How to find items that aren’t available in the ESC Library

Have you ever found a book or journal article that you need for your assignment but we don’t have it in the Empire State College library?  You have some options to try.

Locate Articles Elsewhere:

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 still have a few options available to try to obtain it:

  1. See if Google Scholar has a copy available online at: www.esc.edu/googlescholar (note:  GoogleScholar often charges for articles).
  2. Determine if a nearby local library has the journal on its shelves that you can read or photocopy (see steps for locating a journal at a library near you via WorldCat at: http://www.esc.edu/worldcat).
  3. If you are able to locate the journal that has the article you want at a SUNY or CUNY library near you, you may take your ESC photo ID to a librarian there and ask for assistance obtaining it via our Open Access Policy (for more information, visit: www.esc.edu/openaccess).
  4. If available, use your local public or other library’s interlibrary loan service to have them obtain the article for you (this usually takes at least a week and often longer and is not available in some libraries – contact that library for details).
  5. Use a commercial document delivery service [http://www.esc.edu/docdelivery] and pay for access

Find Books Elsewhere:

To obtain a book that is not available within our online collection, you still have a few options:

  1. Go to Google’s Books page to see if they offer a copy online (note: often only previews of books are available and there is also often a fee for use)
  2. Determine if a nearby library has the title on its shelves that you can borrow or read (see steps for locating a book at a library near you via WorldCat at: http://www.esc.edu/worldcat)
  3. If you are able to locate the book you want at a SUNY or CUNY library near you, you may take your ESC photo ID to a librarian there and ask for assistance obtaining it via our Open Access Policy (for more information, visit: www.esc.edu/openaccess)
  4. If available, use your local public or other library’s interlibrary loan service to have them obtain the book for you (this usually takes at least a week and often longer)

Find Books and Articles Elsewhere if you are Faculty, Staff or a Graduate Student with more than half time status:

To obtain an item that is not available within our online collection you still have a few options:

  1. Determine if a nearby library has the title on its shelves that you can borrow or read (see steps for locating a book via WorldCat listed on this page: http://www.esc.edu/worldcat).
  2. If you are able to locate the item you want at a SUNY or CUNY library near you, you may take your ESC photo ID to a librarian there and ask for assistance obtaining it via our Open Access Policy (for more information, visit: www.esc.edu/openaccess).
  3. If you are a current graduate student in good standing, a staff member or a faculty member with a 50% or greater appointment, you are eligible to use our interlibrary loan service through the University at Buffalo libraries.  To register and request items, visit: http://www.esc.edu/library/services/interlibrary-loan/

 

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