In an effort to help students, faculty, and staff learn about the library resources available to them, the library staff has developed the following tips guide below.
Accessing Library Resources
1. 1. Log on to MySiena.
2. When looking for books, start with the Siena library catalog.
3. In addition to the print books in the library, there are more than 80,000 ebooks in eBrary’s Academic Complete. These books can be read on computers, iPads, smart phones and some ebook readers. Go to the library’s home page, then click on eBrary (upper left box). Alternatively, once students are logged on to MySiena, they can just go to the library catalog and type in an author, title, subject search terms. If the Library has books related to the search, the catalog will show if it is in the General Collection (meaning print) or if it is an electronic format book. If the latter, click on the title and start reading. If students want to download the book to one of their computing devices, follow the on-screen instructions.
4. To use the databases in the Siena collection log on to MySiena, click on databases (top right of the screen).
a. CredoReference, First Search, and EBSCO are good starting points
b. ATLA Religion (found in EBSCO) is the best for religious studies.
c. JSTOR is best for the humanities and for GRS 601 History and Philosophy of Ideas.
d. CSA Illumina/Proquest is good for psychology, social work, and criminal justice. SpringerLinks is good for the natural sciences as well as psychology and counseling.
e. EBSCO, Health and Wellness Reference Center, CINAHL Plus with full text, ATLA Religion are often of value to health care students.
f. Proquest Business is excellent for business, leadership, administration, and human resources.
g. CredoReference will find all the print and ebooks in the Siena library plus will find all the articles (abstracts and full-text) related to your search terms in the books, journals, and databases. Credo has numerous additional resources.
h. Those looking for a book that is not in Siena’s collection, the university a free inter-library loan (I.L.L.) program. Students can fill out your request online (just log on to MySiena and go to the library’s home page. Link is in the upper left box). Or contact Melissa Sissen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-264-7155. Please check the SHU catalog to see if the book is already in the University's collection before requesting them through Interlibrary Loan.
Please be advised that electronic resources come and go, so those with questions or issues should contact any library staff member or the student workers. Just call 517-264-7150. Library staff will try to respond within 24 hours.