Articles & Databases

Explore our collection of hundreds of online resources and databases. Use our free online content to help with your research, whether it's finding a single article, tracing a family tree, learning a new language, or anything in between.

  • Start Your Research

    Not sure where to begin? From primary sources to scholarly articles, start your research with resources chosen by our expert librarians.

  • Homework Help

    Discover the wide range of learning resources the Library has to offer students of all ages, from chemistry and history to English and math.

  • Newspapers and Magazines

    Browse popular contemporary and historic publications including The New York Times, People magazine, and Sports Illustrated among others.

  • World Languages

    Read e-books, newspapers, and more in languages including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and French.

  • African American Studies

    Explore a variety of academic, historic, and cultural resources curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

  • Performing Arts

    Find materials about theatre, film, dance, music, and recorded sound selected by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

  • New York City History

    Uncover primary and secondary sources about the five boroughs, including neighborhood data, historic photos, newspaper archives, and more.

  • Genealogy

    Trace ancestry information and family trees through public records, historical documents, and other genealogical archives.

  • Job Search and Career Development

    Whether you’re looking for a new job or changing careers, these resources will help you find training tutorials, resume guides, and more.

  • NOVELny Resources

    NOVELny Resources are available to all New Yorkers without a password as long as one is in New York State, via a NY driver or non-driver ID if not currently in New York State and/or via a Library Card.


    A searchable, digitized archive -- from the first date of publication to the last three to five years -- of major scholarly journals in many academic fields. 

    Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to NYPL cardholders working from home, courtesy of JSTOR.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank records, and African American and Native American Records. Library version of