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Library Closing Early at 6pm- Wed Dec 10, 2014

The Empire State College library will be closing early on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6pm due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please leave a message on voicemail, email or online form and we will get back to you as soon as possible on Thursday, December 11, 2014, when we are open for normal business hours.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Contact Info

Normal Hours
- Sun: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Empire State College library hours for the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday are as follows:

  • Wed, Nov 26 – 9am – 2:30pm
  • Thurs, Nov 27 – Closed Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Fri, Nov 28 – 9am – 5pm
  • Sat, Nov 29 – Closed
  • Sun, Nov 30 – 1pm-9pm

Monday, December 1, 2014, we will be open for normal hours at 9am.

Art Abstracts, PsycARTICLES & PsycINFO Update

It looks like access to PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO is back up and hopefully Art Abstracts is not far behind.  Please let us know if you have further access issues over the weekend.  We are open on Sunday from 1-9pm.


Posted earlier today:
Three of our online databases, Art Abstracts, PsycARTICLES & PsycINFO (EBSCOHost), are temporarily unavailable. The librarians are looking into the issue and will keep you posted about when this will be fixed.

To find other articles on art topics, please visit the Arts & Art History subject guide:  and search in the other databases listed.

To find other articles on psychology topics, please visit the Psychology & Sociology subject guide:  and search in the other databases listed.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Harvard Business Review – How to

Accessing Harvard Business Review articles

Harvard Business Review has required databases to turn off direct linking to its articles. That means that if you need to find a certain article in Harvard Business Review, there is no way to just click a link and go directly to it. If you want to share the article with someone else, there is no way to give them a link to it – you can only tell them how to find it themself.

Instructions for locating Harvard Business Review articles:

  1. Go to the library web site at
  2. Click Article Databases
  3. Scroll down the alphabetical list and click Business Source Complete
  4. Use the search box to search for the title of your article  (For best results, but your article title in quotation marks.)  You can also try the other option of clicking on Publications at the top of the screen and browse for Harvard Business Review there.
  5. If you searched for your article title, your article should appear in the search results list. Click on its title to view information about the article. If you browsed for Harvard Business Review under Publications, you can select it from the results list and then choose the year and date of your article and then browse the list to locate it.
  6. Click on the PDF Full-text icon to view the article itself.

You can’t print Harvard Business Review articles

Harvard Business Review has required databases to disable the ability to print its articles. You also cannot copy or paste text from its articles. They can only be read online or saved as PDF and read offline, but still on the computer.

An unfortunate side effect of this is that if you need to use a screen reader, it will not work. Please contact the college’s Office of Disability Services and they will make arrangements to get you the article in a format that you can use.

Harvard Business Review Case Studies

Harvard Business Review case studies are not available through the Empire State College Online Library. 

They may be purchased individually at the link provided.

The library does have access to case studies from other sources. For more information on that, go to the Case Studies tab of the Business, Management & Economics guide.

Library Hours for Columbus Day Weekend 2014

For the Columbus Day holiday weekend, the library will be open the following hours:

  • Saturday, Oct  11:  CLOSED
  • Sunday, Oct 12:      1-9pm
  • Monday, Oct 13:    CLOSED

We will re-open for normal business hours on Tuesday, October 14 at 9am.

Normal Hours
- Sun: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



Creating a Login to Save Library Resources and Use Special Features

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 folders

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.

Constitution Day – September 17, 2014

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
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

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.

Where are my textbooks? Where can I find the e-books I purchased?

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.

When all else fails or you still are not sure what to do, it is always best to check with your instructor.

image of college textbook stack

Announcing a new reader from ebrary!

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.

Labor Day Library Hours – Back to Regular Library Hours on 9/2/14

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.   OR   800-847-3000, ext. 2222