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Information for Albany High IB Students

Information for Albany High IB Students

Welcome to the University at Albany. As a high school student, you are used to using a very different library for your research. This page presents information that will be very useful before you begin using the library. Please take some time to read the information on this page, as knowing more about the University Libraries will aid you in your research.

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Guides and Tutorials

Below are several guides and tutorials that you should take a look at before you arrive for instruction.

University Library Virtual Tour

Welcome to Minerva

Researching with Electronic Databases

Different Types of Resources

Scholarly Journals, Trade Journals and Popular Magazines

Evaluating Web Content

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The Science Library

The Science Library, located in the New Library Building on the uptown campus, was opened in September of 1999. Occupying three complete floors and 61,124 square feet, the Science Library is the largest component of the New Library Building and is responsible for opening, closing, and maintaining building security. The Science Library serves the entire University at Albany community, but houses collections and offers specialized services for the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics.

Maps of the Science Library

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Studying in the Library

If you are planning on studying in the University Library, there are several places to do this, both with a group and individually.

Group Study Areas
Individual Study Areas

Behind Periodicals Desk
Outside Current Periodicals Reading Room
Seating area between stairwells

Perimeter of Bound Periodicals
Current Periodicals Reading Room
1st Floor
Northeast wing
1st Floor
Reference perimeter
2nd Floor
Presidents' Reading Room
End of Oversized Collection

2nd Floor
Center - Carrel area

  3rd Floor
Center - Carrel

Studying at the Science Library

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Technology in the University Libraries

There are technology resources available throughout the University Libraries. They include computers, photocopiers, scanners, and more. While the University Library has the most technology resources, including access to a variety of software programs in the Interactive Media Center, both the Science Library and the Dewey Library provide their students with many technology resources to meet the needs of their academic programs.

Information on the available technology in each of the libraries

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Circulation Loan Policy

Loan Period: 30 days

Maximum items out: 25 items

Maximum renewals per item: 2 (up to 90 days)


More Circulation Loan Policy Information

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Electronic Resources

The University Libraries have over 250 electronic databases available to all students. These databases cover a very broad range of topics, some very general and others very specific. This may be many more databases than were available at your previous library and while this might initially sound overwhelming, having access to them will be very helpful for research. Through these databases, students have access to many valuable resources that they would not otherwise be able to use, including abstracts and full-text from thousands of periodicals, subject-specific encyclopedias and dictionaries, statistical information, audio and image resources, and more. Albany High School students must come into one of the university’s libraries to use these databases.

Available databases

Information on researching with electronic databases

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Bibliographers, sometimes called subject specialists, are affiliated with each academic department or program. The bibliographers provide coordination between the University Libraries and the faculty and students in the University's academic departments. The librarians who serve as bibliographers are members of the academic faculty and play a pivotal role in the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of the resources provided by the University Libraries.

If you wish to speak with a bibliographer about a specific collection or for research assistance within his or her subject, visit the subject specialist page to determine who the bibliographer is for that subject.

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Call Numbers

Your high school library uses the Dewey Decimal System for call numbers. This classification system is common in school libraries, smaller academic libraries, and most public libraries. The University Libraries use multiple classification systems, but the primary one is the Library of Congress classification system, which is the standard system at research libraries.

Information on how the Library of Congress Classification System works

Information on how to locate call numbers within the library

Information on how the SuDocs (Superintendent of Documents) Classification System works (for Government Documents)

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Further Information

Many questions about how to use the libraries or how to do research can be found on the Instruction and Tutorials web site. There are many valuable resources on this site that you should become familiar with, as you will be able to use this information throughout your college career.

If you would to have a one-on-one session with librarian who can provide you with in-depth consultation in how to get the most out of your research, the University Library offers Personalized Assistance with Searching (PAWS). You can sign up for this service at the reference desk either in person or by calling 442-3553.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask any of the reference librarians at any of the libraries. The librarians are there to help you, so don't hesitate to ask them any question you have. You can also contact a reference librarian via phone or email using the contact information available on our website.

More information about the University Libraries, including policies and services

Library hours and reference desk hours for each library

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Contact Greg

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Please contact me with any questions you have about using the libraries' resources to work on your projects!

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Created by S.Cook, 2006.
Maintained by G.Bobish