As you scour the city for your stories and come across that one compelling story for your Master’s project, here are some resource suggestions for your research:
- Close to home: There are over 20 libraries on Columbia’s campus. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library contains good resources for research on art, architecture, urban planning, and the history of buildings in NYC. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has thousands of manuscript collections. The Social Work Library has an excellent collection of research material on child welfare, gerontology, health and health care, and much more. And this is just to name a few. Click here for information about specific libraries and collections at Columbia and its affiliated libraries. Also, make it a habit to look at Columbia’s events calendar on a regular basis – since something interesting may be going on which is directly related to your project.
- Beyond Columbia’s libraries, the city has a wealth of other libraries at your disposal, starting with the New York Public Library, which has four important research libraries located in Manhattan.
- If your project focuses on city history, make sure to spend some time at the New-York Historical Society.
- Need historical NYC documents? Try the City Hall Library – a part of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services, which is the home of the Municipal Archives.
- Check out periodicals like City Limits for coverage of urban affairs in NYC, as well as the Gotham Gazette, a web-only publication which has excellent coverage of all topics NYC, as well as neighborhood-specific information in its Community Gazettes, and great elections coverage.
Finally, please don’t hesitate to email me for more guidance if you need it, or to set up an appointment for a research consultation – I am more than happy to help!