Research Guides

Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP2)

Research Guides: Getting started

The library offers Research Guides in many subjects. The guides contain links and suggestions for not only the GC library's resources but for other resources as well, and the titles and databases that the guide provides can be used to find resources at other libraries (such as NYPL). Here we've collected highlights from the guides, focusing on information sources that are freely available.

Archival Resources

Our Archival Resource Guide is an excellent source of information about finding and using archival material, both on the web and in physical, real-world form. Of particular use to the LP2 researcher may be the section on finding archival collections, the resources found in online archival research, and the guide to oral histories.

Beyond Wikipedia

Interested in how to find substantive background sources? Reference sources—of a wide variety—offer a supplement and alternative to Wikipedia, providing factual information about a topic. Check out the full guide here, or take a look through this small sample of what's there:

Statistics & Data: There are many free, online options for obtaining statistical information or data sets. Depending on whether you're seeking US Census Data, information relating to New York State, or about international topics, this guide offers some ways to find them.

Maps & Atlases: Many large-scale mapping projects are hosted online, including the Atlas of Historical Boundaries from the Newberry Library, the MLA Language Map, Open Street Map, and more.

Government Info: As you might expect, there is a staggering amount of information available from government sources, including (but far from limited to!) GovInfo (public access to government publications),, and Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Legal Research

Our guide to legal research is also part of the Beyond Wikipedia guide.

Grants & Funding

Our Grants and Funding research guide details many sources for funding scholarly research. Check this guide for resources at the Graduate Center, within CUNY, and elsewhere. LP2 scholars have on-site access to Graduate Center resources including:

The guide also contains information on sources of grant information outside of CUNY, such as:

Additionally, watch our Events for workshops on grants and funding.