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.