Find Information Sources Outside the Library

In the course of your studies, it’s likely that you’ll have to obtain research materials from outside the Empire State College Online Library.  Here are some options:

  1. SUNY Open Access Policy - bring your college photo ID to the librarians at any SUNY, CUNY or New York community college library to ask how you can take out books, use the print journals and possibly the online databases while you are in the building.
  2. WorldCat searches thousands of libraries’ online catalogs from around the world. WorldCat lets you search for books, audiobooks, e-books, print and online journals (not individual journal articles), microform resources and information sources in many formats. Click the title of the source to get the item information, and enter your zip code.  WorldCat will then list the libraries that have your information source, in order by proximity.
  3. Interlibrary Loan (graduate students only) - borrow books, articles and audio-video materials that aren’t available through the Empire State College Online Library.
  4. Google Scholar searches for books and scholarly articles. When you access Google Scholar through the library, and log in with your college username and password, your search results will link to full text in the Empire State College Online Library, whenever available. Your search results will also include full-text articles in document repositories, some full-text e-books and some previews of print books.  Google Scholar charges fees for access to some materials.
  5. Local College Libraries Near You sometimes have programs for community borrowers.  Call ahead to find out whether there are any conditions or fees. If you need a letter of introduction, use this form to request one.
  6. Public Libraries Near You may offer interlibrary loan services for articles and books.  Call ahead to find out if they offer interlibrary loan services.
  7. Commercial Document Delivery Services – these web-based companies charge a fee for an online copy of an article.
  8. Online used book storescan be very affordable and most allow you to resell your book when you’re done with it.

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