NYU Libraries is an essential source of online course content, with licenses to more than 1.1 million ebooks, 121,000 journals, and 1,000 databases that contain articles, images, video, audio, data, and more. Take advantage of these licenses to assemble a reading list in NYU Classes that links students directly to content. Subject librarians are available to help locate and select licensed material relevant to your course.
Online Content via NYU Libraries Licensed Databases
Examples of ebooks available via NYU Libraries licenses:
There are 5 search tools for finding ebooks. If you don't find your book in one tool, try another:
|Search Tool||Special Feature||Limit on synchronous users?||Limit on downloading & printing?|
|Books & More Tab||Find all subscription instances and choose platform||Varies per title||Varies per title|
|Summon||Search ebooks full text (not just metadata)||Varies per title||Varies per title|
|Ebook Central||Read, highlight, and annotate within the platform||Varies per title||Varies per title|
|HathiTrust||Access digitized public domain books; search full text||No||No|
|Individual publisher sites||Search ebooks full text (not just metadata)||Not usually||Not usually|
BobCat Books & More Tab Go>>
Ebook Central Go>>
Individual publishers - To browse individual publisher platforms such as Brill, Cambridge, Oxford, Routledge, Sage, Springer, Wiley and more, use this Databases A-Z page and limit "Database Type" to "Ebook Collections." You can also limit by publisher.
Note: Textbooks are not abundant in NYU Libraries' collections, but some of our ebook subscriptions include textbook publishers, for example Brill, Cambridge, Ebook Central, Knovel, Oxford, Palgrave, Routledge, Springer, and Wiley.
Locating a Specific Article
Discovering Article Content By Searching Databases
NYU Libraries subscribes to more than 1,000 databases. Go to BobCat's Articles & Databases Tab and select a database to search.
Examples of videos available via NYU Libraries licenses:
To identify databases in which you can search for videos, use this Databases A-Z page and limit "Database Type" to "Video Collections."
To identify databases in which you can search for data, images, audio, and other sources, go to the Databases A-Z page and use the "Database Types" drop-down menu.
Linking to NYU Libraries Resources
Put links direct links to Libraries' ebooks, articles, videos, etc. into your NYU Classes reading list using one of these options:
Do-It-Yourself: To enable off-campus access, be sure to route the links through the Libraries' proxy server by adding the "proxy prefix" in front of the URL. This will prompt off-campus users to log in with their NYU Net ID and password.
Start with original URL:
Then add proxy prefix:
For more information about linking, see this guide.
Linking Services for Global Academic Centers Faculty
NYU Libraries provides support for faculty teaching at the Global Academic Centers, including:
Inquiries about placing your reserve requests should be forwarded to the Global Services Librarian or the Assistant Director for Academics at your global location. Please indicate the global site from which you are making your request.
The turnaround time for linking and scanning services is ~3-5 business days. Links and scans provided by NYU Libraries will be posted on your NYU Classes page.
If you'd like to create your own links visit the NYU Classes: Adding Library Resources Guide for detailed instructions.
You can request that the Libraries' copy of a book or video/media be put on Course Reserve for the semester. You can also have your personal copy of a book, textbook, or video/media put on Course Reserve.
Tips to Share With Your Students
When a student finds that all copies of a reading list book are checked out of the stacks, E-ZBorrow can be a good solution. This service allows users to search the combined catalogs of 50+ research and academic libraries and request books unavailable at NYU. Delivery takes 3-5 days, borrowing period is 12 weeks. (E-ZBorrow is not particularly reliable for textbooks.)
If E-ZBorrow doesn't have the book, students can submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request. Articles, dissertations, and other materials unavailable at NYU can also be requested via ILL. (ILL is not particularly reliable for textbooks.)