1 - Getting Started
1A. To Find Books in the RSC Libraries, use the picklist in the Search Box on the library home page and select Catalog Search.

1B. For RSC Libraries Advanced Search, WorldCat, or the Capital District Libraries Catalog, click on the Books & Media button below the search box.

2 - RSC Libraries Catalog-- Navigating the Search Results
Your search results will include information about where the book is located (Troy, Albany or Internet) and will provide a call number and basic citation. 

3 - Refining the Results
Use the drop-down box to search specifically by author, title, etc. The default is a “keyword” search (this searches all components of the library record).

You can refine your search by limiting your search results using the menu on the left. Selecting an option in the left-hand menu will show only those items that match the selected criteria. You can limit your search to display results from a specific library or our online library. You may place multiple limits on a single search.

4 - The Record Detail Page
By clicking on a title in the search results, you will see more information about the item such as type, availability, publication information, and options to place the item on hold.

5 - Locating the Book on the Shelf
5a. By examining the Call # and library location for the item you need, you can locate the item on the shelf. Example, if a book has the Albany call # KF889 .B48 2006 it will be shelved in the basement of the Albany Campus Library. 

5b.   If the location is  the Internet, a link will be provided in the catalog record to the ebook.


All eBooks owned by Sage can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog. You may also search these collections separately.

Ebook Collection
A collection of over 10,000 eBooks covering a wide range of disciplines.
Ebook Central
A collection of over 70,000 eBooks covering a broad range of subjects.

eBooks may be downloaded to an eReader device. See here for downloading instructions.
6 - Search Worldcat
Looking for more? Try WorldCat, a catalog of books, media, and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service (ILLIAD) to borrow books from other libraries. 

To check out Sage materials you will need a valid student ID. For assistance with searching for books or other materials just ask a librarian in person, by phone (244-2431), by email (libref@sage.edu), or by chat service.
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Research Apps & Tools
There are numerous apps and tools that are designed to assist students with research. The following is a short list of helpful tools.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.

Evernote is an app that makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.

OmmWriter is an app for Mac, PC and iPad that allows you to create a distraction-free writing envionment no matter where you go.

Pomodora Technique Timer is a time management method which uses a timer to break down work into periods of 25 minutes. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.

Trello is an easy way to organize anything from your day-to-day work, to a favorite side project, to your life plans. It is also a great tool for organizing collaborative projects.


Citing Sources

Citing Sources


General Online Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library.

Citation Management Software

Citation management software is designed to help you store, organize, and cite your research. Most of the available citation management tools will help you store and organize your sources in one place, share sources with other researchers, read and annotate PDFs, insert formatted citations and bibliographies into word processing software.

All Sage students, faculty, and staff have access to RefWorks citation manager, free of charge through the Sage Library. Click here to set up a free account with your sage.edu email address. For more help with Refworks, click here.

Quick links to other popular citation managers: