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MARA (Master of Archives and Records Administration): Getting Started

A guide to resources in archives and records administration

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

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. Agree to the terms and conditions
  3. 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*
  4. 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

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

MARA Orientation Video

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.