Through the University's membership in various Library consortiums, Stony Brook students, staff and faculty have access to, and/or borrowing privileges at, numerous other research libraries on Long Island, in the greater New York area, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and other countries.
Research Libraries Group (RLG)
The University Libraries' membership in the Research Libraries Group (RLG) consortium allows Stony Brook students, staff, and faculty with current ID cards to enter and use many major libraries in the United States, Canada and abroad.
In our geographical region, other libraries in the program include: Columbia, NYU, The New York Public Library, The New School, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New-York Historical Society, Cornell, Princeton, Rutgers, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.
Stony Brook ID holders visiting these institutions may use materials; however, borrowing privileges are not usually available.
Students, staff, and faculty are urged to call ahead to a particular library, before actually going there, to confirm that they will be granted access at their time of arrival. Also, if they need to use a branch library within one of the participating library systems, it should be confirmed beforehand that the branch also takes part in the program and will allow access.
Here are some easy tricks that can help with your searching:
Putting an AND between words will search for BOTH words on a webpage or in an article. When you do a normal Google search, you are doing an AND search.
EXAMPLE: immigration and employment will only give you web pages or articles that have both of those words. This means you will get fewer results, but they should be better results.
Putting QUOTATION MARKS around a phrase will search for web pages or articles that have that exact phrase. This is a very useful trick. It will cut down on the number of bad results. Be careful not to include too many words inside the quotation marks, because that's EXACTLY what will be searched.
EXAMPLE: “genetic engineering” will only give you web pages or articles with that exact phrase. Other examples are "climate change," "no child left behind," "body image."
An ASTERISK (*) search is very useful when similar words are being used to talk about a topic. It searches for all the various words using the same root.
EXAMPLE: comput* will give you articles that have the words compute, computer, computing, etc. Or: educat* will search for educate, education, educator, educators, etc.
Putting an OR between words will give you articles with at least one of the words. This will give you more results. It can be useful when you're not sure which word is being used more.
EXAMPLE: fat OR obesity will give web pages and articles that have the word fat. And it will give you web pages and articles that have the word obesity.
Use (Parentheses) to group multiple search terms together. You're basically doing TWO searches at the same time.
EXAMPLE: debt and (teenagers or adolescents) will give you web pages or articles that have the words debt and teenagers and web pages and articles that have the words debt and adolescents.