There are many databases to choose from—how do you select the most appropriate for your area of interest? There are several ways. On the library home page simply click Articles and Databases, Then Search databases by subject and content typeand choose your area of interest from the drop down menu or you can click Databases A_Z to see a complete alphabetical listing.
Another way, one that provides more comprehensive information overall, is to make use of the Subject Guides. These guides are prepared by the librarians to help you find the best resources for major subject areas at NYU-Poly. You can access them from the library home page by clicking the Bern Dibner Research Guides , and choosing your area of interest:
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 , 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.
Here is a general breakdown of the types of databases available:
Most databases start you out on a Basic Search page where you can type keywords into a search box:
If you look around, you will find an Advanced Search option that allows you to combine multiple keywords, and change the "fields" (part of the item record) you are searching:
Indexes and Abstracts generally do not provide full text, but some offer very useful citation searching features.