Ebook Central Downtime April 20, 2019

An announcement from Ebook Central:

Scheduled Downtime Notification
To ensure our ebook platforms remain updated and secure, ProQuest will be performing maintenance on Ebook Central.

This maintenance will take place Saturday, April 20 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


Library Subject Guides, Course Guides, and Other Guides Link Repaired

Update:Thanks to our IT department for fixing the website issue quickly!

Due to a technical problem, the library’s drop down menus and links to all of our Subject Guides, Course Guides, and Other Guides are missing from the library homepage.  We have alerted the college IT department about the issue.

While they work to resolve this, here are direct links that will get you to the guides you need:

Library Subject Guides: https://subjectguides.esc.edu/?b=s

Course Guides and Other Guides: https://subjectguides.esc.edu/?b=t

We apologize for any inconvenience. If there is a guide that you are having trouble locating, please contact us for assistance.

http://askalibrarian.esc.edu/ or call us at (800) 847-3000 ext. 2222

Doesn’t the library have my textbooks?

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 www.esc.edu/bookstore. 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. www.esc.edu/bookstore

You are welcome to check the library e-book catalog and Ebook Central search 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 by clicking on Books on the library homepage at www.esc.edu/library. I recommend searching in both the Ebook Catalog and the Ebook Central search.  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.


Can’t Access the Full-Text of an Article? A Flow Chart to Figure Out Why

Seeing the ‘Grey Screen of Annoyance’ or otherwise find yourself unable to access the full-text of a great article you find through the library? Work through the flow chart below to figure out the problem.

Flow Chart for Full Text Issues (click here to view larger chart image):Flowchart for Resolving Full Text Article Issues

I couldn’t get the links in the chart to work within the image, so here they are for your convenience:

Ask a Librarian Closed March 20, 2019 – March 22, 2019 @ 1pm

Due to a college-wide event going on March 20-22, 2019, the Ask a Librarian service will be closed so the librarians can attend the event. While we are not available, the Ask Us 24/7 chat will be here to help you.

We re-open for normal hours at 1pm on Friday, March 22. If you leave a voicemail message, email us, fill out the online form, or get referred to us by the Ask Us 24/7 chat, we will get back to you on Friday, March 22 after 1pm.

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


Selected Credible Resources on Popular Paper Topics

This is just a sampling of both topics and places to begin finding sources on those topics, especially sources of information and statistics often overlooked. To more fully investigate and write about any research topic, use additional search tools, such as the OneSearch on the library home page.

Bullying in Schools

Diversity in the Workplace

Domestic Violence


What is a scholarly or peer-reviewed resource or journal?

You have probably been asked to find scholarly or peer reviewed sources or articles. Here is an overview of what that means.

In scholarly/peer reviewed articles:

  • The author is an expert in the subject
  • The content is evaluated by other experts before publication
  • All of their information sources are cited

Some databases in the online library contain all scholarly material while others have an option to search for only scholarly/peer reviewed articles. You will usually see an option to limit your search results to Scholarly/Peer Reviewed under Advanced Search or as an option to limit your search results when you are searching in our online databases.

Image of the option to check a box to limit search results to scholarly or peer reviewed when you have already done a search Image of advanced search option to check box for Scholarly or peer reviewed

For more info on Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Sources, visit our Research Skills Tutorial page on this topic: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/researchskillstutorial/scholarly