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We do allow food and beverages in the library, but please use courtesy and common sense. Please be cautious near library equipment and materials, and share responsibility for maintaining a sanitary and pleasant environment
Generally, student positions in the Library for the Fall semester are posted the previous March and hires are made before the end of the Spring semester.   Sometimes openings do occur during the Fall semester and the new Spring semester.  Any openings are listed on the Library's website and Facebook page, with links to an online application.

Gannett 319 has been developed for use by the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Library, and individual faculty and staff members. The room has 5 collaboration pods with two displays. A Crestron unit and interactive Eno board/stylus support collaboration and lecture modes, with a wireless keyboard for the instructor and each pod.  Each pod accommodates 6 people - the room is designed to seat 30 people comfortably.

Faculty and staff may schedule the use of Gannett 319 for workshops or instructional sessions. It is not available for reserve by student organizations. Interested parties should email Stephanie Salcedo to arrange to use Gannett 319. In advance of a scheduled session, users must check out the Gannett 319 Kit from the Multimedia Services Desk using an Ithaca College ID. The kit contains the key to access the room, as well as the keyboards, stylus, remote, and mouse to use the room's wireless technology (collaboration pods, Eno board, and projection system). Users are encouraged to bring personal laptops. There are also laptops that may be checked out at the Circulation Desk, depending on availability. Gannett 319 was designed to be as intuitive to use as possible. However, there is a small learning curve in order to get comfortable with room's controls and technology. Users should contact the DIIS help desk for technical assistance.

Food is not permitted in the room -  drinks in covered containers are permitted.  

The Library and the Center for Faculty Excellence host introductory sessions for Gannett 319 throughout the academic year. Interested faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Alumni have a $15 per semester print allowance. Additional funds may be added through ID Express.
ILL cannot be used to borrow required course textbooks.  Please check the IC Bookstore. 

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


To be notified upon an item's return:
  1. Locate the item you want from the library search box.
  2. Click Sign in for full features and results.
  3. Click the Request link.
  4. Select the Pickup location from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter the "Not Needed After" date and comments that may be helpful for library staff.
  6. Click the Request link.

Recalled books and scores will be due back on the original due date or 3 weeks from inital loan date, whichever occurs first.  Due to the shorter loan periods, the due date for multimedia materials will not be adjusted.

As our popular collection continues to shrink due to full-text online access becoming available, the Library does not actually have a supply of issues ready to be discarded at any one time. We also bind some of the popular weekly periodicals, as their visual content is important for research in some courses. Check with the campus mail room for surplus issues that have not been picked up. Also, check with the Tompkins County Public Library Friends group for remainders of magazines they could not sell. Here is their website for the booksale : Contact page
You can upload your document to, select lucida/webprint-library and then print from the Library's Release Station, located to the left of the Circulation Desk.
Yes, you can view Ebook Central content on these devices as well as on Kindles and Nooks.

Please see the Ebook Central User Guide for ways to access Ebook Central content.


New York CPLR 4509 prohibits library staff from releasing Library records, which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of the college, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials . 

This information can only be disclosed upon request or consent of the user.  So, a student will need to grant the library permission in advance, before the library will release his/her account information.
If you are looking for articles to request through Interlibrary Loan, or don't have enough time to request ILL materials, check with a librarian at the Research Help Desk.  

Librarians can help find alternative resources that may be available at the IC library.  
Yes. Ithaca College students, staff, and faculty are eligible to apply for a local resident library card. This card, which must be renewed annually, allows the holder to borrow circulating materials from any of the Cornell libraries. Borrowed items are subject to these loan periods and permissions. Please visit this page for more information.
To comply with Copyright guidelines, the library will scan up to 10% of a book for electronic reserve. If faculty need more than 10% on electronic reserve, the library will attempt to get copyright permission from the Copyright Clearance Center. Obtaining copyright permission depends on if the publisher has pre-approved the work for reserve/electronic reserve, and, the cost of the permission. This actual cost may depend on the number of students enrolled in the class, the amount of material being placed on electronic reserve, and fees set by the publisher. Fees can range anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars per item. Copyright fees are paid for by the faculty member's department.

Yes, we do -- we have all current volumes of the Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library available in the library.

You can find links to contents and call numbers here.

Though Cornell is nearby, they receive a large number of requests which means that it may take a while for them to process our ILL requests.  The ILL staff knows which lending libraries have the best turn-around times.  

Typically, the ILL department will contact Cornell if there are not other libraries in the area that have the item you need.  
Credit card payments are accepted at the Circulation Desk Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm when the library is open.

The New York Times website began limiting free full text access to Times articles beginning March 28, 2011. Casual readers of the Times may not run up against this new paywall. Regular readers are most likely to notice the impact of this change, as you can access only twenty articles a month for free.

In the first phase of offering digital subscriptions, the Times is only offering individual, not site license, subscriptions. Individual digital subscriptions can only be established online with a credit card. Each digital subscription must be associated with an e-mail address, and each e-mail address must be associated with only one subscription.

We recognize that the requirement that individuals subscribe puts up a barrier to some curricular uses of the New York Times. Other colleges and universities are in the same situation.

Please note:

The library continues to subscribe to several databases that provide same-day full-text access to content from the Times.  As has always been the case with most of our subscription access, the full-text does not include images, graphics, or videos, and will not reproduce the layout of either the Times site or the print edition.  The exception is the New York Times - Historical Edition database, which covers 1851 - 2009.  Times content in the other databases is only as current as the print edition, which means that some content will continually lag behind the content on the website.

Same day content from the Times is accessible in the following databases:

06/01/1980 to present in LexisNexis Academic
06/01/1980 to present in ProQuest National Newspapers Premier
06/01/1980 to present in ProQuest Selectable Full Text Newspapers
01/01/1985 to present in Academic OneFile
The Library has a collection of audiobooks on CD and Playaway format (MP3 player). Each Playaway title includes an audio cord for use in your car.
Yes. Most of the children's literature, from picture books and easy readers to young adult novels, are in the PZ section of the library on the Fifth Floor. Most works in English will be found in PZ1 through PZ4 or PZ7. Anthologies start with PZ5.  It is not always true, but mostly books for younger readers will start with PZ3 (such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar). Novels for young adults will most often start with PZ7 (such as the Harry Potter series). Check the PZ8 section for fairy tales. Call numbers higher than PZ8 are foreign language children's literature.

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.
As a general rule, the Library does not collect textbooks for courses offered at the College. This is not because we are trying to make students' financial situations more challenging.  

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)
BookSpot: Textbooks
Open Access Textbooks
OpenStax College
The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
We encourage students to visit Career Services when planning for graduate school. GRE prep guides are available in Ebook Central.
Dow Jones Industrial Average -historical prices
Download to spreadsheet choosing daily, weekly, monthly frequencies.
  • Form 10-Q. Definition and filing deadlines from the S.E.C.
    The Form 10-Q includes unaudited financial statements and provides a continuing view of the company's financial position during the year. The report must be filed for each of the first three fiscal quarters of the company's fiscal year.
  • Form 8-K definition from the S.E.C.
    is the current report companies must file with the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about. The instructions for Form 8-K describe the types of events that trigger a public company's obligation to file a current report.
  • To find a list of French-language periodical publications in the Library, use an advanced search, limit to Catalog, and type in periodicals french
  • For further information, see our guide on Languages & Databases
Our short tutorial will show you the most efficient way to find scores or recordings of art (classical) music.
  • The Safety & Accessibility Map shows power door access to campus buildings, parking lots, also blue light phones & defibrillators
  • The pocket-size Ithaca Campus Map (available at the Campus Center, Admission Office, Library Reference Desk, Safety Office, etc.) also provides this information
  • Detailed accessibility information for each building is provided on the Accessibility Guide (entrances, elevator if any, handicapped-accessible bathrooms, listening devices) & also at the door to each building
You can find the due date for any item by looking at its record in Argos.

By logging into your Library Account, you can see the due dates of items you have borrowed.
Peer review is the process by which articles are selected for publication in academic/scholarly journals.  The articles are evaluated for accuracy, proper research methodology, and the correct interpretation and use of data by other experts in the field.  No other publications undergo this level of vetting.

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.
Argos has a map feature that will display a floor map showing the location of an item. Click the "Locations" tab, then the "MAP" link.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. H.R.1256. 111th Congress. (Search Thomas) Use either the bill # (H.R. 1256 or the title: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act)

Final Version (pdf)
Instructions can be found here. Please contact Kris Shanton, Music Librarian, for information on username/password.
For periodical articles about prehistoric civilizations, you should give JStor a try first. AnthroSource may have some materials, but its focus is more on Anthropological topics than Archaeological ones. Historical abstracts, unfortunately, only covers the word from 1450 onward. For the archaeology of Indians of the United States and Canada, you can try America: History and Life.

There are many books in the Ithaca College Library collection that should not only give you a good starting place, but may overwhelm you with information on your topic. When you are searching the online catalog, don't start with the word Archaeology. That will lead you mostly to books on the discipline of archaeology. When the subject is the archaeology of a particular place, the best subject headings to explore will begin with the name of the country, region, or other place. Subheading that will be most relevant include Antiquities, Civilization (especially followed by "To [some early date]," and History (especially followed by "To [some early date]."

Be careful of geographic names. Use both the names of regions and of countries. Since the names of countries have changed frequently over the centuries, avoid the use of modern names. Use Korea, for example, not Korea (South) or Korea (North), when exploring any topic before 1945.

Examine these examples for ideas:
  • For the research on ancient Middle East, try MIDDLE EAST -- ANTIQUITIES, MIDDLE EAST -- CIVILIZATION -- TO 634, and MIDDLE EAST -- HISTORY -- TO 634.
  • For resources on life during the earliest time periods in Ireland, you might try IRELAND -- ANTIQUITIES, IRELAND -- CIVILIZATION -- TO 1172, and IRELAND --- HISTORY -- TO 1172.
  • For the archaeology of ancient China, try CHINA -- ANTIQUITIES, CHINA -- CIVILIZATION -- TO 221 B.C., and CHINA --- HISTORY -- TO 221 B.C.
  • For Mayan civilization and archaeology, use as broad a heading as  MAYAS -- ANTIQUITIES or as narrow a heading as MAYAS -- MEXICO - SOCONUSCO REGION -- ANTIQUITIES.
  • For archaeological digs in Peru, use EXCAVATIONS (ARCHAEOLOGY) -- ANDES and EXCAVATIONS (ARCHAEOLOGY) -- PERU
There are a few reference books that might be useful including. Many are online, but a few in the reference collection include geographically based historical encyclopedias on Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and elsewhere that include ancient time periods. The call number for these materials will start with D, E, and F. The call number for Archaeology is CC, but books there are mostly about techniques, not sites. 
Here are some pointers for finding out whether your article is in English (by database provider or Database): 


  • Most EBSCO databases will have the Language of the Article listed in the record for the item: 
  • Look for the field Language: Look for a field called

Proquest (MILAIB, Research Library)

  • Records in Proquest Databases will also tell what the language of the item is.  Look for "Notes" or "Language of Publication"
Look for Notes or Language of Publication


  • When in Pubmed, Foreign Language articles are often surrounded by brackets [...] with the language of the article displayed below in brackets.
    In pubmed, look for Brackets and language listed under title.


  • In Worldcat, the Language field can sometimes be lost, but it is usually listed somewhere under the title: 

    Look for a Language Field

Still need help?

Try contacting the Research Help Desk!
An all region/all format DVD player is located in viewing station #V3. The remote must be checked out from Multimedia Services in order to access the menu options.

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.
Submit a Multimedia Scheduling Request.  Scheduling in advance will help ensure the item is available when you need it.

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.
According to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers-Seventh Edition, Section 5.7.7 (p.201-202) there are two types of interviews: published/broadcast or those conducted by the researcher.

Copies are found at the REFDESK LB2369.G53 2009
If you consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, you will not find a section on citing "a website." 

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

For general principles to use when citing unusual sources, see this post from the APA Style Blog.

When citing an image, the caption should be labeled as Figure (usually abbreviated Fig.), assigned an Arabic numeral, and given a title or caption.

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

An interview that you conducted should be cited in text using the name of the person interviewed and as specific a date as possible:

(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.
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Click the Journals tab in the top left-hand corner of the Library's webpage and search the comprehensive list of online, print, and microformat journal subscriptions. To browse by subject, go to the Articles page and use the "Browse Journals by Subject" menu on the lower right.
Go to the database list, choose LexisNexis Academic, choose Business, Company Dossier, put in the Company Name or Ticker symbol (if publicly traded), hit SEARCH, when results show up under REPORTS (left side of page), choose Parent and Subsidiaries
To find a list of Arabic-language periodical publications in Argos, use an advanced search, limit to catalog only, change the field to subject, and type in periodicals arabic 

For further information, try our guide on Languages & Databases
To find a list of Chinese-language periodicals in Argos, use an advanced search, limit to catalog only, change the field to subject, and type in periodicals chinese 

For further information, try our guide on Languages & Databases
  • To find a list of German-language periodical publications in the Library, use an advanced search in Argos, limit to subject, and type in periodicals german
  • For further information, please see our guide for Languages & Databases

New York Heritage Digital Collections: Ithaca College History Project

Ithaca College Photographs by C. Hadley Smith.
Pictures taken by Hadley Smith for the College 1950s-1980s, some in color, now available in the New York Heritage Digital Collections, formerly known as Tools of History regional database

Ithaca in Photos
Recent color pictures of the College (the ones that appear on the College web site)

If you need other pictures, contact the College Archives

  • 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.).
  • To find a list of Spanish-language periodical publications in Argos, use an advanced search, limit to catalog only, change the field to subject, and type in periodicals spanish
  • For further information, try our guide on Languages & Databases
Office of Management and Budget
Contains upcoming as well as historical budget information. Data on budget receipts, outlays, surpluses or deficits, Federal debt, and Federal employment over an extended time period.
The IC budget is available from the Budget Office. You will need to authenticate with your Ithaca College Netpass credentials to view. Previous years back to 1991/1992 are in the Archives.
S.I.C. or Standard Industrial Classification codes are 4 digit numbers assigned to either goods produced or services that a company offers. N.A.I.C.S. (North American Industrial Classification System) codes are 6 digit numbers which are assigned to either goods a company produces or services that it offers. A company may have multiple SIC or NAICS codes, but only one primary code. (The main business that the company is in.)
  • Congressional Hearings
    A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, Joint, or Special Committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Most Congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Only hearings released to GPO from the committees are made available through FDsys (Federal Digital System)
  • Committee Hearings from the U.S. House of Representatives

Go to Start, Programs to find StockVal. Log In. You must get user name and passwords from the School of Business

Company Ratios

  1. Enter stock symbol for company in the symbol box, press enter.
  2. Select Data Tab (top menu bar). Scroll down to Financial statements, selct Income Statement Ratios, etc.

Industry Ratios

  1. Select  Data Tab again, click on Company Profile, At bottom of profile, notice three digit code for SV Industry 1.
  2. Enter the three digit SV Industy 1 code in symbol box in upper left corner. Select the Data Tab, scroll down to Financial statements (Annual or Quarterly). Within the Financial Statements, select whatever is needed.

Go to the Library homepage and click on "Journals" in the upper left. Type "Scientific American" into the blank and click "Go."

You will see a long list of ways in which you can gain access to Scientific American content.

Go to Scientific American Archive Online. This provides coverage back to 1993 with full articles available as PDF files. When you first enter the site, you will see a search blank. If you want to browse by year, click the "Publication" link at the top left of the page,

then click "Scientific American."

You will see a browsable list of years on the right-hand side of the page.

For material prior to 1993, see our microfilm holdings at T1 .S5. These extend back to 1949.

Finally, some material from the 19th century is available through the links to Making of America Journals and American Memory.

Please fill out the Library Filming and Photography Request Form and return it to the Library Administrative Office on the 3rd floor.
Your log-in information is your Ithaca College Netpass username and password. Once you log in, a registration page will appear where you fill out your contact information. After submitting the form, the Main Menu will appear and you will be able to request materials.
Many of the databases at Ithaca College allow you to limit your search by language.  

Each Database is a little different, but you can look for terms like "Search Options" or "Search Limits".  These sections will often give the option to select a language.  

EBSCO databases have a lot of variety between each database.  CINAHL (first) and PsychINFO (second) are somewhat different in terms of limiting to English only.  

Look for the English Language option on the Left hand side

Look for Language under the Search Options section.  This method is fairly uniform from database to database.  

The easiest way to do a search including English only articles is by performing an advanced search.  Choose Language from the first drop down, and then enter your search terms in the other boxes.  

Underneath the search boxes, Worldcat has a language option.  Select English (or your preferred language) from the dropdown.    

Your Database not listed here?  Need more help?  
Contact the Research Help Desk!
Follow these search steps:   1) enter your keyword/s and search  2) under "Tweak my results"  on the right side of the page, click on "available in the library"

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.  

Several interviews are available via the Library/Archives web site

Oral History Interviews

Others are available in the College Archives

  • Go to the Library Website 
  • Click on the Login drop down at the top right hand corner of the page
  • Click on ILL AccountLogin using Login drop down
  • Use your NETPASS username & password to login
  • If it is your first time logging in, please fill out some basic information
You can also log in here.
  • Check, money order, or ID Express at the Circulation Desk.
  • Cash may be added to your ID Express acccount using the Value Added machine, which is located to the right of the copiers on the main floor.
  • Unpaid fines/fees are automatically billed to the Office of Student Financial Services after 30 days. All charges are non-refundable after this point.  Transfers may be initiated earlier upon request.
  • IC Affiliate and Staff fines/fees not paid within 30 days will be sent to Financial Services for collection at which point they will be non-refundable.
To print, choose "open in PDF Reader" and it will download a file.  Use the "Take Snapshot" tool to select the portion that you wish to print. (It hides in the View - Show/Hide - Toolbar Items - Edit - Take Snapshot.) Make sure that "Selected Graphic" is highlighted when you print.

Or you could practice sustainability and save the pdf with a different name and read the electronic file!

Fill out a Course Reserves form.

Most items will be digitized and made available online.

For a visual explanation of how to read an MRI Market Summary Spreadsheet, click on How to Read a MRI+ Report on the Integrated Marketing Communications Guide.
Go to the IC Services desk in the union (307B) fill out a form, and you will receive a refund.
  • Log into your ILL Account
  • Look for the "To RENEW" section in the center of the page
  • Click on the Transaction Number you want to renew
  • Click on the red "Renew Request" Link
  • There should be a message at the top of the page that indicates what the new date is
What happens next?
  • The due date given is temporary until the lending library responds; they may approve or deny the renewal.
  • Once notification is received fromt he lending library, an e-mail is sent to you confirming or denying the renewal.
  • If the renewal is denied the item will be due on its original due date.  
  • If the original due date has passed and the renewal is denied, the item must be returned within 24 hours of the e-mail notification to avoid overdue fines.  
  • Sign in to your account.
  • Select My Account.
  • Tick the box next to the item you wish to renew and click Renew Selected.
  • Refresh the screen to display the new due date.
NOTE: items Not Renewable must be returned to the library to avoid potential fines.
Log in to your Interlibrary Loan account. Use the Journal Article request form and enter the chapter in the article title field.  Sometimes the lending library will opt to send the entire book. If the book does not circulate, the lending library may send a PDF copy of the chapter.
To get started, try CQ Researcher. This database examines hot topics, provides an overview, pros and cons, a bibliography, and a helpful historical timeline.

Also try searching Opposing Viewpoints in Context Online.
Go to the latest Form 10-k for a company. They may be found usually on the company's home page or by going to the SEC Edgar site (United States Securities and Exchange Commission) .

Search for your company (it must be publicly traded!).
  1. Find the latest 10-k (official annual financial document)
  2. Go to Part II, Item 7 -Management Discussion and Analysis section
  3. There is often a section called "Operations or Operating Segments" which will look at what product lines/divisions of the company. There are also Geographic or Area segments such as Asia, Europe, etc. These will have information about revenues or sales or income from these areas.
Here's a quick video tutorial for the visual/audio people out there.

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
Playaway has good documentation on their site. See especially their FAQs page and their How-to-Play video and PDF.
Select the Locations tab for the item you want delivered, then choose Pickup/Delivery.

  • The Cornell Library Borrower's card is available to continuing Ithaca College faculty (tenured, tenure-eligible, NTE-fixed term and adjunct).
  • The total cost of each card is $250. The College pays $175 and the faculty member will be expected to contribute $75 toward the cost of this privilege. The faculty portion may be paid by check or money order.
  • You must bring your Ithaca College ID and a check for $75 made payable to "Ithaca College" to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or a payroll deduction form may be obtained and completed at the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Cash will also be accepted.
  • Once you are provided with the authorization form, you must then present it at the circulation desk of Olin Library in order to receive your Cornell Library Borrower's card.
  • Note: The Borrower's Card allows the card holder to check out circulating materials.  It does not provide remote access to online materials.
Truncating is taking a short cut when you search. Although you have to be exact when you search the online catalog (or a periodical database, for that matter), you do not have to be complete. As long as the beginning of the search statement matches exactly, you don't have to finish it to make a match.

The online catalog is tricky about truncation, because Author, Title, and Subject searches employ automatic right truncation. For example, if you want to locate a book titled Short History Of Mediaeval Peoples From The Dawn Of The Christian Era To The Fall Of Constantinople, instead of typing out the title in full, possibly misspelling mediaeval, you could truncate your search to short history of medi 

In the online catalog for basic keyword searching or any advanced searching, truncation is not automatic. The online catalog uses a question mark after the last letter. [Just to make things more complicated, most periodical databases require an asterisk (*) after the last letter to truncate instead of a ?.]

Often it makes sense to truncate to a root or stem of a word, so you can expand your search. For example nurs (or nurs?) will retrieve records with the words nurse, nurses, and nursing and the phrases nurse/midwife and nursing home.

You have to be a little careful where you truncate, however, or you might generate hundreds of useless records. For example, if in looking for a book about rock music, you entered the single word "rock" as a subject search statement, several hundred records will be displayed, including records for
  • books about the geology of rocks
  • books about rock climbing and rockets
  • rock music CDs
  • biographies of John D. Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller, and Knute Rockne
  • a report of proceedings of a conference considering the Rocky Mountain locust
  • the soundtrack from the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show.
See our Circulation Policy page which provides detailed information on loan periods for patron and material types.
  • Articles are posted to your ILL account for 45 days and do not need to be returned.
  • Due dates for materials on loan vary and are assigned by the lending library. The due date is on the book strap of the item. Items not renewed or returned by their due dates may be charged the replacement cost after fourteen days.
  • ILL items may be recalled at any time by the lending 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.

  • Requests are processed Monday through Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except when the library is closed during holidays or breaks.
  • Most articles arrive within 3 business days, however they may take longer if we have difficulty finding a lending library
  • Most items take anywhere for 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the lending library
If you are an Ithaca College student or a member of our faculty or staff, you may check out as many as you like.  Undergrads are limited to 15 interlibrary loan items at one time.
  • You may place any number of requests at one time; however ILL will only process up to 5 item requests per patron per day during peak times of the semester.
  • We cannot order multiple copies of a single title for classroom use nor can we order ILL materials for placement on reserve.
  • There is a limit of 15 ILL items at a time for undergraduate students; there is no limit for ILL items for faculty/staff/graduate students.

There are approximately 75 desktop PCs in the Library. 21 Dell laptops, 10 Mac Books and 2 iPads can be borrowed for 6-hour use in the Library.  Laptops can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.  We also check out cords to connect laptops with power outlets.  The desktop PCs are located in the following areas:

  • on the 3rd floor - along the north (Lake) side
  • in the Multimedia Listening area
  • clustered around the pillars on the Main (2nd) Floor
Students may renew library-owned books, music scores and multimedia materials twice if the item(s) has not been recalled.

If an item has been renewed twice and is still needed, please contact staff at either the Circulation or Multimedia Services Desk.

See the Circulation Policy for more information.
ILL is a service provided at no charge.  

Executive Planet
Provides valuable tips on business etiquette, customs and protocol for doing business worldwide.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries. HF5389 .M67 1994 (5th floor)

Cross-cultural business behavior : marketing, negotiating and managing across cultures. 1996. HF5389 .G48 1996 (5th floor)
Google Books has many primary materials. Limit your advanced search to the general dates and full view.

Hathi Trust -excellent source. It is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.

Library of American Civilization -database of sources with about 2500 full-text online.

Check out the primary sources list in the History - United States guide! 
All E-reserves are now accessed via Sakai. Users log-in with their Netpass e-mail username and password. 
Please make sure that you are connected to a wireless network.
If you continue to experience problems, please contact Electronic Resources Librarian Calida Barboza.
In order to access SciFinder, you must have both an Ithaca College NetId and password and an account with CAS. After you have entered your IC credentials, you will be asked for your CAS username and password. If you don't have an account with CAS, you'll need to create one.
The selection process for Library materials in specific formats, editions, or recordings is done by Subject Librarians and the Acquisitions Department. Therefore, items purchased by patrons are not accepted to replace lost or missing materials.
Phone: (607) 274-3891
If you are faculty, staff, student or retiree, the interlibrary loan department can scan the article and send you a link via your Ithaca College e-mail account.

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.
Chapter 4 in the MLA Handbook (7th ed.) and Chapter 2 in the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) describe how to format a research paper and include visual examples. Both books are available at the Research Help Desk on the Main Floor.

 Please see the Writing and Citing guide for help with MLA, APA, and other formats.


  • 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!!
See also Yahoo's listing of reverse directories.
TradeStats Express
Annual and quarterly trade data with TradeStats Express.  Retrieve, visualize, analyze, print and download customized output. Data for specific products, national and state export data, etc.
  • List of Polling Sources from ACRL
    Guide to public opinion polls from Association of College & Research Libraries.
  • Polling the Nations
    Compilation of survey data polling organizations in the U.S. 1986-present. note: Limited to 4 simultaneous users only. Use IC Netpass information to log-in.
  • For historical data, see the Gallup Poll, 1935-1971.  Ref. HN90. P8 G3
Balance of Trade from the U.S. Census Bureau-Foreign Trade Statistics
Gives current and historical trade balances. COUNTRY/PRODUCT TRADE DATA tab will give TOP TRADING PARTNERS & TRADES IN GOODS by COUNTRY.
Valueline Investment Survey
Beta is how a company is performng against the stock market. If a comapny has a beta of 1.0 its performance is parallel to the market. Go to "Lookup Company", choose a company by either name or ticker symbol. Choose either html or pdf format. Beta is listed in the upper left corner of pdf version or under Valueline Ranks (html version). Covered once per quarter online. Older in Reference Stacks.

This is often difficult to find as most companies do not publish their business strategies for public view. Use the following databases and sources:


  • Business Insights-search under "Company", then sidebar under "Sales & Marketing" or Strategy & Planning". Also try under Articles as a Subject-then search under Subdivisions-distribution or similar. Lastly try Advanced Search and combine terms using and & or connectors
  • Business Source Premier-try a similar strategy
  • ABI/Inform
  • LexisNexis Academic-be sure to look at wire service stories as well as magazines & newspapers.

You might also try searching for the particular product using a keyword search lookg


  • SEC/Edgar-look at the Form 10-K (yearly financial summary), & Form 10-Q's (quarterly)  for the company you are interested in. There is a section entitled "Management Discussion & Analysis (MD&A) which is often useful. Also look at Part 1, Item 1. Start with the Table of Contents to see which sections might be useful.
  • Google the Company Website, there are often press releases done for product launches which might mention how the product might be distributed and by whom.


Foreign Trade statistics from the Census Bureau
Gives both import and export figures, trade balance or deficit
TradeStats Express-merchandise trade between the U.S. and other countries and state level exports.
ChemidPlus from the National Library of Medicine
Chemical Safety from NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Material Safety Data Sheet search (SIRI)

Special permission to remove the item from the library and an extended loan period may be approved as needed.  Please submit a Media Scheduling Request
Cornell LII See the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University.
Yes, the replacement cost will be credited to your library account for materials not yet billed to the Office of Student Financial Services.  Once transfered, all fines and fees are not refundable.  Lost or overdue items remain the property of the Ithaca College Library and must be returned if subsequently located.
Sign in to your library account to use this function to create lists of items for future review.

Check the box next to the titles to print, email or delete the selections.

NOTE: This function does not place items on hold for pickup.
Please fill out a reserve form. Library staff will check to see which items it has licensed access to and can add links to content, when available, in your Sakai course. For book chapters, the library can scan up to 10% and place in your Sakai course. For requests over 10%, please contact for additional options.

Color printing is available from any library desktop computer; .30 cents per single side, or .56 cents for double-sided. Select File -> Print -. librarycolor.

The Library has a color printer / copier, located on the main floor of the Library. It prints PDF, JPG, and TIFF files - the charge is 30 cents per copy. If you need to print a Word or Powerpoint file, convert it to PDF first. 

The Center for Print Production, located in the Public Safety/General Services Building (open M-F 8am-4 pm) provides large format printing and laminating. Jobs may be submitted through WebCRD, and picked up at the Library during open hours.

Punctuation is almost never necessary, so just leave out apostrophes, colons, commas, and periods.

Hyphenated words are a bit tricky. To search for a hyphenated word, either leave in the hyphen or replace the hyphen with a space. For example, both music-halls and music halls retrieve records for the subject heading Music-Halls.

Use the hyphens when doing a basic keyword search. Mother-in-law produces multiple records that are all relevant. In contrast, a keyword search of mother in law may produce more than 40 records, but most will be records that have the word mother and the word law in the records but not as part of the phrase mother-in-law.

In some cases, try typing a hyphenated word as a single word. Although the phrase is often spelled both as bow-hunting, bow hunting, in the online catalog, Bowhunting is the correct subject heading.
Although Google can be good for simple searches, such as finding answers to crossword puzzle clues, it should not be a primary tool for doing research projects. The reason is that very little research literature is publicly available and therefore accessible through the main Google search engine. Instead you should concentrate on the periodical databases available through the library.

Not to be confused with the main Google search engine, are two related Google search tools that can be good resources for research.

Google Books is a collection of books in the public domain that Google, in cooperation with several large university libraries, has scanned. Because of copyright laws, only books for which there is no copyright protection are fully accessible. That means, in most cases, the materials are more than seventy years old. For some topics this is not a problem; for others it is pretty useless. You can specifically search Google Books, but a regular Google search will include Google Books result mixed in the list.

Google Scholar is a separate search engine for a broad range of research areas. Google Scholar competes with some commercial periodical databases and includes some features not included in some others, such as citation searching. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, records will include preprints, and technical reports. Results of a Google Scholar search will include Google Books records. Each Google search citation will include a link to the full-text resource provided by the IC Library, when available, but if you click the wrong hyperlink, you may bypass the library connection and be asked to pay to view an article.                     
If you need a reserve book or a laptop that is currently checked out, the Circulation Desk can send you a cell phone text message when the item becomes available. You may request this service at the Circulation Desk.
The Library no longer charges students overdue fines for library-owned books, and music scores.

Overdue fines are charged for:
*Multimedia items
*Recalled and special permission items

Items not returned within fourteen days of their due dates are charged the replacement cost; hourly loan items, such as laptops, are billed one day after their due dates. The replacement cost is waived if the item is returned within thirty days. After that time, charges are sent to the Office of Student Financial Services and are non-refundable.
For more information, please see the Circulation Policy.
There is a fax machine in the bookstore that accepts cash or ID Express. Alternately, you can scan documents at one of the public scanners or photocopiers on the main floor of the Library or the scanner in the Digital Media Center and then send the document as an e-mail attachment.
Yes, if you create a personal bookshelf in the Ebook Central database. Not only will you be able to find the book again, but you can bookmark the page you want to get back to.
  • 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
Faculty retain their college ID when they retire and may borrow books and media upon presenting the ID at the Circulation or Multimedia Desk.
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.
  • Search the catalog for scores & recordings
    The best way to search for music is to select the Author/Composer (sorted by title) search:
  1. Enter the composer's name in last name, first, and you'll pull up a listing of all of their works.
  2. For prolific composers, you'll get a lot of results--you may have to browse through a few pages. If you come up to the Music Center desk, we'll show you an easy trick for this!
The Circulation Desk has external USB CD/DVD drives, which may be borrowed for seven days.
If your ILL account is blocked, please contact the ILL Department: 

Phone: 607-274-3891
Morningstar-put in stock name or ticker. Then go to Data Interpreter.

Value Line Selection and Opinion-go to Lookup Company, put in ticker symbol or name. Estimates are in Bold. Only about 2000 companies are covered.
Some research topics involve politicized public policy debates, so remember that magazines are more likely than either scholarly journals or newspapers to have distinct political affiliations, of which you should be aware to critically evaluate your sources. Below are some broad categorizations of my own:
Liberal magazines include Mother Jones, Village Voice, The Nation, The Progressive, Washington Monthly, Utne Reader, Tikkum, Dissent, American Prospect, New York Review of Books, New Leader, Rolling Stone, Z Magazine, New Statesman (British), Guardian Weekly (British).

Conservative magazines include American Spectator, National Review, Weekly Standard, American Enterprise, Commentary, American Outlook, Policy Review and The Spectator (British).

And if you don’t believe me, take a look at Yahoo’s lists of “conservative” and “progressive” magazines.
  • Business and Company Resource Center database. Search under "Industry" then by the S.I.C. or N.A.I.C.S. code given. When results come up, click on "Company Profile" to get a list of companies having that code in their description. Companies with a (symbol or ticker) following their name are publicly traded. A caution: The list generated does not differentiate between primary and secondary codes so you may get companies that are involved in an industry, but it is really not their primary business.
APA prefers that you use a DOI rather than a URL, but if you are using an online source and there is no DOI, you should include a URL.

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

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 Office of Academic Support Services provides a variety of specialty software programs and adaptive technology services are available for use by students registered with the Office of Academic Support Services and faculty.  See the Office's website.
Reorder the item through your interlibrary loan account.

1. Log in to your interlibrary loan account.

2. Click on the Transaction Number

3. Click on Request Again at the top of the page

4. Click on Submit Request at the bottom of the page

The Interlibrary loan office will notify you via e-mail when the item arrives. Please return the first item on or before the due date to avoid fines/fees.
You can also request that the Library purchase the item for its collection by filling out a Recommend a Purchase form.

Questions? Contact the Interlibrary loan Borrowing Coordinator
The borrower who requests an item is responsible for checking out and returning, or renewing, an item on or before the due date.

The borrower is responsible for all charges resulting from returning an item overdue, and from damage to or loss of ILL materials.   

A "public performance" is any performance of a film which occurs outside of the home, or at any place where people are gathered who are not family members. In most cases titles sold by video and retail outlest are restricted to home use only and do not include public performace rights.

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.   

  • Overdue fines for students are $5 a day with a maximum fine of $50. Fines are $5 per day to strongly encourage the expedited return of borrowed materials and to maintain our positive relations with lending libraries.
  • There is a $10 processing fee if the book strap is not returned with the book. Book straps contain important documentation that is needed to process and return ILL materials to the lending libraries.
  • After an item is 14 days overdue, it will be updated as "lost" in the library system. Patrons will be charged for the replacement cost of their items(s) as determined by the lending library and their ILL privileges will be blocked until the item has been returned, or the replacement cost paid.
Technology in the DMC is available on a first-come, first serve basis.  The DMC is open all hours that the Library is open.  The space is not reservable.  DMC spaces are foremost intended to support IC student video, audio, and graphic design work, in addition to technology-enhanced collaboration and practice for presentations.  General worktop space for personal laptops is also available.  The general lab space is a quiet workspace, while the collaboration station spaces and presentation space support group work and conversation.   

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.  
Please see the Dining Services site for the most current hours of the Library Café and other campus dining facilities.
Recall option will display for items Checked Out:
  1. Locate the item you want from the library search box.
  2. Click Sign in for full features and results.
  3. Click the Request link.
  4. Select the Pickup location from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter the "Not Needed After" date and comments that may be helpful for library staff.
  6. 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.
Books, scores & journal articles for academic or professional research that are not available through the Ithaca College Library collection.

Audiovisual materials (CDs,DVDs, etc.) and new books can be requested, but may be difficult to obtain as many libraries are unwilling to loan.  
Please report the damaged book to the Circulation Desk.  If pages are missing and there is no second copy or similar edition, try borrowing a copy using Interlibrary Loan
The item has a bibliographic record but no holdings nor physical item. Please ask for assistance at the Research Help Desk. The item can also be requested through interlibrary loan.
Awaiting customer contact means that your interlibrary loan item has arrived and is being processed in the interlibrary loan system. You should soon receive an e-mail indicating that the item is availabe for pick-up.
Core materials must be used by students in the library within a four hour loan period. The collection includes essential preservation copies of out-of-print materials deemed neccessary in support of a particular curriculum and Ithaca College ensemble concert recordings.  
The item has recently been ordered from a vendor. You may request e-mail notification once the item has been received by filling out a Notify Me On Arrival form. Or, a copy can be requested through interlibrary loan.
The item is being reviewed by bindery staff. You may submit a Rush Cataloging Request, or request a copy through interlibrary loan.

The library is withdrawing fewer items than in the past - we send withdrawn volumes and any donations that do not align with our Collection Development strategy to Better World Books, a non-profit that supports literacy organizations such as Books for Africa, to provide funding by selling used books.  We ship our withdrawn books to them at no cost, they market them to a world-wide audience, and when they sell them, a small percentage of the profit comes to us and a percentage goes to the BWB Literacy Partners. It’s an efficient way to dispose of our withdrawn books and and non-relevant donations, while benefiting both Ithaca College and the world beyond.  To date, Better World Books has re-used or recycled over 216 million pounds of books and raised over $18 million for global literacy and local libraries.

The item was purchased and has been received; it is awaiting Acquisitions processing. To speed up processing, use a Rush Cataloging Form, available on the right side bar from the on-line catalog.
The item was not found on the shelf. When a Trace form is submitted, Library staff will look for the item for four weeks. If it is not immediately found, another copy can be requested through interlibrary loan.
An item has been checked out and not returned. If the item is needed, another copy can be requested through interlibrary loan

The College Archives has books,  journals, and other scholarly work produced by Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students; many are also available in the General Collection.  The College Archives also has media -- audio, video, film -- produced at Ithaca College or with Ithaca College participants (students, faculty, staff, in various roles)

  • For books, search the  Library catalog using the subject  "Ithaca College Authors" - include the quotes - or use this Search-for-Books Link
  • Media, Search the  Library catalog using the subject  "Ithaca College Productions" - include the quotes - or use this Search-for-Media  Link
Have you already renewed your materials? Remember that students can renew IC Library materials online twice, even if they are already overdue.

If you've already renewed, reply to the courtesy/overdue email and let us know the situation. We'll do our best to help you upon reviewing the situation.

Renewal limits and fines will waived in the case of a verifiable family or individual health emergency, or a required appearance in a court of law in accordance with Ithaca College's Attendance Policy.
A Document Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier for an electronic document.  Unlike a URL, the DOI of a document does not change, even if that document's location does.  To find a document based on its DOI, use the DOI Resolver at  Crossref also offers a free DOI lookup if you need to find the DOI for a paper.

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.
DVD-R is a DVD recordable format. As such, the quality of the disc depends upon the original source of the material and what equipment is used to burn the disc. Because of the inconsistency in playback, i.e. skipping and pixilation, a note has been added to the bibliographic record for all DVD-Rs in our collection. It is suggested that instructors check to be sure their equipment will play the disc before their scheduled class-time. For economic reasons, it's the only way many specialized educational videos will ever be released on DVD.
Reference books and other reference materials are resources designed to be consulted rather than read completely. Reference sources are most useful for quickly locating facts. They often provide concentrated information on a subject. Most references are secondary sources, since the authors are typically summarizing information from other resources. Even though they can provide background information and lead you to all sorts of fascinating information, reference books are not recommended as principal sources for research.

Reference materials include dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistical sources, biographical sources, and directories. Encyclopedias can provide background information for a good overview of the topic. Dictionaries not only help you define and spell words, but can explain current , historical, and special usages of words. Biographical sources provide basic facts about the lives of people. Statistics are nothing but facts. Directories provide names, addresses, and other contact information. 

The call numbers of most Reference books start with "REF" at the beginning of the call number. These books are found in the main (second) floor of the library. A few Reference books are kept separately behind the Reference desk. The call numbers of these books begin with the superscript "REF DESK." Music Reference materials are found on the third floor in the ranges of shelves nearest the Music Reference Desk.

Many reference materials are now available online.

An empirical study is any research that is based on experimentation or observation or quantitative measurement. It can be research in science or social science. The term "empirical" refers to the aspect of the scientific method in which a working hypothesis is tested using observation and experiment. An empirical study can be either quantitative or qualitative.

You will find empirical studies in scholarly journals, not popular magazines.
"Argos" is the name of IC Library's discovery tool. It's been around for a while now, first as the "Beta search" in Fall 2015 and then as the unnamed main search box on our home page in Spring 2016. We decided that we should really call it something, so we dubbed it "Argos," after the beloved dog of Ulysses.

Argos searches the IC Library catalog as well as many of our article databases, making it an effective first stop for searching in many subject areas. Tips for searching Argos are available here.
See this article in the Ithacan newspaper on the occasion of the 50th Cortaca Jug game in 2008.
Libraries may seach the OCLC Policies Directory for information on borrowing from the Ithaca College Library. Libraries that do not have access to OCLC may view the lending policy here.
The Alumni Resources page highlights the resources Ithaca College alumni have access to. IC alumni are welcome to become Library Affiliates. Library Affiliates are able to borrow most library materials. Multimedia Core and reserve materials must be used in the library. Due to the licensing and copyright restrictions of resource providers, alumni and IC Affiliates do not have remote access to licensed library databases, interlibrary loan (ILL), or print reserves. Alumni and Ithaca College Affiliate borrowers should request ILL items through their public library.  
Full text articles may be available from the Library's web site. Click on Article Quick Search and search by keyword.

Journal articles and book chapters may be requested through Interlibrary loan; you will be sent an e-mail with a link to the PDF.

If a book from the Library's collection is needed, send e-mail to along with the title of the item, your name, and current address.

If a book is needed that is not in the Library's collection, please contact the Research Help Desk for assistance.

Due to licensing agreements, material in DVD or CD formats must be checked out at the Ithaca College Library. Please contact the Research Help Desk for assistance with media needs.
Here is a list of software, available on the Library's public computers.

* Bluetooth keyboard
* Calculators
* Dell laptops
* External CD/DVD drive - 7 day loan
* External microphones
* Headphones/Headsets
* HD video camera/recorders - 7 day loan
* iPads (geneation 1 and 2)
* iPad chargers
* Mac books
* Power strips/extension cords
* USB web cam
* VGA monitor cables
The Office of Student Financial Services handles all student accounts.

After the Library's online system has sent a minimum of seven overdue/statements e-mail notices, fines and fee charges are transferred to the student's account in the Office of Student Financial Services.

Once the fines are transferred from Library accounts to the Office of Student Financial Services, the fines are non-refundable.
  • When your ILL material arrives, notification will be sent to your Ithaca College e-mail account.
  • You will receive a courtesy notice seven days and then one day before an item is due. The due date can also be found on the book strap or by logging into your Library account.
  • When an ILL is overdue, you will receive a notice. Non-receipt of a notice is not cause for waiving fees.
  • When your ILL material arrives, notification will be sent to you Ithaca College e-mail account
  • You will receive a courtesy notice seven days and then one day before an item is due. The due date can also be found on the book strap or by logging into your ILL account.
  • When your ILL is overdue, you will receive a notice. Non-receipt of a notice is not cause for waiving fees.
  • The interlibrary loan department will periodically send question e-mails and end of the semester reminders.  Please answer any questions as soon as possible to facilitate a quick turn-around time.  
Student accounts in the College's official LDAP directory (managed by DIIS) expire 90 days after graduation. Access to licensed databases ends at that time.
Courtesy notices are sent one week prior to the due date for books/scores. You may renew these items online via My Account.

Overdue notices are sent one day and then seven days after the due date for overdue items.
Notices of Fines/Fees are sent the day after fines are accrued and each week until fines are paid or transferred to the Office of Student Financial Services.
Patrons will be sent e-mail notices for all library transactions including recalls and interlibrary loans.
"Your search resulted in no hits" means that no records matched the  search as you typed it. It may mean that the library does not have the  specific book, dvd, or CD, or items on the subject you were looking for, but don't give up too soon.


Check your spelling.

If you did an AUTHOR search, did you start with the author's last name, then first name ?

If you did a TITLE search, did you:
  • Leave out the initial article - e.g. "The Sound and the fury" -- do not  inlcude the intial "THE"
  • "Sound and fury" -- do not omit any words in the middle, even a "the."
If you believe that your search should have retrieved items,  check with a reference librarian.

LAC = the Library of American Civilization - an ultrafiche collection.  The entire collection is found in a cabinet on the fourth floor of the library near the restroom.

To view the ultrafiche with the current microform readers, use the microfilm/fiche reader located on the main floor of the library.

Many items in the Library of America (LAC) collection are now available online. GoogleBooks is the first source to check. 

There is no single drama section. Plays are first shelved by national literature (Russian literature [PG], French, Italian, Spanish literature [PQ], British literature [PR], American literature [PS], German & Scandinavian Literature [PT]) and then by time period (time periods vary by national literature). American literature, for example, is assigned call numbers beginning with PS. The PS range is then subdivided by time period. The subdivision for twentieth century American literature includes novels, poetry, and plays, arranged alphabetically by author.   Drama as a general subject is covered in PN 1600- PN 3307, with plays in general classed in PN 1997.
The College Archives houses Serling television scripts, movie screenplays, stage play scripts, films, published works, and secondary materials. Consult the Archives site for more information.
Most computers include a calculator application.  On Windows machines you can find it under "All Programs -> Accessories -> Calculator."  The calculator will look like a standard 4-function when it first appears, but you can use the "view" menu to change it to a scientific calculator.  On a Mac, you can find the calculator in the "Applications" folder.  The Mac calculator also offers a scientific option.

If you would rather use a hand held calculator, we have a few scientific and graphing calculators available for checkout at the circulation desk.

If you need a graphing calculator, there are a few web options.  Wolfram Alpha is a web application based on Mathematica software and offers graphing capabilities. GCalc is a graphing calculator available on the web as a Java applet.

The Ithaca College Bookstore offers digital copies of some textbooks. See their textbook page for more information. See also the Saylor Foundation's Media Library which includes open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
SRDS databases (Consumer Magazine Media Digital Media, Direct Marketing, Newspaper Media, Out of Home Media, Radio Media, and TV & Cable Media) have circulation, advertising rates, and demographic information.
A case study is published in each issue of the Harvard Business Review, which the library has in print and full-text online via the Business Source Premier Database.  

Case studies are also published in the Business & Company ASAP database -run a subject search for your industry, click on "narrow by sub-heading" and scroll down to see if there is a "case studies"  link.   

In the ABI/Inform database, go to the Advanced Search screen. Type "case studies"  in the first box and select Subject from the drop-down menu to the right.  In the box on the second line, enter a topic such as "airlines" or "marketing".  Click on Search.

Harvard Business Review Case Studies may be purchased online at:
While the Library does not purchase copies of psychological tests, there are several relevant sources:

Mental Measurements Yearbooks
  • Ref BF 431 M4 Multiple volume set published since 1938 that provides evaluative, consumer-oriented test reviews and description. Identifies publishers from which the tests may be purchased or obtained.
Tests in Print.
  • Ref BF431 .T47 An index of tests from Mental Measurements Yearbook. Volumes available from 1961 to 1999.
Mental Measurements Yearbooks Online
  • An online compliment to the Mental Measurements Yearbook series begins with the 9th edition (1985). It is important to know that the online service provides indexing informaion only about the tests. It does NOT provide links or access to the tests themselves, and only some reviews are available. With the indexing information, however, it may be easier to locate items in the print volumes of Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print.
  • SDSU Test Finder for Journal Articles  Search for Complete  Psychosocial Tests, Instruments, Rating Scales, and Measures found in the Journal Literature
  • SDSU Test Finder in Books

Seeking Alpha has free conference calls and earnings announcements. Also go to the company's web site and look under Investor Relations.
  • Current/previous courses are listed in the HomerConnect Class Schedule
  • Current courses in the School of H&S are on the Web  here
  • Current courses in the School of HSHP are on the Web here
  • Courses offered year by year (undergrad, grad) are at College Catalogs
  • The College Archives (Library 5th floor) has print copies of catalogs
  • Poet as subject of a Book
    Search the author's name as a Subject in the Library catalog (last name first) and pay particular attention to any works with the subheading "Criticism and Interpretation." Check the indexes of these books, where poems may be scattered by title or listed all together under the poet's name.
  • Poet as subject of a single essay in a collection
    Search the poet's last name in the Table of Contents field in the Library catalog's Advanced Search. Do not include the first name, since it may be omitted from an essay title, and add the truncation symbol ? to the last name to retrieve any possessive form: Frost? retrieves both Frost and Frost's.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Enter the title of the poem in the "Author's Work" field. If this produces nothing, try "Author as Subject" and check likely articles for brief references to the poem.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Search poet's last name AND the title of the poem (as a phrase in quotation marks) in the "Default Fields." If that doesn't work, repeat the search in "TX All Text." Similarly, you can search all available full text in the General OneFile database, using "Entire Document (TX)," in the ProQuest database, using "Document Text," and in the JSTOR database, entering the poet's last name and the title of the poem in quotation marks.
Search Billboard online -- you pick the style, genre, and chart. Archives are also available.
C.P.I. from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Gives current consumer price index data, news releases, and calculation methods.

Library databases:
Magazine and newspaper websites:
  • When you visit the website of a particular magazine or newspaper, look at the bottom of the page for information for advertisers. This is often called a Media Kit. To inform advertisers, newspapers and magazines will include some basic demographic information in the kit.

Historical Reviews In library aggregated databases:
  • 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...)
It is included in the LexisNexis Academic database. On opening page go to upper right and click on Source Directory. You can then go to Find or Browse to  search for various Hoover's directories.

If you need assistance, or you don't find what you are looking for, please contact Jim Bondra, Business, Economics and Sport Media & Management librarian. 607-274-1962 or
See our Guide

Industry Ratios Using StockVal

Go to Start, Programs to find StockVal. Log In. You must get user name and passwords from the School of Business

Company Ratios

  1. Enter stock symbol for company in the symbol box, press enter.
  2. Select Data Tab (top menu bar). Scroll down to Financial statements, selct Income Statement Ratios, etc.

Industry Ratios

  1. Select  Data Tab again, click on Company Profile, At bottom of profile, notice three digit code for SV Industry 1.
  2. Enter the three digit SV Industy 1 code in symbol box in upper left corner. Select the Data Tab, scroll down to Financial statements (Annual or Quarterly). Within the Financial Statements, select whatever is needed.


Try the following guides which have a wide variety of reports listed.

Business-Industry Information
How to Research an Industry

 Search the Market Research Library provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. database.   It includes the current and historical international trade statistics (imports and exports), announcements of trade opportunities and market analysis. Included are the Best Market Reports, Country Commercial Guides and Market Research Reports.

Trade Data and Analysis from  . Includes import/export figures, by country/commodity and analysis by industry sector.

There are a number of financial aid websites and scholarship databases available.  The US Department of Education has a comprehensive student aid website.  

See also our Finding Scholarships webpage for a list of resources.

Also, please speak to the folks in Ithaca College's Office of Student Financial Services (located in Peggy Ryan Williams Center ) (607) 274-3131
LexisNexis Academic  contains international legal materials. Watch this short video of how to access case law in LexisNexis.
Search the ABI/INFORM Global database. Enter "market shares" as a subject in the guided search page, with the product/service, brand name, or company name as a keyword on the next search line. Most of the articles are available in full text.
Go to the Census site. For specifics of towns, cities, counties, states, and the nation use American Factfinder
The Serials Directory Database provides current pricing of popular magazines, journals and other periodicals. It contains a listing of over 178,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers. Historical data is included for an additional 20,000 titles. Pertinent information for over 85,000 serial publishers worldwide is available, including in some cases email and web addresses.
 See the World Economic Outlook (WEO) databases that are part of the International Financial Statistics database.  

Start in the Academic Search Premier database and click on the "Choose Databases" link.  Select CINAHL, ERIC, Medline, and SPORTDiscus and click OK.  Type " Steroids" in the Search Box and pick "SU Subject Terms" in the drop-down menu.  Under "Limit Your Results" check Full-Text and Scholarly Journals.  Your search will retrieve a list of relevant journal articles.   Also, see the Topic Guide on Doping in Sports 


For spot prices for energy and commodities go to CNN Money Commodities Market or to the Chicago Board of Trade.  An alternate source for energy prices is Bloomberg Commodities Market Data, Energy. An alternate source for metals prices, current and historical, is Kitco Market Data. The best source for minerals is the United States Geological Service's Commodity Statistics and Information site.
The Registrar's office does semester-by-semester reports on enrollment by school, gender, major, available here.

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.
Use the Edgar database to access official SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) documents such as Form 10-K, 10-Q, Proxy statements, registration statements, and merger and acquisition documents.
Link to the Act from Thomas website
Text of the bill as introduced in the 105th Congress. (1997). Introduced as S.1415.IS Go to "Find More Legislation", search under 105th Congress, then "McCain Tobacco" or "universal tobacco settlement".
  • Federal Reserve Board statistical releases
    Search under Statistical Releases, Interest Rates, H.15
  • New York Times
    Newspaper-AN2 N4, Latest 4-6 weeks in paper. Older in microfilm (same call number).
  • Wall Street Journal
    Newspapers-AN2 W34, Latest 4-6 weeks in paper. Older in microfilm (same call number).
  • CSR Wire
    The leading source of corporate responsibility and sustainability, press releases, reports and news. Search for News
  • Ethical Corporation
    Ethical Corporation is an independent publisher and conference organiser on how companies relate to the world around them.
  • Corporate Register is the world's largest online directory of corporate non-financial reports. These include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability, environmental and social reports.
For historical information, visit the Ithaca College Library Archives, on the 5th floor of the Gannett Center.

For basic facts about the south campus buildings (date built, etc.), see this chart:

Also, search earlier issues of the Ithacan

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
The Library of Congress American Memory project website contains over 9,000 images that can be searched and viewed.

All-American Ads series

This book series covers american advertisements by decade.
  • Business Insights: Essentials
    Search on "Company", publicly traded companies only. Will have (symbol or ticker) if public. Click on "Company Name", then choose "Investment Reports".
  • Morningstar-search under company name or ticker symbol. About 2000 companies are covered.
Yearbooks are in the Ithaca College Archives . The Archives has yearbooks (the Cayugan) and the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, from the 1920s through 2005. Yearbooks have not been published since 2005. These items do not circulate. To view these items, please call the Archives at (607) 274-3096, or e-mail for specific hours.
Books & other Materials: Pick up at the library's Circulation Desk on the main floor during library open hours.

Articles & Book chapters: Will be delivered electronically to your ILL account in PDF format. 

Delivery notifications are sent when materials are ready for pick-up or retrieval.  
The Library has a color scanner/copier located on the main floor, to the right of the Circulation Desk. There is also a scanner/copier on the 3rd floor in the middle of the music stacks. Both scan to a flash drive, which may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk. Finally, there is a flatbed scanner in the Digital Media Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Library.

The Ithacan, 1931-2002
Historical issues in a digital version. 

The Library also has 1931-2002 on Microfilm.  Paper issues for the entire run of the Ithacan are in the College Archives

Current year at the Ithacan Online, 2010-11

See the DIIS guide on services for guests. If you own a laptop or tablet, you may connect to IthacaCollege-Guest, the College’s wireless network, which requires no authentication and allows visitors access to the Internet on personal devices. Information transmitted or received over IthacaCollege-Guest is not encrypted and could be intercepted and viewed by other network users.

There is no one place in the library to find ethnographies. There are many books in the library that are ethnographies, and other ethnographic studies will be found in journal articles.


To find books that are or include ethnographies, search the online catalog. Unfortunately "Ethnography" is not an approved Library of Congress Subject Heading. Instead try searching "Ethnology" as the subject heading, or better still Ethnology with a particular region or country or other geographic name as a subheading.

Two other subject headings to try are "Indigenous peoples" and "Ethnic Groups." For these subject headings, it works best to add a particular geographic sub-heading.

Your best be might be to use the name of the individual ethnic group and people as your search term. Keep in mind, however, that common names for ethnic groups may not be the name used in the Subject Heading. For example, for Ibo you need to use the Subject Heading Igbo (African people). Fortunately, there are many see references that will steer you to the right place if you guess the wrong term.

Another trick to try is doing an advanced search combining a geographical or group name on one line and "ethnograph?" on another line. The ? at the end of ethnograph allows you to search for ethnography and ethographies and ethnographic all at the same time.

If there is a particular aspect of a group's culture you are interested in, start with that specific term. For example, Sex customs, Folk music, Ethnopsychology. Combine it, then, with the geographic name or name of the group or people.

In the stacks, many ethnographies are found in the GNs, where much of the anthropology collection is found, but others will be found in D (world history) or E and F (History of the Americas). Ethnomusicology would be found in M.


Two periodical databases that have the most material for most indigenous groups are AnthroSource and JStor. JStor is interlinked with Anthrosource, so searching AnthroSource usually leads you to research articles from both. Fortunately, "Ethnography" works as a serach term in AnthroSource. Unfortunately, you are probably better off typing in the name of the ethnic group or people anyway, since "ethnology" and "ethnography" are most often used in articles that discuss the terms theoretically rather than send you to ethnographic studies.

Go to the Anthropology Subject Guide for additional information and other databases to locate journal articles.


If you need help identifying ethnic groups and peoples or getting some background information about them, you can explore the reference collection in the library for several multiple volume resources, including Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (Ref GN 333 W67 1998), Encyclopedia of World Cultures (Ref GN 307 E53 1991), Handbook of North American Indians (Ref E 77 H25), Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes IRef E 77 G35 1998). There are other reference sources near these that may also be useful.

If all you need is a list of indigenous peoples to help you identify a name to get  you started, there is a Wiki page that provides that.
This service is available to Ithaca College faculty, retired faculty, staff and students

Alumni and Ithaca College affiliate borrowers must request ILL items through their public library.  
At the present time, 30% recycled paper is the standard paper used on campus.  General Services has had some experience with 100% recycled paper - they found that the increased amount of paper dust led to a high number of service calls and increased downtime for the printing/copying machines while they were being serviced.   General Services continues to work with the supplier and expects to migrate to 50% recycled paper in the near future.   As production technology improves, we expect that the issues with 100% recycled paper will be resolved and it will eventually become the College's standard paper.

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

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