Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the library databases from off campus?

I was successfully logged into the databases but was suddenly blocked from continued use. What happened and what can I do to resume use?

What are Discovery Tools?

What is EBSCOhost Integrated Search?

What is WorldCat Local?

Where can I find particular call numbers in the library?

How do I access a wireless network connection in the library?


How do I access the library databases from off campus?

Users will use a SCCC User ID Login and Password, in fact, the same ID as your Angel login. When you attempt to use a Begley Library database off-campus using the EBSCO Integrated Search box, or by clicking on the database links available under the "Research" box on the home page, a window will appear with instructions for inputting your User ID in order to gain access. If you still have questions, please call 518-381-1487, or click on the "Troubleshooting" link at the bottom of the login page, and please include in your email, your Student ID number, and a description of your question or problem.

I was successfully logged into the databases but was suddenly blocked from continued use. What happened and what can I do to resume use?

If after successfully logging in to our databases with your SCCC User ID, you are blocked from continued access with the following, or similar message: "File missing: - docs/suspended.htm." A transaction threshold has been reached by your account and any further use for the next six hours has been blocked. PLEASE CALL the Begley Library Reference Desk at 381-1239 during library hours, or note the problem with us via the Ask a Librarian service. After verifying that you are a legitimate SCCC patron, the librarian can request that the block be removed.

What are Discovery Tools?

They are technologies or applications that provide a single point of access to a broad range of library materials. Instead of searching separate databases and online catalogs for books and articles, discovery tools try to simplify the search process and eliminate the need to repeat the same search over and over in multiple library resources. Some tools even integrate other library technologies that allow a user to link through and request and/or obtain materials in the same session. These tools also often allow librarians and users to make limited customizations to their interface. For individual descriptions of the Discovery Tools Begley Library is offering, please see below.

EBSCOhost Integrated Search

EBSCO Integrated search is a federated search tool that allows users to simultaneously search EBSCO databases as well as other electronic resources, including those from other database aggregators, OPACs, and publisher packages. EBSCO Integrated Search can be accessed using the search box at the top of the library's home page. To search across databases, choose to search by keyword, title, or author. You can also filter your results to resources with full text available, to peer reviewed sources, or to sources available only in Begley's catalog or database collection. Once you have entered your search term and the appropriate filters, click "search" and a new tab will open in your browser displaying the search results. Use the search tools on the left of the page to narrow or broaden your search results by subject, date of publication, publisher, or the many other filters available, and click "update" to see the changes in the results list.

WorldCat Local

provides Web access to WorldCat, "the world's richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries." This tools differs from federated search engines, because it is a portal that provides access to materials beyond Begley Library. Millions of books and articles held worldwide become available via resource sharing programs such as Illiad. There are also links to social networking tools like Twitter, RSS feeds and blogs. Users can customize their own account's interface.

Map of Library Call Numbers

Click HERE for a map of the interior of the library complete with call numbers.