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Remote Access to E-Resources at Cooper

To access restricted e-resources from off campus, you must be authenticated as an authorized user.  Usually, you will be prompted to enter the barcode number for your Library account (a 14 digit number on the back of your Cooper ID). If that doesn't work, stop by the Circulation Desk, call 212-353-4188, or send email to

Common problems include:

  • Fines of $5 or more on the account. You can log in to your account to check on fines owed.
  • Students: Your account expires when you graduate or if you are not registered for classes in the current semester. Stop by the Circulation Desk each semester to verify that your account is up to date.
  • Faculty, staff, and administrators: Your account may expire if you have not used our Library in the current semester; or you may not yet have a Library account. Stop by the Circulation Desk to register for an account or to update your information.

Test out your barcode number here. If it works you'll see a list of restricted resources available from off campus.

Peer Review

Peer Review is a process ensures that articles published in a journal represent the best scholarship available.

When an article is submitted, the journal editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (i.e., the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality and relevance to the field of study, and the appropriateness to the journal itself.

Most databases provide some way to distinguish whether the citation is to a peer-reviewed (or refereed) journal. It is often a check box or radio button.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Covers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design. Subjects: Archaeology, Architecture, Architectural design, City planning, Furniture and decoration, Historic preservation, History of architecture, Interior design, Landscape architecture, Urban planning.

  • Searching scholarly or peer-reviewed sources: It is not possible to limit a search to peer-reviewed sources. For guidance, see the guide to Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals.
  • Full text: No direct full text. Follow SFX links to check other access options.
  • Update frequency: weekly.
  • Coverage dates: 1741 to present.
  • Number of journal titles, as of April, 2016: 2,500+ with 350+ currently published.
    View title list.
  • Access restrictions: Off Campus.


JSTOR Arts & Sciences III, V

Arts & Sciences III: journals in languages and literature, as well as essential titles in music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture. Additional interdisciplinary titles broaden the scope of coverage in folklore, feminist & women's studies.

Arts & Sciences V: important literary reviews and state historical journals; widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art and art history, and language and literature.

For more JSTOR, go to NYU (complete JSTOR) or The New School (Arts & Sciences I-V, VII).


Most journals in JSTOR do not include any articles published within the last 3-5 years. This 'moving wall' is an embargo period between when a journal issue is published and when it appears in JSTOR.

JSTOR was designed as a digital archive, not a searching tool. Searching features are very limited compared to other databases available to you. There are no controlled terms for subjects, and only ~10% of articles include an abstract. 

For subject searching, it is better to use one of the other databases described in this section. Search results will show a link to JSTOR when needed to access a particular article.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile

Multidisciplinary resource containing thousands of references to journals and magazines; transcripts, audio and video of radio and television news; handbooks, factbooks, and reports. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. There is some overlap with General OneFile.

  • Searching scholarly or peer-reviewed sources: Use the check box on the main search screen.
  • Full text: Much of the content includes full text. Follow SFX links to check other access options.
  • Update frequency: daily.
  • Coverage dates: 1980 to present.
  • Number of current journal titles, as of April 1, 2015: 16,791 indexed; 7,833 with full text; 7,062 full text with no embargo.
    View title list.
  • Access Restrictions: Off Campus.

Search Strategy Worksheet

This worksheet will help you think about your topic and formulate search queries.

It breaks down the process of defining and refining your search terms, and helps you visualize the Boolean operators you can use to connect those terms for optimal results.

As you gain more experience with this process, you will be able to formulate your searches with greater skill.

Access to Databases at NYU and The New School

Due to licensing restrictions you must be at those libraries in order to use their databases. If you are prompted to enter an NYU or New School NetID, then the link will not work from your current location.

You can browse listings of e-resources available on their websites:

NYU Databases A-Z

The New School Databases A-Z

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