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.

Sincerely,

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 librarian@esc.edu or submit your question to http://www.esc.edu/askalibrarian.

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.