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MARA (Master of Archives and Records Administration)

A guide to resources in archives and records administration

Welcome to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

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You can begin using the King Library and its resources as soon as you receive your student ID and create your SJSUOne password. This is what you will use to sign in to the library's ebooks and databases.

We also highly recommend that you create the 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.

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Paperpile and Zotero are two citation managers that are highly effective when it comes to organizing your references. You can view more information on how to download and use both of these in the library's guide listed below.

Try both citation managers to see which one works best for you! 

Note: While citation managers are great for generating references, make sure to double-check them! The information they use 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. Sign into your Interlibrary Loan account with your SJSUOne ID and password below:

1.  Log in using your SJSUOne ID and password.

2.  Complete your user profile. IMPORTANT: Fill in the following fields this way:

  • Status: If you are a graduate student, select "SJSU Distance Graduate Student." If you are faculty, select "SJSU Distance Faculty."
  • Library: SJSU/King Library
  • Preferred Loan Delivery Method: Mail to Address 

3.  You're done! To learn more, watch Interlibrary Loan: Placing a Request. (Note: this short video mentions picking up print books. For distance students and faculty, print books are delivered to your home.)

*SJSU will mail books to you for free but you are responsible for mailing them back. If you would like to avoid this small charge, see if your local public library offers an Interlibrary Loan service. You may be able to request and return a book for no cost.

Google Scholar lets you look across all of the scholarly content online--including 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 below.

  1. Click the Google Scholar link below
  2. Click the Menu icon in the upper-left corner (Google Scholar menu button)
  3. Choose Settings
  4. Click the Library Links link 
  5. Type "San Jose State University" into the search box and press the Search button
  6. Check the "San Jose State University--FindIt@SJSU" box
  7. Click Save

Now when you do a Google Scholar search, you will see the FindIt@SJSU link to the right of 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 will see Get It@SJSU under the double-arrow icon. "Get It" may also take you to the full text. Books and articles not available at the King Library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

The library also has a Google Scholar tab in its main search box, and this search provides direct links from Google Scholar to the full text of articles in the library databases.

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. 

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