Sunday, December 30, 2007

Obtain a Journal Article Not Available in our Online Collection

If you come across an article citation in a journal, newspaper or magazine that is not available in full-text within the Empire State College library collection, you may be able to with the following steps:


  1. When you locate the article citation within one of the library research databases, if available, click on the "Article Linker" icon there to see if the article might be available somewhere else within our collection. If not, copy or write down the full article citation (author, title, journal name, volume, date, etc.).
  2. Use the WorldCat database to see if a library near you has the journal:
  • Go to WorldCat.
  • Login with your MyESC login and password.
  • In the "Title" field, type in the title of the journal and click "Search."
  • Ideally, the journal will be listed first. If so, click on the "Libraries Worldwide" link displayed under that journal in the results list to see a list of libraries that subscribe to it.
  • The library record will also show years of coverage for the journal. NY libraries are automatically listed first.
  • For details on using other libraries and identifying nearby libraries, go to the Using SUNY, CUNY Libraries page.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

ERIC database

Need to do research on an education topic or working on a paper that has an education or school-related component? The Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC), via our EBSCOhost collection, is one of the most comprehensive resources for journal and non-journal education literature, covering all levels from pre-school to post-graduate. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

To access, use the link above or click on the "Subject Guides" link on the library home page and then click on the "Education" link. ERIC is listed under "Journal Articles". The search interface includes options for searching by keyword, author or title and the database includes the Article Linker feature so that if the item isn't available in full-text within ERIC you can automatically check to see if it is available in a different database within our collection.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Narrow your Search

Have you ever tried to find an article or topic only to get thousands of irrelevant hits? Whenever you are using a search phrase (containing more than one word, e.g. cognitive psychology, or third world poverty), try putting quotations around it like this:
"cognitive psychology"
"third world poverty"

This will force the search engine or research database to only return results with those exact words together and in the order you placed them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New web resource: Global Business News

Time and CNN have launched a useful resource for international business news:
It includes an interactive "Country Navigator": click on a country on the map and get the most recent business news from that country.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Find Best Buys, Product Reviews and Gift Ideas in Consumer Reports magazine

Still have holiday shopping left to do? Want to buy something for a loved one, but not sure which brand or options to select? Want to find out which MP3 players, computers, blenders, or even cars are rated best buys? Through the Empire State College library you can search Consumer Reports magazine articles and buying guides. Just about any popular product you can think of has been reviewed by the Consumer Reports independent experts using easy to read charts and rating system.

To access, use the FReD database and search for the periodical by title (access FReD using the link on the left side of the library home page, under the "Find Articles" section). You will need your MyESC login and permanent password to access this resource.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We need your feedback/suggestions

We need your feedback to make the library the best it can be! We've launched a series of new services and changes to the library site recently, including:
To ensure that we are on the right track and that we continue to provide library services that meet your needs, please take a moment to give us your feedback/comments/suggestions on these changes, your library and information needs, or any other aspect of the library or library services. Please be as specific as possible about what you are commenting on.

To do this, click on the "Post a Comment" link at the bottom of this blog entry. Your feedback will be anonymous unless you decide to include your name in the comment form or have logged in with a Blogger account.

If you'd prefer to send your suggestions/comments directly to the librarians, fill out the Ask a Librarian Online form.


Empire State College Library Staff

Monday, October 22, 2007

New: Multi-Database Search and home page

The Library and Learning Resources Home Page Now Features Multi-Database Search as well as a simplified layout.

The Empire State College Library is pleased to unveil our new Multi-Database Search tool. You will also see that we have simplified the library home page layout. These changes are intended to make it easier for you find the tools, resources and information you use most often.

Multi-Database Search is a powerful tool that allows you to locate a wide variety of research materials using just one search box. When you use this tool from the home page, you are searching ten different research tools simultaneously, including Gale Academic OneFile, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, ProQuest , JSTOR, and more. Your search results will display in a single page, with duplicate items removed. You can also use the links at the bottom of this box to “Search by Subject” or “Search by Database” to focus on more specialized collections of resources.

Library home page showing embedded Multi-Database Search boxTo learn more about using Multi-Database Search, review our new Quick Start tutorial.

Note: The new Multi-Database search does not replace the library’s other web resources: All Research Databases, Subject Guides, the E-book Catalog, and our online reference publications. We recommend that you continue use these tools to take full advantage of the Library’s extensive collection of resources.

For questions about using this new tool or for assistance using the library, send an email to or submit your question to

Friday, October 19, 2007

Developing a Research Paper Outline

Before you start in on writing your research paper, it's always a good idea (and sometimes required as part of an assignment) to create an outline of what you'll cover. This will help you organize your thoughts, make sure your main points are relevant to your research question, and in the end, help you write a more coherent paper.

You can find detailed steps and tips for creating an outline using the following links:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Changes coming to the library home page

In the continuing effort to bring you the most relevant and powerful research tools and to make access to those tools as seamless and efficient as possible, the Library and Learning Resources page will soon be undergoing some renovation.

These changes have two purposes:
  1. Integrate our new Multi-Database Search tool into the library web site
  2. Simplify the home page display so that the most relevant resources and tools are easier to find
More details will appear here next week when these changes are implemented.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

ABC-CLIO History Databases now part of EBSCOhost

The ABC-CLIO history databases, America History and Life and Historical Abstracts have now been integrated into the EBSCOhost search interface. These important historical research databases will continue to have all the features they had in the ABC-CLIO interface (including the ability to search bibliographic records by historical year or era), with added EBSCOhost functionality, including RSS feed, e-mail and export options.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Webcasts and powerpoints available via Conference Board

The library's subscription to The Conference Board Business Knowledge Research database now includes several new collections of multimedia tools:

Webcasts: recorded webcasts featuring business presentations that can be used in the classroom and as assignments by faculty. Our webcasts cover a broad range of topical business management and economic issues such as globalization, talent management, ethics and compliance, corporate governance, compensation and benefits, leadership, and corporate citizenship and sustainability.

PowerPoint Presentations: these slides, many of which are based on Conference Board reports, may be used to add value to your own presentations. Among their many benefits are:

  • Most are a visual representation of our full research reports
  • Opportunity to use slides in your own presentations
  • In addition to the slides, we offer a "notes view" that provides additional text and explanations to each slide.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Subject Guides have been updated

The old "Database Subject Guides" have been updated, reorganized and expanded and are now simply titled "Subject Guides." These new subject guides have clearer category labels and in addition to listing subject-relevant research databases, also include links to relevant dictionary and encyclopedia titles, E-Book collections, and select scholarly resources from the Web.

The new Subject Guides are linked from the library home page in the upper left or can be accessed directly using the web address:

Please go take a look and let us know what you think. The old Database Subject Guides can still be accessed using the link at the bottom of the new subject guide directory page.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

How to subscribe to this blog

If you'd like to get the content of this blog delivered to your desktop whenever new stuff is added, simply click on the "Subscribe in a Reader" link in the right-side menu. This will take you to a page with instructions for adding the RSS feed for this blog based on what RSS Feed Aggregator you are using (such as Bloglines, Technorati or Google Reader).

You can also now opt to get blog updates delivered via e-mails. The form to enter your e-mail address for this is located just below the reader option described above.

Monday, July 23, 2007

New databases: Ethnic NewsWatch and Dissertations

The library is pleased to announce the availability of two new ProQuest research resources to our collection:
  • Dissertations & Theses: The Humanities and Social Sciences - a comprehensive collection of scholarly research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, this database covers more than 1.4 million dissertations and theses.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch - an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.

Both of these resources can be accessed by going to the "ProQuest" listing on the All Research Databases library web page.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Interlibrary loan service for grad students

Interlibrary Loan Service Now Available to Students Enrolled in Graduate Studies Programs

The Empire State College Library, in cooperation with the University of Buffalo libraries, is pleased to announce the expansion of our Interlibrary Loan Pilot Project.

Beginning in July, currently enrolled Empire State College graduate students*, may request materials from the University at Buffalo collections. As previously announced, this service was already made available to faculty with a 50% or greater above-line appointment in April.

Items that may be requested include journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, books, and multimedia. Articles and book chapters will be made available online as downloadable PDF files. Books, conference proceedings, and multimedia will be mailed to your home address.If you are eligible to become an Interlibrary Loan borrower, follow these steps to request items.

1. Register to create an Interlibrary Loan Account:
Go to
Enter your college login and password
Click on the link for "First Time Users" and complete the form

2. Confirm that the item is not already available in the ESC online collection:
For articles, use
For books, please check the E-Book Catalog
If you are unsure,
Ask a Librarian to check for you.

3. Submit your request:
Use the menu on the left side of the page.
Type in the full citation information for the item(s) you want in the web form provided.
Providing a full citation (title, author, journal/publisher, year, page numbers) will ensure your request is processed as quickly as possible.
You will receive a separate e-mail notification when your article is available or your book has been shipped.

4. Submit additional requests after you have registered for an account:
Go to the Interlibrary Loan Pilot Project homepage:
Click on "Login for Returning Users"
Enter your ILL account information

If you have any questions about the Interlibrary Loan Pilot project, please see our FAQ at, or contact a librarian at

*Graduate students with library holds on their Empire State College account or outstanding fines at SUNY libraries are not eligible for this service.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Upcoming additions and changes to library resources

The Empire State College library is excited to announce the addition of several new research databases to its online collection, which will be available by August 1st. These new resources cover a variety of topics and offer access to a rich array of primary and secondary source materials. Included in this round of additions are:
  • AnthroSource: contains the searchable full text of 32 journals and newsletters published by the American Anthropological Association.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost): full-text for 290+ journals and indexing and abstracts for 600+ more titles dating back as far as 1915.
  • CQ Public Affairs Collection: features in-depth coverage of vital public policy issues, statistical and historical analyses, and full-text historical documents and primary source materials.
  • Daily Life Through History: focuses on the billions of men and women history often forgets, but whose everyday lives created the world we know.
  • Dissertations Full Text: Humanities and Social Sciences (ProQuest): provides access to hundreds of thousands of dissertations and theses in these fields.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest): a comprehensive full-text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press (1990-present)
  • GenderWatch (ProQuest, currently available): a full-text database comprised of periodicals and other publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • World Cultures Today: examines the way our contemporaries live their lives focusing on the cultural richness and diversity of the modern world with additional features including illustrations, maps, and web links.

In addition, the First Search collection of specialized bibliographic databases (they offer indexing and abstracting but no full -text articles), will be discontinued July 1st. This includes access to Alt Press Index, AH Search, BasicBIOSIS, Dissertations, EconLit, PapersFirst, Proceedings, and PsycFirst.

The WorldCat and ArticleFirst bibliographic databases will continue to be available via the web site (which also now includes MEDLINE indexing).

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Xrefer changes name to Credo Reference

The reference service Xreferplus, which provides cross-searchable access to dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference tools, has changed it's name to Credo Reference. The service, available through the Empire State College library, remains the same as before, but with a different name. More details can be found here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New edition of Kraus Curriculum Development Library

The complete 26th Edition of the Kraus Curriculum Development Library (KCDL) is now available through the Empire State College library. With 500 new documents, the KCDL database now contains over 7,000 curricula, frameworks, and standards from 1983 through 2006. New titles for the 27th Edition will begin to be added this August and updates will continue monthly. In total, there are now over 3,000 records with full-text documents in this database.

You can access this resource by clicking on the "All Research Databases" link from the library home page and scrolling down to the "Kraus" listing in the table.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Ask-a-Librarian now open Monday nights

Starting Monday, May 21, the Ask-a-Librarian service will now be open until 9pm on Mondays. This means that a librarian is available to answer questions from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

New reference resource: xreferplus

The Empire State College library is proud to announce it's purchase of access to xreferplus, an integrated, cross-indexed, online collection of 100 general and specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference tools. Most major disciplines are covered in this collection, from art, business and language through the sciences and technology.

All content can be searched at once or you can browse by title or subject. An advanced feature allows you to browse via a "concept map" - a visual, 3-D map of how concepts and search terms are interconnected. It allows you to dynamically explore this map to find to connections between topics or find the topic most relevant to your need.

xreferplus default search page showing subject categories:

xreferplus search interface
A sample encyclopedia entry, showing the search term highlighted in yellow and related terms in the left menu:

sample entry display

You can access this resource by clicking on the All Research Databases link on the library home page or by clicking the "more..." link within the Facts and Background Information section.

Friday, April 6, 2007

New feature: search ARTstor via JSTOR

JSTOR has added a new feature: if relevant, search results now also include images from ARTstor.

To access, simply carry out a keyword search in JSTOR. If that search matches anything in ARTstor, you'll see results when you click on the tab above the JSTOR article results labeled "ARTstor Images." It will display thumbnails of the images found; click on a thumbnail to view the full-size image in ARTstor.

JSTOR results page showing ArtSTOR Image results
More details can be found here:

Monday, April 2, 2007

What does "Sorry, no holdings were found" mean?

If you have searched the library's research databases then you have probably also come up against this message when trying to access the full-text of a journal article:

"Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal" when you clicked on the Article Linker icon to try and get the full-text.

Article Linker screen showing no holdings found
Two main questions arise from this:
  1. Does it mean the article is not available at all?
  2. What are my options for getting the article if I see this message?


  1. This means that the journal volume that contains the article in question is not available in full-text within the Empire State College collections. Like all libraries, we do not have access to everything out there. However, see below for more options for getting it.
  2. If you come across an article citation in a journal, newspaper or magazine that is not available in full-text within the Empire State College library collection, you still have a couple options available to try and obtain it:

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Ferguson Career Guidance Center

The Ferguson Career Guidance Center offers comprehensive career guidance through extensive job and industry profiles, career forecasting, job skills and job hunting resources, and a monthly newsletter. It contains profiles of more than 2,050 jobs in more than 94 industries as well as useful information on preparing for your career and searching for and applying for jobs.

You can search for a specific job description or industry profile using the search box in the upper left or browse by industry.

Ferguson Career Guidance Center main page Each career description includes a detailed discussion of typical duties, salary ranges, education and or licenses needed, and employment prospects.

Budget Analyst career description page

The Industry Outlooks look in detail at each industry's history, structure and outlook, giving you insight into your potential professional field. In addition, this resource includes a search mechanism for locating scholarships and for identifying academic or non-academic education programs.

Setting up a New Publication Alert

Need to keep up with the latest published articles and news in your field of study? Now you can set up an automated search alert that will deliver search results to your e-mail on a regular basis.

Several of our database vendors have enabled this kind of feature - below are instructions for doing so in both the EBSCOhost and ProQuest suite of databases:

ProQuest Alert Service:

  1. Login to ProQuest via the library web site.
  2. Do a search and verify it contains the kinds of results you want.
  3. On the results page, click on the "Set up Alert" link above the list of results.
  4. The alert options will display in a pop up dialogue box.
  5. Fill out the fields provided and click Save.
ProQuest search alert options

EBSCOhost Alert Service:
  1. Login to EBSCOhost via the library web site.
  2. Click on "Sign-in" at the top of the default EBSCOhost page.
  3. If you haven't created an EBSCO personal account yet, click on the "I'm a new user" link and register (it's free).
  4. After successful registration/sign in, click on the Advanced Search option and do the search you want (do not use the Published Date field).
  5. Verify that the results are accurate and click on the "Search History/Alerts" tab just above the first result.
  6. Put a check mark in the left column box next to the search you want to save and click "Save Searches/Alerts."
  7. On the next page, in the "Save Search As" field, select: Alert
  8. The page will refresh and provide fields to fill out regarding alert frequency, e-mail to send it to, duration of alerts and other options. Click Save when done filling the form out.
EBSCO search history page

These other research databases also have an alert function:

  • AACE Digital Library (table of contents alerts)
  • Congressional Quarterly Weekly
  • ScienceDirect (free registration/login required)

To access any of the databases mentioned above, go to the library home page and click on "All Research Databases" in the upper left.

Kraus Curriculum Development Database

Kraus Curriculum Development is a searchable database of more than 6,500 curricula, frameworks, and standards covering educational objectives, content, instructional strategies, and evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in PreK-12 and Adult Basic Education. It also includes the full-text to more than 2,500 curricula documents that have been submitted by cooperating educational agencies.

You can search by keyword or go to the Advanced Search to limit by subject, educational content, grade level, state, year, etc.

Kraus main search screen Each record contains an annotation, a list of applicable subjects, information about the issuing agency, and where available links to that agency's web site as well as any available full-text content.

Kraus example result display

You can access the Kraus Curriculum Development Database by going to the "All Research Databases" link on the library home page and scrolling down to the K's section.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

17 Journals Added to JSTOR

17 journal title holdings have been added to the library's JSTOR subscription, a few of which are listed below:
  • Ethnology: vols. 1 – 40, 1962-2001
  • Journal of Social History: vols. 1 – 35, 1967-2001
  • The Journal of the History of Sexuality: vols. 1 – 12, 1990-2003
  • Medical Care: vols. 1 – 39, 1963-2001
  • The Modern Language Review: vols. 1 – 98, 1905-2003
  • Political Psychology: vols. 1 – 24, 1979-2003
  • Reproductive Health Matters: vols. 1 – 11, 1993-2003
  • Simiolus: Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art: vols. 1 – 30, 1966/1967-2003
  • Sociology of Religion: vols. 1 – 65, 1940-2004

Note that this content is not yet available via FReD or Article Linker. To access immediately, use the JSTOR link above.

Monday, March 5, 2007

New Resource Trial Period Begins

Dear Empire State College Faculty and Students,

We need your feedback! The Empire State College library is testing out nearly 20 new research resources this month. In our continuing effort to expand the college's collection of research resources and match that content to the needs of the faculty and students, we are launching a March trial period for nearly 20 new library resources that are under consideration.

Access to these trial resources begins today and comes to an end on March 31st.

In the effort to decide which products best meet the needs of the college, we need your help. Please take a few minutes and go to our Trial Databases page and take a look at and use any of the resources that interest you. Then fill out the feedback form provided there and let us know what you think; what resources are of value to you.

You will need your college login and password to access.

Go to: Trial Databases
There is also a link to these resources on the upper left side of the library home page.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Library News and Newsletter Now in Blog Format!

We have completed our migration of the Empire State College Library Newsletter to this blog format. The newsletter will now also incorporate library news items as they are released as well as the regular research skills articles you are used to seeing on a monthly basis.

This new format now allows you to comment on what you read at anytime as well as plug the RSS feed (link in menu to the right) of this blog into your favorite news reader or web site. We want your feedback! Please let us know if anything is confusing or erroneous or if you found something useful. And if you have ideas for topics or resources you'd like us to cover, please let us know.


PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA) and published by EBSCO, is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 100,000 articles from 59 journals - 48 published by APA and 11 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present.

As with all the EBSCOhost databases, you can search by keyword or publication and limit to results available in the database in full-text. In addition, you can use the APA's powerful thesaurus to locate and searching using proper psychological subject terminology. As can be seen in the screen capture below, the system itself also provides possible subject terms from the thesaurus after you do a keyword search that you can use to narrow your results list.

The advanced search also gives you options to limit by age and or population group and methodology.

Sample PsycARTICLES results page:
search results displayYou can access this database by clicking on the "All Research Databases" link in the upper left of the library home page and scrolling down to EBSCOhost on the alphabetical list of journal article databases.

Routledge Religion Resource

This reference tool brings together thirty scholarly tomes dealing with various aspects of religion into one place. You can browse by book title, entry title or subject, or search within the full-text of all or specific titles in the collection by keyword or person name.

Titles listed by subject page:
Subject Browse page
Sample encyclopedia table of contents page:
Sample title table of contents page
Each encyclopedia entry provides an in-depth discussion of the topic, cross-references to easily access related information, a further reading list, and how to properly cite the work in MLA format.

You can access this resource by going to the "Reference Tools" section of the "All Research Databases" link from the library home page.

Search by Historical Date

Question: how can I find historical information about a specific time period in history, whether it be a decade (e.g., "the roaring twenties"), an era (medieval) or a period surrounding a specific event (dot-com bubble burst)?

Answer: there are several databases within the college's collection that can be especially used for historical research and all of them have some sort of option to limit by date:
  • ABC-CLIO (America, History and Life and Historical Abstracts) is THE premier resource within our collection for history topics - use the Advanced Search > Time Periods field to search for a specific time period
  • ArtSTOR - find photographs and other art works going back to ancient times
  • JSTOR - includes the full-text and full back issues of many scholarly journals, some going back as far as the 18th century
  • New York Times Historical Archive - search articles from this prestigious paper going back to 1851
  • Women and Social Movements in the U.S. 1600-2000 - find out anything about women's history in the U.S.
Fortunately, when dealing with a history database, you can often limit your search by date. In the case of the examples below, the first shows the "Time Periods" field (i.e., the time period the content of the article deals with) on the ABC-CLIO: America, History and Life database while the second shows the more commonly used date range (i.e., the date the article was published) option on the New York Times Archive.

ABC-CLIO database with "Time Periods" field highlighted from Advanced Search:
ABC-CLIO Advanced Search showing Time Period field
New York Times Archive with "Date Range" field highlighted in red:
New York Times Archive search page showing date range field

Don't forget that you can view all the history resources the library provides access to by clicking on the "Subject Guides" link in the left column of the library home page.

Where Can I Find Case Studies?

What exactly is a case study? The American Heritage Dictionary of the American Language (4th ed., 2000) defines it as

"1. A detailed analysis of a person or group, especially as a model
of medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena. 2a. A detailed
intensive study of a unit, such as a corporation or a corporate division, that
stresses factors contributing to its success or failure. b. An exemplary or
cautionary model; an instructive example"
You can find more details about what a case study is and how to analyze one here:

Unfortunately, there is no centralized directory of case studies and so locating relevant cases can be tricky. Below we highlight ways to locate case studies within the library collection and point to some case study collections out on the web.

Library Resources:

Some research databases within the library's collection contain limit options (usually on the Advanced Search page) that allow you to easily search for case studies:

Our E-Book catalog also contains some books of case studies - here are some example titles:

Select Web Resources:

Thursday, February 1, 2007

How to Avoid Plagiarizing

The academic community takes plagiarism very seriously. The reliability of scholarly communication depends on our ability to know where knowledge came from and how it was gotten. Even a little mistake like forgetting to cite a quotation breaks the line back to your sources. Our faculty have access to a service that analyzes papers for signs that they might contain plagiarized content, which discourages intentional plagiarism. It can be unnerving to realize that you can get in trouble for plagiarizing even if you didn't mean to. Here are some ways to make sure that doesn't happen.
  1. Take down all the information you'll need to make citations. Copy the bibliographic information of your source and number it with a Roman numeral. In your notes you can mark each entry with that Roman numeral and the page number.
  2. Copy down statistics exactly and double-check them. If you are going to be using diagrams, charts, graphs, or images, you must duplicate them accurately and cite them.
  3. Double-check quotations and mark them so you won't later mistake them for your own words. Don't over quote. Use quotations for their authority, for examples and illustrations, or if the author has said something in a unique, memorable, or distinctive way.
  4. If something occurs to you while you're reading, or you have your own interpretation or opinion of what your source said, write that down but mark it so you'll be able to distinguish between your thoughts and the ideas of your sources.
  5. Do you have to cite plain facts? If the fact is something that your source discovered or realized, then you should cite it. The general guideline is: if it's something you can find in half a dozen reputable sources, then it's common knowledge and you don't need to cite.
  6. Don't be tempted to work a passage so it says exactly what you want. It's intellectually dishonest to take something out of context and make it say something the author never meant. To make sure you don't do that, know the context of every statement you use, and stay true to it.
Be sure to check out the college's Academic Integrity web site at Your may get a writer's cramp, but you can be confident that the content of your paper purported to be your own is 100% your own solid research.

Create a Link to a Journal Article

You've found your online article and you want to create a link to it in your annotated bibliography or essay. So how do you go about creating a hyperlink that you or your professor can later access it?

In most of the Empire State College Library databases, web addresses (also known as URLs) are generated on the fly for each article when you view them, and these cannot be bookmarked. For most databases, you need to create a PURL (Persistent URL) so that the link will work later. ProQuest and EBSCOhost (shown below) create PURLs for you and the PURL is displayed in the article citation.

EBSCO record showing URL field
Go here for instructions for finding or creating a PURL for each database in our collection:

Once created, you can simply copy and paste that PURL into your bibliography. They give your readers a quick, convenient way to view the sources you mention.

Education Resource Complete

This is a newly acquired EBSCOhost research resource for education and searching is the same as in any other EBSCO resource. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. It provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals, as well as full text for more than 750 journals, and includes full text for more than 100 books and monographs, and for numerous education-related conference papers.
Results can be filtered by type of publication or sorted by date, author or relevancy.

Education Research Complete results pageAdditionally, this resource provides a comprehensive education thesaurus that can help you pinpoint proper terminology and help you get more relevant and accurate search results. This feature is accessed from within the green navigation bar near the top of the screen (not shown in the image above).

CollegeSource Online

Working on your Degree Plan? Need to look up information on courses you took at another college? Need to see what degrees or courses are available currently at other educational institutions? Use CollegeSource Online.

This comprehensive college catalog database lets you search or browse by degree, location, name, etc. Once in the database, click on the "Advanced Search" link just below the search box to view the options detailed above.
CollegeSource Online main page
To access this resource, go to the Library home page and click on the "All Research Databases" link in the upper left corner of the page. You will need your college login and password in order to access.

Monday, January 8, 2007

New Titles Added to Gale Virtual Reference

The library has expanded its collection of online reference materials by adding over a hundred new titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library. There are now 268 titles in this collection. Click here to see the complete list of titles in the areas of Arts, Arts and Humanities, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Library Science, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, and Social Science.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is especially useful when starting a research project to get preliminary background information on a topic, or for looking up basic facts, definitions, concepts and theories. You can search individual titles, subject groupings or across the entire collection.

As always, you can access the Gale Virtual Reference library through the ESC Library homepage ( The link is located near the bottom of the left-hand column, under Facts and Background Information. You will need your college login and password.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Project Muse Discontinued as of Jan. 8, 2007

The Project Muse database service will be discontinued as of Monday January 8, 2007. The decision was made in part because 80% of the journals covered by this service are provided by other research databases, many of which were added over the past year. For access to arts, humanities, and social sciences journals, we recommend trying our EBSCO databases (Academic Search Premier, Art Abstracts, SocINDEX with Full-Text, PsycINFO, Gender Studies Database), ProQuest Research Library, Gale Infotrac OneFile and Literature Resource Center, Routledge Religion and Philosophy Reference Sources, and JSTOR.

As always, if you are not sure where you can find a particular full-text journal or article, you can use our FReD Journal tool ( to locate a specific title or browse titles by subject. We are continuing to grow our collections and we are committed to providing broad access to as many of the resources needed for research and study by our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students as possible.