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Things to Remember!
  • The Reference Desk is the best place to ask for assistance with your research assignments.
  • The librarians have put together subject pages to assist you with locating information on specific subjects.
  • If you get stuck with your research, you can Ask-A-Librarian. You even have the option of chatting with a librarian — anytime, day or night!

Reference Help

If you need help with finding information, speak with a librarian! Whether you are looking for specific books and/or articles or need assistance with a research topic, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. This is where experienced librarians will help you with your research-related questions.

Research Basics

If you have a question regarding OneSearch or the catalog (which is how you find books that are owned by the Library) or need help using a database (which allows you to search for journal articles), you can ask for assistance at the Reference Desk or check out the tutorials mentioned below.


OneSearch (the big search box on the Library's hompeage) can be a good starting point to look for a specific book or article, or to look for a mix of books and articles on a topic.


Learning to use the catalog takes a little bit of practice. If you're not sure how to look up a book or another item in the catalog, consider checking out the catalog tutorial. It takes you step-by-step through the searching process.


If it's articles you need, you may be interested in a video tutorial that explains how to find articles using the Library's databases. The video is approximately 7 minutes in length.

Subject-Specific Research

To assist you with your research, the Brooklyn College librarians have compiled subject pages that list discipline-specific resources, including databases, journals, and web resources. To get started, visit the Library homepage and click on Research Guides under the OneSearch box. From there, choose the discipline in which you are interested and begin your research. For further research assistance, see the Books and Articles pages, or see below.

Research Assistance

If you get stuck with your research when you're at home, don't fret! In addition to receiving reference help in person while on campus, you can get assistance on the phone (718-951-5628), via email, or by live chat! To find out how, see the Ask-A-Librarian page.