Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, April 2014, no. 4

Detail from "Spring in Provence, 1970 (w/c on paper)" by Yves Brayer (Source: Bridgeman Education)

1. Extended Hours During Finals

Library Hours

The library will be open later each night during finals starting Friday, May 2nd and ending Thursday, May 15


  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
  • Friday: 9am - 9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12pm -7pm


Up to date library hours are always available on the Hours page of the library website.


Looking for somewhere to study even later? See the next newsletter item ...

2. NYU Bobst Library

NYU Bobst Library is one of the largest academic research libraries in the city and offers graduate level research collections in art and business.

Sotheby's Institute - New York MA and GC students have reader privileges at Bobst Library. What does this mean?

  • Bobst is a great study space option for students, with plenty of seating and quiet-study areas. Study late during finals! Bobst is open until 1am.


The first time visiting Bobst will require you to stop at the Library Privileges Desk to receive an access sticker on your SIA ID card.


More information on NYU Bobst Library access for Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York students.

3. Getting Comfortable in the Reading Room


Beverages? - Yes, you can bring coffee, tea, water, etc in the reading room - BUT - it MUST be in a completely sealed container. Take-away- and coffee machine-style cups with plastic snap on lids are not permitted in the library as they can leak and spill. If you turn it upside down or knock it off a table does any liquid come out? If your spill test results are completely dry then your beverage container is welcome in the library.

*NOTE: please conduct spill tests outside the library!


Food? - please eat all food outside the library. The entire library collection is in a very (very!) small space. Crumbs and food refuse and wrappers in the rubbish bins can easily attract bugs and liquids including water can lead to mold. Both are very dangerous to our collection.


Temperature - Let us know if it is too hot or too cold, we may be able to help.


Noise - The reading room is for QUIET study. Conversations and mobile phone calls must be taken outside the library (not just outside the reading room), music through earphones should not be audible to fellow studiers.


Please help us keep the library collection safe and the reading room clean and conducive to study.

4. Citing Sources

Having trouble finding the correct way to cite a source or format a bibliography entry? Need a little guidance on how to properly cite out of the ordinary material such as interviews, YouTube videos and podcasts?

Many students and faculty members find the Chicago Manual of Style Online to be easier to search and use than the print version.

A quick 2.5 minute video introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style Online.

The library's Citing Sources Online Guide includes links to resources such as Duke University Libraries' art history-focus citation examples and the Harvard Business School's Citation Guide. It includes Chicago-formatted examples for dozens of different types of sources including interviews, videos and multimedia and podcasts. Very helpful!

5. Manage Citations with REFWORKS

Found a useful article in an online database? Or a book in the MoMA library online catalogue?


You can quickly and easily export the citation information for each (and on occasion the entire article) to RefWorks with a few clicks.


RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Once in your RefWorks account material can be organized into folders and bibliographies can be generated.

All Sotheby's Institute MA and GC students are able to create RefWorks accounts. Log in to RefWorks using the Institute's groupcode (contact library staff if you need this) and then create your individual account. These accounts do not expire and can be used after graduation.

To learn more consult the RefWorks section of the library's online Citing Sources guide.

Your very best friend to find out what we have full text access to.

Enter the title of a journal and find out what issues we have full text access to through the library database subscriptions.

Click on the database links to go straight in to the journals. Or look up the database on the library's e-resources list.


Brief (1m 44s) video demo

7. New book by Tom McNulty!

A new faculty publication has arrived in the library.


Art Market Research by Tom McNulty - 2nd edition


There are three copies in the library, one reference copy and two that can be checked out.


Congratulations Tom!

8. Library Research Terminals + Printer

Did you know ... ?

The library has two computers in the reading room for searching databases and printing research results. Printing research results in the library is free.

The free printing applies only to research results. Course readings, assignments, student papers, etc. must be printed in the café area.

Once you send a print job to the library printer it enters a print queue. Jobs in the print queue are reviewed by library staff to ensure they are indeed research results and then released.

You will be prompted to enter your PaperCut credentials but the charge will be $0.00/page.

Save paper with duplex printing
. Select duplex or 2-sided printing under printer "Properties". Library staff are available for assistance.

Just for fun ...

About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library
Erin Elliott, Head Librarian
Lauren Puzier, Reference and Cataloguing Librarian
Alex Batkin, Library Assistant
Hilary Ott, Student Assistant