Greetings, Wagner Students and Faculty,
I am a Data Services Librarian at NYU, and I also serve as the liaison between the NYU Libraries and Wagner. This guide is a point of entry for Wagner students and faculty to access library resources, get help with research, and practice data management.
As the liaison to Wagner, I am willing to assist with research, teaching, and learning in any way that I can. The Libraries offers a range of classes that may be useful to Wagner students. Data Services supports many GIS, qualitative, and quantitative research software packages. We facilitate workshops on citations, literature reviews, and data access. We also have subject specialists in Health Sciences, Public Policy, and other disciplines germane to the Wagner curriculum. We are always happy to start a conversation with you.
I'm looking forward to working with the community.
Resources you should know about:
THE CORE RESEARCH DATABASES IN YOUR SUBJECT AREA - Most databases are based on subject boundaries; if you aren’t sure if you are using the right place, talk to your subject librarian immediately.
WORLDCAT LIBRARY CATALOG - WorldCat searches libraries all over the world, letting you know what is available at NYU and beyond. Your research base should be the world’s collection; combine WorldCat and our Interlibrary Loan services and ensure that you are using everything you can.
GOOGLE SCHOLAR Google’s scholarly side can be useful as a supplement to library tools. Scholar looks at a large amount of citations (though they’re not saying how many or which ones!), but it’s super easy and – if you set your scholar preferences – can be integrated with our holdings and citation management programs.
WEB OF SCIENCE AND SCOPUS These unique tools let you see the works cited by an author, and also who in turn cited that author, in essence letting you track the evolution of a scholar or idea backwards and forwards in time. They provide a great way to fill in holes in your literature list, refine your understanding, and experience those “Eureka” moments.
DISSERTATIONS & THESES GLOBAL Who else has written a dissertation on a topic close to your own? What does a finished dissertation look like in terms of format and approach? Who else has had your advisor? This database is the repository of dissertations in North America, and it can tell you all this and more.
Tools you should be using:
CITATION MANAGEMENT Organize everything you do using a citation management tool, like RefWorks, that lets you export, store, and organize all the literature you use, and processes your work and bibliographical entries, keeping your citations correctly correlated.