Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2015     Views: 106

I want to search all articles and books in the library 

You need OneSearch. Go to the library web site and you will see the OneSearch box at the top of the page. Search in it just like any database! Once you click Submit, it will take you to your search results list. 

Bear in mind that OneSearch does not search audiovideo or image databases, or some of the reference databases like Biography Research Center or Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center.

Also, OneSearch is a generic search interface. It's pretty powerful and works well 9 out of 10 times, but there are some databases that have valuable and unique Advanced Search features that will help you if you access them individually. 

I want to search scholarly articles and books, whether or not Empire State College has them

  • You want to search scholarly articles and scholarly books
  • You want access to scholarly articles available in PDF form from online repositories
  • You don't mind getting search results that the Online Library doesn't have in full-text
  • You don't mind that occasionally a conference paper or other non-scholarly material creeps into the search results

You need to search Google Scholar routed through the Online Library's proxy server. Go to the library web site, click Article Databases, and scroll down to Google Scholar. Click it. 

It is very important to go to Google Scholar through the library web site because otherwise you will not pass through a login and you won't be linked to full-text in the Online Library!

Here are Google Scholar's search tips. Definitely go over them before you start searching, because they make a real difference.

To the right of a search result, you may see a Full-text @ ESC Library link. Click it and you will be taken to the full-text article in the Online Library's databases. 

You may also see a PDF link. That is the full-text in an online repository. These are sometimes pre-prints, which are not peer reviewed, and sometimes post-prints, which are peer reviewed. The only difference between a post-print and the article in the journal is (possibly) some formatting. Articles in repositories will contain a notation as to which kind they are. 

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