Librarians are available to help you in several ways:
Library home page URL: http://www.oneonta.edu/library
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides a single search tool to find information resources in Milne Library's physical and electronic collections, including scholarly journal articles, magazine articles, newspaper articles, books, e-books, internet documents, research reports, and much more. This is an excellent place to start your research.
This is the default search box on the library home page. This search tool will allow you to find the types of high quality scholarly resources required by your teacher. Search Everything locates resources the library pays to subscribe to and that are not free on the web using web search engines like Google or bing.
The results from a search can be very large; use the limiters on the left side of the page to refine and narrow your results. The most useful of the limiters are listed below:
For more in-depth and precise researching you will want to use the databases (for articles) and catalogs (for books) listed below.
Encyclopedias, almanacs, and handbooks provide quick, reliable information about a topic. They are excellent starting points for research when you need to find background information, important concepts, names and dates. These sources often include lists of books and articles for further reading.
Use Reference Universe to find information indexed in print and electronic reference sources. A computer with scanner is available in the reference area for copying information. Assistance is available at the Research Help Desk.
Books can be found using library catalogs. Milne Library's "classic catalog" includes both print and links to the full text of electronic books.
In any list of results, the location of physical books in the Library as well as call number and circulation status are shown. Note that books, ebooks, full text articles, encyclopedia full text are shown with the books.
For more information about any item, click on the title in the results list. To limit the list to those items more specifically about your topic, click on the headings after subject at the bottom of the record for the item. The resulting list should have fewer, but more relevant, items.
If you do not find the item on the shelf, ask at the Circulation Desk to see if the book has been checked in and is waiting to be shelved. If still not available, complete a “Search” card for the item. A staff member will look for the item and notify you of the results. Items in circulation can be requested on interlibrary loan from another library.
All of the following databases are linked from the library home page under Databases. Note that most of the database content is also found using the EDS (Search Everything) search.
Some databases are not directly indexed in Ebsco EDS or are not complete. For instance, the New York Times is only available from 1985 to the present in EDS.
Periodicals are publications that come out on a regular, or periodic, basis. Examples include newspapers, magazines, and journals. Scholarly, or peer-reviewed, periodicals are appropriate for more serious research, while magazines, or popular, periodicals are intended for entertainment or information for general audiences. See the tab above to understand all the differences between types of periodicals
To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, you may choose to search a specific subject relevant database. For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and Lexis Nexis Academic have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces
All of the following databases are linked from the library home page under Databases.
Locating the full text of the article in electronic form:
If there is no full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on 360 Link to Full Text or Find It!. If a full text of the article is available in another database, there will be a link connecting you to that database, where you can locate the article in the appropriate volume, or search for the article by title or author.
If the article is unavailable electronically, but available in print or microfilm, click on Oneonta Local Collection for exact holdings. Periodicals are located on compact shelving or in microfilm drawers on the floor P.
Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:
If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library in any form after you have linked to "Check Library Catalog", you can request the article through the link Request item on Interlibrary Loan on the record for the article needed (see computer screen that comes up after you click on Find It!). You need to be registered to submit ILL requests. See a librarian for help. You can also request articles through the Interlibrary Loan link on the library website.
Finding an Article from a Citation:
If you have the citation for a periodical article, click on the Journals tab on the library website and enter the title of the journal or magazine. The resulting list will indicate which database(s) include the periodical. Follow the databases, then either follow the links to the specific issue of the periodical, or enter the title article in a search box. If the library subscribes to the periodical in print or microform, the holdings will be indicated by linking to Oneonta Local Collection.