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The Library will remain closed during the Fall 2020 semester. Click and Collect contactless pickup for students, faculty and staff of physical library materials available as of August, 24, 2020.

For campus information, consult the Fall 2020 Student FAQs.

How do I find a book?

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Search the Library Catalog and to find books in the library's collections. Limit to "Held by Library" to find a print book in the library. Limit to "Available Online" to see ebooks 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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Each ebook will have different permissions regarding downloading and printing.

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

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How do I renew my Stat!Ref account? 

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Go to Stat!Ref and follow these instructions to create or renew your Stat!Ref account.
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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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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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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. See a librarian for more information, and check out the DiscoverDeWitt: Getting Started Guide.
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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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I'm not a student. What can I use at the library?

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The library is currently closed due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate community patrons at this time. Our campus is closed to all but students and personnel. At this time, we do not know when our regular operations will be able to resume.  We recommend reaching out to your local public library to see if they can provide any of the services or resources you need.
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How do I renew an interlibrary loan book?

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Contact the ILL Department at 845-687-5212 to renew. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending institution.
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How long is the loan period for books and DVDs?

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Students are granted a semester length loan period on books. Students may borrow DVDs for 30 days at a time. To renew, speak to someone at the Circulation Desk (687-5213) or go to "My Library Card" from your account in DiscoverDeWitt. For more information about borrowing library materials, see the Library Policies guide.
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How do I print on campus?

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The library is currently closed due to the pandemic. Printing on campus is available for students in designated areas. All students must complete campus health screening procedures to enter campus facilities.

HAS 207, 217 and 219 are available for students, but you should bring your own headphones.

There was a Fall 2020 Student FAQ shared in the August 21 SUNY Ulster Student Life Newsletter. At the time of this writing, FAQ #7 answers where to go if you have your own laptop (see below).

7.    Is there a campus lounge available for students?

Students will be permitted to enter the cafeteria, but they will have to be socially distanced. Signs will be posted throughout this space and seats will be marked.

The College Lounge in VAN will be accessible as a space for students who are between face-to-face course offerings to log-in for any remote course learning engagement.  Students should bring their own laptop and headphones or earbuds, since using the computer speakers will be distracting to others in that space.  Signs will be posted throughout this space and seats will be marked.

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How do I renew my book(s)?

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You can renew from the "My Library Card" link in DiscoverDeWitt.
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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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How do I search for a book in the library?

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Search for books using the Library Catalog scope of DiscoverDeWitt. Limit to Held by Library for our physical collection. Limit to Available Online for only ebooks.
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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." Note that during the Fall 2020 semester, the physical library will remain closed. The online library remains open 24/7! Contactless pickup will be available by appointment.

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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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Where do I find literature criticism/secondary articles about a novel, play, poem, fairy tale 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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Does the library have a copy of my textbook?

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During the Fall 2020 semester, the library building will remain closed. Students will not have access to physical textbooks on reserve. The Lights for Learning program may be able to provide financial assistance for students to purchase their textbooks. More information can be found here: Lights for Learning Emergency Fund

 

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How do I download the Anatomy & Physiology Visible Body app?

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Go to Anatomy and Physiology mobile apps page and follow the instructions on the page. There are different sets of instructions for users currently on or off campus.

The desktop version can be accessed from the Library Resources tab of the portal in the Library Research Databases box. It is called Anatomy and Physiology by Visible Body and is under Biological Sciences and Nursing.

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How do I submit a Google docs file to Blackboard?

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You have to first download your Google doc as a file format that works with Blackboard. In Google docs, go to File -> Download and select appropriate file type to download the file as. The best options for use with Blackboard are Microsoft Word (.docx) and PDF Document (.pdf). Then upload the new pdf or docx to your assignment in Blackboard.
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