Learn More: Screencasts
The screencasts on this page are 1-3 minutes long, and can be viewed in your browser. You do not need any special software. Please stop by the reference desk for further assistance.
The Library Catalog
Demonstrates how to search for items in different parts of the Library's collection. For example juvenile picture books or theses.
Learn how to renew items online. Other ways to renew are to:
- Call the circulation desk 212-875-4455
- Come in person to the Library.
Remember there is a two day grace period after the due date before fines accrue.
Booklists are a great way to gather library resources in one place. They are defaulted as private, but can be made public so you can share them with others. Lists can be printed by emailing them to yourself.
Shows how to find an Electronic IMP in the Library's online catalog, and also how to check that it is in WorldCat.
This is a very easy way to search for articles using keywords from the Library's homepage. Using this method patrons search five different databases at the same time: Academic Search Premier, Education Research Complete, ERIC, Professional Development Collection, and PsycARTICLES.
Keyword searches are a good idea when you first start investigating a topic, and for topics that are relatively new. Use quotation marks around phrases containing more than two words.
Subject terms, or items in a thesaurus help focus a database search. Although, the list of results will be shorter than a keyword search, it should contain more relevent items.
If you only have a citation, use "Find a Journal," to identify:
- an appropriate database for the fulltext item (check the date range)
- if the library owns the journal in print.
Sign-up for a free account and save articles to a folder whenever you search an EBSCO database. Login from any computer to access articles you have previously saved. Your account stays active as long as you sign in once a year.
It is possible to work smarter and save searches to a My EBSCOHost account. At a later date, searches can be retreived and re-run. It's also a great way to keep track of your search history.
Nearly all databases provide help with citing journal articles. Some databases do a better job than others, they might not be perfect but they do most of the work. Look for links like "Cite" and "Citation/Abstract."
This tutorial show you how to access eReserve documents.
Have the following on hand:
- the password your course instructor emailed you,
- if working from home or on an unregistered laptop, your 14 digit library bar code.
Making a PowerPoint handout for your yourself and classmates is a great idea. This screencast shows you how to be "green" and print a handout with several slides on one page.