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
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