EBSCOHost Database Error – Fixed!

We are happy to report that the temporary error users were getting when using EBSCOHost databases has been fixed.  If you have problems logging in, please follow steps to clear your cache (see this link for more info), close your browser and try again. If the problem continues, please let us know.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


How do I cite websites in APA format?

At the library, we get asked this question a lot. The wording in APA citation style guides may not outright say website or webpage or part of a webpage. This can be confusing if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. Here is some helpful info for citing websites in APA format. If you still aren’t sure what to do or have questions about this, please contact us at Ask a Librarian. We are happy to help.

  • Start on the library homepage www.esc.edu/library
  • Select Cite Your Sources under the Learn heading

image of the library homepage link to select titled Cite Your Sources

  • Select the APA tab


  • Select the APA Style Guide (OWL)


  • In the menu on the Style Guide from OWL, you want to select Reference List: Electronic Sources


  • Now you want to scroll through the options on this page to find how to cite websites, webpages, or parts of a webpage. In the APA style guide, this is under the heading Nonperiodical Web Document or Report. This is how you want to cite websites.
  • If what you are citing is an article in an online magazine (not found in the online library), you want to cite that as an Article from an Online Periodical. Scroll down further for info on citing blogs or wikis.
  • Please note: articles, ebooks and other resources found in the online library are not considered websites or online periodicals. You want to cite those as an Article from a Database.


Ask a Librarian Hours for Columbus Day Weekend 2017

The Ask a Librarian Hours for Columbus Day weekend, Saturday October 7 – Monday October 9, 2017, are as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct 7 – Closed
  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Open 1-9pm
  • Monday, Oct 9 – Closed

When we are not available to answer your questions, librarians elsewhere can help you through the Ask Us 24/7 chat. If you need to speak with a librarian at Empire State College, please contact Ask a Librarian and leave a voicemail or email message. We will get back to you on Sunday or Tuesday, during our open hours.

  • Call 800-847-3000, ext. 2222
  • Email librarian@esc.edu
Normal Hours:
– Sun: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
– Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
– Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Constitution Day 2017

Constitution Day Banner
The delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787, establishing the United States under a federal system of government.
The U.S. Constitution was the first written constitution in the world and is the oldest one still in existence.
Congress has established September 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.You can find out more by visiting the National Constitution Center or by visiting http://www.constitutionday.com/.
In honor of Constitution Day, the Empire State College Library has collected some web resources and articles about the Constitution’s history. You can also visit the Law & the Library Youtube Playlist  from the Library of Congress or enjoy some videos about the Constitution from History.com.

Empire State College Library Resources for Researching the US Constitution (ESC Login Required to Access)

The Writing of the Constitution

Interpreting the Constitution

Reading the Constitution

  • Constitution of the United States (National Archives)
    High-resolution images of the U.S. Constitution, with explanatory notes and transcripts of the Constitution text.
  • Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center)
    A clause-by-clause explanation of the Constitution, providing access to basic constitutional facts and interpretation, and searchable by key words and Supreme Court cases.
  • Pocket Constitution for iPod Touch and iPhone (Oak Hill Publishing)
    America’s best-selling Pocket Constitution Book “The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It” is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Legal Information Institute U.S. Constitution (Cornell University Law School)
    Broken down into linked sections so you can view each part individually.

LexisNexis Access Back Up

We are happy to report that our access to LexisNexis Academic has been restored.  Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.   Stay tuned for the announcement of the new look for this database which will be called NexisUni.

Update – LexisNexis Academic Still Down

We have been in touch with Lexis Nexis Academic and it looks like there are multiple issues causing our access to continue to be down.  Our access has been down since Friday, September 1 and we are still waiting to find out when access will be restored.

Part of why access is down right now is that they are transitioning our library subscription to a new product platform called Nexis Uni. This new platform will offer a much more dynamic and superior research experience for our students and faculty with options for personalization, quick discovery, and collaboration.

We are working with Lexis Nexis support in order to get this access issue remedied as soon as possible. We will keep you posted about access updates and will announce when access has finally been restored here on the library blog as well as on our facebook and twitter feeds.  When the transition to Nexis Uni takes place, we will also post updates about the new look and features of this resource.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  If you would like assistance finding alternate resources to Lexis Nexis while access is down, please do not hesitate to contact the library for assistance.

Chat with a librarian, submit your question to us in the contact us form, or call us at (800) 847-3000 ext. 2222

  • Sun: 1-9 pm
  • Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm
  • Fri: 9am-5pm




Library Guides are back up and running!

Springshare is the hosting company that we get our LibGuides through.  They had a large outage yesterday and majority of our library guides and pages were down.  Springshare has fixed the outage and all of our guides and pages are back up and running.

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