Research Guides

Beyond Wikipedia: Background & Reference Sources

Research Guides

Research guides -- sometimes called LibGuides -- are written by subject specialists familiar with the print and electronic resources in a given area.  Research guides can streamline the search process and quickly point you to the best sources on a topic. 

Listed below are links to research guides from the Graduate Center Library, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  Many other libraries have them too, so when your research leads you beyond the GC, be sure to check library websites to find guides to local collections and resources.

You can also try a Google search to find research guides on specific topics to help you identify potential resources.  For example, if you wanted to find reliable sources on the history of South Asia and didn't know where to begin, a Google search formatted like this could help:  "South Asia" LibGuides

Note:  The term "LibGuides" refers to the platform many academic libraries use to publish research guides.  And putting multi-word subjects in quotes will tell Google to search for the words as a phrase.  The search will turn up research guides at various academic libraries.  Browse the guides to identify potential research avenues and then look for those resources here at the GC Library.  If we don't have what you need, you can usually request it via Interlibrary Loan.

Graduate Center Research Guides

Library of Congress Research Guides

New York Public Library Research Guides

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism - Research Guides for Reporters

Research guides to help reporters gather information on a wide range of topics including Cops & Crime Research; Fact Checking, Verification & Fake News; Data Resources for Reporting; and Public Records Research. Also included are guides on finding background information on people and companies; court records research; and video, graphics, and audio resources and archives.

Though the guides are geared towards journalists, they provide highly useful information and search strategies for any researcher.