EBSCOHost Maintenance on Friday May 30

An announcement from EBSCOHost:

On Friday, May 30, 2014, your EBSCOdatabases and services may be intermittently unavailable while we perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT (-04:00 GMT). You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 11:00 PM EDT (-4:00 GMT).

Problems with Library Links – We are working on it!

Library link issues have been brought to our attention and we are working with technicians on fixing the issues.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  If the steps below do not work for you, contact the library with details on what item(s) you are trying to access.

If you are having problems accessing a permanent URL, or permalink, to a library resource OR if you are clicking the LinkSource link to search for full-text in library collections from a library database and getting a login error, that is due to this issue.  If this is the case, here are some options to help you get access to the item you need.

Here are options to help you access these items while we continue to work on repairing the issue: 

If you have a permalink and cannot access it:

  1. Look at the link in your browser window.  It should start with the following: http://library.esc.edu/login?url=
  2. If you do not see this at the start of your link, you can copy it and paste it to the start of your link and try that OR you can search in library collections for your resource as directed below.

If the item you need is an article, please do the following to locate it: 

  1. Start at the library home page:http://www.esc.edu/library
  2. Click on “Journal Finder.”
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Click on the name of the database from the results list that contains the year(s) you want.
  6. Then browse the journal by year/volume/issue or search within the publication by author, article title or topic.

If you are looking for an e-book: 

  1. Start at the library home page:http://www.esc.edu/library
  2. Click on “Books”
  3. Search the entire E-Book Catalog or choose a specific e-book collection within the catalog to search
  4. Search for books by title, author or keywords (e.g., “foster children”)

If you are using LinkSource in a database to search the library for full-text of an article and can’t find it, you can locate it by noting the citation information for the article (the title, the journal it is in, the author, date, volume, etc.).  Take note of the database it says it is available in.  You can then locate the item by doing the following:

  1. Start at the library home page:http://www.esc.edu/library
  2. Click on “Article Databases”
  3. Scroll through the alphabetical list to find the database you were told the article is available in
  4. Select the database and search for the article there

To find a video when the permalink does not work, do the following:

  1. Make note of the database it says it is in and the title of the video
  2. Go to the library’s home page:www.esc.edu/library
  3. Click on “Multimedia”
  4. Select the “Video,” tab to view links to collections of each type of resource.
  5. Select the resource your video is located in and search for it directly there.


New library database: Lexis Nexis Academic to replace Mergent Online and Westlaw Next

LexisNexis logo Starting today, you can access LexisNexis Academic through the Empire State College Online Library! LexisNexis Academic is a database of business, legal, and news resources. For business, it has company, industry, country, and executive profiles as well as company financials. For law, it has case law, statutes, and law review articles. It also is an excellent source for newspapers and news magazines.

To access LexisNexis Academic, go to the Online Library (http://www.esc.edu/library) and click Article Databases, then scroll down the alphabetical list and click it to log in with your college login and password. You will find plenty of video tutorials on how to use LexisNexis Academic at the How To (http://subjectguides.esc.edu/lexisnexis).

Because of its impressive breadth and depth of business and legal content, LexisNexis Academic will be replacing two of the library’s other databases: Mergent Online (business) and Westlaw Next (law). LexisNexis’s ease of use, and the ability to link directly to items of content inside the database make it a great choice for our library.

How to Cite Your Sources in APA & MLA

If you have been working on papers, essays or other assignments, you have likely been asked to cite your sources. Depending on the subject area that you are working in and your instructor’s preference, there are a few citation styles that you could be asked to use for this. Luckily, the Empire State College Library is here to help.

Once you know what style your instructor requires for your assignment, you should visit the library homepage at www.esc.edu/library. On the library homepage, you will see the link for “Cite Your Sources.” Click on that. Choose the tab for your citation style from APA, MLA, CSE or Chicago/Turabian.

Under your citation style tab, you will see citation style guides listed as Hacker and OWL. These are 2 very helpful sources that will help get you through citing your sources. If you have any questions, you can always contact the library. We are here to help. We can’t check your work but we can help you figure out how to format your citation for a particular source or help you find the citation information if you forgot to write it all down when you first found your resource.

Since APA and MLA are the more commonly used ones, I am going to review the features of those Hacker & OWL pages below. If you aren’t sure which citation style to use, ask your instructor. Many of them prefer one style over another.


image of menu from Hacker's APA citation guide


With Hacker‘s APA Citation Style Guide you will see a purple menu on the left side of the screen. To view how to do your in-text citations, click on APA in-text citations. If you need to know how to do your list of references, click on APA list of references and there will be a list of many possible types of references and how you need to cite them. If you would like to see a sample research paper using APA style, click on the link for Sample research paper: APA style.



image of menu from APA style guide by the OWL



The OWL‘s APA citation style guide also has a menu on the left side of the screen. Their menu is much more detailed. The menu includes general format information which has a sample title page. It also includes In-Text citation information. Below that, you will see a link for Footnotes and Endnotes. Then there are 7 links to help you with your Reference List. They start with Basic Rules and then are broken down by resource type. If you are using items from the online library, you probably want to start with Reference List: Electronic Sources. If you would like to see a sample paper, scroll down a bit on the menu until you see Sample APA Paper. That link will show you a sample paper.







image of menu from Hacker's MLA citation guide


With Hacker‘s Citation Style Guide for MLA, you will see a blue menu on the left side of the page. For help with your in-text citations, click on that in the menu. For MLA works cited information, click on the MLA list of works cited link on the menu and there will be a list of many possible types of references and how you need to cite them. If you would like to see a sample paper, click on Sample research paper: MLA style.




image of the OWL's menu for MLA citations


The OWL‘s MLA citation style guide has general information on how to format your paper on the first page. Next on the menu which is on the left side of the page, you will see MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics. This will help you with how to format your in-text citations. After that, the menu includes how to format Quotations as well as Endnotes and Footnotes. For your works cited page, you will see 5 different items listed in the menu based on the type of resource you are using. If you are using an item from the online library, you most likely want to start with MLA Words Cited: Electronic Resources. If you would like to view a sample paper or works cited page, scroll down until you see MLA Sample Paper or MLA Sample Works Cited on the menu.






We have many other resources to help you with your citations on our Cite Your Sources page which you can find here: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/citing

An Important Announcement About RefWorks

RefWorks is now transitioning into a product called RefWorks FLOW, which will be available for free to academic users. This is particularly welcome at time of flat library budgets and annual price increases.

More importantly, Flow has new features that make it comparable to other free bibliographic management services such as Zotero and  Mendeley:

  • Storage and management of PDF documents
  • Sharing collections of references with others
  • Saving web content with a single click.

What does this mean to me?

Effective June 15, RefWorks will no longer be available.  This means there are 2 decisions for our current RefWorks users to make:

  1. You need to backup your current RefWorks account to save all of the resources your account contains.
  2. You need to decide if you would like to continue using a Citation Management Tool to manage and organize your bibliographic data and select which one to use.  Your RefWorks data can then be transferred to your selected tool.

What do I need to do?

Start by visiting our webpage at http://subjectguides.esc.edu/CitationTools  to see a comparison of the three tools and select the one that best suits your needs or try all of them out and then decide which one you prefer.

Refer to the comparison chart and tabs for each tool, which provide:

  • Information on the features of each tool
  • Step-by-step directions to create your account
  • Instructions on how to transfer your RefWorks rdata
  • Links to videos and other help materials

You can export your RefWorks account contents to a saved file on your computer before deciding which of the listed tools to use.  This will backup your account information to be saved for later use. Follow the step-by-step directions below.

Save your RefWorks Account information for later use:

  1. Log in to your RefWorks account.
  2. Click on the ‘References’ menu.
  3. Select ‘Export’ from the drop down menu list.
  4. Under ‘References to include’ select either:​      a. ‘All References’ to move all references in one folder or,    b. to preserve your RefWorks folder structure when you migrate to another citation management tool, select each folder individually.  Tip: Open the folder you want to migrate first, and then click on ‘Export.’
  5. Under ‘Export format’ select ‘Bibliographic Software (EndNote, Reference Manager, or ProCite)’
  6. Click the ‘Export’ button
  7. A new window or tab will open in your web browser, displaying your references. Go to the file menu and select ‘File > Save as (or Save Page As, depending on your browser).’ Save the file as a Plain Text file (TXT). Note: if you do not receive a download prompt, look for the ‘Completed’ box and click on the ‘click here’ link.
  8. ​If you are exporting all of your references at once, you do not need to change the name of the TXT file being saved and can proceed to the next step.
  9. If you are exporting one folder at a time to preserve your folder structure, rename the file with the same name as the folder being exported.
  10. Enter a filename in the ‘File Name’ box
  11. Click ‘Save’


If you want to keep your Refworks data, you will need to download it in order to transfer it into one of the new web-based services no later than June 15, 2014

EBSCOHost Maintenance, Fri March 28, 9-11pm

Announcement from EBSCOhost:

On Friday, 28 March 2014 your EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while we perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT (-04:00 GMT). You may experience intermittent access to EBSCOhost products and services for the duration of the service window, which is scheduled to end at 11:00 PM EDT (-4:00 GMT).

We appreciate your patience.

Ask-a-Librarian service will be closed on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Due to a college-wide event, the Ask-a-Librarian service will be closed on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

We will re-open for normal business hours on Friday, March 28 at 9am. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

If you need to speak with a librarian, please leave a voicemail message via phone or email us and we will get back to you on Friday, March 28.

  • Ask A Librarian – 1-518-581-2222
  • Ask A Librarian – 1-800-847-3000 ext. 2222
  • Ask A Librarian -librarian@esc.edu

Ask-a-Librarian Closing at 4pm, Wed March 12

The Ask-a-Librarian Service is closing at 4pm today, Wednesday March 12, 2014 as part of the college’s Coordinating Center which is suspending operations at 4pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please see the MY ESC Special Alert announcements for updates.  Leave a message via voicemail, email or online form and we will respond as soon as possible during open business hours.


Create a Login Account to Save Library Resources for Later

Many of the library resources such as databases and e-book collection have special features that can be very convenient to use but to get them to work correctly and actually 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.