How to create links back to library resources – permalinks

You may have discovered that when you copy and paste the link from your web browser when viewing an article or e-book in the online library, and then try to share it or go back to it later, it doesn’t work. That is because linking to items in the online library requires something called a permalink or a persistent URL.

Why do I have to do this?

This is because only those with Empire State College logins can access our paid for subscription databases and collections. In order to link to the article (or other item) in the online library so someone with a college login can access it, the link has to be made in a way that lets them login with their own information. When you are viewing an article, that link in your web browser is only good for your current logged in session.

How do I create a permalink?

Every database and collection in the online library is a bit different, based on what vendor we subscribe to for that collection. For directions on how to create permalinks, we have it broken down by each collection for you. Visit our Permalink (PURL) page for directions


Ask a Librarian Hours for Dec 23, 2017-Jan 1, 2018

The Ask a Librarian service will be open the following hours from Dec 23, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018.

  • Sat, Dec 23, 2017 – Closed
  • Sun, Dec 24, 2017 – Closed
  • Mon, Dec 25, 2017 – Closed
  • Tues, Dec 26, 2017 – Open 9am – 5pm
  • Wed, Dec 27, 2017 – Open 9am – 5pm
  • Thurs, Dec 28, 2017 – Open 9am – 5pm
  • Fri, Dec 29, 2017 – Open 9am – 5pm
  • Sat, Dec 30, 2017- Closed
  • Sun, Dec 31, 2017 – Closed
  • Mon, Jan 1, 2018- Closed

Winter business hours resume on Jan 2, 2018 through Jan, 15, 2018 and then we are back to normal business hours on Jan, 16, 2018.

When we are not available, librarians from other institutions will be on Ask Us 24/7 chat to answer your questions.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season.


Where can I find the books and e-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 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.

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 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.


How to Find, Use, and Cite Images Online

Even when you have permission to use an image, you should cite the original source, creator and/or copyright owner. Many websites will have a statement of usage or terms of use listed for their images – this is their guidelines for permission they give you to use their photos and they rules they want you to follow.

It is best practice to find credible images in collections that allow you to use their images; this means they have licenses that allow their use.

The library does have some image resources listed under Multimedia on the library homepage. Keep in mind, that even with library image resources, you need to make sure you have permission to use the images and you always need to cite when you use anything from in the online library.

There are many Creative Commons cites that allow you to do this. Some examples of sites like this:

Many of you are probably used to using Google to search for images. One very important thing that you want to keep in mind when doing this is that Google Image Search is just a search, it is not the website that the image is on and it is not the original home of that image. To find the actual source of that image, which is what you need to cite if you use it, you need to click on the image in Google Image Search and then click the “Visit Page” button on the right side of the image.

An example of a Google Image Search for panda bear images


Click the “Visit Page” button to see the original source of this image to find info you need to cite the image. (“National Geographic Kids Giant Panda Facts and Pictures”, 2015)

This is the original source for this image. I need to use this URL address as my retrieved from link in my citation. I also need to make sure this site gives permission to use this image.

(“National Geographic Kids Giant Panda Facts and Pictures”, 2015)

Once you get to the original website the image was found on, you want to look for source information for the image. See if you can spot the information on the copyright owner or photographer (author), the date, the name of the website, the title for the image. This is all information you need to cite the image. You also want to make sure this site allows you to use this image. Look for some mention of terms of use on the webpage.

The example website I used, National Geographic Kids, calls this “terms of service.” Click on this to see their permission information if it is not listed with the actual image on the page. When I get to their Terms of Use page, there is a lot of information but eventually there is a section called “Limited Content License” that talks about using information, images, text, etc. from their website.

(“National Geographic Kids Terms of Use”, 2017)

(“National Geographic Kids Terms of Use”, 2017)

This can get a bit complicated, so you can see why it is often much easier to use one of the creative commons image sites that already gives you permission and information to cite is fairly easy to locate. Either way, always cite the original source, if you are able to find it.

How to cite images in your assignment and resources list:

On the library website, we link to citation style guides that will give you all of the information on how to cite many types of resources. Direct links are below.




Reference List:

National Geographic Kids Giant Panda Facts and Pictures. (2015, February 17). Retrieved July 20, 2017, from
National Geographic Kids Terms of Use. (2017, July 11). Retrieved July 20, 2017, from

Ask a Librarian Hours for Thanksgiving Holiday 2017

The Ask a Librarian Service will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov 22, then closed Thanksgiving, as well as Nov. 24-25, Friday and Saturday.

We will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.  Students can always leave a voicemail message or send an email with questions and we will get back to them on Sunday when we open or you can use the “Ask Us” 24/7 chat service which has librarians at other institutions who can help with your library related questions while we are not available.

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Call 800-847-3000, ext. 2222

What is a scholarly or peer reviewed article?

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:

Popular Assignment Topics: Antibullying Programs in Schools

Here at the library, we take notice when we get asked about the same assignment topic multiple times. One of those topics is antibullying programs in schools. Here are some tips on how to do research on these programs.

On the library homepage select Subject Guides.

Select the Education Subject guide. Here, you can learn more about Scholarly or Peer Reviewed articles in the center column.

Look at the left hand column under the heading “Searching for a topic? Use databases.”

You want to select databases here to search for your topic. I suggest starting with Education Source and ERIC.

image of education subject guide showing where the links to Education Source and ERIC databases are located

In the database, select Advanced Search. Here you can break down your search topic into multiple keywords like antibullying AND programs. Down below where it lets you limit your search, you can check the box to limit results to Scholarly/Peer Reviewed and then you can hit search. You can then go through the search results to see which articles are available in our library and fit your assignment needs.

image of advanced search in Education Source

Where is the full-text article? Is the date for the article fairly recent and you don’t see a link to view the full-text? The article may be too new to be available online yet. Instead, do you see a link to Full-text Finder? Click Full Text Finder to search the rest of the library to see if we have the article elsewhere in our collections.

image of search results in Education Source