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For YYGS instructors and students

Access the Library

Use this guide to access a curated list of resources available at Yale University Library. You can also go directly to the library website to access material:

Find Background Information & Images

When you start researching a new topic consult reference sources to gather background information.

icon of a thinking brainWikipedia is an example of a reference source. Wikipedia isn't the best source, but it can be used to identify other authoritative and scholarly sources -- to do so, review the footnotes and citations. Wikipedia can also be used to identify key terms associated with your topic.

For scholarly reference sources, try the library databases linked below:

Find News

The Yale Library also subscribes to many databases for current and historical news sources.

You may have encountered news articles in Google searches, but through Google a newspaper website might ask you to pay to read! As long as you're on the Yale network, the databases listed below below get to the full text of news articles, free of charge.

Find eBooks

To find eBooks from Yale Library use Books+ and from your result list select the "Online" filter.

Use the following methods to find e-books relevant to your topic:

1) Search by keyword, such as "immigration law" or "criminal justice"

icon of booksIf your first search has too many results, modify to add specific keywords, such as a continent, country, region, etc. For example, "political science" AND "Italy" will return more specific results than "political science" on its own.

2) Search by subject to retrieve books ABOUT a topic. Try the following phrases (use quotation marks) using the drop-down menu for "Subject":

  • "Criminal justice, Administration of"
  • "Political psychology"
  • "International law"

Find Articles

Icon of an articleTo find scholarly articles, use a library database. The library also provides a service that aggregates articles from many different databases:

General and subject-specific databases:

In-depth Research Guide for Biology: