. 

Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 By Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America By Russell Shorto. New York: Random House, Inc., 2004. 

The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins by Henry Moscow. Hagstrom Co., 1978.