Select a Database
If you are exploring a topic:
- Browse a list of Databases By Subject or use the Subject Guides.
- If you know the name of a database use the A- Z list.
- Ask a Librarian if you need help determining which database is the most appropriate.
Recommended Databases to Get Started:
Off Campus Access
A key icon indicates that you will have to login to the database if you are off campus. Login using the first part of your Poly email (before the @) and your NYU-Poly ID number.
Find a Specific Journal
To find out if the library has access to a journal online, enter the title in the box below or browse by journal title:
How to Search for Articles
Most databases can be searched using keywords. However, you can also search databases using:
- author's name
- subject heading (more precise than keywords)
- journal title
- specific dates or a range of dates
- article title
Databases usually allow you to limit your search by:
- type of publication (scholarly articles, book chapters, review articles, magazines, etc)
- full text when available
Research Tip: When selecting a database, look for the for search tips and tutorials.
Types of Articles
|Scholarly Journals||Trade Publications|
Report thorough description of original research or theories. Generally scrutinized by a panel of subject experts (peer review) before publishing.
Provide practical information for members of a profession, industry, or organization: news, trends, products, and research summaries.
Cover breaking news, news analysis, and feature stories.
Provide information, news, opinions, entertainment to the general public on a broad array of topics.
Finding Full Text
Not all databases will provide you a direct link to the full text of an article. When you see this icon, the database is enabled with SFX, an article linker that connects citations with full text.
When you come across a button that looks like or , click it for a menu of options to get full text. You may be required to enter your NYU NetID and password to follow the link to the full text. For more information, read SFX Frequently Asked Questions.