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Library Search Tools

Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog

The Libraries' Catalog is a database of records for most of the materials the Rensselaer Libraries own, subscribe to, or have on order. It includes:

  • Books (print books and ebooks)
  • Journals (indexed at the journal-title level, not at the article level)
  • Rensselaer technical reports
  • Scores
  • DVDs, videos, CDs, vinyl records, and software
  • Rensselaer theses and dissertations from 1855 to present
  • Links to electronic journals, ebooks, government documents, and reference materials

Search tips are available on the Catalog interface.

The location and availability-status of items is displayed in the search results.

If the item you need is not in the Libraries' Catalog, or is not available, the next place to try is ConnectNY - a resource-sharing group of academic libraries in New York State. A search of the ConnectNY catalog can be done right from a Libraries' Catalog search-results page by clicking on the ConnectNY icon.

If you cannot find the item in the Rensselaer or ConnectNY catalogs, the next step is to place an Interlibrary Loan request, and our staff will try to borrow it from another library.

ConnectNY

Rensselaer is a member of ConnectNY, a consortium of academic institutions in New York State which share their catalogs so that authorized users can borrow books and selected materials from other members' collections.

  • Search the combined catalog on the ConnectNY website.
  • Or, from search results in the Rensselaer Libraries' catalog by clicking on the ConnectNY icon.
  • The search is transferred to the ConnectNY website and results from across the consortium are displayed.

If you find the item you need in the ConnectNY catalog, the requesting process is easy:

  • Click "Request" on the item you want,
  • Select "Rensselaer" as your affiliation,
  • Enter your RCS ID and password to authenticate,
  • Usually within 2-3 business days you will receive an email notification that your item is ready to pick up at the Folsom Library Service Desk.

There is more information about Borrowing from ConnectNY [http://library.rpi.edu/Node/5601#BorrowingfromnonRensselaerLibraries ]

 

Quick Search

Quick Search, the default in the search box on the Libraries' home page [http://library.rpi.edu], is an easy way to start your research by simultaneously searching for books, articles, and more.

Quick Search includes:

  • a vast collection of articles and other materials (including many available in full text)
  • most of the content from the Rensselaer Libraries' catalog (books, e-books, media, journal-titles, etc.)
  • content from Rensselaer Digital Collections

Enter your initial search in the box, click the "quick search" button or hit "enter", and your results will be displayed in the Quick Search interface.

  • The default is a boolean search set so that if multiple search terms are entered, the results will have entries where all of the terms appear within 5 words of each other.
  • On the results screen you can adjust your search to specify keyword, title or author.
  • Use the limiters on the left side of the interface to refine your search - you can limit by year, full text availability, peer review status, subject, and more.

Quick Search searches a majority of the library's full text content, but it doesn't include every article you can access through the Rensselaer Libraries.

Results will show some items that will have to be acquired through Interlibrary loan.

You can find additional resources by searching the Libraries' catalog, a database specific to your discipline, the ejournals list, or by browsing the ejournals.

Quick Search also does not currently search these resources:

Quick Search is based on EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and has a similar interface to other EBSCO databases you may have used. You may find this video tutorial helpful, and help pages are also available through EBSCO.

 

The Get it @ RPI Button

When you see: Get it at RPI button or the text "Get it @ RPI" in a database, you can click on it to see if the Rensselaer Libraries have access to the item.

If the full text for an item is not available online, Get it @ RPI also provides links to search the library catalog or "Request via Interlibrary Loan".

  • For interlibrary loan, you will be prompted to log into the system using your RCS ID and password - the information for the item will automatically populate the interlibrary loan form - check the information for accuracy, and then submit it.

Most databases will display Get it @ RPI links automatically if you access the database from the Libraries' webpages or catalog. However, PubMed and Google Scholar sometimes need to be configured to display links to Get it @ RPI.

Get it @ RPI in Google Scholar

If you are accessing Google Scholar from on campus, Get it @ RPI links will show automatically. If you are accessing Google Scholar from off campus, you can turn on Get it @ RPI links in two ways:

Method 1: Link to Google Scholar from the Rensselaer Libraries' website

  • Get it @ RPI links will show if you link to Google Scholar from the databases list on the Rensselaer Libraries' website. You will be prompted to authenticate using your RCS ID and password or library account information.

Method 2: Setting preferences in Google Scholar

  • Go to Google Scholar.
  • Click on "Settings".
  • Click on "Library Links".
  • Type Rensselaer in the search box and click the magifying glass button.
  • Check the box for "Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Get it @ RPI".
  • You can also leave the "Open WorldCat - Library Search" box checked. When a book appears in a Google Scholar results list, the Library Search link allows you to see what nearby libraries (including the Rensselaer Libraries) have the book.
  • Click on "Save" at the bottom of the screen.
  • When you do this, a cookie is saved on your computer that tells Google Scholar to display Get it @ RPI links for journal article citations. If you clear your cookies, or access Google Scholar from a different computer, you will need to set your preferences again.

Get it @ RPI links in PubMed

You will need a (free) My NCBI account to set preferences for Get it @ RPI in PubMed.

  • Go to PubMed.
  • Create or log in to your My NCBI account. Use the "Sign in to NCBI" link in the upper right corner.
  • Go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/preferences/ to access your My NCBI Preferences.
  • Under PubMed Preferences, click on Outside Tool.
  • In the resulting list, click on "R" and then select Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from the list. Then click the Save button.
  • Remember that you need to be logged into your My NCBI account for Get it @ RPI links to show in PubMed.
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Journals

Finding Journal Articles

Articles can be found through Quick Search [http://library.rpi.edu], but for targeted searches, try the options below:

Databases of journal articles [ http://guides.lib.rpi.edu/az.php ]. Choose general or discipline-specific databases to search for articles.

List of eJournals by title. May filter list by subject or vendor, or search by ISSN.

Browse eJournals by subject, title, and ISSN.

  • BrowZine is a web and mobile application that makes it easy to keep up with research literature from your mobile or desktop device. You can create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, be alerted when new issues are published, and read articles in a format optimized for tablet devices. You can also easily save articles to Dropbox, Zotero, Mendeley, and other services. Your BrowZine user account is synchronized across web and mobile services.
  • Download the free BrowZine app.
  • When you open BrowZine for the first time, you'll see a list of schools. Select RPI, then enter your RCS user ID and password.

Whether on or off campus, connect to online resources via links on the Libraries' website for authenticated access to subscribed or purchased content. Access to some resources requires additional authentication with your RCS ID and password.

Choose appropriate resources [information/citation] - when searching for articles, remember that the type of publications you use in your research and cite in papers makes a difference in how your research will be regarded.

Journal Abbreviations

Citations often list journal titles in an abbreviated form. On these sites you can look up abbreviations, full titles, ISSNs, and other publication information.

Multidisciplinary

All that JAS (Journal Abbreviation Sources) : "a registry of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations."

Genamics JournalSeek : "the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the Internet."

ISI Journal Abbreviations : index from the Caltech Library System.

 

Subject oriented

Core Journals covered in ChemicalAbstractsPlus : contains the short title, complete title, and CODEN.

Journals list from MathSciNet : for journals indexed by the Mathematical Reviews Database. Enter a journal abbreviation, journal name, partial name, or an ISSN. Entire Abbreviations of Names of Serials in PDF.

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research index of abbreviations for referring to natural science and forest science journals.

 

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Rensselaer Digital Collections

Rensselaer Digital Collections

Rensselaer Digital Collections consist of materials of intellectual, historic and cultural value to Rensselaer in a wide variety of image, audio, video and text formats. The Digital Collections are administered by the Rensselaer Libraries, utilizing DigiTool, a content management application that is compliant with data standards relating to the Open Archives Initiative (OAI).

The collections include:

  • Rensselaer doctoral dissertations, most from December 2006 forward
  • Masters theses, most from December 2007 forward
  • Selected publications and photographs from the Institute Archives and Special Collections
  • School of Architecture publications, image collections, and Bachelor of Architecture 5th year projects from 2007-2015
  • Darrin Fresh Water Institute papers and reports
  • The Polytechnic from the 1800s through 2001
  • Rensselaer Alumni Magazine

Access and Permissions

Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff have free, unlimited access to the Rensselaer Digital Collections. Many items are also available to unaffiliated researchers, but access to some items is restricted by copyright or licensing agreements. Inquiries about collections or specific items should be made to Digital Collections Support.

Alumni have access to the Digital Collections, including copyright restricted material. Alums can login using their Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) username and password. See the Alumni Login to the Poly page for details.

 

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eBooks

Find eBooks

The libraries subscribe to a number of ebook databases and also purchase titles directly from suppliers. We also belong to the ConnectNY consortium which shares ebooks among its member libraries.

Find ebooks:

  • Click the eBooks button to search in QuickSearch.
  • Use Advanced Search in the Libraries' catalog with Material Type set to EBOOKS.
  • In basic catalog-search results, click "Modify Search" at the top, choose Material Type = EBOOKS, and re-run the search.

Generally, electronic books, unlike print titles, are unavailable for interlibrary loan due to the licensing agreements with publishers and vendors of ebooks.

 

eBook Vendors & Policies

The table below is an attempt to provide information on the specific terms of ebook-use including downloading to mobile devices.

ASCE - Ebook Central | EBSCO - Safari | ScienceDirect - Wiley |

 

ASCE eBooks

Books24X7

Ebook Central

Content

Over 350 titles in civil engineering.

Over 13,000 books, plus over 1,000 short videos on IT topics .

Titles from a range of subjects and publishers, includes Academic Complete .

#Users

Unlimited

Unlimited

Varies

Timeout

N/A

N/A

15 Min.

Printing

Unlimited

1 screen at a time

Limited; varies by publisher; up to 60 pages

Download to PC

Entire book

No

Academic Complete - 14 days; Other titles 1-7 days.

Checkout

N/A

N/A

See above

Download to Device

N/A

No

Nook,
iOS Devices, Kindle Fire,
Android Devices

User Acct?

Yes

No

Yes

Software

Adobe Reader

No

Adobe Digital Editions,

Bluefire

 

 

EBSCO eBook Collection

JSTOR

Knovel

Safari

Content

Over 11K titles purchased by RPI and freely available ones

Titles from a range of subjects and publishers on the JSTOR platform; provided by CNY.

Knovel contains electronic reference titles in selected engineering disciplines.

Searchable collection of ebooks on technology, digital media, and business books.

#Users

Single & Multiple Use

Unlimited

Unlimited

2

Timeout

15 Min.

30 Min.

N/A

20 Min.

Printing

60 pg limit

By chapter

Chapter at a time

Unlimited but does 1 pg. at a time

Download to PC

becomes inactive when checkout period over

By chapter

By chapter

No

Checkout

14 days

N/A

N/A

N/A

Download to Device

Nook,
iOS Devices, Kindle Fire,
Android Devices

No

By chapter (.pdf)

No

User Acct?

Yes

No

No

No

Software

Adobe Digital Editions,

Bluefire

No

No

No

 

 

ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

SIAM

Springer

Wiley

Content

Selected titles purchased by RPI

Access to @400 ebooks published by the Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics

Includes three purchased ebook packages in SpringerLink database

Selected titles purchased by RPI

#Users

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Timeout

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Printing

Chapter at a time

Chapter at a time

Chapter at a time

Chapter at a time

Download to PC

By chapter (.pdf)

By chapter

By chapter

By chapter

Checkout

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Download to Device

By chapter (.pdf)

By chapter (.pdf)

Entire Book

By chapter (.pdf)

User Acct?

No

No

No

No

Software

No

No

No

No

Downloading to Mobile Devices:

 

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Books

Books

Search the Rensselaer Libraries’ Catalog to find books in the collection at both the Folsom and Architecture Libraries. Also see ConnectNY under Library Search Tools.

New Items / Leisure Reading
  • New Items - Semimonthly lists of newly cataloged books, videos and sound recordings.
  • Leisure reading  - The Class of ’96 Reading Room, on the main floor of Folsom Library, has a rotating collection of popular fiction and non-fiction books.
Call Number Guide

 

Books Journals
A - N Third Floor, North 001 - 499 Third Floor, North (east side)
P Third Floor, South 500 - 649 Fourth Floor, North
Q - TL Fourth Floor, South 650 - 659 Third Floor, North (east side)
TN-VM Fourth Floor, North 660 - 699 Fourth Floor, North (east side)
Z Third Floor, North (after "N" books) 700 - 999 Third Floor, North (east side)

Not all items will be in the Folsom book or journal stacks. Other locations include:

Architecture Architecture Library, Greene Building, 3rd Floor West
Archives Third Floor, East (facing VCC)
Service Desk Second Floor, Lobby
Class of 96 Reading Room Second Floor, West
Course Reserves Second Floor, Service Desk, for hardcopy items
DVD Movies Second Floor, North
Journals (microform) First Floor, East (in cabinets arranged by Call Number)
Popular Magazines Second Floor, East (arranged by Call Number)
Reference Second Floor, North (arranged by Call Number)
VHS Movies/ Audio CDs Third Floor, South , beside elevator

 

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Video / Music / Images

Video on DVD and VHS

Browse DVDs:

Lists of DVDs in the categories: Animations | Art & Music | Documentaries | Movies

Finding Films and Videos in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog:

  • Search by Title, Author (enter the name of an actor, director, screenwriter, etc.), or Subject (ex. experimental films, feature films, or specific topic).
  • Pre-select "Video Collections" from the "View all Collections" drop-down.
  • In the Advanced Keyword Search, limit Material Type to "Videos", or enter "DVD" or "VHS" in a second dropdown for Subject.

 

Music

Naxos Music Library contains more than 275,000 tracks of Classical Music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese Music with liner notes and biographical information on composers or artists. System Requirements for Naxos

DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides 10,000 CD quality music tracks, original liner notes and essays from New World Records, CRI, Innova, XI and other post-1950 labels.

National Jukebox: Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Find Music in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog:

If you know the title, composer, or performer: Search in Advanced Keyword, selecting either Title or Author (for composer or performer) in the first drop-down box, then choose a format:

  • CD - in a second drop-down box, select Subject using the term “CD.”
  • LP (vinyl) - in the Location box, select "Folsom Phonorecord".
  • Score - in the Location box, select "Folsom Music Score".
  • Streamed - in the Material Type box, select "ESOUND".

Streamed music available through DRAM is not listed in the catalog. Search DRAM directly to access these resources.

Most streamed music available through Naxos is listed in the Libraries' catalog, but you may get more results by searching Naxos directly.

 

Art & Architectural Image Collections

Archivision - a licensed image resource which includes 16,000 images of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and public art from all periods. For use, exclusively, by the Rensselaer community. Several resolutions are available to serve different educational purposes.

Saskia, Ltd. and Davis Art Images - licensed selections from these vendors include sets to accompany art historical textbooks, as well as sets on styles of architecture, and museum masterpieces. For use, exclusively, by the Rensselaer community. Several resolutions are available to serve different educational purposes.

The Armenian Architecture online collection indexes and displays hundreds of images produced for the Armenian Architectural Archives Project which was directed by Rensselaer Professor Emeritus Vosken Lawrence Parsegian and based at Rensselaer from 1978 to 1993.

 

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