Databases on Trial

The following databases are currently available for a limited time as we consider adding them to the collection.

  • Drama Online
    Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. The unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance. [Trial ends September 15, 2014.]
  • Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index
    Coverage is international in scope and represents Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts from the 4th-19th centuries. Languages include English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, Dutch and Scandinavian. Researchers benefit from the inclusive coverage within the articles including artists, works, collections (private and public), exhibitions, and reproductions. [Trial ends September 10, 2014.]
  • Routledge Performance Archive
    A developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance. Includes interviews with key figures in theatre history and contemporary practice; masterclasses with specialist actor trainers from around the world; unique footage direct from the legendary practitioners themselves; excerpted and full-length contemporary productions; and documentaries previously unavailable to global audiences. [Trial ends September 28, 2014.]

If you have feedback about these trials, or want a trial of another database, contact the Digital Services Librarian. Want more databases? Go to our alphabetical list, or consult a subject guide.

Library Open Labor Day Weekend

The Library will be open over Labor Day Weekend during the following hours. Note that we open at 6pm in the evening on Monday, September 1st. For more details see  Have a happy holiday!

Labor Day Weekend Hours:

Saturday, August 30 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, August 31 12:00pm – 2:00am
Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) 6:00pm – 2:00am

Wireless Printing Now Available at the Library

In response to popular demand, CTS has enabled wireless printing at the Library!  You can now print jobs from your laptop to the Reference or DMZ printers using your CTS print allocation. For instructions, see this FAQ:

Key Points About Web Print:

  • Log in with your Purchase email password at to upload your file to the Web Print system.
  • Print remotely from anywhere in the Library using PurchaseWifi or PurchaseGuest wireless networks.
  • Works best with laptops (not compatible with tablets or smartphones).
  • Costs the same as printing from a desktop & deducts from your CTS print allocation.
  • Print Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and PDF files. The system is not compatible with JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, PUB, AI, PSD files.
  • Send jobs to the Reference Xerox_BW (black & white) and Reference Xerox Color printers in the Reference Computer Commons or to the DMZ_BW (black & white) and DMZ_Color printers in the Digital Media Zone on the first floor of the library.laptop printer



Check out the new search tools & tabs on our homepage!

The Library is excited to announce a new research tool, called Discovery Search, which allows you to access the majority of the Library’s resources using a single search. This includes article databases, e-books, streaming video, images, and items in the Library’s catalog like books, print journals, scores, CDs, and DVDs.  Discovery Search is now the first search tab on the Library homepage, next to the tabs for searching books/media, subject guides, films/video, and eJournals.

image of search boxes: discovery, books/media, subject guides, films/media, ejournals

What does it look like?
If you’ve searched in an EBSCOhost database before, Discovery Search will look very familiar.  The basic mechanics of searching in Discovery Search are the same as most other EBSCOhost databases.

What does it search?  
Discovery Search includes all EBSCOhost databases that we subscribe to, as well as: Alexander Street Press databases, Credo Reference, Naxos Music Library, Gale Databases, GPO, Oxford (Grove) Databases, JSTOR Collections, ARTstor, Lexis/Nexis, ScienceDirect, and our catalog holdings for items in our local collection.

At this time Discovery Search does not include ProQuest databases, Biological Abstracts, WorldCat, AnthroSource, and MathSciNet. These can still be accessed from our Databases by Title page or subject guides.

Discovery Search offers research starters that provide topic overviews, links to full text resources, and a Find it @ Purchase button which searches for full text in all of our subscribed resources (including ones not found in Discovery Search). It also has widgets that search the Digital Public Library of America and Kanopy, a streaming video service.

What are the other search tabs on the homepage?

Discovery Search is the default search tab on the library’s homepage, but the tabs also include search boxes for…

Books/Media: Searches the library’s IDS catalog. This catalog simultaneously searches WorldCat and “quick delivery” libraries that provide quick service for interlibrary loan items. Use this search if you want to find books and items that are physically held in our library, or items you can get via interlibrary loan (submit your ILL request by clicking on the Request It button).

Subject Guides: Librarian-recommended resources and research tips tailored to specific subjects. These guides give you a starting point for research and act as a gateway to different types of resources on a variety of topics.

Films/Video: Searches within Discovery Search but limits to films that the library owns (DVDs, VHS, and other formats), as well as streaming video from online sources.

eJournals: Shows you which library databases provide the full text of a particular journal. This box searches for full text online journals, magazines, and newspapers that the library subscribes to, and some that are freely available online. Useful if you want to browse or search within an issue of a specific publication.

For help using Discovery Search, or any of our library’s resources, Ask a Librarian.

Welcome Back to the Library!

We hope you had a good summer! Have a question? Remember that you can ask a librarian for help in-person, in our online 24/7 chat, by text, email or phone.  Full info is on our Ask a Librarian page. Also, be sure to try out our new Discovery Search which searches most of the Library’s holdings (articles, books, and much more) all at once.  And, come use the new printers in the DMZ and Reference Area.  See you soon.

Teaching & Learning Day 2014: Faculty & Staff Workshops on Tues. Aug. 19

Welcome back, Faculty & Staff! It’s great to see you back on campus, just in time for Teaching & Learning Day, a day of workshops from the Teaching, Learning, & Technology Center (TLTC) and the Library taking place Tuesday, August 19th.

Now is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your classes, and the Library & TLTC are here to help.  Every semester, the TLTC and Library sponsor workshops taught by and to faculty & staff on topics related to pedagogy, instructional design, and technology in the classroom. This year’s workshops include topics such as: Moodle tools, myHeliotrope, academic integrity, universal design, collaborating with course librarians, teaching with tablets, using Zotero to manage citations, and more!

Join us for a welcome session at 9:15am following by workshops held in various classrooms in the Library throughout the day.

Click here to sign up for Teaching & Learning Day workshops.

Teaching & Learning Day Schedule. See full schedule here:

Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams, known for his comedic and dramatic acting talents, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014. An actor of great range, Williams played a doctor, a professor, a therapist, a drag club owner, a robot, a Shakespearean clown, a nanny, and a cartoon genie. In memory of this beloved actor and comedian, here are links to some of his most acclaimed films available in the Purchase College Library and their call numbers:


robin williams and matt damon in good will hunting

Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting

Library Closed TODAY AUGUST 11th

The Library is closed Monday, August 11th due to the Electrical Shutdown affecting several campus buildings.We will reopen Tuesday August 12th at 8:30 am.  See the Library Hours page for a full listing of library hours this week:

Need to return items? You may return any items in the Drop Box in the foyer. The outer doors to the Library foyer are always open.

Shakespeare For the New Millennium

Tablet technology has taken a new twist on an old favorite. Mobile apps for Shakespeare Sonnets help lovers of literature experience The Bard in new ways.  Here are some of the top apps for interacting with the works of William Shakespeare:

1. The Sonnets:  This sleek iPad app shows a scan of the 1609 Quarto edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets along with commentary and annotations. It also features videos of famous actors and authors like Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, and Kim Cattrall reading sonnets!

2. The Shakespeare App (Free or Pr0): For Android and Apple, you can access the complete works of William Shakespeare on this app and use a build in glossary to define Elizabethan words. You can even shake your phone to get a quote of the day.

3. Folger Shakespeare Library (paid):  The Folger Shakespeare Institute in Washington D.C. has created a series of interactive audiobooks of Shakespeare’s most popular plays: Hamlet, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth. Read by actors from the Folger Theatre, this app also contains scholarly commentaries on the plays and illuminated manuscripts. A great tool for teachers!

4. Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre Programmes: If you love the London theatre, you can download digital copies of programmes from Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including behind-the-scenes articles and video interviews with the actors.



Welcome Class of 2018!

If you’re on campus for Orientation this week, make sure you stop by the Library!  (New to campus?  We are the colorful glass building at the center of the plaza mall with a yellow column and a red overhang).

You can cool off from the heat, use our computers, get a snack in the 2012 Michelle MacNaught Student Lounge, explore our books, DVDs, and graphic novels, tour our revamped Music Collection, and take a look at student artwork on display.

We know there’s a lot of information to digest at Orientation, so we won’t bombard you today.  You can get acquainted with the Purchase College Library at your own pace via social media.  If you’re reading this, you’ve already found our news blog,  “Behind the Stacks,” but you can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Tumblr, and check out photos of the library on Instagram and Flickr.  Find us on the social media site of your choice!  If you’d like to leave us a message or share your thought, just use #SUNYPurchaseLib.

And of course, whether you’re on or off campus, you can always Ask a Librarian a question via phone, email, text, IM/chat, or in person.  We are here to help you get oriented!

poster showing the library is on twitter, facebook, tumblr, flickr, and instagram. our hashtag is #SUNYPurchaseLib


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