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Research Services

Reference Service

Rosenthal Library provides the following services. For questions relating to art or music resources and collections, consult the Art Library or Music Library.

Walk-in Consultation

Professional librarians are available to help you with your research on a walk-in basis. We can help you:

  • Plan your research
  • Identify approriate sources
  • Access resources in the library, online, and elsewhere
  • Cite your sources
  • and more!

Reference services are available most hours the library is open, including on weekends. Please visit the Research Services office, Room 344, to speak with a reference librarian.

Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian provides e-mail reference consultation for the same questions you would ask face-to-face. Please fill out the form linked above and we will respond within two business days, but usually sooner.


For help with brief questions call us when the Library is open, at (718) 997-3700. For more complex questions please come to the library or use Ask a Librarian.

Subject Specialists

If you have a very specialized question and would like to talk with a specialist in your discipline, please use our directory to find the appropriate person. He or she will be happy to schedule an appointment to work with you. Please note that this may take longer than the other options.

Getting Started

Overview of Research & Resources
For information about the research process and an overview of how to use the resources the library offers, please see this set of tutorials. It includes information on starting your research, using the catalog and databases, citing your sources, and much more.
For Research in a Specific Subject Area
For a quick summary on research in a specific subject area, use our Subject Guides. They contain research subject guides to academic subjects like English Literature, as well as course guides for research in a particular course such as Honors 226.
To Find Books
To find books, media, and other material owned by the QC Libraries and other CUNY libraries, search the CUNY Catalog.
To Find Articles
To find articles on a topic, search the Databases. Databases list scholarly journal articles, popular magazine and newspaper articles, as well as reviews, book essays, theses, and research papers. For guidance on selecting an appropriate database in your discipline, please see our Subject Guides.
To Locate a Specific Article
To locate an article when you already have the citation, you have two options:
  • Search the CUNY Catalog to find both electronic and paper copies of journals the library holds. Select Title Begins With in the box on the left and type the journal title in the search box. Helpful hint: Journals and magazines are called serials in the catalog.
  • Search Electronic Journals for the full-text periodicals we have online. Search for the periodical title. Then check whether we own the periodical for the year and issue which contains the article you need.
Never search using the article title!
For more information contact:

Prof. Alexandra de Luise
Research Services Coordinator

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