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FAQs for research

Can I do research from home?

Yes! Most of our article collections can be accessed from home. When using them from off-campus, you'll be asked for a login. Your username is firstname.lastname and your password is your CUNYfirst ID Number and the last two digits of the year you were born. You can lookup your CUNYfirst ID here: More information on off-campus library access can be found here:

Can I email the Library?

Yes! The Library answers questions via email, usually within the less than 24 hours. To send an email, visit:

Can I send students who need research help to the Library?

Yes! The Library offers a reference consulation service where you can meet with a Librarian one-on-one. More information can be found here: There is also a Librarian at the Reference Desk whenever the Library is open. If your students need help starting their research or finding materials, you can always send them to the Reference Desk.

How can I find a print journal?

All of our journals are arranged alphabetically by title. To see if we have something in our print collection, you can consult the catalog.

How can I find an article?

You can find articles (and occasionally even certain books and book chapters) by clicking the Find articles & books online link on our home page. That will take you to our article collections, which are arranged by subject.

See also: reference help faculty off campus periodicals databases journals articles