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Library Services for NYU Wagner

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Greetings, Wagner Students and Faculty,

This guide is a point of entry for Wagner students and faculty to access library resources, get help with your projects, and work with research data. 

The Libraries offers a range of services and classes that may be useful to Wagner students. We can facilitate workshops on conducting library research and literature reviews, while our Data Services supports many GIS, qualitative, and quantitative research software packages. 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.

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Quick Links for Graduate Students

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.