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.