Category Archives: Resources

Scare Up a Good Movie! Check Out the Library’s Horror Films for Halloween.

Looking for spooky Halloween viewing? The Library has new and classic horror films!  This list includes some great films from the bone-chilling to the bizarre, but to find additional scary movies in our collection, use the “Films/Video” search tab on the Library homepage to search for the title of the film you want or search for “Horror Films” as a Subject.

To check out a film, use the call number (e.g. Popular Collection DVD 2524) to find the DVD case, shelved in numerical order on either side of the Reference Desk.  Then take the case up to the Circulation Desk and enjoy!

FEATURED FILMA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is Vampire Western set in Tehran and created by Iranian-American first-time director Ana Lily Amirpour. This film has something for everyone, blending brooding vampires with dark comedy, a strong female lead, international flavor, and indie film cinematography. Check it out with the call number Popular Collection DVD 4720.

poster for "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"

poster for “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

Vampires, Monsters and Zombies

Psychological Thrillers & Mysterious Happenings

Halloween Classics


CTS systems maintenance may affect library website, printing on Sun. 10/11 7pm-11pm

On Sunday Oct. 11th from 7pm to 11pm, CTS will perform maintenance on all campus systems including email, Moodle, and web servers. Internet access will remain available throughout the maintenance window, however access to all campus-based services will be interrupted.

During this time, it is possible that the Library website may not be available. It is also possible that the print servers may be affected and printing may be temporarily disabled or may take longer to come back on line.  Please plan to print your documents accordingly before 7pm or after 11pm.

According to CTS: “High-utilization services (such as Email, Moodle, and Web servers) will be the last to be shut down, and the first to be brought back online. Some Wi-Fi devices may also suffer brief interruptions.”


Luckily, there are additional ways to access library resources, without going to the Library homepage. These resources are not hosted on the campus servers and should remain available during the maintenance window, as long as you have Internet access:

  • Catalog:  Access the Catalog at Links to Worldcat and the Local Catalog are on the righthand column of this page.
  • Databases:  Go directly to the alphabetical Databases List at or use a Research By Subject Guide appropriate to your topic.
    • Pro tip:  If you are using a computer on campus and a database fails to open when you click on it, there’s a work-around! Copy/drag the link into a new browser window and delete the ezprozy prefix from the front of the URL, everything before the second http. Delete this part: “”   (This does not work if you are off campus.)
    • If none of the Library’s databases are working, try Google Scholar at  Remember to save any useful citations so you can use the Library’s Citation Lookup feature later on to get the full text of the article for free.
  • FAQs: For general questions about library services, you can search our FAQs even if the library homepage is down. Just go here:
  • Get Updates: Check the Library’s Facebook and Twitter for updates about outages and restoration of access.

For more help, see this FAQ for work-arounds to accessing library resources:



New databases and electronic resources!

We like to keep our content fresh, whether on the shelf or online! Check out the following new databases and e-resources from the Library and TLTC. Enhance your online or hybrid classes! Enhance your research!

  • The TLTC has added Blackboard Collaborate to Moodle. This web-conferencing software allows instructors to conduct hybrid or online classes over video conferencing and has many other potential uses.
  • The Library has subscribed to additional databases and e-resources for the 2015-2016 academic year,  including:

These and more can be found on the Databases by Title page on the Library website. Also see a list of databases on trial!

Social Science Data for Analysis and Teaching Available via ICPSR!

Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity? These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR data cover topics from sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, child care, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations.

ICPSR is the world’s largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses.

All Purchase College staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR is linked from the Library’s Databases page.


Browse Scholarly Journals on your Tablet

The library has a trial for BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad and Android tablet or smart phone (a web version will be released soon).


Get started in three easy steps:

  • From your iOS or Android device, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
  • Open BrowZine and select Purchase College Library from the list
  • Enter your credentials, these will be the same that you use to access library resources from off-campus

Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!

Want more information? Read a review of BrowZine.

If you have any questions or feedback about BrowZine, or would like to request a trial of another resource, let us know.

Seeking feedback on ProQuest News and Newspapers Database

ProQuest is looking for feedback from students, faculty, and library users on its ProQuest News & Newspapers database. One of several newspaper databases we subscribe to at Purchase College Library, News & Newspapers brings together 10 distinct newspaper databases and provides access to the full text of thousands of popular press articles from current national and regional newspapers in the U.S. and the U.K.

As a reward for taking a brief survey, everyone who participates will be entered to win an Apple Watch.  Survey results will also be shared with Purchase College Library.  The survey is available at through July 10th.

logo for proquest news and newspapers

Click logo to search ProQuest News & Newspapers Database


With our recent ScienceDirect renewal agreement with SUNY, we’ve acquired access to Scopus.

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Try it out today!


Watch a video on “Getting Started with Scopus

Access Scopus, ScienceDirect, and all of the library’s databases from the Databases List. For assistance with your research, or questions about databases, Ask Us.


eJournals List and Find It @ Purchase Button not available on 3/14

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, the following services will be unavailable due to system updates from the vendor:

  • The eJournals by Title list
  • The Find It @ Purchase button within all of the databases    findit_purchase

The service window is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM and you will be unable to access these services until the update is complete and full service resumes. We anticipate resuming full service by 9:00 PM.

All of the library’s databases will be available for the duration of the updates. Please contact us with any questions or if you would like assistance in finding electronic resources.


Better-know-a-resource: Digital Public Library of America

In honor of Open Education Resources week, we’re highlighting a free, open-access resource that students and faculty can use for research projects, course assignments, presentations, creative projects and more!  Introducing, the Digital Public Library of America or DPLA!

DPLA provides online access to 8,416,553 items from libraries, museums, and archives around the U.S., including scanned texts & letters, images & photographs, film & TV clips, and maps.

You can view special online exhibitions, such as this photography collection on Activism in U.S. History.  Or, you can explore the holdings of libraries across the nation using this interactive map. The timeline feature lets you see what kinds of artifacts belong to each year in history– including the year you were born!

DPLA is a great resource to use for finding primary source resources, public domain images, and ideas for engaging activities for classroom lectures, presentations (for students too!), homework, or online assignments. And the best part?  It’s free and open-access!

screenshot of dpla

P.S.  In the screenshot above, that’s a photo of the “real” Winnie-the-Pooh, Eyeore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger from the New York Public Library’s archives!

Scare Up a Good Movie! Check Out the Library’s Horror Films for Halloween.

The library has many horror films if you’re looking  for spooky Halloween viewing. This list includes some great ones, but to find additional scary movies in our collection, use the Films/Video Search Tab on the library homepage to search for the title of the film you want. For a general list, type in: “horror films.”

To check out a film, use the call number (e.g. Popular Collection DVD 2524) to find the DVD case, shelved in numerical order on either side of the Reference Desk.  Then take the case up to the Circulation Desk and enjoy!

Check Out Rocky Horror Picture Show, Popular Collection DVD 978