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A guide to resources in library and information science
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Help: Library Account

Problems or questions about your library account? Contact:

Jeff Frank
Senior Customer Service Coordinator for Access
Phone: (408) 808-2326

King Library Links

  • Create a PIN
    From the Accounts page, create a Library PIN by choosing a 4-digit PIN (you'll be asked to enter it twice).
  • Student Computing Services
    To reset your PIN or for questions about a database which is not working correctly.
  • Ask a Librarian (General & Subject Specialist)
    For general assistance by email, telephone, and 24/7 chat, as well as links to subject specialists (i.e., education, health, justice studies, business, art, etc.)
  • Link +
    If you live near a Link+ library in CA, Reno, or Las Vegas, use this first to borrow books.
  • Interlibrary Services
    aka Interlibrary Loan or ILLIAD. Helpful for borrowing books (and getting some articles). King Library can mail books to you (no charge), and you mail them back.
  • Student Technology Training Center
    If you live anywhere near SJSU, come into the library for technology training and support.
  • WorldCat
    Find libraries near you with print and electronic resources.


This guide is designed to help you with library resources. Use the tabs above for resources regularly used by iSchool students and faculty.

Library 203 Materials

LOTSS (Library Online Tutorial for School of information Students): Includes a short video and 3 modules introducing library databases:

Getting Started with Library Accounts

1.  Create a Library Account & PIN: Go to the Library Account page and create a 4-digit PIN with your name and SJSU ID number (you will be asked to enter your PIN twice). Remember your PIN -- you will need it for SJSU database and ebook access.

2.  Set up an account with Interlibrary Services once you have your Library Account. Set your status correctly; SJSU Distance indicates students or faculty members who are exclusively engaged in online classes (SJSU Distance Graduate Students OR SJSU Distance Faculty). ILLiad Sign-on Tutorial will show you how to sign up as:

  • SJSU Distance Graduate Students
  • SJSU Distance Faculty.

3. Set your preferences in Google Scholar, a tool that searches scholarly publications on the Web

  • Go to Google Scholar.
  • Click the Settings button Gear icon (under "More") and then Library Links (top).
  • Type San Jose State University into the search box and press the Search button.
  • Check the SJSU GetText box.
  • Save your Scholar Preferences (to SJSU).
  • For RefWorks citation links, use the Bibliography Manager (in Settings).

Or go to the Google Scholar tutorial for a step-by-step view of this process.

4.  Set up an account with RefWorks once you have your Library Account. RefWorks allows you to create a personal database of references and generate bibliographies in a variety of formats. You will need the group code to access RefWorks off campus. (Go to Get Library Passwords).  


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Database Presentations

Database Presentation for LIBR 202: April 6, 2014. Covers database selection, renewal, and licensing.

Reference in Real Time for LIBR 210: October 2, 2014. Explores CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints, and Literature Resource Center databases. Provides overview of the reference interview.

Your Librarian

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Ann Agee
Contact Info
Phone: 408-808-2033
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Office Hours:
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.

Getting Your Materials

  • Online Student's Guide
    How to get library materials from off-campus.
  • Link+ Libraries (CA/NV)
    A list of the member libraries in California and Nevada.
  • Link+ Visiting Patron program
    A list of libraries which allow a patron from a Link+ library to use a library card in person at another Link+ library.
  • Link+ PickUp Elsewhere
    A list of libraries which allow you to pickup materials while you're away from the library where you are registered.
  • Interlibrary Services
    ILS (Interlibrary Loan/ILLIad): Free service which allows Distance Students to obtain materials that the Library owns, as well as material owned by other libraries. Books can be mailed to a street address (not a P.O. Box).
  • ILLiad for Distance Students: Signing On
    A short tutorial about creating an Interlibrary Services (ILLiad) account.

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