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Geared to faculty who need support in their efforts towards scholarly publication


Library workshop #1

Overview of workshop: Getting started with the literature review and using the library. Will cover how our library fits into CUNY and beyond; How to access library databases and use the FindIt button to get articles including how to push the citation into interlibrary loan and Google Scholar; How to find books inside of CUNY and beyond; Using Google Scholar to link to library content (and push citations into a citation manager).  

Reflection for today's workshop


Our library in the broader knowledge ecosystem

We have almost *everything*
We have hundreds of thousands of ejournals and ebooks. If we don't have what you need, we can help you get it via Interlibrary Loan.

Electronic content outside of City Tech
Every CUNY library has distinctive library resources that they pay for. Although you can borrow books from other CUNY libraries, you can not request any electronic content from outside of City Tech from your office or home. Access electronic content from outside of City Tech by:

  • interlibrary loan of specific articles or ebook chapters
  • on-site visit to library with ebook or ejournal or database, etc.

Interlibrary loan for most types of content is possible. Let's all take a moment to sign up.

Finding books and more outside of CUNY
WorldCat is an immense resource in finding books and archival materials, particularly in the English-speaking world. 

MaRLI is an initiative that provides access for CUNY faculty to New York University and Columbia's libraries via New York Public Library. You can borrow books and access electronic content on-site. Annual access runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30.

Archives, manuscripts and other special collections present a special challenge.  This guide from the Society of American Archivists is very helpful. We are familiar with NUCMUC, the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Your best resources will likely come from the existing secondary literature on your topic.

Using the Library

Access electronic content only via the library's website (with the exception of Google Scholar when it is configured to connect to our library)

How to access library article databases

  • on homepage, FIND ARTICLES > filter by subject or specific database
  • off-campus login -- enter your barcode without spaces (a cookie in your browser will persist so login is only once per session)

  • Do a quick search in Academic Search Premier and use the FindIt button to get articles
    • If FindIt can not connect you to the full text 
      • Push the citation into interlibrary loan or try searching in Google Scholar via the FindIt menu
  • Practice emailing articles to one's self
  • Practice pushing citations into RefWorks [suggested that participants use a citation manager] 
  • On your own: peruse the databases by your discipline and try searching them

How to find a specific journal

  • Browsing a journal or seeking a specific known article? Try our journal portal
  • Most journals let you set up an alert for new issues or articles

How to find books inside CUNY and beyond;

  • Find books in CUNY
    • Traditional online catalog; toggle between City Tech and CUNY / CLICs delivers books here from any CUNY school
    • Find books in OneSearch
  • WorldCat: books in all kinds of libraries, everywhere; differences between two versions
    • is the light version of WorldCat and has limited searching capabilities. Can easily push citation into RefWorks
    • WorldCat First Search is higher powered

OneSearch (see box below)

  • Like Google and Google Scholar, can be overwhelming, not comprehensive and provide irrelevant results
  • Filter results by resource type, date, peer-review, etc. 
  • May or may not be productive depending on what you are researching and what stage you are at
  • student-oriented


Starting with Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar? 

Google Scholar indexes

  • journal articles
  • conference papers
  • theses and dissertations
  • academic books (especially collections of chapters by different authors)
  • pre-prints (openly available early versions of articles usually in subject repositories like arXiv for physics)
  • abstracts
  • technical reports
  • ResearchGate and content (some?)
  • More details:

Advantages to Using Google Scholar

  • All disciplines, easy inter-disciplinary research
  • Citation trail! “Cited by” feature 
  • Gives article recommendations through “my updates”
  • Indexes material not always covered by library databases 
  • Easily exports to citation managers
  • Easy to link to City Tech library and other libraries' content

Issues to be Aware of When Using Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar does not index all scholarly material. 
  • Even when connected to our library, Google Scholar cannot access all of the library’s collections  
  • Searching is more effective and targeted using the library databases. 
  • Library databases offer peer-review filter

Google Scholar can be connected to library resources and allow exporting of citations! 

Before searching in Google Scholar first set Google Scholar’s preferences to connect to City Tech Library.  

  • Use the link on the library's database pages or
  • On the upper left, there are three lines. Click on the three lines to open the menu
  • Select the gear icon “Settings”
  • Select “Library links” in the sidebar navigation on the left
  • Type in “New York City College of Technology” and select it from the menu below
  • Click “Save”
  • Note: You will need to login once with your City Tech library barcode to access articles in databases



After selecting Library Links, search "New York City College of Technology" and then check off the options and SAVE

Now links to content in the library will appear. Finalize your customization by adding export to your citation manager in the basic settings menu.

(some text by Prof. Miriam Deutsch, Brooklyn College)

Citation Managers

RefWorks is a citation manager that is geared to faculty, not students. It works with many resources, particularly Google Scholar. The best part of RefWorks is that you can create custom styles. Some journals have a unique variant on an existing citation style and RefWorks allows you to adjust your citations to fit that style.  

  • Sign up for a new account. Our account code is rwnycct. Use the same link to login once you've set up your account. Please note that RefWorks is not free, it is paid for by CUNY.

Zotero is a free, open source citation manager. It does not allow for customization not as powerful as RefWorks but it allows you to easily share your citations with a co-author, unlike RefWorks. It is also much easier to learn. 

Mendeley is used by academics in the sciences and has some nice social components.

This article in Nature provides an overview of citation managers. You can embed documents in most citation managers including RefWorks.

Finding a review article

Let's Go Meta! Finding a review article: not as common outside the sciences. Includes both literature reviews as well as systematic reviews (evaluates the research) [In the humanities and social sciences, we might want to focus on finding a recent book related to our topic and review its bibliography. Book-length bibliographies, although increasingly less common, are another means to gain an overview on a topic]

  1. Cochrane as example of systematic review
  2. Chemical Reviews (ACS)
  3. Annual Reviews. 41 journals. Available at {call first re. access}: Brooklyn, Baruch, City College, Graduate Center, Lehman, Queens, York
  4. Nature Reviews! Library has these NOW



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