Sunday, January 27, 2008

Add the Library to your ANGEL Home Page

With these simple steps you can have 24/7, one-click access to journal articles, e-books, citation style guides and a wide range of additional library resources available via your ANGEL home page.
  1. Click the "Edit Page" link in the top-left corner of the ANGEL home page:ANGEL Edit Page link on home page
  2. In the "Available Components" box in the upper left, click: Empire State College Library Resources.
  3. Choose the Location where you want it to appear on your home page, from the drop-down box and click the "Add Component>>" button.
  4. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.
You can also see a news feed providing search tips and notices of new resources by adding the Library RSS Feed to your home page. Taking a few minutes a week to read this information could save you hours of research time when those paper's deadlines are looming.


To do so, follow the steps above but choose "RSS Headlines" from the Component list in step 2. Then from your ANGEL home page, click the "Edit" button within the RSS Headlines box and choose "Reference - ESC Library General" from the list of RSS Feed Sources. Click "OK" to return to the ANGEL home page and save those changes.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

EBSCOHost access back up

UPDATE 3:50pm: access has been restored and EBSCOHost databases can now be used again.

Original announcement:
Due to a power outage at the EBSCO server location, all EBSCOHost databases (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, etc.) are temporarily unavailable. We will post a new announcement when access has been restored. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Looking to Purchase a Textbook? Try the Bookstore.

If you are looking to purchase a textbook or other course materials, you can purchase the required items for your courses through the college's online bookstore:

If you have questions about this process, use the "Key Contacts" link on the page mentioned above.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Video: Subject Searching in ProQuest

This is a brief video showing how to do a subject search using ProQuest (the same can also be done in EBSCOhost and Gale). Subject searching is generally a more accurate way to search a database than using keywords.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Locating Libraries Near You

Even though it sometimes feels like it, most information, especially if published before the 1990's, is simply not available electronically. If you locate a book or article citation in a journal, newspaper or magazine that is not available in full-text within the Empire State College library collection (we do not have a physical collection) or on the web, you can still check your local academic or public library to see if they have the item on their shelves (note: faculty and graduate students also have our pilot ILL service available as an option). Below are the steps in determining what libraries are near you and which ones will allow you to use their print resources.
  1. All Empire State College students and faculty have borrowing privileges at all SUNY and CUNY campus libraries (you will need your student photo ID). Click on "Locate a Library Near You" link in the lower left of the library home page to view details about borrowing books.
  2. Policies and resources can vary widely, so once identified, please contact the library nearest you beforehand to verify that you can use their collection and that the item you want is not checked-out.
  3. If there isn't a SUNY or CUNY campus library near you or what you want isn't available there, you may need to find a public or other academic library. To do so, refer to the information on the aforementioned "Locate a Library Near You" link and look for regional libraries.
  4. On the next page, click the link for "New York Libraries by Region" and you will see a colored map of New York. Click on the region you live in to see a list of academic, public and special libraries. Most entries will include contact information and a link to that library's web site.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Major resource added: Sage Journals Online

The Empire State College library is pleased to announce the availability of a newly purchased, major research resource: Sage Journals Online.

This is a collection of more than 450 full-text, scholarly journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. It contains archives dating from 1999 to the present, all accessible from a single search page.

To explore this new resource, go to the library home page and click on the "All Research Databases" link. It is also listed on the Health and Biology and other relevant Subject Guides.