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Library and Information Science: Start Here

A guide to resources in library and information science

Welcome to the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Library!

To begin using the King Library and its resources, create the four accounts listed in the tabs above. Start by setting up your library account:


  1. Click the Create a Library Account and PIN link below
  2. Enter your name, student ID number, and create a 4-digit PIN
  3. Reenter your PIN twice more

You're done! Be sure to write down your PIN. You will need it to access the King Library databases and ebooks.

RefWorks allows you to create a personal database of references. It uses these to automatically generate bibliographies in APA style--a huge timesaver! To create an account:

  1. Click the RefWorks link below.
  2. On the page that opens, click the "Sign Up for a New Account Link" and enter the requested information.
  3. Enter your newly created Login Name and Password to open RefWorks.
  4. You're done! To learn more, watch Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes

Note: While RefWorks is a great tool for generating your References page in APA style automatically, always double-check it! The information it uses to generate citations can sometimes be incomplete or in the wrong format.

Interlibrary Loan lets you get books and articles you need that the King Library doesn't own. To create an account:

  1. Click the Interlibrary Loan link below
  2. When this page opens, click the "First-Time User? Set Up Your Account " link
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions
  4. Complete the New User Registration form. IMPORTANT: Fill in the following fields this way:
    • Status: SJSU Distance Graduate Student.
    • Library: SJSU/King Library
    • Delivery Location: SJSU/King Library
    • Preferred Loan Delivery Method: Mail to Address*
  5. You're done! To learn more, watch Interlibrary Loan: Placing a Request. 


*If you live near San Jose, you have the option of choosing the San Jose Public Library closest to you and you can pick up books from there.

Google Scholar lets you look across all of the library's databases with a single search, but first you have to set your preferences to San Jose State. You can do this by following the directions written here or by watching the Customizing Google Scholar video below.

  1. Click the Google Scholar link below
  2. Click the Settings link next to the gear icon Gear icon (Settings is sometimes found under "More")
  3. Click the Library Links link on the left
  4. Type "San Jose State University" into the search box and press the Search button
  5. Check the "San Jose State University--SJSU GetText" box
  6. Click Save

Note: You'll notice WorldCat is a default search for Google Scholar. WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of over 70,000 libraries in almost 200 countries. By keeping it among your Google Scholar results, you'll be able to see some titles that would otherwise not pop up. The King Library may not own them, but they can always be ordered through Interlibrary Loan. 

You can also save citations you find in Google Scholar directly to your RefWorks account. To set this preference:

  1. Click the Google Scholar link below
  2. Click the Settings link next to the gear icon Gear icon (Settings is sometimes found under "More")
  3. Look for the Bibliography Manager heading
  4. Click the radio button next to "Show links to import ctiations into"
  5. From the dropdown menu, select RefWorks
  6. Click Save

Your Librarian

Ann Agee
My job is to help you with your research. Call or email me with your question or to make an appointment for a personal consultation. You can also visit me in the library at the 2nd Floor reference desk from 4-5:00 on Tuesdays or via online chat from 12-1:00 on Thursdays.