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Guide to Digital Research in Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books: Databases

How to conduct manuscripts, archives, and rare books research using the online resources of The New York Public Library

The Library subscribes to hundreds of databases.  Their content is not public, meaning that it cannot be located through Google searching, but free access is provided via the Library.  Many can be accessed from home after logging in with your library card's barcode and PIN.

For an overview of navigating and accessing these databases, see Online Research: Where to Start.  For updates on expanded access during the coronavirus closure, see Research at NYPL: Remote Access to Collections and Services.

While the specific database you need will depend on your research topic, here are a few of our most frequently-consulted databases for primary source research: