You can begin using the King Library and its resources as soon as you receive your student ID and create your MySJSU password. This is what you will use to sign in to the library's ebooks and databases.
I also highly recommend that you create the three accounts listed in the tabs above. These will help you with your research and let you get the most out of the library's resources.
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:
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.
|For the 2017-2018 academic year, SJSU will be using the "legacy" version of RefWorks. When exporting from the library databases, choose this option rather than the "new RefWorks" version.|
Interlibrary Loan lets you get books and articles you need that the King Library doesn't own. To create an account:
*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.
Now when you do a Google Scholar search, you will see the FindIt@SJSU link next to your results or under the "More" link beneath the article title. Clicking the FindIt@SJSU link takes you from Google Scholar directly into the King Library databases and to the full text of the article.
You may also see Get It@ SJSU. "Get It" means the King Library doesn't have the full text and you will need to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. "Get It" may also mean the resource you want is a physical item, such as a book. These can also be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
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:
RefWorks is a web-based tool designed to manage your citations and automatically create bibliographies.