Lexis-Nexis is back up!

Problem has been resolved by the vendor and you should be able to use normally. Thanks for your patience.

Lexis-Nexis is down and support has been contacted. They are aware of the outage and are working on it. They will alert the library’s Ask a Librarian service as soon as it is fixed. We will keep you updated and apologize for any inconvenience.

ebrary is now Ebook Central

The ebrary eBook collection has now been moved over to the Ebook Central platform. Almost all existing titles have been moved over and new ones have been added as well.

Here are some important points:

  1. To go directly to Ebook Central: http://library.esc.edu/login?url=http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/empire-ebooks
  2. Existing links to ebrary and specific titles will redirect to that same title on the new platform but should be updated eventually (the redirects will work for 5 years). The library catalog has not yet been updated, but existing links there will also redirect.
  3. Search and read functionality is essentially the same, although the look and feel is improved. For details or help with any specific function, click the Question mark (?) icon in the top right of any page in Ebook Central.
  4. Existing Bookshelf accounts: if you have an existing ebrary Bookshelf account, the process to transfer your account to the new platform is easy:
    • Go to the new Ebook Central site linked above.
    • Click the ‘Bookshelf’ link in the top right: ebookctrl1
    • Click the ‘Move ebrary Bookshelf’ button in the middle of the page: ebookctrl2
    • You’e done! You should see a confirmation in the middle of the page: ebookctrl3
  5. If you encounter any issues or have questions about this, please Ask a Librarian.

Yes, The Library is open Easter Sunday

Ask a Librarian will be open for our normal hours on Sunday, April 16 from 1-9pm for phone, chat, email, and online form support.

If you have any questions during our non-business hours, the Ask Us 24/7 Chat Service is available 24/7.  When the Empire State College librarians’ Ask a Librarian Service is not available, Ask Us 24/7 has librarians at other institutions who can answer your research and citation questions.

How do I find articles in the online library?

When you are looking for an article in the online library, there are a few ways to go about searching based on what you are looking for.


Are you looking for an article but you only have the title or title and author?

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If you just have the title of the article and not the full citation information, you want to start your search on the library homepage with OneSearch. Type the title of the article in quotes and search to see if it locates it in our collection. If it does not locate it, check with your instructor about where to access this reading.


Do you have the title of the article, the name of the journal it was published in, the date, the author, volume and issue number, etc? This is the full citation information.

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If you have the full citation information for an article, you can search for the article via the journal it was published in. You can search for this in Journal Finder which you can find on the library homepage.

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Type the title of the journal (not the article) and search for it. When it is located in our collection, you will see the name(s) of the databases in our library that have that journal. Look at the date range to see if your article fits and then select the database title that has the date you need. You can then browse in the database for the date, volume and issue you need for your article.

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Were you asked to look for articles in a certain journal or in a list of journals recommended for an assignment?

To search in a specific journal that your instructor listed, you will find it similarly to the steps above. You can search for this in Journal Finder which you can find on the library homepage.

Type the title of the journal (not the topic) and search for it. When it is located in our collection, you will see the name(s) of the databases in our library that have that journal. Look at the date range to see if your article fits and then select the database title that has the date you need. Once you select the database, you should see the option to search within this publication and this is where you can search for your topic in this journal.

If the journal you are looking for is Harvard Business Review, you need to access this differently. Please see our subject guide section with directions on how to find HBR.


Were you asked to do research and find articles on a topic for your assignment?

When your instructor asks you to find articles on a topic for your assignment, you want to search for them in the subject guides on the library homepage. You will see the option to select a subject from the list. Try to select a subject that your topic fits into, for example if you are researching marketing, you will select Business, Management & Economics. If you aren’t sure which one to choose, start with Get Started/Multidisciplinary which is a subject guide that covers all topics generally.

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When you get to the subject guide, you should see a list of databases selected by the librarians to fit your subject area well. You can go into those databases and search for your topic there.

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If you try these steps and still cannot find articles on your topic, the librarians are here to help! Feel free to contact us with any questions about searching for your topic, for specific articles or e-books.

askalibrarian.esc.edu
800-847-3000, ext. 2222

Saving Articles so they are there for Later

We have many databases through EBSCOHost and 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.

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:

  • 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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How to cite a source found in another source

While doing your assignments, I am sure that many of you have come across books or articles where the author cites another source. If you use this information, how do you cite it?

This is called an indirect source. The APA and MLA citation sources through the library website have information on how to do this. You can find them at the library website www.esc.edu/library by clicking on Cite Your Sources in the center column. Once you get there, select the tab for MLA or APA  and choose the OWL source from the list of links. You would then select indirect source from the list of possible types of sources to cite. The information below will also explain how to do this.

APA:

When citing an indirect source in APA format, cite the source you have in your hand or on your computer screen. Then you want to name the original source (the source your source cited). You are going to do this by using “as cited in” so you do not have to find the original source to cite it.

For more information on how to do this and to see examples of how it is done, you can visit:

APA Citation Style Guide (OWL)

MLA:

When citing an indirect source in MLA format, cite the source you have in your hand or on your computer screen. Then you want to name the original source (the source your source cited). You are going to do this by using “qtd. in” so you do not have to find the original source to cite it.

For more information on how to do this and to see examples of how it is done, you can visit:

MLA Citation Style Guide (OWL)

 

Ask a Librarian Hours for March 22 – March 24 (college-wide event)

Due to a college-wide conference, the Ask a Librarian service will not be available between Wednesday, March 22 and Friday, March 24 at 1pm, so the librarians can attend.

Ask a Librarian will be available on Friday, March 24 from 1-5 pm.

The Ask Us 24/7 chat service (where librarians from other institutions can answer your library questions) will be available while the Empire State College librarians are at the conference.

If you leave a voicemail, email, or online form question for Ask a Librarian, we will get back to you when we are open on Friday, March 24, after 1pm.

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