Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We have added 14,000 more e-books!

The Online Library has just added 14,000+ scholarly Springer e-book titles to our collections.

Springer E-Book Collection Features:
  • PDF format can be downloaded or printed in full for personal use (by chapter)
  • Chapters can also be downloaded to any PDF capable e-book reader
  • Perpetual, unlimited simultaneous user access
  • Dates of publication from 2005 through 2010
  • Wide subject coverage including behavioral sciences, medicine and life sciences, business & economics, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, and humanities, social sciences and law
You can access these e-books through the E-Book Catalog (recommended) or directly via the Springer Search page (Please note that if you search in the Springer Search page, you may get some results that aren't accessible to us!)
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Monday, January 25, 2010

An easy way to keep up with news and research

There's enough going on in the world to give saints and gurus palpitations, but at least the process of getting your news shouldn't be a hassle. This blog post will discuss how to use RSS feeds to have the news that you want delivered to you without your having to go out and find it.

It's also useful for other things - keeping up with your favorite blog ;) or staying up to date with database articles in your areas of interest.

First you need a "Feed Reader." You can use one that's built into whatever e-mail software you're using, or you can use a web-based feed reader. I recommend Google Reader, mainly because it's what I use. And I use it because it's easy. If you don't have a Google account already, go ahead and create one, then come back.

Go to your favorite news site and take a minute to locate a little icon that looks like this:
That's the RSS icon. You may see it in the webpage itself, or at the far right of the address bar of your browser like this:
  1. Click the orange RSS button. It will open up another page.
  2. Click the Google button or select the Google option.
  3. Click the Add to Google Reader button.
  4. In some cases there will be a gray Subscribe button - if there is, click it.
  5. The Manage Subscriptions link at the lower left side of the Google Reader screen allows you to tag your feeds, put them in folders, or delete them if you want.
Now all the new blog posts or news articles will be delivered to your Google Reader.

Here's where it gets really exciting for a student or researcher... you can create a search in a database and then have the database send you the links to new articles that fit your search! Here's how to do it in EBSCOhost databases. The only difference is you have to copy the RSS feed's address and paste it into your reader. Here's where you put it:

There's only one downside: there's a lot to read out there, and not much time to read it all.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law as a federal observance by President Reagan in 1983. It is observed on the third Monday of January. Dr. King is most famous for his work promoting desegregation and Civil Rights, but he was also a powerful activist for peace, human rights, and the labor movement.

Look up Martin Luther King Jr. in:
Also check out some of our e-books:
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Empire State College Library toolbar for your browser

We've created a toolbar for your browser that lets you search the library databases, keep up to date with library news, and get help - all without having to find your way to our website. Go here for more information and to find out how to get it.

This is what it looks like:

From left to right:
  • Click the Empire State College shield logo to go directly to the Empire State College Library.
  • The search box has options for searching for e-books or articles.
  • There's a direct link to our Ask A Librarian service.
  • Next is a menu of our most-used links.
  • Next is a link to our Subject Guides, where you can find all the research tools and tips for your topic gathered together and helpfully organized.
  • Finally, we've featured this Library Blog so you can keep up with the latest search tools and ideas for improving your research strategies.
Go here to install and learn more about the Library Toolbar.

The Library Toolbar will not affect or interfere with any of your other software. If you have trouble installing or using it, please contact Conduit tech support by going to this link.
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Doing Art and Art History Research in the Library

It's easy to do art and art history research with JSTOR and ArtSTOR.

ArtSTOR is an image database that contains images of fine art, sculpture, and works of architecture. You log into it and search it just like any other database. You can search by the name of the artist, the name of the work of art, or even by subject keywords like "gothic churches", "orchids", "impressionist" or "Soviet". Images can be printed out, saved, and linked to.

JSTOR is an all-scholarly, all-full text database that's particularly strong in art and art history. You can search by the artist's name, the name of the work of art, the kind of work of art ("bas relief"), or even a school ("pre-Raphaelites"). Remember to put phrases in quotation marks!

You can get to both of these databases by going to the Library website (http://www.esc.edu/library) and clicking All Databases By Title (located in the left column.) You will find JSTOR a little way down on the first page. To get to ArtSTOR, use the blue tabs at the top - click the Images tab. Then click on the database name and log in with your College login and password.

As always, if you run into any difficulties in doing your research and using the Library resources, please don't hesitate to ask for help using our Ask A Librarian service. Simply go to http://www.esc.edu/askalibrarian for e-mail, phone, and chat contact info, or to fill out a web form with your question.

And a happy and prosperous New Year to everyone!
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