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This guide will jump start access to your course resources and research tools. Each Tab outlines resources and best practices to assist your research practice. 

Architecture Research

Community Research Guide

Geographic Information Systems 

GIS and GeoData have become increasingly sophisticated and comprehensive tools. This tab includes only a small vignette on this knowledge discipline. Work with your colleagues and the librarians to further investigations. Reach out and recommend additional tools. 

Architecture and Design Databases

Click on any link below to open a database.  Enter NYIT ID when prompted.

Library Databases

The NYIT Library offers students access to many databases full of trustworthy, vetted, and peer-reviewed sources, including articles, reports, and much more. 

DATABASE PRO TIP: Always select full-text when searching for articles!

DATABASE PRO TIP: Select peer-reviewed when searching for academic articles!

DATABASE PRO TIP: To search for recent articles, narrow your search by changing the publisher date!

Suggested Databases

ProQuest Central

Multidisciplinary database covering over 160 subjects. Great for finding peer-reviewed articles and up-to date-news articles from newspapers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Academic Search Complete

Multi-disciplinary full text database. Great for finding peer-reviewed articles.

Ebook Central

Search or browse through full-text ebooks in a wide range of subject areas. Great for studying and for finding research paper sources.

CQ Researcher

Reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Great for current events and issues.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Covers today’s social issues, from offshore drilling to climate change, from health care to immigration. Great for researching current events and issues. 

Credo Reference

Dictionaries and encyclopedic resources for the Arts. Great for exploring research paper topics.


One of the world’s largest statistics portals providing access to relevant data from over 18,000 sources. Great for finding in-depth reports and statistics.


Zoning Codes and Data

Citations and Academic Integrity

Writing Citations

1. Confirm the citation style such as MLA, Chicago and APA required by your professor.
2. The Purdue Online Writing Lab - Chicago Manual of Style with Citation Machine provides general guidelines how to cite different works.
3. Build your bibliography with Citation Generators such as Knight Cite; and Citation Builder or the internal reference list using MSOffice.

What needs Citations?

  • Cite Maps & Photographs of a Building - Architectural drawings and Models are subject to copyright.
  •  Images, Diagrams, and Figures: 
    • Include the following information:
      • Author (Artist or Architect); Title; Date; Location/Repository; Material/Medium; Dimensions (if applicable)
      • Write descriptive captions when including images in the text and include a bibliography entry.
  • Images from Books, Articles and Images found on the Web.
  • Include the artist's name, the year the work was created, and the institution (e.g. gallery or museum) that houses it (if applicable), followed by the city where it is located, the URL where you found the image, and when. 


Portrait of Walter Gropius taken by Josef Albers.
Albers, Josef (German-American painter, theorist, 1888-1976). 1930. Walter Gropius,
Ascona Sommer 30. Place: The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation,

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New York Public Library (NYPL)

As a student in New York City, you have access to NYPL's resources. Becoming a member of NYPL is easy. If the NYIT Library does not have a book you need, try searching the NYPL catalog. Borrowers can place a hold on NYPL books and have the book sent to the closest NYPL library. 

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