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12th Grade History: NYPL Databases

What is a...

What is a DATABASE?

A database is a collection of authoritative sources (academic journals, articles, newspapers, etc.) on a specific subject. Searching within a database ensures that the information you find is high quality. Make sure to choose the appropriate database for the information you need. 

How do I know WHICH DATABASE to use?

For the scope of this research paper, you will find a list of databases we recommend in the far right column. Click on the icons to be linked to the database through the NYPL site. You don't need to be at school or at a library branch in order to use the databases, but you will need to enter the number below the barcode on your student library card in order to gain access.

Periodical Databases/Archives

Academic Search Premier (Click on the image above) is a periodical (newspaper, magazine & journal) database.  You cannot access it from school, but you can access it from home or from the public library.

Make sure to sort your responses by date, or date range.  Some publications you may wish to search are:

Time Magazine (available from 1923-present)

New York Times (available from 1980-present)

Accessing articles and databases

The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the mightiest research institutions in the country and now that you have a library card, you can start taking advantage of it! Follow the instructions below to begin searching the databases!


From the NYPL homepage, select the Resources tab;
From the drop-down menu, select Articles and Databases

Screen Shot of NYPL homepage


Before searching for articles, you'll have to decide which database you want to search in (and you will likely have to search more than one); specifying by subject and audience will help narrow down the amount of databases to choose from into a manageable number.

Remember to keep your library card handy; you'll need to use the number to log in to these database itself.

Screen Shot of Articles and Databases Platform

Suggested Databases

For the purposes of this research paper, we recommend checking out the following NYPL databases for academic articles and primary source material.

You can access these databases by clicking the icons below or through the NYPL homepage, and following the directions in the lefthand column.

Be sure to keep your library card handy; you'll need to use the number under the barcode to access the databases.

World History in Context

U.S. History in Context

Biographies in Context

Oppsing Viewpoints

Encyclopedia Americana