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 askalibrarian.esc.edu

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 librarian@esc.edu, or may be answered in the FAQ page at http://www.askus247.org/info/faq.php.

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.

Where can I find my textbooks and course 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 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.

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 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 Hours for Martin Luther King Day

Library Hours for Martin Luther King Day Weekend:

  • Friday, January 16, 2015 – 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Closed
  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 1 – 9pm
  • Monday, January 19, 2015 – Closed

askalibrarian.esc.edu
800-847-3000, ext. 2222

The college, including the Library, Service Desk and Student Information Center, is closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.The Library and the Service Desk will be open Sunday, Jan. 18 for normal hours of operation (1-9 p.m.),  then reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. E.S.T.

For help with college-supported technology, visit the online Service Desk.   For assistance on other matters, please send an email message to the appropriate college office. All  college offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The Student Information Center will reopen at 8:30 a.m. E.S.T.; the Library and the Service Desk will reopen for normal operations on at 9 a.m. E.S.T.

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.

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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.

askalibrarian.esc.edu
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.

askalibrarian.esc.edu
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 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.

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 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.