Ask a Librarian Hours for Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

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The ESC Ask a Librarian service will be open the following hours for Thanksgiving weekend, 2018:

  • Thurs, Nov 22 – Closed
  • Fri, Nov 23 – Closed
  • Sat, Nov 24 – Closed
  • Sun, Nov 25 – Open 1-9pm

While we are not available, the Ask Us 24/7 librarians can help you in chat. If you leave a voicemail message, fill out the online form, email us or if the librarian in Ask Us 24/7 refers your question to the ESC librarians, we will respond when we are open on Sunday Nov 25 or Monday Nov 26.

Thank you for your understanding and have a happy Thanksgiving!


Update: and emails are working!

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We are happy to announce that after months of troubleshooting and working with IT support at the college and with our Ask a Librarian platform – our email addresses are working successfully!

You can now reach us via email at and and we will respond during our Ask a Librarian hours.

If you contacted us by email between March 2018 and November 2018 – we likely did not receive that email and apologize for the inconvenience and lack of response.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we worked to resolve this issue.

Ask a Librarian Hours for the Veteran’s Day 2018 Weekend

In honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday, the Ask a Librarian Service will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018.  We will be open on Sunday, November 11 from 1-9pm.

While we are not available, the Ask Us 24/7 chat service is here to answer your library questions. If you need help from one of the ESC librarians, or if you leave a voicemail message or fill out the contact form, we will get back to you on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

How do I search for articles in a specific journal my instructor said 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?

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#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.


DSM Access Restored!

The issue with our DSM resources has been repaired and access is restored. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we worked with the vendor who was able to fix this on their end.

DSM-V access currently down

Access to the DSM-V is currently down. We are working with the vendor to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Please check back later in the day or tomorrow for an update on this issue. Thanks for your patience.

Ask a Librarian – Limited Staffing & Hours Oct 17-18, 2018

Ask a Librarian will have limited staffing and hours on October 17 & 18, 2018 for a college-wide event. The librarians will be attending this college event so they may not be here to answer your questions.

While we are away, the librarians at Ask Us 24/7 will be here to help.  If you leave a voicemail or fill out the online form, we will get back to you as soon as we can.  We plan to resume normal hours and coverage, Friday, October 19 at 9am.

Thank you for your understanding.