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Research On-the-Go: Accessing the Libraries’ Resources Off-Campus

With classes, work and family pulling you in multiple directions, you may find that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all your research done at the Library. Never fear, if you have internet access, you have access to the Libraries’ resources: our website is your information gateway. You can do research, renew books, access our online reference collection, get research help and much more.

Most of our research databases, like Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO and Criminal Justice Abstracts, are accessible off-campus. To access databases in your field, visit our databases page and click on the link for your field. Once you have selected a database and clicked on the corresponding link, you will be prompted to enter your NetID and password. Once you have, you will be able to search the database and access articles the same way you do when you are in the Library.

Minerva, our online catalog, is also accessible off-site. You can search for resources, check their availability, and submit UA Delivery and Interlibrary Loan requests. You can also log into MyMinerva and check due dates, renew items and see your outstanding fines.

Has your research hit a dead-end? Or maybe it never quite got going in the first place. Don’t despair. There are several ways you can get help without ever setting foot inside the Library. Check out the research guide for your field for helpful information on key resources in your field. We also have a host of online tutorials to help improve your research skills. Still stuck? Get help from a reference librarian via text, IM, phone or email.

You can also search many of the libraries’ resources on your smartphone or tablet via the Libraries’ specially formatted mobile site. This site allows you to view information like the libraries’ hours, directions to the library and our staff directory. It also allows you to search Minerva and access your MyMinerva account.

In addition, several of our database suppliers have mobile sites that facilitate searching via tablets and smartphones:

EBSCO Mobile: Access all of the databases we subscribe to through the Ebsco platform, including Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE, ERIC, and more. Experience the user-friendly EBSCO interface in the palm of your hand!

JSTOR: Instead of creating a specifically formatted site or device-specific apps, JSTOR has designed their interface to automatically adjust itself to your device.

WorldCat Mobile: Learn about what materials are available at the University at Albany and other libraries from your mobile device! There are also search suggestions that you can try such as artistic photography, graphic novels, and movie reviews.

Scopus/SciVerse Mobile Applications: Here you can search Scopus articles and citations, view abstracts, and even set up email alerts on your Smartphone!

LexisNexis Academic Mobile: Access a basic version of LexisNexis Academic and search the news, look up a news article, legal case, or company dossier.

For more information on accessing the Libraries’ resources off-campus, stop by the Reference Desk or give us a call at 442-3691.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin