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Advanced Research Techniques for Undergraduate Research Student Scholars

This guide includes content from the library workshops "Advanced Research Techniques Honors & Emerging Scholars" and additional support content.

Search for Books, Articles, and More

Search Tips:

  • For best results use 2-3 keywords connected by AND / OR / NOT
  • Put "phrases in quotation marks"
  • Use (parenthesis) to develop a complex search 
  • Check your spelling
  • Use the facets on the left hand side of results to narrow down your search

Looking for Books?

  • Conduct a title or keyword search in the Everything drop-down menu 
    • Use "on shelf" facet to limit your results to print books
    • Use "books" facet to limit your results to print and Ebooks
  • You can download and read many of our ebooks on your mobile device! 
  • Be sure to record the call number of the book you're interested in so you can find it on the library shelves.

Activate your City Tech ID

Activate your City Tech ID at the Circulation Desk in the library every semester, so that you can:

My Library Account

My Library Account

  • Located on top navigation of library homepage
  • Login with your library barcode located as follows on your City Tech ID
    • lower left side on green IDs
    • lower-right side on blue IDs
  • See what books you have on loan and when they are due
  • Renew books
  • See your fines
  • See your requests for books from other CUNY libraries

My Account / Renew is the same dashboard via the library catalog

Find Articles

To find articles in the library databases, visit the library's website: You can find articles two ways:

  • Select Articles from the Everything drop-down menu (see the search box below). Narrow your search:
    • Use the options under Show Only (navigation elements on the left side of the page) to limit your search by type of material, subject, and more
    • Use the date slider
    • Limit your search to peer-reviewed articles
  • Library databases cover many topics. To see a list of databases by subject or department, go to Start Your Research > Find Articles and browse the Find by Subject list or the alphabetical list:
  • Many databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles

Interlibrary Loan

If a specific article is not available via the library's databases, you can use Interlibrary Loan to request it be sent electronically.

Sign-up here!

Once you have an account, you can use the FindIt! button to push the result from a library database or Google Scholar to your Interlibrary Loan account for one-click requesting for articles.