Cooper Library Basics
New York Public Library
NYPL includes libraries in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library are separate, but affiliated, systems, and have separate catalogs.
The intent of your instruction session and this guide is to help you become more efficient in searching for and retrieving information. During the class session, we will cover the following areas:
- Formulating your search strategy
- Tips and shortcuts for searching the catalog and other databases
- Reading a bibliography and citation
- Finding material once you have a citation
At the end of this session you should have a better understanding of how to tackle your research. If you encounter any difficulty along the way, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or my colleagues in the Library.
The Cooper Union Library belongs to the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium established with NYU and The New School in 1977. This Consortium shares a Catalog (BobCat) and provides students and faculty of member institutions with access to each other's collections.
Cooper Union students and faculty may borrow items at consortium libraries at NYU, The New School, and the New York School of Interior Design. For any restricted or licensed electronic resource, you must be on site at the other library, unless Cooper also has a license.
For HSS4, these Consortium libraries would be particularly useful:
Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries
M.S., Environmental Science, Long Island University;
M.S.L.S., Library & Information Science, Long Island University;
B.A., Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College.