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Lending Libraries determine the due date for items we borrow and typically will not grant a full semester loan.
Unbound periodicals and non-barcoded items do not circulate.
Reference books, bound periodical volumes, and other non-circulating materials may only be borrowed after obtaining special permission from the Research Help Desk or the Music Center Desk.
For more information, see the Special Permissions policy located on the Library's Circulation Policy page
There are few children's non-fiction books in the library's collection, but they have been assigned a call number appropriate to the book's subject matter. For example, it's Perfectly Normal : Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, a book intended for young teens (HQ53 .H37 2014) is found side by side with Sexuality After Your Spinal Cord Injury (HQ54 .S4 1985).
The library purchases the annual Caldecott Medal (picture book) and Newberry Medal (story book) every year.
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.
If you are looking for peer reviewed articles, one way is to limit your database searches to only articles in peer reviewed publications. Many databases allow you to do this. For example, most EBSCO databases have a box labeled "Scholarly" or "Peer Reviewed" in the limiters section under the main search boxes.
You may also choose to download VideoLAN, open source cross-platform multimedia player.
PAL DVDs can be viewed on any computer with any media player. Headphones for in-house use are available for check out from the Circulation/Reserve Desk.
There will be no cost to your organization as long as the Library holds Public Performance Rights and the showing is free and limited to the Ithaca College community. If the Library does not hold Public Performance Rights, we can provide you contact information in order to obtain it.
Copies are found at the REFDESK LB2369.G53 2009
Look carefully at the item you want to cite. Many of the documents that you find on the web are more than just "a website." If it is an article in an online journal, then it should be treated as a journal article. If it is an electronic book, the same principle applies.
Other possibilities are blog posts, online videos, electronic mailing list (listserv) posts, technical reports, and raw data sets. In all of these cases, the Publication Manual offers specific guidelines. If none of these categories seems to fit, a fallback solution would be to use the format for an "informally published or self-archived work," for instance:
Hand, B. (n.d.). All about artificial sweeteners: The lowdown on zero-calorie sugar substitutes. Retrieved from http://www.sparkpeople.com
For general principles to use when citing unusual sources, see this post from the APA Style Blog.
For photos of artwork, include the book's publication information of the text in which the image appears.
A label and title or caption ordinarily appear directly below the illustration and have the same one-inch margins as the text of the paper.
Captions should be numbered consecutively
Fig. 1. Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child, Wichita Art Museum. Illus. in Novelene Ross, Toward an American Identity: Selections from the Wichita Art Museum Collection of American Art (Wichita, Kansas: Wichita Art Museum, 1997) 107.
Source: Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
You wish to cite a source you know only through quotation in another source. For example, in Charles L. Griswold's book Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration you encounter a quotation you would like to use: "Dori Laub argues in his study of Holocaust testimonials that 'there is, in each survivor, an imperative need to tell and thus to come to know one's story.'" You wish to use the Laub quote, but you cannot locate the original article that Griswold cites.
Dori Laub maintains that "there is, in each survivor, an imperative need to tell and thus to come to know one's story" (as cited in Griswold, 2007, p. 106).
This would be accompanied by a full citation for the Griswold book in your References:
Griswold, C. L. (2007). Forgiveness: A philosophical exploration. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
see Publication Manual of the APA (6th ed.), section 6.17
Dori Laub maintains that 'there is, in each survivor, an imperative need to tell and thus to come to know one's story" (qtd. in Griswold 106).
This would be accompanied by a full citation for the Griswold book in your Works Cited:
Griswold, Charles L. Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007.
see MLA Handbook (7th ed.), p. section 6.4.7
(B. A. Barakas, personal communication, December 13, 2009)
Such an interview is not included in your reference list, since there is no recoverable information.
An interview that you did not conduct is dealt with based on how it is published. If it is published in a magazine, it is treated as a magazine article. If it part of a podcast, it is treated as a podcast.
For more on interviews, see this entry from the APA Style Blog.
- A particular song
Put the title of your song in quotes (for example, "Don't cry out loud") and do a keyword search. You can then add the "Scores" filter to your results.
- Look at our list of musicals in the library
Look at titles alphabetically or sort by format (scores, libretti, etc.)
- I'm not sure what show I want. Can I just look around?
Sure. If you go to the M1508 section of the music stacks, you'll find selections of shows arranged alphabetically by musical title (Cats, Producers, Spamalot, etc.).
- Standard Industrial Classification Codes (S.I.C. Codes) (Search for codes by text or 4-digit #)
- North American Industrial Classification System Codes. (Search for codes by text or 6-digit #)
- How to Find the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification Code) for an Industry (video)
- How to Find the NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) codes for an Industry (video)
- Find the Industry Codes for a Company Using LexisNexis Academic (video)
- How to Find Comparable Companies Using LexisNexis Academic (video)
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.
1. Insert microfilm roll on to left spool, film coming off from the top (for fiche, pull black handle and insert fiche under the glass).
2. Press and hold the blue lever, until the film loads on the right spool.
3. Use the large gray knob to advance or rewind the microfilm.
4. Problems? Ask at either the Circulation or Research Help Desks
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.
To request an article, log in to your Interlibrary Loan account and select Journal Article from the left side bar.
- LexisNexis Academic: Transcripts (ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, FOX, NewsHour, etc. - click on the "i" icon for a full listing)
- Newspaper Source: Under "limit your results" check transcripts, or, at the top of the page, search "publications" for a particular media outlet. Like LexisNexis, it contains transcripts for many of the major news outlets.
- 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.
- Dickman Directory. Ithaca and Tompkins County. REF DESK F129 J8 D53
Used to find phone numbers and residents/businesses for a particular address. Also if you have a phone#, you can determine person(s) or business(s) associated with it. Tompkins County ONLY!!
- to find a particular libretto
Do a keyword search in the catalog using the show's title (put it in quotes if it's more than one word) and the word libretto. Your search might look like this: "sound of music" libretto
Retired staff may apply for an Affiliate Borrower Card.
Retirees may access library databases, where permitted by the terms of vendor contracts, using their Netpass username and password.
The purpose of providing a URL is to allow someone else to locate your source. Since specific URLs often change, it is usually best to link to the homepage of whatever journal or organization is responsible for the content you are citing.
So, let's say that you find the following article in the database Academic Search Premier:
Trepal, H. C. & Wester, K. L. (2007). Self-injurious behaviors, diagnoses, and treatment methods: What mental health professionals are reporting. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 29(4), 363-375.
Academic Search Premier provides the following "Permalink" for this document:
This link is a) ugly and b) of no use to those without access to EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier.
So, the appropriate URL to use would be the homepage for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling:
Generally, you can find journal homepages with a simple Google search.
The entry in your reference list would look like:
Trepal, H. C. & Wester, K. L. (2007). Self-injurious behaviors, diagnoses, and treatment methods: What mental health professionals are reporting. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 29(4), 363-375. Retrieved from http://www.amhca.org/news/journal.aspx
There are situations in which providing a more complete URL may be useful. One example would be a document on a publicly available website that is difficult to search.
For more on the thorny questions surrounding the use DOIs and URLs in APA, see this post from the APA Style blog and also the APA's DOI and URL Flowchart.
The films's media producer or distributor normally manages performance rights and the rights-holder can assign PPR to others through a Public Performance License. PPR are required for all screenings of copyrighted media to audiences outside of regular curriculum, i.e. student club events, department sponsored lectures and film series.
PPR are not required for dorm room/home viewing and screening media in the context of face-to-face teaching in the classroom.
Showing media, whether borrowed from the library or rented/purchased, to groups outside of the classroom may be illegal,and may place the College at risk legally.
The IC Library does not necessarily purchase media with Public Performance Rights, since many of our acquisitions support the curriculum and are used in face-to-face teaching, which is exempt from PPR. However, many distributors of our educational films include PPR in the purchase price.
If performance rights are available, they will be listed in the Performance Rights field in the Details section of the item record in the online catalog.
Please note: As media-rich projects can take up a lot of disc space, we recommend that users bring their own hard drives on which to save this content.
- Locate the item you want from the library search box.
- Click Sign in for full features and results.
- Click the Request link.
- Select the Pickup location from the drop-down menu.
- Enter the "Not Needed After" date and comments that may be helpful for library staff.
- Click the Request link.
Pickup/Delivery option will display for Available items:
Click on this option to have an item retrieved from the library stacks and held for you at the Circulation or Multimedia desk as appropriate; items are held for 7 days.
NOTE: faculty may request items to be delivered by selecting the delivery location when requesting an item.
Books and score are delivered Monday - Friday during regular business hours ; multimedia materials are delivered Monday-Friday at 8:30am.
DOIs are important if you are using the APA citation style, which encourages their use instead of URLs. For more about the use of DOIs in APA, see this DOI Primer from the APA Style Blog as well as their flowchart for URLs and DOIs.
- Film review annual (1982-2002)
- New York Times film reviews (1913-2000) (Print)
- New York Times (1851-2007) (Online) Tip: click Search Options → Document type: review
- Variety film reviews (1906-1988)
- Academic Search Premier Tip: Search Options: Limit your results: choose Document type: Entertainment review
- Academic OneFile Tip: Advanced Search → Limit by Document Type → Movie Review (or, Television Program Review)
- ProQuest Tip: Search Options → Document Type → Review (film, or television, or video...)
Institutional Research collects additional data such as the transfer rate, retention, ethnicity in brief, and in their "Common Data Set", all linked here
The Budget Office has the latest budget (covers 3 academic years) here
The College Archives has earlier data and copies of the online budgets.
For basic facts about the south campus buildings (date built, etc.), see this chart: https://library.ithaca.edu/archives/south_hill.php
Also, search earlier issues of the Ithacan
Ithaca College policy states that interior building temperature set points are 69-71 degrees for the heating season (generally November-April) and 74-76 degrees for the cooling season (generally May through October). This is an environmentally responsible policy that meets applicable New York building codes and OSHA guidelines as well as helps the college reduce energy consumption.
The Library temperature is monitored 24 hours a day. Fluctuating outdoor temperatures (and varying amounts of sunshine) may /do happen thus taxing the heating and cooling systems. If you feel the need, please do not hesitate to report your discomfort to any of our staff at one of the four service desks.
John D. Birk