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How do I find a book?

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Search the Library Catalog to find a book in the print collection. To include ebooks in your search results, limit your DiscoverDeWitt search to Catalog Only. 
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How do I download an ebook so I can read it offline or on my mobile device?

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Many ebooks in the library's collection can be downloaded to your computer or mobile device for offline viewing. The ebooks will expire after the loan period ends.

The library's largest providers of ebooks are ProQuest eBook Central (formerly ebrary), EBSCO ebooks, and ACLS Humanities e-Book. ACLS Humanities ebooks are not available for download.

On a computer: Ebrary and EBSCO require you to create free personal accounts with them before you can download a book. To download and view the books offline on your computer, you must install Adobe Digital Editions.

On a mobile device: To download and view on a mobile device, create an ebrary or EBSCO account and install the Bluefire Reader app.

On an eReader: EBSCO ebooks can be transferred to a Kindle by selecting PDF as the file type and using Amazon's Send to Kindle service. ebrary ebooks can not currently be read on an eReader unless the Bluefire app is able to be installed on it.

For more detailed instructions, consult the guide eBooks: Finding, Printing, and Downloading.

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How do I browse a list of DVDs available at the library?

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You can browse the DVDs on the main level of the library. Here's a link to our full listing of DVDs
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How do I renew my Stat!Ref account? 

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Go to Stat!Ref from the Research Databases box of the Library tab of the Portal. Select "My Stat!Ref" in the upper right of the page. Log in with your account information, then select "Temporary Login Account" from the blue menu. Select "Activate/Renew." That's it! You now have 90 more days of access to Stat!Ref on your phone.
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How do I renew an interlibrary loan book?

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If your book is not overdue, log on to ILLiad to renew. If the book is overdue, contact the ILL Department at 845-687-5212. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending institution.
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I'm not a student. What can I use at the library?

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County residents and alums may obtain a library card to check out books and other materials. To use the computers and print, get an account set up at OIT and an ID from Public Safety. Access to online resources is restricted to on campus use only.
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How long is the loan period for books and DVDs?

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Books have a 3 week loan period and DVDs are loaned for 7 days at a time. To renew, speak to someone at the Circulation Desk (687-5213) or log on to your library account and Renew Items. For more information about borrowing library materials, see the Library Policies guide.
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What is DiscoverDeWitt?

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DiscoverDeWitt is an online search tool that allows you to keyword search DeWitt Library's holdings. Database content, the library catalog (books and DVDs) and even Subject Guides are included in your results list. Not everything the Library subscribes to is searched by DiscoverDeWitt. See a librarian for more information, and check out the DiscoverDeWitt: Getting Started Guide.
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What is a peer-reviewed journal article and how do I find one?

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A peer-reviewed article has undergone a review process by experts in the field prior to being published. To find peer-reviewed articles, search in a library database. You can limit your search results to peer-reviewed, scholarly, or academic articles. Select a subject-specific database from Library tab of the portal, or from our databases A-Z page. You could also search many databases at once using DiscoverDeWitt

Confused? Ask a Librarian for help!

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Where is the bathroom?

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Main level behind the Reference books. Check out the Library Tour for more about what's where in the library.
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What do I need to borrow a laptop?

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Laptops are for use in the library only. You must present a valid Student ID and a 2nd picture ID to be held at the Circulation Desk while you have the laptop. At the beginning of each semester, you must also sign a Laptop Liability Agreement.
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Who do I ask for help with finding/citing sources for a paper or assignment?

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Ask SUNY Ulster Librarians for help at the Reference Desk. You can also email (askref@sunyulster.edu), or call (687-5208). Take a look at the DeWitt Library's Citation Guides for quick reference information. If you would like to schedule a longer time to sit down with a librarian, make an appointment online. You can also chat with a librarian from participating libraries with AskUs 24/7.
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How do I renew my book(s)?

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You can renew online by selecting My Account from Catalist - the Library Catalog. Login in with your my.sunyulster.edu username and password. View more detailed instructions here.
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How many books am I allowed to take out?

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There is no limit to the amount of circulating books you may take out at one time. Just remember, you are responsible for their return. Failure to return library materials will result in a hold on your account. You will not be able to register for classes or get a copy of your transcript until the books are returned or the cost of the books is paid.

You may only borrow (usually for in library use only) one Reserve book at a time.

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What are the library's hours?

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The DeWitt Library Hours can be found online from the Library tab of my.sunyulster.edu and are available to the public from any libguides.sunyulster.edu page under "About the Library."

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What do I need to take out a book?

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Your SUNY Ulster ID serves as your library card. Community members may join for the library for free with a valid photo ID and proof of address. For more information about borrowing library materials, see the Library Policies & Services page.
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Who do I ask for help with my information literacy (LIB111) class?

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Librarians are available at the Reference Desk to help with your information literacy assignments. Stop by the desk, call us, text us, chat, or make an appointment. If we do not respond to one of these methods right away please send an email to askref@sunyulster.edu. 
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How do I search for a book in the library?

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Search for books using the Library Catalog or by limiting a DiscoverDeWitt search to "Catalog Only." You can find a DiscoverDeWitt search box and a link to Catalist the Library Catalog on the Library tab of the portal and throughout library subject guides.
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Where do I find literature criticism/articles about a novel, poem, or short story?

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Many of the library's resources related to literature can be found through the Literature Subject Guide. The databases where ENG102 students have the most success finding critical essays are Gale Literary Sources and JSTOR. For both databases, start by entering the author and name of work as your keyword. 
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How do I print at the library?

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To print from library computers, make sure ToshibaCopier is the selected printer. You need to swipe your SUNY Ulster ID to release your print job. The Printing at the Library guide has more detailed instructions. It is not currently possible to print directly from your own device, but you may plug a flash drive into the printer to print standard file types like .docx and .pdf.
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