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New York City (NYC) Research Guide

Guide to researching New York City buildings, neighborhoods, history, and data.


Do you want to know the history of a building?  Try searching newspaper archives using an address as a keyword phrase in quotation marks (e.g., "55 West 13th"). The New York Times Archives begins in 1851 and can be found in the ProQuest platform. 

There are also newspapers related to various cultures, populations, and topics within New York City. Ask Us for suggestions of where to look!

Books and eBooks

Ebook Central is an interdisciplinary databases that is useful for searching any subject.

To browse books, visit the "F 128" call number area at the List Center Library, 6 East 16th Street, 8th Floor, and "NA 735" call number at the University Center Library, 63 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor.