Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ian Hertz Joins the Library Team

Ian Hertz joins the Center for Learning and Technology as an Information Resources Coordinator supporting the online library. Ian will also provide part-time support for the college's Help Desk. This past May, he received his MLS from Long Island University, where he was also previously employed as an Admissions Coordinator. He interned at the SUNY Purchase Library with the Systems Librarian. He also has a Computer and Information Science degree from Iona College.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Sarah Morehouse Joins the Library Team

Sarah Morehouse joins the Center for Learning and Technology as an Information Resources Coordinator. This past May, she received her MLS from the University at Albany. She is currently working on her thesis on masculinity in the writings of prominent African American abolitionists for her M.A.in history. She has staffed the Information & Technology Services helpdesk at Siena College, been a teaching asssistant in the U. Albany history department, and has worked as reference graduate assistant at the University at Albany Library, and interned at the New York State Library in local history collection development.

Monday, October 2, 2006

E-Book Catalog Now Available

With the launch of Empire State College's first integrated online library book catalog, students, faculty and staff can now search or browse seven full-text electronic book collections at once. No longer do you have to search multiple databases using different search screens to locate academic-quality electronic books within the library's collection.

The E-Book Catalog uses a modified version of the Ex-Libris Aleph library system which has been launched SUNY-wide. It allows you to simultaneously search or browse the citations of books and other materials in the following collections:
  • ebrary (30,000+ books)
  • netlibrary (13,000 books)
  • PsycBOOKS (500+ behavioral science books)
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (60+ subject encyclopedias)
  • Oxford reference Online (150+ general and subject dictionaries and reference works)
  • SUNY Press Collection (460+ books)
  • Project Gutenberg (13,000+ public domain titles)
The catalog allows you to search or browse by title, author, subject or all fields. Advanced options let you limit the search to a specific collection. You can also limit by date and or language. You can then "mark" those items you want to look at and view that list of saved results later as long as you do this during the same browser session. You can also view and combine your previous searches. If you have any questions about using this resource, there are links at the top of every page to access the Help documentation or you can contact a librarian using the "Ask a Librarian" link next to it.

To Search the Library Catalog:
Go to the library's home page ( http://www.esc.edu/library).
  • Click on the "E-Book Catalog" link under the "Books" section.
  • Search or browse by title, author, subject or all fields.
  • The catalog can also be accessed by typing this URL into your browser's address bar: http://www.esc.edu/bookcatalog
  • Sunday, October 1, 2006

    Where to Start your Research

    It's the most common problem a student faces when doing research in today's information-soaked world: where do I start? Where do I find "peer-reviewed" journal articles? Books? Newspaper articles? How can I get the full-text? The solution to all these questions can be summed up in 3 brief steps you should take the time to follow:
    • Take a couple minutes to visit the online Library Resources Orientation (linked also from the library home page under the Research Tutorials link on the right). Not only will doing this save you a ton of time later on when you have looming deadlines, but it will make the process of finding information in the library much less stressful.
    • When in doubt, click on the "All Research Databases" link in the upper left of the home page. This leads to a listing of all the research resources available in the library, organized by type of publication (journal articles, books, newspapers, reference, and images). Each journal article database in the list is also accompanied by a subject heading and a brief description.
    • Contact a librarian! We are here to help you - it's our job and it's what we love to do. Click on the Ask a Librarian link in the upper right of the home page for hours of operation and phone and e-mail contact information.

    Creating Citations and Bibliographies

    A vital component of any research paper is proper identification of the sources you've used to support your work. To do this you'll need to prepare a bibliography (a list of the works cited in your research document) and in-text citations using the guidelines of a particular format or style. The citations in your bibliography will contain information describing each resource (author, title, publisher, date, etc.) so that the reader can locate the original information you used.

    Citations should be included for any material you've referenced in your work: newspaper and journal articles, books, and even resources like web sites, interviews, and television shows. There are several major citation styles for formatting citations and you may be asked by your mentor or instructor to use a specific one in your work. Common styles include the APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style. You can see information on these and other citation styles by going to the library home page and using the "Bibliography/Citations" link on the right side under the "Help Doing Research" section.
    Help Doing Research section of library home pageProper documentation of sources is important not only to give credit to the original author of an idea, but to let your readers see that you have effectively covered the scope of your research topic. Not to mention that doing so is an important part of your responsibilities at the college in maintaining academic integrity. To learn more about documentation and citation styles, visit the Empire State College Writing Resource Center.

    E-Book Catalog

    With the launch of Empire State College's first integrated online library book catalog, students, faculty and staff can now search or browse seven full-text electronic book collections at once. No longer do you have to search multiple databases using different search screens to locate academic-quality electronic books within the library's collection.

    The e-Book Catalog uses a modified version of the Ex-Libris Aleph library system which has been launched SUNY-wide. It allows you to simultaneously search or browse the citations of books and other materials in the following collections:
    • ebrary (30,000+ books)
    • netlibrary (13,000 books)
    • PsycBOOKS (500+ behavioral science books)
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library (60+ subject encyclopedias)
    • Oxford reference Online (150+ general and subject dictionaries and reference works)
    • SUNY Press Collection (460+ books)
    • Project Gutenberg (13,000+ public domain titles)
    E-Book Catalog Basic Search:
    E-Book Catalog
    The catalog allows you to search or browse by title, author, subject or search all fields at once. In addition, the advanced search includes options for searching only a specific collection, or limiting the search by date or language. You can "mark" those items you want to look at and then look at that list of saved results later as long as you do this during the same browser session. If you have any questions about using this resource, there are links at the top of every page to access the Help documentation or contact a librarian using the "Ask a Librarian" link next to it.

    To Search the Library Catalog:
    • Go to the library's home page (http://www.esc.edu/library).
    • Click on the "E-Book Catalog" link near the top left, under the "Books" section.
    • Search or browse by title, author, subject or all fields.
    • The catalog can also be accessed by typing this web address into your browser's address bar: http://www.esc.edu/bookcatalog

    Routledge Reference Resources

    These recent purchases now provide a massive amount of reference and background information on religions and philosophy. There are 2 reference tools now available through Routledge:
    • Religion Resource - 14,000 pages of content covering: history, philosophy and sociology of religion, new religious movements, indigenous religions, Eastern religions, paganism, magic and alchemy; the origins and spread of Islam; Protestant and Catholic missionaries; the history of the papacy; and more.
    • Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Search the 2000+ articles in this multi-volume encyclopedia. It covers the philosophical canon, as well as philosophy from all continents and all periods.
    If you have a topic that touches upon religion or philosophy. this is a great place to start. These reference tools can be accessed via the Reference section of the "All Research Databases" link from the home page.

    New Research Resources for Fall 2006

    The library has added several new research databases to its extensive resources. Details are in the Library News or you can access the resources directly from the complete list of library databases at www.esc.edu/allresearchdatabases.