Did you know the college has a Thesis Generator tool?

Sometimes, creating a well-crafted thesis statement may be a challenge. The Thesis Generator is a new tool from academic support designed to help you understand the parts of a thesis statement and the variety of formats that may be used. All that you need to do is respond to key questions and potential thesis statements will be generated so you can tweak and revise them to make them your own.

Click here to try the Thesis Generator:  Learning Support – the Thesis Generator


Have you used the Assignment Calculator?

The Assignment Calculator is a tool that lets you enter the due date for assignments like annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and research papers.

When you enter this information, it will generate steps for your assignment type with due dates for each step to help you manage your time and assignment work.

Resource links from the library and academic support are also provided for each step so you can access that info as you need it for your assignment.

To see the assignment calculator and try it out, go to: Learning support – Assignment Calculator

Ask a Librarian Hours for President’s Day: Feb 18-19, 2018

The Ask a Librarian Hours will be as follows for this President’s Day weekend:

  • Sun, Feb 18 – Open 1-9pm
  • Mon, Feb 19 – Closed

We will re-open on Tuesday, February 20 at 9am for normal business hours at 9am.

While we are not available, the Ask Us 24/7 chat service will be here to help – this is librarians from other institutions answering your questions. If your question needs to be referred to an ESC librarian, we will get back to you on Tuesday when we are back in the office.


How do I find a particular journal that my instructor wants me to use?

When you need to find a particular journal or a particular article, this means you know the title of a journal that you need to use, you want to search in Journal Finder If you don’t know the name of the journal (or newspaper or magazine), you do not want to use Journal Finder. 

Select Journal Finder on the library homepage.

Image of the Journal Finder Link on the library homepage

When there, you can type the name of a journal to see if we have it in our collection. For example: Journal of Management

Image of Journal Finder Full Text Finder Search for the title Journal of Management

A basic search for this title can be a bit confusing as it gives me 1,368 results and the first one doesn’t match what I typed in the search box. How do I fix this?

Image of Journal of Management Search results

#1 – Put the name of the journal in quotes and search again – “Journal of Management”

This gives me 124 results and the one I am looking for is 2nd on the list of results. What if I am not sure if this is a peer reviewed journal because my instructor wanted me to find the peer reviewed journal, Journal of Management?

Image of Journal finder search results for Journal of Management put in quotes

I can narrow my search results down even more by selecting the check box next to Peer Reviewed Journals on the left hand column. By doing this, my results are now down to 70 items and the Journal of Management is the first search result. I am sure this is the correct journal that my instructor wanted me to use.

Image of Journal Finder search results with the journal title in quotes and peer reviewed journals checked as a search limiter

When you find the journal you want, look at the list of databases below the title. This tells you what databases in our online library have this journal and lists the date ranges for what is available. Look for the date range you need and select a database.

Image of the databases listed below a journal in the search results

This will take you directly into the database where you can choose to browse by date to find a particular article your instructor listed for you to read or you can choose to search within this publication if you want to look for an article on your topic in this particular journal.

How to find an article on your topic:

If you are trying to search for journal articles on your topic and you are not looking for a particular journal, you don’t want to search for your topic in Journal Finder. You want to either use OneSearch on the library homepage or go to the Subject Guides and choose your subject area from the list. When you do this, you will get a list of library databases that are relevant for that subject area. You want to choose a database and search for your topic there.

Image of the library homepage showing OneSearch and the Subject Guides

If you try these tips and still can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us for help. We are happy to assist you and walk you through how to find what you need in the online library.

800-847-3000, ext. 2222

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

How to Save Articles to My Folder Without Losing Them

We have many databases through EBSCOHost, including our OneSearch on the library homepage. A great feature they have is the folder. Other databases have similar options. We get quite a few calls or chats from students wondering why their saved items aren’t there when they log back in. The issue is that your Empire State College login gives you access to the databases in the online library but it doesn’t make the special features work in those databases. Each database comes from a different company or vendor and they each function a little differently so their special features, like saving for later, require a free login account that you create with that database.

How it looks in OneSearch:

How it looks in other EBSCOHost databases:

How it looks in Proquest databases:

You have to click on the silhouette icon to see the option to sign into My Research, which is what Proquest calls their account.

Once you create a personal account, any items that you save will automatically go into your folder for you to be able to access them easily later. You will be able to use the same personal account in any of the EBSCOHost databases at the library because this EBSCOHost login works for all of their databases. The same goes for other databases, for example we have multiple databases from Proquest so if you create an account in one Proquest database and go into a different one, that account should work for all Proquest databases.

How to create a personal account in EBSCOHost:

  • Select the option to sign in, this is often found in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • From the Sign In Screen, click the Create a new Account link.
  • The Create a New Account Screen appears with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field. Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Submit.
  • If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your user name and password. Click OK. You will be automatically logged in as a personal user. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session.

Once your personal account is created and you are logged in, you should see My EBSCOHost.

How to use the folder:

To save articles, click the Add to folder link at the bottom of each article listing. To add all items on a page to your folder, click the Alert/Save/Share link and click Results (1-10) at the top of the menu. Result numbers to be added will change as you page through the list of results.

As you add the articles to the folder, you can click the Folder icon (or the Go to Folder View link) and review which items have been added. The Image Quick View feature provides the ability to view thumbnails of the images in an article right from the Folder screen.

You can print, e-mail, save, or export many results all at the same time using the Tools in the right column.

If you have signed in via My EBSCOHost, any search results that you collect in your folder will be automatically saved at the end of the session.

You can also create custom folders to sort the articles that you save. You can specify which folder you want to save to when you click Add to Folder.

How to create customized folders:

  • Click on Folder in EBSCOHost.
  • Click on New next to My Custom (see below).
  • A form should appear where you can create a folder name and add any notes you would like. Hit Save.

For more information about creating or using a personal account in EBSCOHost or how to use the folders, please visit an EBSCOHost database through the library website at www.esc.edu/library and select Article Databases. From there scroll to E and choose EBSCOHost. Once in an EBSCOHost database, click on Help on the upper right hand corner and browse for your topic.


Does the library have the books for my course?

We have been getting asked about this a lot lately. 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 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 www.esc.edu/library. 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.



Ask a Librarian Hours for Jan 13-15, 2018

In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the Ask a Librarian service will be closed from Saturday, January 13 – Monday, January 15, 2018.

While we are away, the Ask Us 24/7 chat service will be available to answer your questions.  Ask Us 24/7 is a service provided by librarians from other libraries. If your question has to be answered by one of our Empire State College librarians, we will get back to you when we open on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

You can also visit our FAQ  http://askalibrarian.esc.edu/ or our Library Self-Help Tutorials http://subjectguides.esc.edu/tutorials at any time.

Thank you for your understanding.