Constitution Day 2017

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The delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787, establishing the United States under a federal system of government.
The U.S. Constitution was the first written constitution in the world and is the oldest one still in existence.
Congress has established September 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.You can find out more by visiting the National Constitution Center or by visiting
In honor of Constitution Day, the Empire State College Library has collected some web resources and articles about the Constitution’s history. You can also visit the Law & the Library Youtube Playlist  from the Library of Congress or enjoy some videos about the Constitution from

Empire State College Library Resources for Researching the US Constitution (ESC Login Required to Access)

The Writing of the Constitution

Interpreting the Constitution

Reading the Constitution

  • Constitution of the United States (National Archives)
    High-resolution images of the U.S. Constitution, with explanatory notes and transcripts of the Constitution text.
  • Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center)
    A clause-by-clause explanation of the Constitution, providing access to basic constitutional facts and interpretation, and searchable by key words and Supreme Court cases.
  • Pocket Constitution for iPod Touch and iPhone (Oak Hill Publishing)
    America’s best-selling Pocket Constitution Book “The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It” is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Legal Information Institute U.S. Constitution (Cornell University Law School)
    Broken down into linked sections so you can view each part individually.

LexisNexis Access Back Up

We are happy to report that our access to LexisNexis Academic has been restored.  Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.   Stay tuned for the announcement of the new look for this database which will be called NexisUni.

Update – LexisNexis Academic Still Down

We have been in touch with Lexis Nexis Academic and it looks like there are multiple issues causing our access to continue to be down.  Our access has been down since Friday, September 1 and we are still waiting to find out when access will be restored.

Part of why access is down right now is that they are transitioning our library subscription to a new product platform called Nexis Uni. This new platform will offer a much more dynamic and superior research experience for our students and faculty with options for personalization, quick discovery, and collaboration.

We are working with Lexis Nexis support in order to get this access issue remedied as soon as possible. We will keep you posted about access updates and will announce when access has finally been restored here on the library blog as well as on our facebook and twitter feeds.  When the transition to Nexis Uni takes place, we will also post updates about the new look and features of this resource.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  If you would like assistance finding alternate resources to Lexis Nexis while access is down, please do not hesitate to contact the library for assistance.

Chat with a librarian, submit your question to us in the contact us form, or call us at (800) 847-3000 ext. 2222

  • Sun: 1-9 pm
  • Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm
  • Fri: 9am-5pm



Library Guides are back up and running!

Springshare is the hosting company that we get our LibGuides through.  They had a large outage yesterday and majority of our library guides and pages were down.  Springshare has fixed the outage and all of our guides and pages are back up and running.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Lexis Nexis Academic Access Issues

Lexis Nexis Academic access is currently down for our online library.  We did some troubleshooting on our end and had to report the issue to Lexis Nexis for support.  Hopefully access will be restored soon.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ask a Librarian Hours for Labor Day Weekend 2017

The Ask a Librarian service will be closed on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 in honor of the Labor Day holiday.  While we are not available, the Ask Us 24/7 chat service will be here to answer your questions. If you need to speak with an Empire State College librarian, we return on Tuesday, September 5 at 9am and will respond to any voicemail or email messages left for us then.

Ask a Librarian will be back on our normal business hours on Tuesday, September 5 at 9am.

Normal Hours: 

– Sun: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
– Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
– Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Where can I find the books and e-books for my course?

You may be wondering where to find your textbooks or maybe you just want to know if the library has your textbooks. Did you order e-books online through the bookstore and you now need to know where to find them?

The first place to check for your textbooks is the college bookstore at They have information on how to find your books, how to order online and their contact information listed there. If you have any questions or need help ordering your books, contact the bookstore directly.

If you ordered e-books for your courses through the college bookstore, you should have received an email with the information about how to access your e-book. You can contact the bookstore if you do not have this email and they can assist you.

You are welcome to check the library e-book catalog to see if we have any of your textbooks in our online library but it is rare that we have textbooks available. You can search the e-book catalog by clicking on Books on the library homepage at If you do a search and your book is not listed, unfortunately, the online library does not have that book.

You may also have readings located in your course. Often the instructor will list how to access the reading or might include a link to the reading. If a reading is in the Online Library, your instructor will usually say so or link to it from your course.

When all else fails or you still are not sure what to do, it is always best to check with your instructor.

image of college textbook stack