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Bern Dibner Library of Science & Technology (Brooklyn)

An overview of library research and services for patrons of Dibner Library.

Select a Database

If you are exploring a topic:

Recommended Databases to Get Started:

  • ProQuest Central: Large multidisciplinary database that includes journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Web of Science:Leading scholarly literature in sciences, social sciences, and arts & humanities.
  • IEEE Xplore: Technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.

Off Campus Access

To  access databases available through the NYU Libraries website, use your NYU NetID and password. 

More information about logging in.


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)
  • language
  • full text when available

Research Tip: When selecting a database, look for the Red circle with embedded white question mark for search tips and tutorials.

Search the NYU Libraries Catalog for Books and Articles

Search here for books, articles, journals and other print materials, videos, sound recordings, e-books, e-journals, databases, and indexes in our local libraries and special collections.


Can't Find What You Need?

Types of Articles

Scholarly Journals

Yellow journal cover with white writing

Report thorough description of original research or theories. Generally scrutinized by a panel of subject experts (peer review) before publishing.


Trade Publications

Black and blue publication with white airplanes

Provide practical information for members of a profession, industry, or organization: news, trends, products, and research summaries.



four white newspapers

Cover breaking news, news analysis, and feature stories.



Magazine with red and white writing

Provide information, news, opinions, entertainment to the general public on a broad array of topics.