Feel free to email Jill Cirasella with any library-research-related questions: cirasella [at] brooklyn.cuny.edu . Here are some notes I took:


– Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) is a good place to start your search.

– Other good databases include: PsycINFO (for psychology), ERIC (education), CINAHL (health), Lexis-Nexis (news and law), Applied Science & Technology Index, SocINDEX (sociology), Philoosopher’s Index, Communication & Mass Media Complete

– Use an asterisk (*) to search for variations on a word, e.g., “child*” shows results with “child” or “children” or “child-rearing,” etc.

– Check off “Full text” to limit your results to those Brooklyn has full access to.

– Use the “Cite” tool to get an MLA-styled citation — but, as when using easybib, don’t forget to double-check that it’s correct.


– You can click on a book’s cover for table of contents.

– Click on “Brooklyn” for the call number.

– If the book is out, don’t forget to search all CUNY libraries — you can get a book via interlibrary loan.

– You must activate your ID’s bar code (at the library) to use the library’s resources when off-campus.

– Here’s another tip: If you go looking for a book you’ve found in the catalog, take a good look at what’s around it on the shelves — since library shelves are roughly organized by subject, nearby books can sometimes be very helpful too.