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LinkSource is No Longer Down

This issue has been resolved.


There is a widespread problem (it affects more than ESC) with the LinkSource service. This is the service that will take you to full-text in another database if the database that you are in doesn’t have it.

If you find an article and the full-text is not in the database, then here is what to do:

1. Get the article title, journal title, volume, issue, and year.
2. Go to the library web site at
3. Click Journals
4. Search for the journal title
5. From the list of databases, select one that has a date range that includes the date of your article, and click it. Log in, if necessary.
6. Search or browse for your article.

EBSCOhost has been notified about this outage, and they are working on it. We will keep you posted!

Journal Finder and LinkSource will be down on Sat, March 14

The library’s Journal Finder and LinkSource features will be down for maintenance on Saturday, March 14 from 9am-9pm (estimated time frame).  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

LinkSource is seen in the library databases, in OneSearch and in Google Scholar when the article is not in that database but you can check the library to see if we have it in another database.  These links will not work during this maintenance time period.

image of linksource link in databasesimage of linksource link in databasesimage of a full text link as shown in Google ScholarJournal Finder is a link on the library homepage that lets you search ALL of the journals, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals in the library collection.  This is also what is used when you see a listing on the subject guides saying Full Text Journals in a particular subject area.  These links, as shown below, will not be working during the maintenance time period on Saturday.    *Please note that direct links to particular journals will still be working correctly.

Image of Journal Finder link on library homepagefulltextjournals

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

Library Hours for Presidents’ Day Weekend 2015

Presidents’ Day Library Hours:

  • Friday Feb 13 – 9am-5pm
  • Saturday Feb 14 – Closed
  • Sunday Feb 15 – 1-9pm
  • Monday Feb 16 – Closed

Announcement from MY ESC:

The college, including the Library, IT Service Desk and Student Information Center, is closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President’s Day. The IT Service Desk is open Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Both the Service Desk and the Library will be open Sunday, Feb. 15 for normal hours of operation (1-9 p.m.),  then reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. ET. For help with college-supported technology, visit the service desk. To contact a librarian, go to the Library website. For assistance on other matters, please send an email message to the appropriate college office. All college offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Student Information Center will reopen at 8:30 a.m. E.S.T.; the Library and the IT Service Desk will reopen for normal operations at 9 a.m. ET.

The ESC Library has added DSM Library

The Empire State College library would like to announce the addition of a new resource.  We have recently added the DSM Library to our online collections. This includes full-text access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as well as the DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, DSM-5 Clinical Cases and the Spanish Edition of the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5.

You can find links to these resources on the library’s Books page and the Dictionaries & Encyclopedias page. You can also locate them on the subject guides for Psychology & Sociology, Biology, Health & Medicine, Community & Human Services and Nursing. An Empire State College login is required to access these resources.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, or DSM-5, is a concise manual used to diagnose and classify mental disorders that has been compiled from the work of hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health.

The DSM-5® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis is used by clinicians as well as students that are learning the process of psychiatric diagnosis.  It gives a variety of approaches to reaching the most accurate diagnosis.

DSM-5® Clinical Cases contains cases that complement the information in the DSM-5® including the details on how a diagnosis was reached and analysis of the process.

Spanish Edition of the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 is an additional resource that is helpful to those needing a Spanish translation of criteria from the DSM-5.

If you have any questions or comments about this new resource, please contact the library at

Library closing at 2:30 p.m., Monday, 2/2

All of the college’s Saratoga Springs offices and locations will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 2nd, due to snow. This includes the library as well as all administrative offices, the Center for Distance Learning, the School of Nursing, and the School for Graduate Studies offices.

New! Library assistance now available 24/7

We have launched a pilot to provide our users with access to live chat with a librarian 24 hours per day, seven days per week, made possible by the library’s six-month pilot participation in Ask Us 24/7, a cooperative reference service provided by librarians across New York. Our goal is to better serve the diverse information needs of students and faculty, especially if you work during nontraditional hours, study early in the morning or late at night, or live outside of the eastern U.S. time zone.

For assistance during regular library hours (Monday – Thursday,  9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-9 p.m.) you can phone, chat or submit a question to a reference librarian from the Empire State College online library homepage, as usual. Outside of library business hours, you will be able to chat with an academic librarian from the Ask Us 24/7 cooperative.

The  link to the Ask Us 24/7 chat page will take you to a brief form   before connecting you to a professional reference librarian, who is a member of the consortium. You will be automatically identified as an Empire State College library user and the librarian will have access to the college’s profile of library resources in order to tailor their response to meet your needs.

Your feedback is important and will be considered in determining whether the library permanently adopts Ask Us 24/7. Questions or comments about this new service can be directed to, or may be answered in the FAQ page at

Library Opening at 10:30am, Tues Jan 27

All of the college’s Saratoga Springs offices and locations will delay opening until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27 due to snow.  This includes the library as well as all administrative offices, the Center for Distance Learning, the School of Nursing, and the School for Graduate Studies offices.