How do I find articles in the online library?

When you are looking for an article in the online library, there are a few ways to go about searching based on what you are looking for.

  • Are you looking for an article but you only have the title or title and author?

OneSearchIf you just have the title of the article and not the full citation information, you want to start your search on the library homepage with OneSearch. Type the title of the article in quotes and search to see if it locates it in our collection. If it does not locate it, check with your instructor about where to access this reading.

  • Do you have the title of the article, the name of the journal it was published in, the date, the author, volume and issue number, etc? This is the full citation information.

If you have the full citation information for an article, you can search for the article via the journal it was published in. You can search for this in Journal Finder which you can find on the library homepage.journalfinder1

Type the title of the journal (not the article) and search for it.  When it is located in our collection, you will see the name(s) of the databases in our library that have that journal.  Look at the date range to see if your article fits and then select the database title that has the date you need. You can then browse in the database for the date, volume and issue you need for your article. journalfinder4journalfinder5

  • Were you asked to look for articles in a certain journal or in a list of journals recommended for an assignment?

To search in a specific journal that your instructor listed, you will find it similarly to the steps above. You can search for this in Journal Finder which you can find on the library homepage.

Type the title of the journal (not the topic) and search for it.  When it is located in our collection, you will see the name(s) of the databases in our library that have that journal.  Look at the date range to see if your article fits and then select the database title that has the date you need. Once you select the database, you should see the option to search within this publication and this is where you can search for your topic in this journal. journalfinder4 journalfinder5

  • Were you asked to do research and find articles on a topic for your assignment?

When your instructor asks you to find articles on a topic for your assignment, you want to search for them in the subject guides on the library homepage. You will see the option to select a subject from the list.  Try to select a subject that your topic fits into, for example if you are researching marketing, you will select Business, Management & Economics.  If you aren’t sure which one to choose, start with Get Started/Multidisciplinary which is a subject guide that covers all topics generally.  subguideWhen you get to the subject guide, you should see a list of databases selected by the librarians to fit your subject area well.  You can go into those databases and search for your topic there.


If you try these steps and still cannot find articles on your topic, the librarians are here to help! Feel free to contact us with any questions about searching for your topic, for specific articles or e-books.
800-847-3000, ext. 2222

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 the 2014-2015 Holiday Season

The library will operate during the holiday season but will have the following reduced schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. E.T.
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014: CLOSED
Friday, Dec. 26 – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014: CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014: 1-9 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 to Wednesday, Dec. 32, 2014: 9a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015: CLOSED
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
800-847-3000, ext. 2222

Where can I find my assigned readings?

You might be wondering where to find the readings assigned in your courses. There are a few places to look for these readings. Some might be in the library and some might not be.

image of college textbook stackThe 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.

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 by title and your book is not listed, you can double check by going back to the Books link and selecting the ebrary link in the box below where you search in the catalog. Ebrary is a large collection that updates often so it is good to go there directly and see if there is something new that is not yet listed in our e-book catalog. If you do not find the book in either of those place, 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.


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.