Helpful Tips and Tools

Working on a research paper and need assistance in finding a source and citing it? Below you’ll find some helpful tips that can guide you through the process. If you need more assistance with finding a source contact Curt Friehs, director of library services at or 718.429.6600 ext. 184. If you find you need help with preparing a research paper, contact Megan Bulone in the writing center at or 718.429.6600 ext. 143.

Find Journal Articles

If you need an article from a periodical go to the research databases. Only Vaughn students, faculty and staff will be able to access the research databases. To log in:

  • type in your email address and email password

Then click on “Serials Solutions.” From this point you can search for a specific periodical by title, a subject, or a specific database.

To search by title you can either type the title in the space provided or click on the letter representing the title you are searching for.

To search by subject go to “Browse e-journals by subject” and open the drop-down menu. Click on the subject you are searching for. Click on “search.” This will take you to a list of subject headings.

Click on the subject heading of your choice. A list of journals and the databases that they are located in will appear. Click on the database to get to your article.

To search using a specific database, click on the database list under “Search for keywords in e-journals.”

Find Books

Vaughn Library uses the Library of Congress cataloging system. Books are arranged by their call numbers. The first line of the call number is a letter; on the second line there is a number; the third line has a letter-number combination; and the fourth line (if there is one) also has a letter-number combination. Books are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by number. If you have a problem locating an item, ask anyone at the circulation desk for assistance.

To search for a specific book, visit our Library Holdings Database.

Cite Sources

There are five citation styles that can be used for research papers. Ask each professor which style he/she wants you to use. If they have no preference, you can use any one of the following guidelines:

Hardcopy style manuals are kept in the reserve area in the library. Or, use Son of Citation Machine. Just click on the type of resource you need cited, fill in the information about your resource and click! Your citation will be set up for you!


Fall and Spring
Monday and Tuesday
7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Summer I and Summer II 
Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

When the College is officially closed, the library is also closed.


Meet our librarians

Curt Friehs, Director of Library Services
Pamela Sookralli, Senior Library Administrative Associate