Thursday, July 26, 2007

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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.