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Submit a Library Recommendation form to make collections recommendations.
Authorized borrowers check out books at the circulation desk on the first floor. For more information, visit
Use the Bobcat catalog to search by book title or journal title.
SFX will get you as close to the article-level as it can, given the structure of the information provided by the database publisher. Sometimes you may link directly to the full text, other times you may have to click through to an issue or through a table of contents
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service which helps eligible patrons obtain materials that are unavailable in the New York University or consortium libraries. Submit an Interlibrary Loan request.
By searching BobCat
, you can find out a periodical's location, either in the building or on the Internet.
Visit our list of subject specialists.
What are oversized books, and where are they?
Oversized books are too large to fit on the regular stacks shelves, so there are special sections on each floor for them. Check the maps on each floor to find these materials.
The Arch The Arch is a subject searchable database tool. By selecting a subject or category, you can view databases specific to that subject area, and search them individually or simultaneously for articles
"Microform" is the generic term for material published in microfilm, microfiche or microprint, none of which can be read with the naked eye.
You can search for serials (magazines, journals, newspapers, etc.) by their titles by going to BobCat. Search just as you would search for a book title.
Most recent issues are located on the 3rd floor, but the latest issues of science journals are shelved on the 9th floor. Older issues are shelved in the stacks by call number (just like books). Microfilm and microfiche subscriptions are housed in the Microform Center on Lower Level 2. By searching BobCat, you can find out a periodical's location, either in the library building or electronically.
Microfilm, microfiche, and microprints are all located in the Microform Center on Lower Level 2.
Why are there two options for full-text for some articles?
Sometimes NYU Libraries licenses full-text packages from third party vendors, so there are occasionally duplications.
NYU Libraries do not subscribe to all the titles indexed in our databases. Students and faculty who find a journal that is not available in any NYU library may fill our an interlibrary loan request in the SFX menu or directly from Interlibrary Loan.
There are two likely reasons: (1) There is no full text available or, (2) NYU Libraries does not have a license for access to full text of that journal. When a full text link is not available, your next option is to check the BobCat catalog to locate the title in print.
Why does the number of options in the SFX menu vary?
When you click on SFX, your computer connects to NYU's SFX database to see what services are available for the article. The only services that display are those that are available.