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Lang Library Orientation Student Guide

Encyclopedias

Reference sources such as an encyclopedias and dictionaries are used in the beginning stages of research.  These sources provide context, and list books and articles that can be consulted for further reading.  Go to the library website and:

1. Click on "Browse Databases"
2. Select "Encyclopedia" under the "All Database Types" drop-down menu
3. Select a database.  Recommended databases are below.

There are also specialized encyclopedias for subjects such as art and music.  Find these by selecting a subject in the "All Subjects" drop-down menu on the library databases page.

E-books

Locate e-books using the library catalog by searching using keywords in the title, author, publisher, or ISBN.    

To search inside of (the full-text) of e-books, first go to the library website and:

1.  Click on "Browse Databases"
2.  Select "E-books" under the "All Database Types" drop-down menu
3.  Click on an e-book database and search inside the database.  Recommended databases are below.

For more information about our E-books, see our E-books Research Guide.

Search Inside with Google Books

Searching Google Books is another way to search inside books.  To find out whether a book you discover through Google Books is available at The New School Libraries and Archives, copy and paste the title or author into the library catalog.