Library Resources for New Users

Welcome to the Empire State College Online Library.

Learn about the resources available to help with different types of library research. If you have any questions, please Ask a Librarian.

Tour the Online Library
Videos show you what resources and services the library has to offer, and how to access and use them.
Research Skills Tutorial
Walks you through the research process from beginning to end. Learn about:
  • developing your topic and getting background information
  • finding and combining keywords for the best search results
  • evaluating sources
  • primary versus secondary and scholarly versus popular sources
  • citing sources.
Library Workshops
Attend live, hands-on online workshops from your home or office.
Assignment Calculator
Get help managing your time, and instruction for all the steps in the college-level research process.

Your Librarians

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Contact Info

If you are unable to view or use the Ask a Librarian chat widget above, you may also:

Search our FAQ or email us

Call 800-847-3000, ext. 2222

Normal Hours

  • Sun: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours


  • Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

July - August:

  • Mon-Thu: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Please note: Ask a Librarian is closed during the Spring, Summer and Winter breaks.  Academic librarians from the Ask Us 24/7 consortium are available to help any time via chat when Ask a Librarian is closed.

If you need to request accommodations for library content, on the basis of a disability or accessibility needs, please contact Accessibility Resources and Services by emailing them at Requests for accommodations should be submitted as early as possible to allow for sufficient planning. If you have questions, please visit the Accessibility Resources and Services website.

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