As the Fall term starts, you may be new to the online library. Since it is not familiar to you, it can be tricky to know where to go for what you need. This is a quick guide to what the links on the library homepage mean and where you need to go to find what. As always, if you have any questions, let us know!
You start at the library homepage which you can find at www.esc.edu/library or by clicking on Library on MY ESC
You will automatically be on the Find tab. This lists all the items you can find in our library. Here is more information.
Resources by Subject is the go to place to find research information. Click here and select your subject area to get a customized list of library resources relevant to your topic. You can then click on a database to search for articles or select a tab to get a different type of library resource like e-books, encyclopedias, and more.
Article Databases is next on the list. Here you will find an alphabetical list of every database the library has in our collection. There are over 100 databases listed so you only want to go here if you know a particular database that you need to search in. For example, if your instructor suggests that you search in JSTOR, go here and scroll to J to find JSTOR.
Newspaper Databases is similar to Article Databases but it is a shorter list. We have 17 databases listed here where you can specifically search for articles found in newspapers. Go here and select one of the databases to do your search.
Journal Finder is the place to go if you know the title of the journal, magazine or publication you are looking for. If your instructor said to look for a particular item, like Newsweek, you can go here and search for Newsweek. Then your results will show you what databases have that item and for what dates. If you just need to search in that journal, pick a database to search in. If you have specific citation information for an article, you need to look at the dates listed and pick the database that has the dates you need.
Books is the place to search for e-books in the online library. We do not have a building so we do not have print books. We do have a large e-book collection available. You can view chapters or entire books online in these collections. If you cannot find an e-book, click on the tab for Print Books and you can search to see if a library near you has it.
Next you will see Multimedia listed. This is an area of the library where you can search for videos, images and audio items. All of these items will be online only. When you get to this page, you will automatically be on the Videos tab. If you need images or audio, click on the tab for that and you will see a list of resources.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias is an online version of a library reference area. This is where you can find our online collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more. You can find background information on your topic here as well as definitions, translations, facts and figures.
Cite Your Sources is the place to go when you need help documenting the resources you use in your assignments. To avoid plagiarism, you need to properly cite your sources. When you go to the Cite Your Sources page, you will see some basic info and tools listed, like RefWorks. If you need help with your specific citations for an assignment, click on the tab for the citation style your instructor wants you to use. If you aren’t sure which style to use, ask your instructor first. There are style guides and information links available. For more information on how to use these style guides, see How to Cite Your Sources
Finally, Library Workshops is the place to go and see what workshops the library has to offer. We have live @Home workshops that you can attend right from your computer. This is a way to go step by step through learning to use the library, get hands on practice and have a librarian there to answer your questions. You can find out more information and register for workshops here.