Frequently Asked Questions
FAQS: Very FAQs
During a typical academic year, there are approximately 2800 undergraduate and 450 graduate courses taught at IC. Using 3 texts as the average required for each course, this equals approximately 9750 books. Also, textbooks tend to be frequently updated.
In recent academic years, the Library budget has allowed for the purchase approximately 5,800 new books and ebooks to support the current research needs of all departments and programs on campus.
We do not have the funds to purchase current textbooks, while at the same time supporting student and faculty research needs.
Faculty sometimes place copies of textbooks or chapters from texts on reserve or ereserve. If you’re not sure whether your professor has put your course’s textbook on reserve, search the Reserves site to see what is available.
Please note that, as academic libraries generally do not purchase textbooks, they are not available on interlibrary loan. The IC Library does not fill Interlibrary Loan requests for textbooks in current use at the College.
The Ithaca College Bookstore provides a rental service and sells textbooks. Additional rental/purchase sites:
Amazon (also rents textbooks)
Open Access Textbooks
The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
3) Under "Resource Type" click on "Books" - your search results will now only include books in the library
4) Search tip: To continue search for books in the physical collection, hover over the Active Filters to lock them. Your searches will be limited to physical books in the library.
Articles take anywhere from 1 day to 3 weeks depending on how obscure the item is and how many libraries own the journal title.
Books take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks, for the same reasons.
For an idea of how many libraries own an item, do a search in the Worldcat database and click on the "Libraries world wide that own item" link. You may also ask for assistance from interlibrary loan staff, at the Circulation Desk or the Research Help Desk located on the main floor of the Library.
- Divakaran, A. (2008). Multimedia Content Analysis: Theory and Applications. Springer.
- Fortunato, J. A. (2005). Making Media Content: The Influence of Constituency Groups on Mass Media. Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to Its Methodology (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage.
- Krippendorff, K. (2008). Content Analysis Reader. Sage Publications.
- Message Effects in Communication Science. (1989). Sage annual reviews of communication research. Newbury Park, Calif: Sage Publications.
- Neuendorf, K. A. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.
- Postman, N. (2008). How to Watch TV News (Rev. ed.). New York, N.Y: Penguin.
- Riffe, D. (2005). Analyzing Media Messages: Using Quantitative Content Analysis in Research (2nd ed.). Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum.