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.
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 Library of Congress Facebook Page
The Writing of the Constitution
Interpreting the Constitution
- United States Constitution: Texts, Commentaries, Historical Texts and Judicial Decisions (Law Library of Congress)
Texts, commentaries, historical texts and judicial decisions relating to the U.S. Constitution.
- Documents from the Constitutional Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 (Library of Congress)
This digital collection contains 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
- Amending America
Article by Bernard Weisberger from American Heritage (May/Jun95, Vol. 46, Iss. 3) that provides an overview of the amendments to the Constitution and the political climate in which they were adopted.
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.
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 www.esc.edu/bookstore. 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. www.esc.edu/bookstore
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 www.esc.edu/library. 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.
When all else fails or you still are not sure what to do, it is always best to check with your instructor.
We are pleased to inform you that your institution will be upgraded to the new ebrary Reader the week of September 8th.
The new Reader:
- Was built entirely with user input – Researchers worked with us to perfect the Reader and the user experience.
- Uses modern web technology – We designed it to meet the expectations of our next generation library patrons – simple, intuitive, and streamlined.
- Enables researchers to access the content they need anywhere, anytime – meeting the growing desire for content accessibility on their mobile devices.
For a quick overview of the new Reader including screenshots, click here or to watch an overview video click here.
In addition, we have evolved our mobile experience to use the popular Bluefire app for offline reading on iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices. Given this, we have officially retired ebrary’s dedicated mobile apps. To download the Bluefire app simply visit the App Store or Google Play.
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, the library will go back to normal hours as follows:
- Sun: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In honor of the Labor Day holiday, the Ask a Librarian Service will have the following hours:
- Closing early on Friday, August 29 at 2:30pm
- Closed Saturday, August 30
- Closed Sunday, August 31
- Closed Monday, September 1
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call and leave voicemail, email or fill out the online form with any questions during this time and we will get back to you on Tuesday, September 2. askalibrarian.esc.edu OR 800-847-3000, ext. 2222
EBSCO’s LinkSource service was down and has been repaired. If you experience issues with it, please let the library know and follow these steps.
If you were prompted to log in to an EBSCO LinkSource login page after clicking “Check for full text availability in all library collections” in one of the library’s databases, try the following:
- Use your back arrow to return to the citation for the article you were attempting to locate.
- To determine if we have that article in our collection in full-text format, start at the library home page: http://www.esc.edu/library
- Click on “Journal Finder.”
- Type in the title of the journal (not the article title) you want (e.g., “Journal of Business Administration”) and click “Search” (note if you have any pop-up blocker software running you may need to disable it to use these features).
- If that title is available in full-text format, the results will list the journal, years of available full-text coverage and the hyperlinked name of the database(s) containing articles from that journal.
- Click on the name of the database from the results list that contains the year(s) you want.
- Then browse the journal by year/volume/issue or search within the publication by author, article title or topic.
After several months of discussion, design work, collection of feedback from the ESC community and usability testing, the librarians are unveiling the new Online Library. Visitors to the site will find many improvements in addition to a more appealing look and feel. Responsive web design, intended to optimize the user experience across a wide range of mobile devices, makes the Online Library one of the only mobile-friendly libraries in the SUNY system.
Audience-specific tabs have been added to direct new users, graduate students and faculty members to the most helpful resources. OneSearch, a discovery service which allows users to search for articles, books and videos from nearly all of the library’s research databases, simultaneously, has been added. The subject guides, librarian-evaluated collections of resources specific to particular subjects of study, have been moved to the homepage.
Instructional resources, such as the citation style guides, the Information Skills Tutorial, guides on conducting research and using library tools, and the full schedule of library workshops have been grouped together under the Learn section of the homepage. Our contact information and hours of operation for the Ask a Librarian service can now be found right on the homepage, and a library site index has been added to assist visitors in locating pages of interest within the website.
As always, the Ask a Librarian chat feature is located on every page of the library website to make it easy for visitors to contact a librarian for research assistance, and the library’s blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel provide followers with updates on library services. Instructors, please take time to ensure that any assignment instructions or links directing students to library resources are in line with the new layout of the library website. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any comments or questions.
Many of the library resources like databases and the e-book collections have special features that can be very convenient to use but to get them to work correctly and save your research, you need to create an account with that resource. Your login to Empire State College gives you access to these resources but each one is run on its own platform by the company it comes from so to use their special features, you need to create a free online account with them.
Some examples with links to information on how to use these features are below:
EBSCOHost has the folder feature that lets you select “Add to Folder” to save articles and e-books to your folder for later. What you need to know is that this is ONLY for this current session unless you create a login account. If you create a login account in any EBSCOHost database, that login will work in all of our EBSCOHost databases.
Proquest My Research
Similar to EBSCOHost folders, Proquest lets you save items to My Research. Also similar to EBSCOHost folders, My Research only saves for later if you create an account to login later and access your saved articles. If you create a login account with Proquest, it will work in all Proquest databases.
The ebrary Bookshelf
One of our e-book collections, the largest one, ebrary has many special features that require a login. If you want to download an item or if you want to save it for later, you need to create a login. When you create a login, you can save items to your “bookshelf” for later. It also allows you to download an item to read later.
In honor of the Independence Day holiday, the Ask-a-Librarian Hours will be as follows:
- Thursday, July 3 - Open 9am – 2:30pm
- Friday, July 4 - CLOSED
- Saturday, July 5 – CLOSED
- Sunday, July 6 – Open 1-9pm
Please leave a message on our voicemail, via online form or email and we will get back to you on Sunday, July 6, 2014 during our listed open hours.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The librarians have been working with the college’s Web Presence Committee to design a new homepage for the Online Library that aims to be much more intuitive, user-friendly and mobile-friendly. In addition to a new look and feel, visitors to the site will find audience-specific tabs that link to frequently-used resources.
You will also find that the librarians have added OneSearch, EBSCO’s Discovery Service, which will allow you to search nearly all of the library’s sources simultaneously, as well as a library-specific site index to help you find particular pages of interest with ease.
To preview the new site, click the ‘new Online Library homepage‘ link located just below the Online Library header on the existing library homepage, or visit the demo page directly at www.esc.edu/library-demo. We invite you to share your thoughts about changes to the library website as we gather feedback during the preview phase from July 2nd to July 24th. Feel free to send any comments, criticisms or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ask-A-Librarian Service needs to close early today, July 2, 2014. There will not be a librarian available to answer your questions after 5pm. Please leave a message on our voicemail, via online form or email and we will get back to you tomorrow, July 3, 2014 when we open at 9am.
We apologize for any inconvenience.