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New to NYU Libraries: Help & FAQ

A basic guide to NYU Libraries' services for new NYU students.

How can I improve my research skills?

Sign up for a library workshop.

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Consult NYU librarians' research guides for your subject area.

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Database Search Tips

Here are tips for better search results in databases. This usage works on most databases, but check 'Help' sections for supported search syntax. 

Boolean: (using operators: and, or, not) 

mother and father searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined.


mother or father searches for one or all, but both are not required.


mother not father searches for occurrences of the word ‘mother’ without use of the word ‘father.’


(mother not father) and god searches for occurrences of the word ‘mother’ without use of the word ‘father,’ then also requires the word ‘god.’

Truncation:
art*
searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.
cat* searches for cat, catalyst, catatonic, category, etc.

Wildcard:
m?n
searches for man and men. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a library card to check out books?

Does the library have copies of textbooks?

My instructor said our readings are "on reserve." What does that mean?

I'm supposed to use primary sources in my paper. Where can I find them?

How do I configure my laptop to get WiFi in the library?

Can I connect to e-journals and e-books when I'm off-campus?

How do I print articles, etc. in Bobst Library?

What are the policies for food, cellphones, and noise?

Are there other library rules I should know about?

Where are the best places for quiet study?

How do I reserve a group study room?

Can I rent a locker?

Are there student jobs in the library?

Undergraduate Librarian

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Daniel Perkins
Contact:
Bobst Library, Mezzanine Room 1M-06A
212-992-7311
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