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For Teachers

Now That's History!


Columbus witnessing lunar eclipse in Jamiaca, 1504.,Columbus appealing to the superstition of the natives., Digital ID ps_grd_005, New York Public LibraryAncient History, Middle Ages, Industrial Revolution... Does history homework make you feel like you are in the Dark Ages? Well be enlightened by the library's resources!

You can find complete, trustworthy information a lot faster using the library’s databases and apps.

Here’s how to access NYPL’s databases:
1. Go to
2. Click on ‘Find Books, DVDs, & More’ in the top menu
3. Click on ‘Articles and Databases’ in the left sidebar
4. Databases are listed in alphabetical order. If you are not accessing the database from the library, enter the number on the back of your library card.


Accessible only at select Library locations
Accessible outside the Library with your NYPL card
Free Web resource - available anywhere

Try these databases: (all available from home or in the library)

Hint: Save the stuff you find on these databases to read later.
Either: Copy and paste the text into a Word document and save it in Rich Text Format (.rtf) to a flash drive.
Rich Text Format files can be read by any word processor, so you don’t need Word to read them.
Or: Email the article to yourself. Most databases have a button on the page to help you do this.

Database Terminology:

Periodicals: newspaper, magazine, journal

Full Text: entire article is available

Citation: bibliographic information about the article

Abstract: a summary of the article is available

Need Pictures or Maps? has over 700,000 scanned images online for free- you don’t even need a library card to access them! They are searchable by subject and you can find neighborhoods or even specific addresses sometimes.

On the library’s website and after you click “Find Book, DVDs  and more” Click on the link that says, “eBooks, Digital Images, and More,” you will find the Digital Gallery as the very first link.

Find out about Apps for Facebook and iGoogle that can help with homework, and from October to May, get one-on-one live help by phone or online from a New York City teacher.

Check it out!

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