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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


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
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.
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.
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.
Instructions can be found here. Please contact Kris Shanton, Music Librarian, for information on username/password.
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.
Please refer to this document for connecting to Wireless.
  • 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.).
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.)
Please fill out the Library Filming and Photography Request Form and return it to the Library Administrative Office on the 3rd floor.
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.  

Go to the IC Services desk in the union (307B) fill out a form, and you will receive a refund.
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.
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

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.

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.
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.


  • 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
  • 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.
The Circulation Desk has external USB CD/DVD drives, which may be borrowed for seven days.
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.

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.   

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.  
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Search Billboard online -- you pick the style, genre, and chart. Archives are also available.
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...)
Go to the Census site. For specifics of towns, cities, counties, states, and the nation use American Factfinder
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.
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.
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.

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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