Monday, December 28, 2009

Job Hunting? Look at the Career Resources Subject Guide

With unemployment and underemployment constantly in the news, many people's #1 New Years Resolution is either "get a job" or "get a better job." Even if you're happy where you are, professional development, continuing education, and social networking are vital to your wellbeing and advancement in the workplace.

Like all of our subject guides, the Career Resources Subject Guide is organized by labeled blue tabs going across the top. Under each tab are boxes containing links to information sources that will put you on the path to a healthy paycheck and personal fulfillment through your chosen work. First, look at the advice about choosing and modifying your career path. Then try some of the tips for improving your resume and coverletter and making a great impression in an interview. There are Resources By Field to guide you to job leads in your area. Under Find a Position, you can explore job openings in a variety of online employment classified services.

The Career Resources Subject Guide also features the Vocational and Careers Collection and Ferguson Career Guidance Center, two exceptional resources paid for and made available to Empire State College students for free. Just click on the Search Career Databases tab, click on the database name, and log in with your College login and password.

The Empire State College Library does not offer career advice, placement services, or resume editing. You may be interested in the Empire State College Alumni Career Services page.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Featured Database: Conference Board Business Knowledge Research

Conference Board Business Knowledge Research is a subscription (college login only) database. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of experts from a variety of industries. They gather data and produce reports and forecasts on business and the economy. Their information is so reliably high-quality that it is widely quoted in major newspapers and used in decision-making by government agencies.

In addition to information about markets and the economy, the Conference Board is a resource for researching business ethics, human resources issues, corporate governance, and more. The reports found in this database are a valuable supplement to the scholarly and industry magazine articles you will find in other databases like Business Source Complete.

You can search for your topic by keyword (top option) or browse (bottom option).

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Shop Smart! Take advantage of Consumer Reports.

Between holiday shopping and shopping the post-holiday sales, this is a time of year when many people make major purchases. It's always a good idea to do some research on a product before you lay down money for it. Does it do everything you need it to? Are you just paying money for features you won't use? Will it last? Is it safe? Is it the best deal?

What you may not know is that the Library can help you answer these questions. We have a subscription to Consumer Reports, a leading publication on product reviews and consumer protection. To access it, simply click this link. You can also find it by going to the Library website, clicking the link for Full-text Journal Finder, and searching for "consumer reports." Then click the link to access it. You will need to log in with your College login and password.

Once you're in, simply search for the name of the product in quotes. You can search by the brand name or the kind of product. For example, "digital camera" is a valid search, and so is "Canon Powershot."

So if you're concerned about toy recalls, the safest car, the highest hi-def TV, or the best bang for your buck laptop, Consumer Reports is the place to go.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Full-text Journal Finder

We get a lot of questions about whether we have a certain journal in our collections, but there's a faster way for you to find out. It's called Full-text Journal Finder.

If you go to the library website ( you'll see the link for it in the leftmost column. Another way to get to it is type into the address bar of your browser.

You'll see a simple search box.

Just type in the title of the journal you're looking for. What comes up may be:
  • "0 records retrieved for the search" - means we don't have it
  • one search result - that's your journal
  • an alphabetized list - pick your journal from the list
Next to your result will be information about where you can access the journal.

The links are links to the databases that have the article. The black text to the left of the links tells you what years (volumes and issues) of that journal are available in the database.

So click the link fore a database that contains the journal in the year you're looking for. You'll need to log in if you're not already.

That will take you to the journal inside of the database. From this point you can either browse (click on links to the individual volumes and issues of the journal in order to look for the article you want) or search (keyword search for a title, author, or topic within the journal.)
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