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.
Examples of ebooks available via NYU Libraries licenses:
There are 5 search tools for finding ebooks. It's best to start by using the "Books & More" tab. If you don't find your book there, try another tool:
Above screenshot shows steps for searching and generating a link for an ebook in BobCat. It includes the following steps:
Click the media player to view this quick slideshow, which shows how to get a link to a specific book in Ebook Central to place in your NYU Classes reading list. Plain text steps are:
Full text, downloadable access to 5.3 million public domain books.
Above screenshot shows steps for searching and generating a link for a book in HathiTrust. Steps include:
Above screenshot shows steps for searching in Summon and generating a permanent link. Steps are:
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.
Above screenshot demonstrates where to find filters for ebook collections and for specific filters on the NYU Libraries Databases A-Z webpage. In the dropdown bucket labeled "All Database Types," there is an option for "Ebook collections." Beside that dropdown bucket, there is another dropdown labeled "All Publishers," from which you may choose a specific publisher.
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."
Above screenshot shows how to find collections of videos on the NYU Libraries Databases A-Z page. Near the top of the page, there is a dropdown bucket labeled "All Database Types," in which "Video Collections" is an option (circled in the screenshot). If you are interested in a specific publisher's videos, you can choose a publisher from the next dropdown to the right, labeled "All Publishers."
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.
Above screenshot shows a dropdown bucket near the top of the NYU Libraries Databases A-Z page, labeled "All Database Types." Options include: Archives & Manuscripts, Audio & Music Collections, Book Reviews, Data Sources, Dissertation Collections, Ebook Collections, Encyclopedias & Dictionaries, Image Collections, News & NEwspapers, Popular Databases, and Video Collections.
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:
NYU Libraries provides support for faculty teaching at the Global Academic Centers, including creating links to NYU Libraries licensed articles and ebooks for your NYU Classes page and scanning limited portions of NYU Libraries' material, within Fair Use Guidelines.
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.
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.
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.)