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Begin by examining your research question to determine the MAJOR CONCEPTS or words with a specific meaning.
Then you will start to ideate different SYNONYMS for your main concepts.
Finally, expand your main concepts by thinking in BROADER and NARROW


  • Enter a term to begin your search. The search engine is NOT case-sensitive and ignores punctuation.
    • Term(s) can be a word or a phrase used to describe a thing or concepts
  • The default search is a Simple Search and will generate all resources that include the term(s) in any field.
    • Fields are title, author/creator, subject, publisher, call number, ISBN.
  • Refine your search using Advance Search and utilize the search filters. 
    • Select which field you'd like the search term to be found.
    • Define rules for the search. These rules will only display results that follow the selected command
      • Contains
      • is (exact)
      • starts with
    • Use "quotation marks" around certain phrases to search for an exact phrase


  • By default, the results are sorted by relevance. 
  • Utilize Tweak my results to filter within results:
    • Library: Cooper Union, NYU, New School, New York Historical Society, and New York School of Interior Design to name a few.
    • Resource Type: Books, Video Journals Archival Materials, Audio, Databases, Scores, and much more!
    • Subjects: Art, Architecture, Business, Philosophy, Globalization, Social Justice, and Literary Criticism are a few examples. 
    • Publication Date: This can be changed to date-newest or date-oldest. 
    • Languages.
    • Call Number Group: Library of Congress Classification Codes 


NA  The First letter of a Library of Congress call number indicates the general class the material falls within. The numbers that follow the letter define the subject of the material.

.C##  The "cutter" number is the next set of numbers separated by a period. The cutter numbers indicate the author or title of the material.

2022 The year of a publication follows the cutter number to indicate the edition.

Check out the Library of Congress Classification Outline to understand the organization of the subjects and subsections in the stacks. 


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